US Open (tennis)

The United States Open Tennis Championships is a hard court tennis tournament. The tournament is the modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the US National Championship, for which men's singles and men's doubles were first played in August 1881.

US Open
Official website
Founded1881; 140 years ago (1881)
Editions141 (2021)
LocationNew York City, New York,
United States
VenueUSTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (since 1978)
SurfaceHard – outdoors[lower-alpha 1][lower-alpha 2] (since 1978)
Clay – outdoors (1975–1977)
Grass – outdoors (1881–1974)
Prize moneyUS$57.5 million (2021)[1]
Men's
DrawS (128Q) / 64D (16Q)[lower-alpha 3]
Current championsDaniil Medvedev (singles)
Rajeev Ram
Joe Salisbury (doubles)
Most singles titles7
Richard Sears
William Larned
Bill Tilden
Most doubles titles6
Mike Bryan
Richard Sears
Holcombe Ward
Women's
DrawS (128Q) / 64D (16Q)
Current championsEmma Raducanu (singles)
Samantha Stosur
Zhang Shuai (doubles)
Most singles titles8
Molla Mallory
Most doubles titles13
Margaret Osborne duPont
Mixed doubles
Draw32
Current championsDesirae Krawczyk
Joe Salisbury
Most titles (male)4
Bill Tilden
Bill Talbert
Bob Bryan
Most titles (female)9
Margaret Osborne duPont
Grand Slam
Last completed
2021 US Open

Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year. The other three, in chronological order, are the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. The US Open starts on the last Monday of August and continues for two weeks, with the middle weekend coinciding with the US Labor Day holiday.

The tournament consists of five primary championships: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles. The tournament also includes events for senior, junior, and wheelchair players. Since 1978, the tournament has been played on acrylic hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City. The US Open is owned and organized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), a non-profit organization, and the chairperson of the US Open is Patrick Galbraith. Revenue from ticket sales, sponsorships, and television contracts are used to develop tennis in the United States.

The US Open employs standard tiebreakers (first to 7, win by 2) in every set of a singles match.[2] For the other three Grand Slam events, there are special scoring methods for a match that reaches 6–6 in the last possible set (the third for women and the fifth for men): in the French Open, the decisive set continues until a player takes a two-game lead, in Australia, an extended tiebreaker to 10 points is played, and at Wimbledon, a standard tiebreaker is played only if the game score reaches 12–12. As with the US Open, these events use standard tiebreakers to decide the other sets.[2]