Who Designs US Open Champion and Runners Up Trophy: History, Size, Weight and More

Published 09/12/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


The Prize money is not the only thing that intrigues tennis players to win a Grand Slam. More than that, it is the dream of raising the marvellous trophy- be it of the Australian Open or the US Open- that inspires them to do impossible things on the court. Even as youngsters, many players design their own trophies which give them motivation to actually lift the trophy one day.

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The US Open has one of the most attractive trophies. Both the men’s and women’s trophy is made up of sterling silver and has two handles on either sides. It has an imprint of  ‘United States Lawn Tennis Associations’ in capital letters and even the US Open’s earlier name, ‘United States Open Tennis Championships’ can be seen on every trophy.

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Even though the runner-ups don’t receive a similar trophy, they get a mesmerizing plate which is also made up of the same sterling silver. The winner’s trophy is about 18 inches tall, 6 inches wide and weighs around 8.5 pounds.

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Who prepares the US Open Trophies?

Renowned Jewellery brand, Tiffany and Co. has been making and designing the US Open trophies since 1987. Interestingly, they make over 60 trophies for the UTSA annually.

There are a number of processes that are involved in the making of the US Open trophies. Spinning, Silver Smithing, and Fabricating are the three key techniques because of which we see the amazing US Open trophies.

Surprisingly, the winners don’t take the real trophies to their homes. Instead, the management provides them with a replica that has the same dimensions as the original trophy.

Apart from this, the Tiffany and Co. also makes many different trophies for a wide range of sporting events including the Super Bowl.

Who has won the most US Open trophies?

In the men’s domain, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Jimmy Connors have all won five US Open trophies. Astonishingly, Federer won all five of them in a row from 2004 to 2008. It was Juan Martin del Potro who finally ended his winning-streak at the US Open 2009.

Roger Federer of Switzerland holds up the trophy as Andy Murray looks on after the 2008 U.S. Open Men’s Championship Match. Arthur Ashe Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

On the other hand, it is Novak Djokovic-who has appeared in the finals for the most time (9) while Ivan Lendl holds the record for the most consecutive final appearances (8) from 1982 to 1989.

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On the women’s side, Serena Williams and Chris Evert have won the US Open- a record 6 times. Serena has played the US Open finals ten times in her career and defended her title on three successive occasions.

Serena Williams celebrates defeating Catherine McNally of the United States during their Women’s Singles second round match. Day three of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Thus, the US Open doesn’t just give the highest prize money to its players, it also presents them with some beautiful trophies. Will the management do some changes in its design anytime soon?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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