The US Open or United States Tennis Championships is the fourth of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments. It follows the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon and dates back to 1881 where men’s singles and doubles were first played on its hard courts. The US open has been played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, New York since 1978.
The US Open usually begins at the end of August and last for 2 weeks with Labor Day falling on the middle weekend of the tournament. A slight change in the rules of the US Open as opposed to the other three Grand Slam events is the use of a 7-point tiebreaker in every set of the singles matches.
In 2020 the US Open was subject to the strict guidelines set in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic and all events had to be played in a closed environment. In 2021 the tournament was back to being played in a normal environment with fans allowed to view the action live.
The 5 main events at the US open are Men’s Singles, women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. The Women’s Singles were introduced to the tournament in 1887, a full six years after the first men’s nationals. In the early years of the tournament there was a challenge system used to determine the matchups but they now use the seeded draw as a way to avoid placing leading players to face off in the earlier rounds.
The prize pool for the US Open as of 2018 was $53 million with the singles winners taking home $3.8 million, $700k to the doubles winners and $155k to the mixed doubles.
The 2020 Champions
Men’s Singles: Dominic Thiem (1 US Open title)
Women’s Singles: Naomi Osaka (3 Major Singles titles 2 at US Open)
Men’s Doubles: Bruno Soares (3 Major Doubles titles 2 at US Open)
Women’s Doubles: Laura Siegemund (1 US Open Doubles title)
Women’s Doubles: Vera Zvonareva (3 Major Doubles titles 2 at US Open)
Mixed Doubles 2019: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (9 Grand Slam titles 3 at US Open)
Mixed Doubles 2019: Jamie Murray (7 Grand Slam titles 4 at US Open)