US Open Tournament History
The US Open began in 1881, when the sport was played on the luxurious lawn courts of the Newport Casino in Rhode Island. In these times, the format of the event was slightly different. The previous year’s champion had an automatic entrance to the final match, while the challengers would compete for the chance to dethrone the previous champion in the final.
Richard Sears dominated the first seven years of the US Open, maintaining his title every time. By 1900, the US Open had expanded to include a Women’s Singles event, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.
During the 1970’s, The US Open was played on clay, before the location was moved to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York, its current home. Now played on a hard court, the US Open has become a major Grand Slam to wrap up the summer tennis season.
US Open Location:
The US Open is played near New York City, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York.
US Open Court:
The US Open is played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Its main stadium is Arthur Ashe Stadium, which seats over 22,000 spectators and is the largest tennis stadium on the globe. The Louis Armstrong stadium was the main court at the US Open before Arthur Ashe stadium was constructed in 1997. With a seating capacity of over 10,0000, the Louis Armstrong stadium was named after the famous jazz trumpet player who lived nearby.
US Open Traditions:
• The US Open was the first major tournament to feature night matches and plays at night more than any other tennis championship.
• Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is held just before the US Open and kicks of the festivities by honoring the late Arthur Ashe with several exhibition matches aimed at supporting charities.
• Celebrity doubles’ matches were held in 2012 which included stars like Adam Sandler, Alec Baldwin, Katy Couric, and more.
Recent Historic Moments of the US Open:
• In 2012, Tomas Berdych ousted Roger Federer in the quarterfinal round.
• Kim Clijsters retired from tennis after losing in the second round of the 2012 US Open to Laura Robson.
• In 2003, Andy Roddick won his lone career Grand Slam defeating Jaun Carlos Ferrero in straight sets in the final.
Total Prize Money:
2012 Men’s Single: Andy Murray
2012 Women’s Single: Serena Williams
2012 Men’s Double: Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan
2012 Women’s Double: Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci
2012 Mixed Double: Ekaterina Makarova, Bruno Soares