The U.S. Open

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What is the U. S. Open?

Don’t confuse the U. S. Open with the U.S. Open in Golf!  The U.S. Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in tennis.   The four Grand Slams (also called majors) are the U. S. Open, the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and Roland Garros, also known as the French Open. The U. S. Open and the Australian Open are  played on hard courts. Wimbledon is played on grass, and Roland Garros is played on clay. To win a Grand Slam you have to win seven matches. The men play best of five, meaning they have to win three sets to win.  Women play best of three, meaning they have to get two sets to win.

The Open Era

At one time in tennis history, before the “Open Era,”  pros weren’t allowed to play in the U.S. Open. The tournament used to be only for the challengers.  Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Jimmy Connors have had the most wins at the U.S. Open, counting when pros were allowed to play. I think that having pros able to play as well as challengers makes for  better competition and makes the games more interesting.

Open History

The first U. S. Open was in 1881. It was played in Rhode Island. Horace Rawlins won the very first U.S. Open. The longest match in U.S. Open history was in 1992. The players in this match were Stefan Edberg from Sweden and Michael Chang from the United States. Stefan Edberg won the match.  The match lasted for five hours and twenty six minutes!

The U. S. Open Now, Arthur Ashe

The U.S. Open is now played mainly at the Arthur Ashe stadium in Queens, New York.   This stadium is named after Arthur Ashe. Arthur Ashe was the first African-American tennis player to win three grand slams!   He won the U. S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open. Arthur Ashe was also the first African American to be ranked number one in the world too! Arthur was born on July 10, 1943. He passed away on February 6, 1993. He is honored for all of his accomplishments by having the main court in the U. S. Open named after him.

This year the U.S. Open will start on August 26th and end on September 8th.  I love tennis. I recommend you  watch the U.S. Open, or go there yourself!

 

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