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The fourth and final Tennis Grand Slam event of a calendar year is the US Open. This is hosted at the famous Flushing Meadows in New York City, New York. Along with the Australian Open, this Grand Slam is played on the hard court surface and it has been that way at the US Open since 1978. Before that, it was actually played on clay for a few years and prior to that, it was a grass event just like Wimbledon. But it has now established itself as a hard court tournament and it is usually hosted with an opening on the final Monday in the month of August which means that the action drives on through to the month of September for its finish.

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In total at the US Open, there are five top events happening each year. Along with the main draws for the Men and the Women, there are Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles and there are extra events going on for wheelchair players and seniors and juniors. So it is an action packed two weeks of tennis action in New York and not all Grand Slams are the same!

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The big difference between the US Open and the other three Grand Slams that are played is that there are tiebreakers in every set of the match at Flushing Meadows. In the other three Slams, you don’t get a tiebreaker if the final possible set ends in a 6-6 tie. They simply play until one player gets two games clear.

Men’s Singles Winners

Looking only at the Open era, which started in 1968, the US Open has been heavily dominated by US winners. It started with a victory for Arthur Ashe back in 1968 and some famous US players have gotten their hands on the title since then. Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras both won the title five times during their playing careers (two of three players including Roger Federer to have won it five times) while Andre Agassi picked up a couple as well for the host nation.

Then, not forgetting, of course, one of the most iconic players of all time, John McEnroe who won the title four times at Flushing Meadows. Pete Sampras was another American who enjoyed tremendous success at the US Open. Of the international based players who have tasted success at Flushing Meadows, there is just one British player who has won the US Open title in the Open Era and that is Andy Murray. Roger Federer remarkably won five titles on the trot at the US Open between 2004 and 2008 inclusive and Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic are also multiple event-winners.

Women’s Singles Winners

It was Britain’s Virginia Wade who won the first edition of the US Open in the Open era back in 1968 and she remains the only Brit to do so. The USA have dominated the Women’s titles at the US Open completely in the Open era and a lot of that is down to Serena Williams of course with her many successes. Chris Evert won the title six times as well during the open era (holding the record for the most consecutive titles, four of them). Really the two other prominent players at Flushing Meadows in history have been Martina Navratilova with her four titles and the great Steffi Graf who won it five times through her illustrious career. Belgium’s Kim Clijsters won it three times, which was the same amount as Billie Jean King in the Open era. The only other player to have won it more than twice in the open era is Australia’s Margaret Court.

Did You Know

The US Open is actually owned by a not-for-profit organization the USTA and all proceeds which are earned from everything from tv broadcasting deals, sponsorship and sales of tickets all goes back into promoting development in the game. In 2016 there was a retractable roof added to the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Pete Sampras is the youngest ever winner of the Men’s Singles, landing the 1990 title at just 19 years of age. The US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to give equal prize money to men and women and that happened back in 1973. It was also the first Grand Slam to use Hawk-Eye technology.

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It was Novak Djokovic who outlasted the field twelve months ago at Flushing Meadows. The Serbian was up against Juan Martin del Potro in the Final. Del Potro had made it through to the showcase match after his semi-final opponent Rafael Nadal had retired. It was Nadal who was trying to defend his title.

Djokovic won the Final in straight sets to claim what was his third US Open title and the 14th of his career. Five-time uS Open Champion Roger Federer lost in a fourth round upset aginast John Millman. It was the first time that Andy Murray had put in an appearance at a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2017 because of injury problems. The former champion was eliminated in the second round by Fernando Verdasco.

Over on the women’s draw, it was America’s Sloane Stevens who was trying to defend her title. Like Rafael Nadal, she also failed to make it back-to-back titles at Flushing Meadows. It was to be Japan’s Naomi Osaka who created history by becoming the first-ever Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title. She upset the odds in beating Serena Williams in the showcase match, Osaka getting the win in straight sets.

Unfortunately the final was remembered more for some unsavoury outbursts by Williams directed towards the match umpire, which resulted in the newly crowned champion Osaka being visibly upset during her awards ceremony. There was some British success at the 2018 U.S. Open as Jamie Murray and American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the mixed doubles title.

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2019 US Open Preview

All of the big three in the men’s game are making a return to New York. Novak Djokovic will be defending his title and is the outright favourite at 11/10 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on August 25th, 2019 at 4:12 pm).

It has already been a stellar year again for Djokovic having won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles in 2019. He will be looking to claim his fourth U.S. Open title at the 2019 edition.

However, because he is first seed it means that he has landed in the same half of the draw as third seed Roger Federer. Federer is a five-time US Open champion. Because of the way that the draw has panned out, it means that Djokovic would potentially have to beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to win the title again.

While Federer is the joint all-time leader for US Open wins in the modern open era, he hasn’t won a title at Flushing Meadows for the last decade.

Then there is Rafael Nadal, who like Novak Djokovic is looking for his fourth U.S. Open grand slam title. The Spaniard has been back among the Grand Slam titles this year, as he claimed victory in the 2019 French open, his 12th Slam title in Paris. Nadal did get the semi finals of Wimbledon where he was beaten by his old rival Federer.

2019 US Open Women’s Draw Preview

The field looks to be wide open on the women’s draw for the 2019 U.S. Open. It is Serena Williams who is back as the outright favourite to land the title, but she has been struggling through the calendar year with injuries.

Will she be able to hold it together to claim her first title at Flushing Meadows since 2014? She enters a blockbuster first-round match against Maria Sharapova.

It looks as if the main challenges to the American great will be from the likes of Simona Halep who was crowned Wimbledon 2019 champion, and French open 2019 winner Ashleigh Barty.

This year’s Australian Open winner and the current US open defending champion Naomi Osaka will be in contention as well. But glancing down the field and there are other very interesting names in the mix like raising Canadian youngster Bianca Andreescu and the likes of Angelique Kerber, Karolina Plsivoka and Elina Skviotlina. Britain’s Johanna Konta lines up in the first round against Daria Kasatkina.

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