What is the US Open?

The 2019 US Open is only ten days away, and anticipation has started to build ahead of the final grand slam event of the season. With that in mind, we thought we’d give you a rundown of what you need to know ahead of this year’s tournament.

What is the US Open?

The United States Open Tennis Championships, the US Open, is the second-oldest tennis tournament in history, second only to the Wimbledon Championships. The tournament is the fourth and final grand slam tournament of the season.

The men’s event was established way back in 1981, while the women’s event was introduced in 1887. It was initially known as the U.S. National Championships between 1881-1967, before being rebranded the US Open with the commencement of the Open Era in 1968. This year will be the 52nd edition in the Open Era, and both the men’s and women’s events feature a 128-player field.

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Where is the US Open held?

The US Open is held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York City, in the United States. The tournament was initially held in Pennsylvania, but since 1921 the tournament has been held in New York. A few venues have held the tournament, but since 1978 it’s been held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with the tournament being played on hard courts ever since.

What is the US Open Prize Money?

The US Open has the largest prize fund of any tennis tournament, and this year the whole event will have a record prize fund of over $57million (£48million). The tournament offers equal prize money for both men and women, and it was the first tournament to do so back in 1973. The winner of each singles event will pocket in the region £3million, while each runner-up will earn approximately £1.5million.

How to watch the US Open in the UK?

Amazon Prime Video currently has the UK rights to both the men’s and women’s events at the US Open.

When does the US Open get underway and when is the draw made?

The US Open gets underway on the final Monday of August each year. The tournament is a two-week event, with the women’s final being held on the second Saturday, and the men’s final being held on the second Sunday. It should also be noted that there is a five-hour time difference between New York and the UK, and so while the afternoon sessions get underway at 11am each day in New York, that’s 4pm in the UK.

US Open Draw Date

Thursday August 22nd

Women’s Singles US Open Dates

Monday August 26th – Saturday September 7th

Men’s Singles US Open Dates

Monday August 26th – Sunday August 8th

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