US Open is the fourth Grand Slam tennis tournament of a year. The other three Grands Slams of year are Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. Us Open schedules to play from the last week of August to the early weeks of September every year at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Let’s have a look at the some exciting, funny and interesting facts about this prestigious tennis Grand Slam event.
Interesting Facts about US Open
1.) US Open began in 1881 with Men’s singles tournament for the purpose of entertainment.
2.) There are other sports events as well which are popular as US Open. Golf, Bowling, Darts, Crosswords, Billiards and Board Games also feature US Open labeled competition.
3.) The last Grand Slam of year was known as U.S. National Championships (from 1881 to 1967) and from 1968 to till now it is popular as US Open.
4.) It was Ameatur Era from 1881 to 1967 year and Open Era is considered from 1968 to present.
5.) US Open is the only grand slam in which tie breaker is there in the fifth set.
6.) This is the first grand slam tournament to introduce Hawk-eye technology and instant replay.
7.) For 3 years in 1970s US Open was played on Clay Courts.
8.) Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert are the only two players who won US Open on three different surfaces. They won on Grass, Clay and Hard Courts.
9.) Before 1968 professional tennis players were not allowed to participate in US Open.
10.) US Open is the first Grand Slam tournament to award same amount of prize money to men and women singles winners. In 1973 US Open, men’s and women’s singles champions John Newcombe and Margaret Court received $25,000 each respectively.
11.) It is the first Grand Slam to present same size and shape of trophies to champions.
12.) Approximately 80 ball boys and ball girls present in a match at US Open.
13.) Only on 7 occasions in the history of US Open Grand Slam when An American didn’t play final whether it’s a men’s or women’s event since 1881. In 1959, 1973, 1988, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010 US Open tournaments Non-American players played finals.
14.) Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer are the three players who have won most US Open Men’s Singles titles. They claimed US Open trophy 5 times each in the open era.
15.) Roger Federer is the only player who won men’s singles titles 5 times successively in Open Era. Richard Sears won 7 consecutive U.S. national championship from 1881 to 1887.
16.) In 1975, US Open became the first Grand Slam to start matches in night as well.
17.) USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was named to honor Billie Jean King who became first player to win two consecutive US Open titles in 1971 and 1972.
18.) Complex USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has 33 courts.
19.) Two biggest tennis stadiums of world the Arthur Ashe Stadium and the Louis Armstrong Stadium are part of USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
20.) Arthur Ashe Stadium is named after tennis professional Arthur Ashe who became first African American to win US Open title.
21.) Approximately 23,000 fans can sit in the Arthur Ashe Stadium which is the highest capacity number for any tennis court.
22.) Richard Sears, Bill Larned, and Bill Tilden won seven US Open titles each during the Amateurs Era of the championship which is the highest number ever in men’s titles.
23.) Molla Bjurstedt Mallory won 8 women’s singles titles in US Open in Amateurs era which is the highest number in men’s and women’s championship.
See more: US Open women’s singles champions
24.) In 1977 US Open, third round match of competition between John McEnroe and Eddie Dibbs was halted. There was commotion in the crowd as one fan’s leg was shot by a stray bullet. John McEnroe was named winner of the match.
25.) Tiffany and Co. has been manufacturing US Open trophy since 1987 and it takes 6 months to prepare trophy for next US Open event.
26.) Approximately 70,000 tennis balls are used in one US Open tennis tournament including all practice and main event matches.
28.) “DecoTurf” artificial grass is being used to cover hard-court surface in US Open tennis matches since 1978.
29. ) The longest US Open Men’s Singles tennis match was played in 1992 in which Stefan Edberg took 5 hours 26 minutes to beat Michael Chang.
30. ) The longest US Open Women’s Singles tennis match was played in 2011 in which Samantha Stosur took 3 hours 16 minutes to beat Nadia Petrova.
See more: US Open Longest Matches
31.) 100,000$ was the total prize money in first open era US Open tournament in 1968.
32.) Most Singles titles wins (Open Era)
Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer (5-5 titles each)
Chris Evert (6 titles)
33.) When Rafael Nadal won 2009 US Open crown, a man rushed to court to hug and kiss Nadal. He had said “I Love You” to Spanish star before security caught him.
34.) In 1983 US Open Junior boys title match between Stefan Edberg and Simon Youl, match official Linesman Dick Wertheim was killed by tennis ball which was hit by Stefan Edberg during the match.
35.) In August 2012, US Open referee Lois Goodman was arrested for the allegations of murdering her husband with a coffee mug.