US Open (tennis)

The US Open is the fourth and final event of the Grand Slam in tennis. It is held annually in August/September and the main tournament consists of five championships: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for junior and senior players. Since 1978, the tournament has been held the hard court tennis courts at Flushing Meadows in New York.

The US Open grew from an exclusive entertainment event for the high society to a $16 million prize money championship for over 600 male and female professional players.

History

The event was first held in August 1881 as the U.S. National Singles Championship for men. Only clubs that were members of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association were permitted to enter. The championships were staged at the Newport Casino, Newport, Rhode Island.

In 1900 U.S. National Men's Doubles Championship was held for the first time. Tournaments were held in the east and the west of the country in order to determine the best two teams (sectional winners). These would then compete in a play-off - the winner would play the defending champions in the challenge round.

Six years after the men's nationals were held, the first official U.S. Women's National Singles Championship was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in 1897, followed by women's doubles in 1889.

The open era began in 1968 when all five events were merged into the US Open at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. That year 96 men and 63 women entered the event with prize money amounting to $100,000.

Winners

Year heldSingles MenSingles Women

2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
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1991
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1989
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1987
1986
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1982
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1974
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1971
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1968
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1957
1956
1955
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1951
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1938
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1936

1935
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1932
1931
1930
1929
1928
1927
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1925
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1923
1922
1921
1920
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1918
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1915
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1913
1912
1911
1910
1909
1908
1907
1906
1905
1904
1903
1902
1901
1900
1899
1898
1897
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1895
1894
1893
1892
1891
1890
1889
1888
1887
1886
1885
1884
1883
1882
1881

Andy Roddick
Pete Sampras
Lleyton Hewitt
Marat Safin
Andre Agassi
Patrick Rafter
Patrick Rafter
Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
Andre Agassi
Pete Sampras
Stefan Edberg
Stefan Edberg
Pete Sampras
Boris Becker
Mats Wilander
Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl
John McEnroe
Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors

John McEnroe
John McEnroe
John McEnroe
Jimmy Connors
Guillermo Vilas
Jimmy Connors
Manuel Orantes
Jimmy Connors
John Newcombe
Ilie Nastase
Stan Smith
Ken Rosewall
Rod Laver
Arthur Ashe

John Newcombe
Fred Stolle
Manuel Santana
Roy Emerson
Rafael Osuna
Rod Laver
Roy Emerson
Neale Fraser
Neale Fraser
Ashley Cooper
Malcolm J. Anderson
Ken Rosewall
Tony Trabert

Vic Seixas, Jr
Tony Trabert
Frank Sedgman
Frank Sedgman
Arthur Larsen
Richard A. Gonzales
Richard A. Gonzales
Jack Kramer
Kramer
Sgt. Frank Parker
Sgt. Frank Parker
Lt. Joseph R. Hunt
Frederick R. Schroeder, Jr.
Bobby Riggs
Donald McNeill
Bobby Riggs
Don Budge
Don Budge

Fred Perry
Wilmer L. Allison
Fred Perry
Fred Perry
H. Ellsworth Vines
H. Ellsworth Vines
John H. Doeg
Bill Tilden
Henri Cochet
Rene Lacoste
Rene Lacoste
Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden

William M. Johnston
R. Lindley Murray
R. Lindley Murray
Richard N. Williams
William M. Johnston
Richard N. Williams
Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
William A. Larned
William A Larned
William A Larned
William A. Larned
William A. Larned
William A. Larned
Beals C. Wright
Holcombe Ward

Hugh L. Doherty
William A. Larned
William A. Larned
Malcolm D. Whitman
Malcolm D. Whitman
Malcolm D. Whitman
Robert D. Wrenn
Robert D. Wrenn
Fred H. Hovey
Robert D. Wrenn
Robert D. Wrenn
Oliver S. Campbell
Oliver S. Campbell
Oliver S. Campbell
Henry W. Slocum, Jr
Henry W. Slocum, Jr.

Richard D. Sears
Richard D. Sears
Richard D. Sears
Richard D. Sears
Richard D. Sears
Richard D. Sears
Richard D. Sears

Justine Henin-Hardenne
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Venus Williams
Serena Williams
Lindsay Davenport
Martina Hingis

Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Steffi Graf
Monica Seles
Monica Seles
Gabriela Sabatini
Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
Hana Mandlikova
Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova
Chris Evert
Tracy Austin
Chris Evert
Tracy Austin
Chris Evert
Christ Evert
Chris Evert
Chris Evert
Billie Jean King
Margaret Smith Court
Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
Margaret Smith Court
Margaret Smith Court
Virginia Wade

Billie Jean King
Maria Bueno
Margaret Smith
Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
Margaret Smith
Darlene Hard
Darlene Hard
Maria Bueno
Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
Shirley Fry
Doris Hart

Doris Hart
Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
Louise Brough
Pauline Betz
Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Pauline Betz
Pauline Betz
Pauline Betz
Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Alice Marble
Alice Marble
Alice Marble
Anita Lizana
Alice Marble

Helen Jacobs
Helen Jacobs
Helen Jacobs
Helen Jacobs
Helen Wills Moody
Betty Nuthall
Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Molla B. Mallory
Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Molla B. Mallory

Molla B. Mallory
Molla B. Mallory
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
Molla Bjurstedt
Molla Bjurstedt
Molla Bjurstedt
Molla Bjurstedt
Mary Browne
Mary Browne
Mary Browne
Hazel Hotchkiss
Hazel Hotchkiss
Hazel Hotchkiss

Maud Barger-Wallach
Evelyn Sears
Helen Homans
Elisabeth Moore
May Sutton
Elisabeth Moore
Marion Jones (tennis player)
Elisabeth Moore
Myrtle McAteer
Marion Jones
Juliette Atkinson
Juliette Atkinson
Elisabeth Moore

Juliette Atkinson
Helen Hellwig
Aline Terry
Mabel Cahill
Mabel Cahill
Ellen C. Roosevelt
Bertha L. Townsend
Bertha L. Townsend
Ellen Hansell

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