The US Open is the final Grand Slam tournament of the year and the last chance for tennis players to prove themselves and improve their world ranking. This year we have seen many surprises throughout the Grand Slams, but can we expect the same come August 26th? The US Open is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as it has done since 1978, a historical venue that contains plenty of memorable moments including the Borg vs McEnroe final of 1981, when the Williams sister met in the finals in 2001, and who could forget Andy Murray’s first Grand Slam title after he defeated Novak Djokovic in 2012. Is anybody set to make history again this year? You can make your predictions and bet on us open 2019 men’s winner with Betfair.
Held in New York City, New York, the US Open has been a highly anticipated Grand Slam every year since 1978. The event coincides with the US holiday Labour Day on the second Monday, allowing Americans to celebrate the event and the prosperity of the workers who built their country. The surface for the US Open is DecoTurf an acrylic topped hard court surface and is outdoors, a different surface to the last Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon which takes place on grass. The prize money pot for 2018 was US$53 million and is looking to be even bigger this year for the athletes.
The 2019 US Open is set to be one of the best with 128 singles, 128 qualifiers and 64 doubles, taking to the courts from 26th August to 8th September. Qualifying will take place from 19th August through to the 23rd. With last year’s spectators reaching an all-time high of over 730,000, can we expect to see another record-breaking crowd? With Andy Murray’s anticipated but not confirmed return to the singles court, and young American starlet Coco Gauff likely to participate, a larger than usual crowd is more than likely to appear.
There have been many legendary players at the US Open over the years and it has seen some glorious moments in history. Since the Open Era phase of the tournament (1978 and onwards) we have seen some incredible records, some which are yet to be broken. In Men’s singles history, three players sit on five titles: Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. While in the women’s game, Chris Evert and Serena Williams have six titles a-piece. Both Federer and Williams could well make history with victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium next month.
After 15-year-old Cori Gauff took on Venus Williams in Wimbledon earlier this year, the younger players are certainly ones to watch. More often than not they are a great insight into what the future of tennis will look like. Some champions at the US Open have been extremely young, including Pete Sampras who was just 19-years-old and Tracy Austin who was 16-years-old when they claimed their first titles.
This year the Grand Slams have brought a mixture of results, especially in the women’s singles, which is often more open than the men’s game. With Naomi Osaka winning in Australia, Ashleigh Barty in France and Simona Halep in the UK, it is anybody’s game during the US Open, so it will be a really interesting tournament to watch for the ladies. For the men’s singles, Djokovic has taken two titles, one in Australia and one at Wimbledon, can he take a third? Or will Nadal challenge him for a second title this season after the French Open? Could this be the first time since 2015 that Federer leaves the season without on Grand Slam title? It’s going to be another intense and exciting end to a year of tennis, be sure you don’t miss any of the action!