US Open Tickets
The United States Open Tennis Championships, or the US Open Championships is one of the oldest and most watched tennis tournaments in the history of the sport. The hard court tournament has been a part of the sport since 1881 and in its rich history of matches has brought about some of the most exciting games the sport has ever seen. Since 1987 the US Open has also been the fourth and final tennis major of the Grand Slam for men’s tennis and serves as the ending tournament after the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
There are five different championships that comprise the US Open tournament, an event usually held in the two weeks enclosing Labor Day weekend. The events include men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles, an event that most tournaments do not have. In fact, the tournament is filled with rarities that make it one of the most popular and unique tournaments in the sport. The US Open has tiebreaks in every set played, including the last set. Another unique facet of the tournament is the event also hosts separate tournaments for senior players, junior player and wheelchair players.
The tournament which is held annual in Queens New York at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, is played outdoors and while there have been a few different court types throughout the years, players now play on acrylic hard courts. The US Open made the switch from clay courts in 1977, and continues to play on the surface known as DecoTurf. The DecoTurf is actually one of the biggest draws of the tournament as it is known for being the fastest surface with less friction, which creates a lower bounce for balls, and for many fans makes the game faster and more exciting. This has made many fans who gather to the 22,500 seat stadium for the main court of the tournament get to enjoy some of the most fast-paced games played in the sport.
With previous winners such as Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, through the history of the tournament fans have gotten to see some of the biggest names claim the US Open prize. Although tickets can be hard to obtain, the US Open is without a doubt one of the must-see events for any tennis fan to experience.