US Open Tennis Tournament – 8 Crazy Awesome Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
Every year the US Open Tennis Tournament captivates millions of tennis fans in dozens of countries with a combined 10 hours of live coverage a day for two weeks. But did you know a 15 year old won this tournament? Yep! His name was Vincent Richards, you can read more about him and other awesome facts about the US Open below:
The US Open tennis tournament was first played in Newport, Rhode Island in August 1881. That’s probably the reason why the Tennis Hall of Fame is located there. Coincidence? I think not. 1881 is the same year the United States Tennis Association (back then it was called the USNLTA) was established by a small group of tennis club members.
The US Open is the only one of the 4 grand slams that has been played on three different court surfaces. First, the Open was played in a garden of all places, then a clay court surface, then finally in 1978 the tournament was moved to the USTA National Tennis Center in New York, where it is of course now played on a hard court surface.
Did you know that the US Open Tennis Tournament Is more profitable than the Wimbledon Championship and the French Open COMBINED? Yep, it’s true. We Americans are fanatic about their tennis.
Could this be the greatest point ever played at the US Open?
Djokovic & Nadal Best Point in Tennis History US OPEN Fianl 2011
Tip: Notice how Djokovic controls the center of the court, it’s a strategy you have to know in order to improve your game
The youngest men’s single champion is Pete Sampras, who won the tournament at 19 years old in 1990. However, there was one other male who won a championship that was even younger. Vincent Richards won the Men’s Doubles championship in 1918 at just 15 years old.
Why is one of the largest tennis stadiums in the world named after Billie Jean King? She was great, but of all the tennis champions in the world why her? Well, she was the first player to win two consecutive US Open championships. She won the US Open in both 1971 and 1972. Someone had to do it, so good timing on her part! Other than her two titles here, she is one of the most influential tennis players in the history of the sport.
Two of the largest tennis stadiums in the world can be found at the US Open. Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium are two of the largest tennis stadiums in the world with a combined seating capacity of over 38,700 seats.
Arthur Ashe stadium was named in honor of the first black player to participate in the Davis Cup for the United States. Arthur Ashe later become a US Open Tennis Tournament champion in 1968.
Why in the heak is one of the largest tennis stadiums in the world named after Louis Armstrong? Am I the only one confused by this? Well after a bit of research I found that the famous jazz musician actually lived near the stadium, about 1 mile to be exact. But he died in 1971, and he wasn’t even a tennis player, so I would like to make a notion to rename the stadium Federerville. Who’s with me? Maybe I’m alone on this.
I hope you enjoyed my top 8 crazy awesome interesting facts about the US Open.