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About US Open
The year’s final Grand Slam is always played in New York, United States. The tournament is played on hard court and is the tournament with the highest prize money. It is the last chance to get a slam title and perhaps the toughest because the players always have had an intense summer. The tournament is immensely popular and throughout New York City during the days US Open is played tennis is everywhere to be found.
The first tournament was played in 1881 on grass in Rhode Island, and it was only members of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association that could participate. This meant that some players took a huge amount of titles. Richard Sears, for example, won seven titles in a row.
However, it was a problem to hold the tournament only in Rhode Island, and after a vote in 1915, the tournament moved to Forest Hill, New York. It was only in 1968 it became an open tournament, where there was room for both men and women. Additionally, it opened up for professional players with a prize pool of $ 100,000.
The first tie-break and focus on matches
US Open were the pioneers on several fronts, the 1970 tournament was one of the first to use a tie-break at the score 6-6. Not having a tie-break is unthinkable in today’s tennis.
In 1973, men and women would get for the first time the same amount as a prize. John Newcombe and Margaret Court each received $ 25,000 for each of their wins at the US Open. In 1975 a new invention was introduced that would feel totally absurd to play without nowadays. It was the first year they used lights on the tennis courts. The tournaments could now play for much longer into the evening and the tournament could grow.
In 1978 it was moved from Forest Hill to the current Flushing Meadows facility. The clay on which matches were played on the former courts became the current Hard Courts we know today. The American star Jimmy Connors was thus the only one who managed to win on both grass, clay and hard courts.
The great champions
Connors is also the player who has won US Open most times along with two others. Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have won the title five times. Federer won his five titles in five years (2004-2008). The elegant Federer also says he always feels extremely relaxed in New York.
The reigning champion’s surprise player, Marin Cilic, who won his first Grand Slam by defeating Kei Nishikori in the final straight with sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. On the women’s side, Serena Williams is the big player. She won the final against one of her closest friends, Caroline Wozniacki. It was also the second US Open final wherein “Wozzy” has lost, in 2009, she lost to Kim Clijsters from Belgium.
|Stadium:||USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center|
|Location:||Flushing Meadow – Corona Park, Flushing, NY 11368, United States|
|Dates:||31. august – 13. september|
|Category:||Grand Slam tennis|
|Who we think will win:||Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams|
Winners in Men's Single
|Winner 2014:||Marian Cilic|
|Winner 2013:||Rafael Nadal|
|Winner 2012:||Andy Murray|
Winners in Women's Single
|Winner 2014:||Serena Williams|
|Winner 2013:||Serena Williams|
|Winner 2012:||Serena Williams|