The U.S. Open kicks off on Aug. 29, with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams hoping to conquer all when they take to the court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. But what do you know about the Grand Slan that’s on everyone’s lips? Let us fill you in with the deets.
Who has won the U.S. Open the most times?
In the men’s game it’s a three-way tie between Richard Sears, Bill Larned and Bill Tilden who all have 7 titles each. In the women’s game it’s Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory, who has a mammoth 8 titles to her name. Serena isn’t far off that total, currently boasting 6 U.S. Open wins.
Tiebreakers make EVERYTHING more interesting
Incredibly, the U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam that employs tiebreakers in every set of a match. In other Grand Slams, if the last set goes to 6-6, the match continues until one of the players wins by two sets. That means it’s just that much more exciting and nail-biting!
Prize Money this year is HUGE
The total pot for this year’s U.S. Open is a massive $46.3 million, with the winner’s in both the men’s and women’s singles events receiving the lion’s share of $3.5 million each.
The U.S. Open gives back to tennis
Well, this tennis Grand Slam is owned by the USTA, and all the tickets proceeds and any money that is made from the event goes straight into promoting grass-roots tennis. How cool is that?
The changing surfaces
Since the first U.S. Open happened, all the way back in 1881, the Grand Slam has been played on three different surfaces. From 1881-1974, matches took place outside on grass courts. Then, from 1975-1977, clay began to come to the fore. However, since 1978 it’s been played on DecoTurf, which is a hard surface made of layers of acrylic, rubber and silica.
HollywoodLifers, who do you think will win the U.S. Open this year in both the men’s and women’s singles? Serena? Novak? Tell us below!