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The US Open, also known as the United States Open Tennis Championships, is the last grand slam of the tennis season. The tournament moved from grass to acrylic hardcourts in 1978 and today has the highest attendance of all the four grand slam tournament. Since 1978 the competition has been taking place at Flushing Meadows.
When the US Open takes place, all the top players are at the peak of their season and there are massive expectations with the tournament that has a stellar prize pot of $53M. As you can expect there are plenty of betting offers on the US Open and on this page, you will find all the best ones for both new and existing customers. Below you will also find some useful information on the US Open with schedule, history and curiosities.
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US Open Format
The US Open is run and managed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). All profits are invested back into tennis development in the US. Like other grand slam tournaments, there are 128 men’s and 128 women’s that are taking part in the singles and also doubles teams. The tournament is straight knockout format.
Up until 1974, the tournament was played on grass, but it then switched to clay for around three years, and in 1978 it finally switched to the acrylic hardcourts that are still used nowadays.
The best 32 men and women are seeded based on their rankings and also on previous performances at the US Open and similar hardcourts tournaments.
16 places for both men and women are assigned through the qualification process. The rest of the places are given via wildcards that are awarded by the organisation.
The Tiebreak system was firstly introduced in the US Open and was the main difference between this grand slam and the others. The majority of tournaments, including also Wimbledon, are however introducing the tiebreak at least for the final set.
At the US Open, the tiebreak is used at the end of every tied set which also includes the final one. If a set is 6-6 then the games will not continue but the set will be decided by a tiebreak.
History of the US Open
The United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA) was established in 1881 as a tennis club for members only. In 1975 the word ‘lawn’ was deleted and it the body was named the USTA. This is the body that organises the US Open nowadays: it is a no-profit organisation with all profits that are invested into grassroots tennis in the US.
The first tournament took place at Newport Casino in Rhode Island and was played in grass in 1881. It was only opened to members of the USTA. Only 6 years later women were also allowed to compete.
In 1915 the tournament was moved to the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hill so close to New York. In 1921 the tournament changed the name to the United States National Championship.
In the Open era from 1968 there were 68 female participants and 96 male that were competing for a prize of $100,000. It was in 1970 that the tiebreak was introduced while floodlights were made available in 1975 so that matches could be played in the evenings too.
In 1978 the tournament moved to the National Tennis Centre and the surface changed from clay to hard. The main court is the Arthur Ashe Stadium that has a capacity of 22,000, and other stadiums are the Louis Armstrong Stadium (10,000) and the Grandstand Stadium (6,000).
Unlike other grand slam, all the cours have floodlit which means that lots of games are scheduled during the night. From 2005 all courts have been painted in blue so that the ball can be more easily tracked by both cameras and spectators.
The US Open is the only Grand Slam that has been played every single year since it was founded back in 1881.
The US Open is played on Deco Turf which is a fast surface that has less friction and also lower bounce if compared to the Rebound Ace which is used in the Australian Open. This means that although this surface is not as quick as grass the ball doesn’t have unexpected bounce which is caused by uneven surface and therefore it is particularly suited to those players skilled in serve and volley.
The winners of the men’s and women’s singles will pocket around $3,8M while the runners up will get $1.85M. This is by far the highest paid of all the grand slams.