Towering stadiums which stretch as high as the eye can see, night session matches and music between changeovers.
The razzmatazz of Flushing Meadows is a world apart from the refined dignity of Wimbledon and that’s what makes the Grand Slams special, each have their own unique qualities.
The US Open is the final Grand Slam of the year for both the ATP and the WTA, the final chance to witness the world's best slug it out for a prize that money simply can't buy. The top players will have been in the States for at least a month, fine-tuning their games across North America and adjusting to the often brutal late summer heat. You can follow their progress live online thanks to these officially licensed live streams.
The US Open has been described in the past as the most physically challenging Grand Slam and that's due to the humidity which can be experienced in New York at the end of August. Combine that with the tournament’s inexplicably archaic plans for coping with rain and bizarre TV-orientated scheduling and you can see why triumphing at the US Open is often as much about dealing with the external factors as winning seven straight matches.
The US Open has often been known for embracing innovation. Since 1970, it has been the only Grand Slam to use a tiebreak at 6-6 in the deciding set and in 2006 it became the first of the slams to use Hawkeye for settling line calls.
Like the Australian Open it was initially held on grass before making a brief switch to clay for three years in the 1970s. However in 1978, the tournament settled on a hard court surface at the National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows, Queens and there it has remained every since.
2000 ranking points are on offer for the winner in New York, which for many would be a career changer. To add to this, a US Open champion will win over 1 and a half million US dollars. The tournament is renowned and followed globally, and is a must-see for any tennis fans with the event typically boasting an overall attendance record in excess of 700,000.
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