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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.

2017 US Open Review

The 2017 US Open Men’s tournament was a bit of a strange one. Not only was the defending champion Stan Wawrinka not fit enough to turn up and defend his title, but other notable withdrawals from the draw included former winner Andy Murray and also Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic. Just six of the top eleven players in the world actually lined up at the start of the tournament, and one of them, Novak Djokovic had to withdraw because of an injured elbow.

Roger Federer broke the record for the most Grand Slam appearances, with the 2017 US Open being the 71st of his career. Federer was expected to make a strong run but fell at the semi-final stage to Juan Martin del Potro, who in turn lost to Nadal in the semi finals. So fans were denied a big Nadal v Federer showdown. Nadal went on to claim his third US Open title as he beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in straight sets in the final.

In the women’s tournament, it was an all-American showdown between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys in a surprise line up in the showcase match. Former champion Serena Williams missed the tournament because of her pregnancy. So it left the field wide open and with Simona Halep once again failing to make her mark in a Grand Slam just two of the top ten seeds made it to the quarter finals (Karolina Pliskova and Venus Williams). All four semi finalists were US players and it was the first time since 2002 that it had been an all-American final and it was Stephens who came through to collect her first Grand Slam title.

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2018 US Open Preview

The 2018 US Open will have Rafael Nadal as the top seed and Roger Federer as the second seed. It means that two of the major players would be kept apart until the final if they were to both make it all the way through. After a bit of a resurgence in form in having collected the 2018 Wimbledon title, it is Novak Djokovic who is the 12/5 outright favourite to win the US Open 2018* (betting odds taken on August 24th, 2018 at 7:43 pm). The Serbian is looking for his third US Open title but because he has fallen to sixth seed for the tournament that puts him in the same quarter of the draw as Federer. So the two would be lining up for a quarter-final meeting which would be an early clash in the tournament for two of the front-runners. The big fall out from the draw perhaps is whether that leaves Rafael Nadal with the easier route to the final.

US Open Men 2018 Infographic

In the women’s draw, it is Sloane Stephens who is the defending champion after her home success at Flushing Meadows twelve months ago. She is back as third seed but it is a more prominent American player who is the outright favourite. That of course is Serena Williams who is the 6/1 favourite* (betting odds taken on August 24th, 2018 at 7:43 pm) and heads up the market after reaching the final of Wimbledon back in the summer, where she lost out to Angelique Kerber. Williams is 17th seed only and that has created a huge problem in the draw for the top seed Simona Halep who is the 7/1 second-favourite* (betting odds taken on August 24th, 2018 at 7:43 pm). Halep and Williams could clash in the fourth round of the draw and before that there could be a fascinating clash between Serena and her sister Venus in the third round. That’s all up in the top quarter of the tournament and with Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina and the reigning champion Sloane Stephens all in the top half of the draw it leaves an easier passage for the likes of Kerber down in the bottom half.

US Open Women 2018 Infographic

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