The U.S Open – The most spectacular tennis competition

The United States Open Tennis Championship, also known as Flushing Meadows, is one of the most important tennis events of the year. This hardcore tennis tournament takes place in August/September is one of the four elements of the Grand Slam itinerary, that consists of the Australian Open in January, the French Open in May/June and Wimbledon in June/July. Moreover, it is the modern version of one of the oldest and most prestigious tennis championships in the world, the U.S National Championship, which was first contested in 1881.

 

Originating from two different tennis competitions, designed as entertainment events for the elite, the U.S Open developed into a tennis tournament that is held over a two-week period and encompasses five different event championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. There are also several additional events organized for senior, junior and wheelchair players and each of them is played on acrylic hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City. This is one of the most challenging competitions due to the fact that players perform on a fast surface, with a reduced friction, that enables a lower bounce, as compared to other hard courts. Regardless of the outcome, the U.S Open is one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, providing two weeks of great tennis and emotions and if you have the opportunity to visit New York this time of the year, you should definitely buy a ticket to see this competition in person, for it will be a memorable experience.

On the other hand, those who don’t have the privilege to enjoy the U.S Open in person can take advantage of the fact that the tournament is broadcast on some of the major dedicated TV channels, as well as over the internet, although the thrill provided is not the same. However, the U.S. Open stirs things up and tennis enthusiasts from all over the world are eagerly awaiting to witness some amazing scenes on and off the ground during two spectacular weeks. It is a fact that  this prestigious tournament has become more business oriented over the years, but it has managed to keep the particular charm of a noble sport, adapting into the modern era of tennis and providing a pleasant atmosphere.

 

The U.S Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that has been played each and every year, without interruptions, since its inception. Men’s single competition is by far the most exciting event, a genuine spectacle where the most important tennis players of the world compete to become the winners of a $1,900,000 prize.  Bill Tilden, Richard Sears and William Larned have established the record for most titles won in the men’s singles, played in the U.S National Championships, while Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras  and Roger Federer have won the most U.S Open tournaments, with five titles. It’s worth mentioning the Roger Federer is the only professional tennis player in the history of this Grand Slam tournament who has had the most consecutive wins, with five trophies won.

This year,  Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to win the 2012 U.S Open Tennis Championship, his first Grand Slam and to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry 76 years ago.

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