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When is the 2018 US Open?

The US Open is the last of four Grand Slam on the tennis calendar, starting on the last Monday in August, and running for two weeks. The tournament is one of two majors staged on hard courts, the other being the Australian Open, while the other two are played on clay (Roland Garros) and grass courts (Wimbledon).

Staged at the magnificent USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, the US Open boasts arguably the most electric atmosphere of the four majors, and it’s renowned for its game-changing innovations and lead role in moving the sport forward. The US Open became the first major to award equal prize money to men and women in 1973, while it was also the first to employ floodlights to enable night-time play. Amongst other distinct features of the tournament, it was the first to use tie breaks to decide sets; and till this day, remains the only major to employ breakers in deciding sets. The US Open is also the only Slam that has been staged every year since its inception in 1881.

William Larned, Richard Sears and Bill Tilden lead the all-time list of US Open champions with seven titles, while Roger Federer is among three players who share the Open Era record of five titles. Can the great Swiss break away from that park, and become the most successful US Open champion in the Open Era? Federer was highly-fancied last year, having won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in a stunning comeback season, but the great Swiss was sensationally stopped by Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter finals. Instead, it was Rafael Nadal who made the most of a disintegrating draw to capture his third US Open title, beating Kevin Anderson in the final.

Nadal and Federer will once again be among the favourites for the 2018 title, while there is plenty of expectation around Juan Martin del Potro, who has been playing something close to his best tennis in 2018. The giant Argentine, champion at Flushing Meadows in 2009, famously defeated Roger Federer at the Indian Wells final to claim his first Masters 1000 title. That victory ended Federer’s perfect start to the season, as del Potro pushed on to complete his own 15-match winning streak.

Another former champion Marin Cilic will also be high on the list of contenders, while young gun Alexander Zverev will hope to finally make his Grand Slam break through in 2018. Novak Djokovic may not be in the best of form at the moment, but there is plenty of time for the two-time champion to get himself in the right shape physically and mentally for the US Open.

The same can be said about Serena Williams - the six-time champion missed last year’s tournament, with the birth of her daughter coinciding with the 2017 US Open. One year on, the great American will attempt to claim yet another title in front of her home fans. Serena and fellow six-time titlist Steffi Graf are the most successful US Open women’s singles champions in the Open Era, while Molla Bjurstedt Mallory sits atop the all-time list with eight titles. The usual suspects will all be gunning for the title, with Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber among those who will fancy their chances of going all the way. The last three years have featured first-time women’s singles champions- Flavia Pennetta, Kerber, and Sloane Stephens, and the unpredictability of the WTA field means such an outcome cannot be entirely ruled out in 2018.

US Open history

The US Open started off as a grass-court tournament in Newport, Rhode Island in August 1881, with American, Richard Sears winning the inaugural edition (he won the first seven editions!). Then known as the US National Singles Championships for Men, the tournament employed a challenge system between 1884 and 1911, with the reigning champion qualifying directly for the final, where he will take on the winner from an All-Comers tournament in a challenge round. A women’s national championships - the US Women’s National Singles Championship - began at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in 1887, with 17-year-old Ellen Hansell claiming the first title. The women’s championship initially adopted the same format as the men’s, with the All-Comers champion facing the defending champion in a challenge round.

The challenge format was stopped in 1912 for the men’s championship, and in 1919 for the women’s.

Following protests by a select group of players, who argued that the US National Championships should be moved to New York because most clubs, players and fans were based in the New York City area, the tournament moved from Newport to New York in 1915, where it was staged at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills. There was a brief period between 1921 and 1923 when the championships were held at the Germantown Cricket Club to allow for construction works at the new Forest Hills Stadium. Upon completion of the 14000-seater stadium, the US National Championships relocated again in 1924- the same year it was recognized as a major tournament by the International Lawn Tennis Federation, ILTF.

Like the other majors, the US Championships became open to professional players in 1968, as the Open Era began. Still staged at Forest Hills, 96 men and 63 women competed for an overall prize money of $100,000. Interestingly, men’s champion, Arthur Ashe was still registered as an amateur back then, hence was not eligible for the $14000 winner’s prize, which was instead awarded to finalist, Tom Okker! The US Open became the first major to award equal prize money to men and women, with John Newcombe and Margaret Court both receiving $25000 for being champions in 1973. 

The tournament also became the first major to use tie breaks to decide sets in 1970, and till today, remains the only Grand Slam to employ a final-set tie break. The US Open, in 1975, pioneered the use of floodlights for night-time play, while in 2006, it became the first Grand Slam to employ the Hawk-Eye technology to challenge debatable line calls.

The US Open eventually switched from Forest Hills to its current location- the USTA National Tennis Centre at Flushing Meadows in 1978. The two centres aren’t too far from each other, with only three miles separating them. The current venue was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in 2006, in honour of four-time champion, Billie Jean King. The Centre holds a total of 22 courts, including the magnificent 22,547-seater main show court, the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Through the years, the US Open has been staged on three different surfaces- grass, clay and hard courts. It was held on grass between 1881 and 1974, while it was played on clay in the final three years at Forest Hills between 1975 and 1977. With the switch to the US National Tennis Centre in 1978, the final Grand Slam of the year moved to hard courts. The US Open courts were initially coloured green, but from 2005, the courts adopted blue colour to aid television viewing. Jimmy Connors is the only man to have won the men’s singles title on all three surfaces, while Chris Evert was women’s champion on clay and hard courts. No woman won the title on grass, clay and hard courts.

Richard Sears, Bill Larned, and Bill Tilden hold the record for the most successful US Open campaigners, with their seven titles, all of which were won before the Open Era, while Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors share the Open Era record at 5 titles.

The most successful woman in the tournament’s history is eight-time champion, Molla Bjurstedt Mallory; Helen Wills Moody has seven titles, while Serena Williams and Chris Evert have the Open Era record at six.

What is the US Open Series?

The US Open series is a five-week series of tournaments on North American hard courts, which culminates at the US Open in New York. 

First started in 2004 so as to enhance television coverage of tennis in the United States, the Series has gone on to crown many great champions, including Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Along with the US Open, the US Open series currently includes tournaments in Atlanta, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati and Winston-Salem for the men, while the women battle for US Open Series points in San Jose, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati and New Haven. 

Points are awarded to players depending on how far they go in these tournaments, with the top three points scorers in each tour earning extra prize money in the US Open Series Bonus Challenge. The amount earned is dependent on their eventual performance at the US Open. Players who win both the US Open Series and the US Open are entitled to the maximum amount of prize money, which has been increasing through the years. (The 2017 US Open series did not include a Bonus Challenge).

Kim Clijsters became the first player to win both the US Open and the US Open Series back in 2005, earning a cumulative $2.2million, which at the time, was the biggest payout in women’s sports, while Roger Federer, in 2007, was the first man to win the Series and the US Open in the same year, earning $2.4million for his efforts - including a $1million bonus for winning the US Open series. With the overall prize money constantly increasing, those figures have since been usurped by Serena Williams, who carted away $4million dollars in 2014 in what remains the largest payout in tennis history, male or female.

US Open statistics

US Open singles champions

Former winners at the US Open (Open Era)

YearMen's championMen's runner-upWomen's championWomen's runner-up
1968Arthur AsheTom OkkerVirginia WadeBillie Jean King
1969Rod LaverTony RocheMargaret CourtNancy Richey
1970Ken RosewallTony RocheMargaret CourtRosemary Casals
1971Stan SmithJan KodesBillie Jean KingRosemary Casals
1972Ilie NastaseArthur AsheBillie Jean KingKerry Melville Reid
1973John NewcombeJan KodesMargaret CourtEvonne Goolagong Cawley
1974Jimmy ConnorsKen RosewallBillie Jean KingEvonne Goolagong Cawley
1975Manuel OrantesJimmy ConnorsChris EvertEvonne Goolagong Cawley
1976Jimmy ConnorsBjorn BorgChris EvertEvonne Goolagong Cawley
1977Guillermo VilasJimmy ConnorsChris EvertWendy Turnbull
1978Jimmy ConnorsBjorn BorgChris EvertPam Shriver
1979John McEnroeVitas GerulaitisTracy AustinChris Evert
1980John McEnroeBjorn BorgChris EvertHana Mandlikova
1981John McEnroeBjorn BorgTracy AustinMartina Navratilova
1982Jimmy ConnorsIvan LendlChris EvertHana Mandlikova
1983Jimmy ConnorsIvan LendlMartina NavratilovaChris Evert
1984John McEnroeIvan LendlMartina NavratilovaChris Evert
1985Ivan LendlJohn McEnroeHana MandlikovaMartina Navratilova
1986Ivan LendlMiloslav MecirMartina NavratilovaHelena Sukova
1987Ivan LendlMats WilanderMartina NavratilovaSteffi Graf
1988Mats WilanderIvan LendlSteffi GrafGabriela Sabatini
1989Boris BeckerIvan LendlSteffi GrafMartina Navratilova
1990Pete SamprasAndre AgassiGabriela SabatiniSteffi Graf
1991Stefan EdbergJim CourierMonica SelesMartina Navratilova
1992Stefan EdbergPete SamprasMonica SelesArantxa Sanchez Vicario
1993Pete SamprasCedric PiolineSteffi GrafHelena Sukova
1994Andre AgassiMichael StichArantxa Sanchez VicarioSteffi Graf
1995Pete SamprasAndre AgassiSteffi GrafMonica Seles
1996Pete SamprasMichael ChangSteffi GrafMonica Seles
1997Patrick RafterGreg RusedskiMartina HingisVenus Williams
1998Patrick RafterMark PhilippoussisLindsay DavenportMartina Hingis
1999Andre AgassiTodd MartinSerena WilliamsMartina Hingis
2000Marat SafinPete SamprasVenus WilliamsLindsay Davenport
2001Lleyton HewittPete SamprasVenus WilliamsSerena Williams
2002Pete SamprasAndre AgassiSerena WilliamsVenus Williams
2003Andy RoddickJuan Carlos FerreroJustine HeninKim Clijsers
2004Roger FedererLleyton HewittSvetlana KuznetsovaElena Dementieva
2005Roger FedererAndre AgassiKim ClijstersMary Pierce
2006Roger FedererAndy RoddickMaria SharapovaJustin Henin
2007Roger FedererNovak DjokovicJustine HeninSvetlana Kuznetsova
2008Roger FedererAndy MurraySerena WilliamsJelena Jankovic
2009Juan Martin del PotroRoger FedererKim ClijstersCaroline Wozniacki
2010Rafael NadalNovak DjokovicKim ClijstersVera Zvonareva
2011Novak DjokovicRafael NadalSamantha StosurSerena Williams
2012Andy MurrayNovak DjokovicSerena WilliamsVictoria Azarenka
2013Rafael NadalNovak DjokovicSerena WilliamsVictoria Azarenka
2014Marin CilicKei NishikoriSerena WilliamsCaroline Wozniacki
2015Novak DjokovicRoger FedererFlavia PennettaRoberta Vinci
2016Stan WawrinkaNovak DjokovicAngelique KerberKarolina Pliskova
2017Rafael NadalKevin AndersonSloane StephensMadison Keys

Who are the greatest US Open champions?

American Richard Sears was the first true great of the US Open, winning the first seven editions of the tournament. Sears handed the baton to William Larned, who dominated the US Championships in the early twentieth century, winning his own seven titles between 1901 and 1911, non-consecutively of course. The only other man to possess seven titles is Bill Tilden, who dominated the event in the 1920s. He won six straight titles between 1920 and 1925; and added one more in 1929.

Each of Sears, Larned and Tilden won the tournament at least five consecutive times, a feat only matched by Roger Federer in the Open Era. Federer won his five US Open titles in a row, dominating the final Grand Slam of the year between 2004 and 2008. He looked set to make it six in a row when he led Juan Martin del Potro by two sets to one in the 2009 final, but the big Argentine with the mighty forehand fought back impressively to create a massive Grand Slam upset at Flushing Meadows. 

Federer’s five consecutive titles is an Open Era record, but the great Swiss isn’t the only man with five titles- Pete Sampras, who won his titles between 1999 and 2002, and Jimmy Connors also have five. John McEnroe has four, a mark he shares with compatriot, and pre-1990’s champion, Robert Wrenn, while three-time champions, Ivan Lendl and Rafael Nadal are the only other men in the Open Era with more than two titles.

There are a host of players on two US Open titles, including Rod Laver, Novak Djokovic, Ken Rosewall, Patrick Rafter, John Newcombe, Rene Lacoste, Andre Agassi, Roy Emerson and Stefan Edberg.

In the women’s field, Molla Bjurstedt Mallory leads the way with eight titles, while Helen Wills Moody is one behind in second place. Unsurprisingly, Serena Williams is atop the Open Era list with her six US Open titles, a record she shares with Chris Evert. Steffi Graff and Margaret Court have five titles each, (two of Court’s successes came before the Open Era), while Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova are among those on four titles. Evert is the only woman in the Open Era to have won four straight crowns- a feat she achieved between 1975 and 1978.

Special mentions also go to modern-day greats Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Justin Henin and Monica Seles, all of whom are two-time US Open champions.

US Open records

Most titles (men)
Before 1968 - Three players won seven men's singles titles at the US Open: Richard Sears (1881-87), Bill Larned (1901-11) and Bill Tilden (1920-9)
Open Era - Three players have each won five men's singles titles at the US Open: Jimmy Connors (1974-1983), Pete Sampras (1990-2002) and Roger Federer (2004-8)

Most titles (women)
Before 1968 - Molla Bjurstedt Mallory won eight women's singles titles between 1915 and 1926
Open Era - Both Chris Evert (1975-82) and Serena Williams (1999-2014) have won six women's singles titles

Most consecutive titles (men)
Before 1968 - Richard Sears won seven straight titles from 1881 to 1887
Open Era - Roger Federer won five straight titles from 2004 to 2008

Most consecutive titles (women)
Before 1968 - Both Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (1915-18) and Helen Jacobs (1932-5) won four straight titles
Open Era - Chris Evert won four straight titles from 1975-8

Most singles finals (men)
Bill Tilden appeared in 10 US Open men's singles finals between 1918 and 1929
The Open Era record is held by Pete Sampras, who appeared in eight US Open men's singles finals between 1990 and 2002

Most singles finals (women)
Molla Bjurstedt Mallory appeared in 10 US Open women's singles finals between 1915 and 1926
The Open Era record is held by Chris Evert, who appeared in nine US Open women's singles finals between 1975 and 1984

Youngest winner (men)
Pete Sampras won the title in 1990 aged 19 years and 1 month

Youngest winner (women)
Tracy Austin won the title in 1979 aged 16 years and 8 months

Oldest winner (men)
William Larned won the title in 1911 aged 38 years and 8 months

Oldest winner (women)
Molla Bjurstedt Mallory won the title in 1926 aged 42 years and 5 months

Most singles tournaments played (men)
All-time - Vic Seixas Jr. played in 28 US Opens between 1940 and 1969
Open Era - Jimmy Connors played in 22 US Opens between 1970 and 1992

Most singles tournaments played (women)
Martina Navratilova played in 21 US Opens between 1973 and 1993

Most singles matches won (men)
Jimmy Connors won 98 singles matches between 1970 and 1992

Most singles matches won (women)
Chris Evert won 101 singles matches between 1971 and 1989

Most aces in a tournament since 1991 (men)
Pete Sampras served 144 aces on his way to the title in 2002

Most aces in a tournament since 1991 (women)
Serena Williams served 70 aces on her way to the title in 1999

Most aces in a match since 1991 (men)
Ivo Karlovic served 61 aces in a first-round win against Yen-Hsun Lu in 2016

Most aces in a match since 1991 (women)
Serena Williams and Venus Williams are tied for this record, with both having served 18 aces in a single US Open match: Serena in a three-set defeat of Simona Halep in the 2016 quarterfinals and Venus in a three-set defeat of Monica Puig in the first round in 2015

Longest match (men)
By time - Stefan Edberg d. Michael Chang (1992, semifinals), 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4 in five hours and 26 minutes
By games (with tie break scoring) - John Lloyd d. Paul McNamee (1979, R2), 5-7, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 (63 games)
In a final - There is a tie between Mats Wilander's 1988 victory over Ivan Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, and Andy Murray's 2012 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Novak Djokovic: Both matches took four hours and 54 minutes

Longest match (women)
By time - Shelby Rogers d. Daria Gavrilova (2017, R1), 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(5) in three hours and 33 minutes

How do the biggest stars perform at the US Open?

US Open performance: Top men

PlayerTitlesFinalsMain-draw appearancesWin-loss record2017 result
Roger Federer5 (2004-8)2 (2009, 2015)1782-12QF (lost to Juan Martin del Potro)
Rafael Nadal3 (2010, 2013, 2017)1 (2011)1353-10Champion (d. Kevin Anderson)
Novak Djokovic2 (2011, 2015)5 (2007, 2010, 2012-13, 2016)1262-10Did not play
Stan Wawrinka1 (2016)01238-11Did not play
Marin Cilic1 (2014)0929-8R3 (lost to Diego Schwartzman)
Andy Murray1 (2012)1 (2008)1244-11Did not play
Juan Martin del Potro1 (2009)0929-8SF (lost to Rafael Nadal)
Kevin Anderson01 (2017)819-8Runner-up (lost to Rafael Nadal)
Kei Nishikori01 (2014)818-8Did not play

US Open player performance: Top women

PlayerTitlesFinalsMain-draw appearancesWin-loss record2017 result
Serena Williams6 (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012-14)2 (2001, 2011)1789-11Did not play
Venus Williams2 (2000-1)2 (1997, 2002)1976-16SF (lost to Sloane Stephens)
Sloane Stephens1 (2017)0615-5Champion (d. Madison Keys)
Angelique Kerber1 (2016)01023-9R1 (lost to Naomi Osaka)
Samantha Stosur1 (2011)01322-11Did not play
Maria Sharapova 1 (2006)01135-10R16 (lost to Anastasija Sevastova)
Svetlana Kuznetsova1 (2004)1 (2007)1535-14R2 (lost to Kurumi Nara)
Caroline Wozniacki02 (2009, 2014)1135-11R2 (lost to Ekaterina Makarova)
Victoria Azarenka02 (2012-13)1032-10Did not play
Madison Keys01 (2017)614-6Runner-up (lost to Sloane Stephens)
Karolina Pliskova01 (2016)512-5QF (lost to Coco Vandweghe)

US Open player performance timelines

US Open player performance timeline: Men

Player200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Roger FedererR3R16R16R16WWWWWFSFSFQFR16SFF-QF
Rafael Nadal---R2R2R3QFR16SFSFWF-W-R3R16W
Novak Djokovic-----R3R3FSFSFFWFFSFWF-
Stan Wawrinka-----R3R3R16R16R1QFR2R16SFQFSFW-
Marin Cilic--------R3QFR2R3QF-WSFR3R3
Andy Murray-----R2R16R3FR16R3SFWQFQFR16QF-
Juan Martin del Potro------R1R3QFW-R3QFR2--QFSF
Kevin Anderson----------R3R3R1R2R3QFR3F
Kei Nishikori--------R16-R3R1R3R1FR1SF-

US Open player performance timeline: Women

Player199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Serena Williams-R3WQFFW-QFR16R16QFWSF-FWWWSFSF-
Venus WilliamsFSFSFWWF-R16QF-SFQFR16SFR2R2R2R3QFR16SF
Sloane Stephens-----------Q2Q1Q2R3R3R16R2R1-W
Angelique Kerber----------R1Q1R2R1SFR16R16R3R3WR1
Samantha Stosur------Q2R2R1R1R1R1R2QFWQFR1R2R16R2-
Maria Sharapova------R2R3SFWR3-R3R16R3SF-R16--R16
Svetlana Kuznetsova-----R3R3WR1R16FR3R16R16R16-R3R1R1R2R2
Caroline Wozniacki----------R2R16FSFSFR1R3FR2SFR2
Victoria Azarenka---------R3R16R3R3R2R3FFQFQF--
Madison Keys-------------Q1R2Q2R1R2R16R16F
Karolina Pliskova-------------Q1Q1Q2R1R3R1FQF

US Open Tips

Yet to win the US Open title since 2008, Roger Federer will be keen to get his hands on that trophy for at least one last time before he eventually hangs his racket, and the great Swiss will once again be high-up there on the list of favourites, if not on the absolute top of the list, like he seems to be in virtually every tournament he enters these days. 

Federer was sensationally stopped by Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter finals last season, and provided he is fit, the mighty Argentine is very capable of going all the way in New York, just like he did as a 20-year-old back in 2009. Del Potro is not intimidated by any of the traditional top four, and why should he? With a forehand that can hit through anyone and an improving backhand, the Tower of Tandil will be a major force come the US Open!

You cannot ignore reigning champion, Rafael Nadal, of course. One is never too sure about Nadal on a hard court these days, but he is the great Rafael Nadal after all- the expert at defying odds and logic!

Since the US Open holds much later in the year, that should (hopefully) provide enough time for those struggling top players to heal physically and mentally. Former champions, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray should return, so should three-time major winner, Stan Wawrinka. Regardless of their current predicaments, these guys know how to win majors, and who knows, with more matches under their belts in the coming months and the associated increase in confidence, they could well be major factors in New York. May be worth an early shout, you know?

The same logic works for Serena Williams in the women’s draw. The US Open comes along one year after the birth of her child- enough time for the American great to recover and get back into her groove. If Williams is going to win a Slam this year, the US Open may well be her best bet.

However, this is the WTA after all, where the mantra should really be: Expect the unexpected! Who would have thought Jelena Ostapenko (!) and Sloane Stephens would win Grand Slam titles last season? The usual suspects- Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova will all come at good odds, and frankly, any of the aforementioned ladies can go all the way, but so can a rank outsider, like Naomi Osaka or Ashleigh Barty!

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