Although the US Open is still over a month away, much anticipation and excitement surround the fourth and final major of the year. Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic will be aiming for a fourth success at Flushing Meadows, whereas Naomi Osaka will be looking to defend her women’s title and record a second successive victory.
The tournament itself is doused in history and tradition and has produced some of the most memorable moments from the sport, but how much do you really know about the US Open? We’ll take you through some of the more interesting stats and facts you might not have known to get you in the mood for the start of the tournament in August.
1. Since the modern era, three men’s singles players all share the record for the number of championships won at Flushing Meadows. Jimmy Connors (1974, 1976, 1978, 1982 & 1983), Pete Sampras (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996 & 2002), and Roger Federer (2004-2008) all sit tied on five wins apiece.
2. From the ladies’ perspective, there are two players from the modern era who have won the most US Open championship titles. Chris Evert (1974-1979, 1980 & 1982) and Serena Williams (1999, 2002, 2008 & 2012-2014) have both won it six times and the latter will have the chance to make it seven this year. Think Serena can do it? Check out the Womens US Open odds for the best prices.
3. The vast majority of US Open winners typically come from the United States, with the men responsible for an incredible 85 titles and the women almost ten in front on 94. The Aussies are second in the men’s singles title with 18 wins overall, with Great Britain and Switzerland boasting five wins each. The Aussies are also second in the women’s singles with six wins, on par with Germany, and Belgium have five wins.
4. Remember the days when the men were awarded a higher prize purse? Nor do we. From 1973, both the men and women were distributed even money and the US Open was the first tournament to abide by such rulings. For the 2019 event, the singles winners will receive an estimated $3.7 million each and the overall prize money will exceed $53 million.
5. Unlike the other three major tennis tournaments, the US Open is the only tournament that doesn’t use tiebreaks. Players will literally have to keep on playing until somebody moves two winning games ahead. The longest recorded match in the history of the US Open came in 1992, when Stefan Edberg beat Michael Chang in the semi-final 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 over a duration of five hours and 26 minutes.
6. Typically speaking, ‘Flushing Meadows’ is the most commonly referred to name for the US Open venue but the official name is the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Inside, the facility contains 22 separate courts with another 11 on the adjoining park. The Arthur Ashe Stadium is in fact the largest in the world, with a capacity of 23,200.