Tennis fans, rejoice – the US Open is about to kick off! The United States Open Tennis Championships is one of the premier events of the tennis world, held annually for two weeks in the end of August. Together with Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, and Australian Open, the US Open makes up the Grand Slam.
This year, on the 28th August, the best players from around the world will gather at Flushing Meadows, New York, to compete for fame, glory and, of course – the prize of over $3.5 million. Alongside with the Australian Open, the fourth and final tournament of the Grand Slam is played on hard courts, which are considered be the fastest in tennis. Compared to Wimbledon and Roland Garros, which are held on the grass or red-colored clay courts respectively, the US Open is known for its fast-paced and energetic game.
All the greatest tennis stars gather to demonstrate their skills in the US Open, so be sure not to miss a single match! You can watch all the action live on ESPN (US) and Eurosport (U.K). Away from the country? Get NordVPN and stream sports from anywhere on Earth – well, except Antarctica.
Back to where it started
For the first time organized on the grass courts of the Newport Casino, Rhode Island, in 1881, the US Open is one of the oldest championship tennis tournaments in the world. Back then, the event was known as the US National Men’s Singles Championship and only clubs that belonged to the United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA) were allowed to play.
The current competition
The US Open, as we currently know it, started in 1968. That year the tournament was open to professional players for the first time and relocated to the West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills (Queens). Still, the games were played on grass and switched to hard clay courts only in 1975. Since 1978 the US Open has been organised in Flushing Meadows, on a multilayer surface, called DecoTurf. Compared to other hard courts, this type of surface provides less friction and a lower ball bounce. This is one of the reasons why the US Open is called the fastest and most energetic tournaments of the Grand Slam.
A few interesting facts
The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that uses a tie break in the fifth set.
From its start, the competition has changed three different surfaces: grass, clay and hard court. Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert are the only ones to have won on all three surfaces.
Apart from regular tournaments, the US Open also holds the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships (August 29 – September 3).
The US Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to start giving the equal amount of prize money to men and women.
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