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The fourth and final Grand Slam of the year, the United States Open Tennis Championships, takes place in New York City, USA. The tournament is the modern version of the US National Championship, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious tournaments in tennis.
Generally, the US Open starts on the last Monday of August and lasts a fortnight. The middle weekend coincides with the US Labor Day holiday, resulting in the immense popularity of the tournament across ages.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) owns and started organizing the tournament in 1978. All proceeds from the US Open, be it from ticket sales, screening rights, or sponsorships, are used to further tennis in the country.
The largest and one of the most famous tennis stadiums in the world, the Arthur Ashe Stadium, lies inside the Flushing Meadows complex with a seating capacity of 23,771 spectators. Across the venue, the tournament uses DecoTurf cushion acrylic hard courts.
At the US Open, when the score of the final set reaches 6-6 (fifth set in ATP and third set in WTA), the seven-point tiebreaker comes into play.
US Open Prize Money
The total prize money for US Open 2020 was $53.4 million, down 6.7% from the previous year. It is still the richest Grand Slam tennis tournament in history. The men's and women's singles champions' prize money was reduced to $3 million, and the runners-up collected cheques of $1.5 million each.
The champions of the US Open tennis tournament are given 2000 ranking points and the ATP finalists collect 1200 ranking points, whereas their WTA counterparts are awarded 1300 points.
The prize money of the tournament increased to $57.5 million, a 7.60% increase, in 2021 despite hits from the Covid-19 pandemic. The winners, however, received a lowered amount of $2.5 million, and the runner-ups won $1.25 million.?
In 2022, the overall prize money increased once again, touching a whopping $60 million. The prize for the winners and finalists was still smaller than the 2020 prize money. The winners earned $2.6 million, and the runner-ups attained $1.3 million.
Now, in 2023, the prize money has broken records again at a pool of $65 million. In good news for the winners and the runner-ups, the winning amount is back at $3 million and $1.5 million, respectively.?
US Open Winners List (ATP) Over The Past 15 Years
|Roger Federer||2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|Juan Martin del Potro||2009|
|Rafael Nadal||2010, 2013, 2017, 2019|
|Novak Djokovic||2011, 2015, 2018|
US Open Winners List (WTA) Over The Past 15 Years
|Svetlana Kuznetsova||2004, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|Kim Clijsters||2005, 2009, 2010|
|Justine Henin||2003, 2007|
|Serena Williams||1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Naomi Osaka||2018, 2020|
Where is the US Open Held?
The tournament is held at Flushing Meadows. The Big Apple's major tournament primarily takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, a stadium complex within Flushing Meadows?Corona Park in Queens, New York, USA.
The stadium was initially named the USTA National Tennis Center. But in 2006, it was renamed to honor the 12-time Grand Slam champion and one of the most influential athletes of all time, Billie Jean King.
How to watch the US Open 2023?
As usual, viewers in the Americas can watch the 2023 US Open on ESPN and ESPN 2. The US Open welcomes new foreign rights holders in the United Kingdom and Ireland this year, with fans being able to watch on Sky Sports.
Fans in Italy can watch it on SuperTennis, while Spaniards can watch it on Telefonica or Movistar Plus+. Sportdeutschland.TV will broadcast the US Open in Germany, while Migu will show it in China. Viewers in India may also watch the Open live on Sony Sports Network and the Sony Liv app, as well as the Jio TV app.