Tennis season may have just started, but it’s not too early to start thinking about the US Open! Taking place this year from Monday, August 26 to Monday, September 9 in USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. Born from the United States Open Tennis Championships (which began in 1881 for men’s singles), the US Open is the fourth and final tennis major in the Grand Slam (the other three are the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon, respectively). Last year, Scot Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam title – will he continue his reign? Or will he have a hard time defending his title? Fun fact: Murray netted (pun intended) a cool $1.9 million dollars for his win.
Ready for some history? Since 1978, the tournament has been played on an acrylic hardcourt. There are five different championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles, senior, junior, and wheelchair players. Notable for the US Open is that there are tiebreaks in every set, including the last one – the other Grand Slam competitions have tiebreaks in every set but the last, so games can continue pretty much indefinitely until one of the players achieves a two-game lead. Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, and Jimmy Connors hold the record for the most men’s singles titles at the US Open (five of ‘em), and Chris Evert captured this record for women’s tennis with six wins in Flushing-Meadows.
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