U.S Open History, Trivia & Stats

Apr 14, 2009

The U.S Open is held annually  over the two weeks either side of the Labor Day public holiday and is the last of the four majors played every year. Since 1978 it has been contested on the hardcourts of Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York. Prior to this it has been held at a number of different venues including Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Forest Hills, New York making it the Major to have relocated more times than any other.

The court surface at Flushing Meadows is quicker than many other hard court surfaces and so has proven to be favoured by players who were more of the serve-volley style. Examples of this include John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Pat Rafter who have had great success at the U.S Open, claiming multiple titles.

The U.S Open is the only Major that plays a tie break in the final set of the match, while the others require you to continue playing full games until a winner emerges. They were also the first Major to introduce a challenge system whereby players who disagreed with a line call could ask for it to be checked on replay, and have the decision over turned if it proved to be wrong.

Trivia & Statistics In The Open Era (1968-present)


Men

Most Victories – Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer (5)

Most Consectutive Victories – Roger Federer  (5)

Youngest Winner – Pete Sampras aged 19 yrs 1 month.

Country with Most Victories – U.S (19)

Women

Most Victories – Chris Evert (6)

Most Consectutive Victories – Chris Evert (4)

Youngest Winner – Tracy Austin aged 16 yrs 8 months.

Country with Most Victories – U.S (21)

  • The U.S Open was played on grass until 1975. From 1975-77 it was played on the clay courts at Forest Hills before moving to the current hard courts of Flushing Meadows.
  • Jimmy Connors is the only man to have won U.S Open titles on more than one type of surface – he actually won on all three.
  • Chris Evert won titles on two different types of surface
  • Since 1881 there have been only five years where an American player failed to reach the finals of either the men’s or women’s singles
  • Roger Federer is currently on a run of five consecutive titles and in 2009 will have the opportunity to become the sole player to have won the most U.S Open singles titles. If he wins he will also own the record for most consecutive men’s titles won at any of the four majors.
  • From 1884 through to 1911 a challenge system was used where the winner of the previous years tournament was granted direct entry to the final of the next years tournament allowing them to defend their title.
  • The open era began in 1968 and total prize money for that first U.S Open was $100,000. Prize money for 2008 was just under $20 million.

Crooksy

Written by: Crooksy

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