US Open 2020

US Open Tennis In New York – Guide To The Ultimate Tennis

US Open Tennis In New York:  The U.S. Open—New York’s exhilarating summer sports event—is one of the most exciting things to do in Queens. But this year, things are going to be much different.

While the games will go on, the U.S. Tennis Association said that fans will not be allowed in because of state health and safety protocols surrounding large gatherings.

That’s a huge change that means Flushing won’t be buzzing with activity like it does each year when the tennis stars come to play.

“The decision to hold the 2020 U.S. Open without fans was not an easy one, but ultimately it was the correct one,” said Stacey Allaster, the chief executive, of Professional Tennis at USTA and US Open Tournament Director.

“To mitigate risk, we must minimize numbers on-site. Though we will not have fans on our site, we will engage with tennis fans around the world in new and exciting ways with the help of our global broadcast partners, and all our US Open sponsors.”

To that end, the Billie Jean King Tennis Center is holding both the 2020 U.S. Open and 2020 Western & Southern Open will be held at Flushing’s NTC.

By doing this, it allows the USTA to keep the events in one centralized location, mitigating risk and allowing for one cohesive safety plan but it’ll also amp up excitement for the summer’s biggest tennis events.

Still, some tennis players have decided not to participate to protect themselves and their families from getting ill, including Rafael Nadal, Ashleigh Barty and Nick Kyrgios.

When is the U.S. Open?

The U.S. Open takes place in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens at the end of the summer from from August 31 to September 13. ESPN and ESPN+ will be covering the games so you will be able to watch them that way.

 

The US Open, by far the nation’s biggest tennis tournament, returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 31 through September 13.

The Grand Slam event brings together the world’s best players, and this year will be preceded by the relocated Western & Southern Open. Although fans won’t be allowed in the stadium to see the 2020 matches, organizers are working with broadcast partners and sponsors to allow fans alternate views of the action. For more information, visit usopen.org.

 

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The US Open began in 1881, when the sport was played on the luxurious lawn courts of the Newport Casino in Rhode Island. In these times, the format of the event was slightly different.

The previous year’s champion had an automatic entrance to the final match, while the challengers would compete for the chance to dethrone the previous champion in the final.

Richard Sears dominated the first seven years of the US Open, maintaining his title every time. By 1900, the US Open had expanded to include a Women’s Singles event, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.

During the 1970’s, The US Open was played on clay, before the location was moved to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York, its current home. Now played on a hard court, the US Open has become a major Grand Slam to wrap up the summer tennis season.

US Open Location: 
The US Open is played near New York City, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York.

US Open Court: 
The US Open is played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Its main stadium is Arthur Ashe Stadium, which seats over 22,000 spectators and is the largest tennis stadium on the globe.

The Louis Armstrong stadium was the main court at the US Open before Arthur Ashe stadium was constructed in 1997.  With a seating capacity of over 10,0000, the Louis Armstrong stadium was named after the famous jazz trumpet player who lived nearby.

US Open Traditions: 
• The US Open was the first major tournament to feature night matches and plays at night more than any other tennis championship.
• Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is held just before the US Open and kicks of the festivities by honoring the late Arthur Ashe with several exhibition matches aimed at supporting charities.
• Celebrity doubles’ matches were held in 2012 which included stars like Adam Sandler, Alec Baldwin, Katy Couric, and more.

Recent Historic Moments of the US Open: 
• In 2012, Tomas Berdych ousted Roger Federer in the quarterfinal round.
• Kim Clijsters retired from tennis after losing in the second round of the 2012 US Open to Laura Robson.
• In 2003, Andy Roddick won his lone career Grand Slam defeating Jaun Carlos Ferrero in straight sets in the final.

Total Prize Money:
2013: $29,500,000
2012: $24,000,000

Current Champions:
2012 Men’s Single: Andy Murray
2012 Women’s Single: Serena Williams
2012 Men’s Double: Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan
2012 Women’s Double: Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci
2012 Mixed Double: Ekaterina Makarova, Bruno Soares

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