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The “US Open” Tennis Tournament – Format, Prize Money, and Results

The “US Open” is the second-oldest annual major tennis tournament. The tennis tournament was first held in 1881 in New York, USA, four years after Wimbledon. From 1884 to 1911, the tournament winner automatically advanced to the following year’s final, increasing their chances of retaining the champion title. Professional tennis players began competing in the “US Open” tournament in 1968, marking the start of the open era.

The “US Open” is one of four Grand Slam competitions. Since 1987, it has been the season’s fourth and final Grand Slam, beginning on the last Monday of August and lasting two weeks. The other three Grand Slam events are, “Wimbledon”, “French Open”, and “Australian Open”. The “US Open” tennis tournament, like the “Australian Open,” is held on hard courts. In addition, the “US Open” is the only Grand Slam tournament that has been held each year since its inception.

The “US Open” features 22 courts, with the main “Arthur Ashe Stadium” opening in 1997 and holding 23,771 people. After a renovation in 2016 which cost $180 million USD, a roof was added. The main court was named after Arthur Ashe. He was the first Open Era champion in 1968. The second-largest court, “Louis Armstrong Stadium” opened in 2018 and cost $200 million USD.

Format of the “US Open” Tennis Tournament:

The US Open consists of five major tournaments. There are also tournaments for juniors, seniors, and wheelchair tennis players.

Main events:

  • Men’s Singles – 128 tennis players
  • Women’s Singles – 128 tennis players
  • Men’s Doubles – 64 pairs
  • Women’s Doubles – 64 pairs
  • Mixed Doubles – 32 pairs

Juniors events:

  • Boys’ Singles
  • Girls’ Singles
  • Boys’ Doubles
  • Girls’ Doubles

Matches in the Men’s Singles tournament are best of three sets, while all other events are best of two sets. The main tournament’s includes 104 players with the highest ranking who register for the tournament. 16 players are chosen through qualifiers, and 8 are given wildcards.

Prize Money for the “US Open” Tennis Tournament:

The prize fund for the “US Open” in 2022 reached $60.1 million USD, the highest in Grand Slam tournament history. The prize money is the same for men and women: the champion winner received $2.6 million USD, while the finalist received $1.3 million USD. Players who advanced to the quarterfinals received $445,000 USD, while those who were eliminated in the first round received $80,000 USD. The winners of the Doubles events received $688,000 USD, while the winners of the Mixed Doubles events received $163,000 USD.

The prize fund is typically increased, so these record sums are expected to be even larger in 2023. In 2013, the prize fund was $33.6 million USD, and a decision was made in 2012 to increase the prize fund to $50.4 million USD by 2017.

“US Open” Results:

In 2022, Carlos Alcaraz became the “US Open” champion for the first time in his career, defeating Casper Ruud from Norway in the final. The last time a Spaniard won the “US Open” in 2019 – this was accomplished by well-known Rafael Nadal, who has won the Grand Slam four times in total. In the first ten years of the twenty-first century, Roger Federer stood out at the “US Open”, where he triumphed five times in a row – in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

In the Women’s Singles event in 2022, Iga Swiatek from Poland won by defeating Ons Jabeur from Tunisia in the final. At the open era, Chris Evert and Serena Williams have each won the “US Open” six times.

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US Open” Men’s Singles tennis tournament from 2000 onwards:

Year Champion Finalist Result
2000 Marat Safin Pete Sampras 3:0
2001 Lleyton Hewitt Pete Sampras 3:0
2002 Pete Sampras Andre Agassi 3:1
2003 Andy Roddick Juan Carlos Ferrero 3:0
2004 Roger Federer Lleyton Hewitt 3:0
2005 Roger Federer Andre Agassi 3:1
2006 Roger Federer Andy Roddick 3:1
2007 Roger Federer Novak Djokovic 3:0
2008 Roger Federer Andy Murray 3:0
2009 Juan Martín del Potro Roger Federer 3:2
2010 Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic 3:1
2011 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal 3:1
2012 Andy Murray Novak Djokovic 3:2
2013 Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic 3:1
2014 Marin Čilić Kei Nishikori 3:0
2015 Novak Djokovic Roger Federer 3:1
2016 Stan Wawrinka Novak Djokovic 3:1
2017 Rafael Nadal Kevin Anderson 3:0
2018 Novak Djokovic Juan Martín del Potro 3:0
2019 Rafael Nadal Daniil Medvedev 3:2
2021 Daniil Medvedev Novak Djokovic 3:0
2022 Carlos Alcaraz Casper Ruud 3:1

“US Open” records: 

Record Tennis player Additional Information
Most Men’s Singles Titles Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras 8
Most Women’s Singles Titles Chris Evert, Serena Williams 6
Unrated Men’s Champion Andre Agassi 1994
Unrated Women’s Champions Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Emma Raducanu 2009, 2017, 2021
Youngest Men’s Singles Champion Pete Sampras 19 years, 1 month – 1990
Longest Men’s Singles Match Stefan Edberg – Michael Chang 5 hours, 26 minutes – 1992
Longest Men’s Singles Final Stefan Edberg – Michael Chang 5 hours, 26 minutes – 1992

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