US Open 2014: Return of the Grand Slam Love

US Open 2014

When you love tennis, you would want to get something more than just the scores. Let’s check out some interesting stats from the US Open.

1. The United States Open is one of the oldest tennis championships in the world. It is the only tennis Grand Slam tournament played regularly every year since 1881.

2. The first edition of the US open kicked off at the Newport Casino, Newport, Rhode Island. It was won by Richard Sears who went on to win seven consecutive Men singles titles.

3. Since 1987, the United States Open is played as the fourth and final tennis Grand Slam tournament in a calendar year. The other three major tennis tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open (Roland Garros) and Wimbledon.

4. The annual edition of US Open is held in late August and continues over a two-week period. The competition consists of five main event championships namely men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. An additional tournament is held for senior, junior, and wheelchair players.

5. Right-handed players have won a total of 103 championship matches in the US open while left-handers have won 24 titles.

6. Bill Tilden has the record of playing most men’s singles finals. He has played 10 finals – 1918-25, 27 and 29. Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl hold the record for Open Era. Both men have played 8 singles finals.

7. Molla Mallory holds the record of most final appearances in the women’s singles category. She has also played 10 finals – 1915 to 18, ‘20-24 and ‘26.

8. Bill Johnston has a unique record of losing most finals to the same opponent. He lost five times to Bill Tilden – 1920, 22-25. Andre Agassi holds the same record in the Open Era. He lost to Pete Sampras three times – 1990, 1995 and 2002.

9. Andy Murray made history at the 2012 US Open when he lifted the Champions Cup. Murray’s win over defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic was his first career Grand Slam singles title. This title also brought a men’s Grand Slam singles crown to Great Britain for the first time since 1936.

10. The 2013 US Open was a tremendous hit with fans. The final tally of 713,026 appearances is ranked fourth-highest in tournament history.

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