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US Open tennis explained: History, venue, schedule, prize money

02 Aug | BY Guy Giles | MIN READ TIME |
US Open tennis explained: History, venue, schedule, prize money

From the history of the tournament to the match schedule, our guide has everything you need to know about the US Open.

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What is the history of the US Open?

The US Open was originally known as the US National Championship, and was first held in August 1881 at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island, which is now the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

While the tournament is now played on hardcourt, it was originally held on grass until 1974, then on clay until 1977, and finally on the current surface since 1978.

For the first six years, only men were allowed to compete, with both a singles and doubles tournament taking place.

In 1887, the first US Women’s National Singles Championship was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Both tournaments initially used a challenge system in which the defending champion automatically qualified for the final, where they would take on the winner of the all-comers competition.

In 1915, the men’s tournament moved to the West Side Tennis Club in Queen’s, New York, with the women’s tournament following in 1921.

Nine years later, in 1924, the International Lawn Tennis Federation designated the US National Championship as one of the world’s major tennis tournaments.

Up until 1968, only amateur players were allowed to compete, but the beginning of the open era saw professionals enter the tournament for the first time.

In 1973, the US Open became the first Grand Slam to award equal prize money to men and women, with singles champions John Newcombe and Margaret Court receiving $25,000 each.

After three years on clay, the US Open moved to the hard courts of the newly constructed USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, where it is still played today. 

The complex was renamed USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in 2006, in honour of the four-time US Open champion and women’s tennis pioneer.

When does the 2023 US Open takes place?

The 2023 US Open will take place from Monday 28 August to Sunday 10 September.

Where does the US Open take place?

It is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queen’s, New York.

Flushing Meadows is home to the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is the biggest tennis court in the world with a listed capacity of 23,200.

What surface is the US Open played on?

The US Open is played on hardcourt, which is the most common surface on the professional tennis tour.

The Australian Open is also played on hardcourt, while the French Open is played on clay, and Wimbledon on grass.

What is the schedule of play for the US Open? 2023 US Open Fixtures Calendar

Monday 28 August

Men’s & Women’s Singles 1st round

Tuesday 29 August

Men’s & Women’s Singles 1st round

Wednesday 30 August

Men’s & Women’s Singles 2nd round

Men’s & Women’s Doubles 1st round

Thursday 31 August

Men’s & Women’s Singles 2nd round

Men’s & Women’s Doubles 1st round

Friday 1 September

Men’s & Women’s Singles 3rd round

Men’s & Women’s Doubles 2nd round

Saturday 2 September

Men’s & Women’s Singles 3rd round

Men’s & Women’s Doubles 2nd round

Sunday 3 September

Men’s & Women’s Singles Round of 16

Men’s & Women’s Doubles 3rd round

Monday 4 September

Men’s & Women’s Singles Round of 16

Men’s & Women’s Doubles 3rd round

Tuesday 5 September

Men’s & Women’s Singles Quarter-Finals

Men’s & Women’s Doubles Quarter-Finals

Quad Wheelchair Singles 1st round

Men’s & Women’s Wheelchair Singles 1st round

Wednesday 6 September

Men’s & Women’s Singles Quarter-Finals

Women’s Doubles Quarter-Finals

Quad Wheelchair Singles Quarter-Finals

Men’s & Women’s Wheelchair Singles Quarter-Finals

Thursday 7 September

Women’s Singles Semi-Finals

Men’s Doubles Semi-Finals

Quad Wheelchair Doubles Semi-Finals

Men’s & Women’s Wheelchair Doubles Semi-Finals

Friday 8 September

Men’s Singles Semi-Finals

Men’s Doubles Final or Mixed Doubles Final

Women’s Doubles Semi-Finals

Men’s & Women’s Wheelchair Singles Semi-Finals

Quad Wheelchair Singles Semi-Finals

Saturday 9 September

Women’s Singles Final

Mixed Doubles Final or Men’s Doubles Final

Men’s & Women’s Wheelchair Doubles Final

Quad Wheelchair Doubles Final

Sunday 10 September

Men’s Singles Final

Women’s Doubles Final

Men’s & Women’s Wheelchair Singles Final

Quad Wheelchair Singles Final

What time are the US Open finals?

The Men’s and Women’s singles finals start at 4pm ET, which is 9pm in the UK.

Who won the 2022 US Open?

Here is the full list of US Open champions from 2022:

Men’s singles – Carlos Alcaraz (Spain)

Women’s singles – Iga Swiatek (Poland)

Men’s doubles – Rajeev Ram (USA)/Joe Salisbury (Great Britain)

Women’s doubles – Barbora Krejcikova (Czechia)/Katerina Siniakova (Czechia)

Mixed doubles – Storm Sanders (Australia)/John Peers (Australia)

Wheelchair men’s singles – Alfie Hewett (Great Britain)

Wheelchair women’s singles – Diede de Groot (Netherlands)

Wheelchair quad singles – Niels Vink (Netherlands)

Wheelchair men’s doubles – Martin de la Puente (Spain)/Nicolas Peifer (France)

Wheelchair women’s doubles – Diede de Groot (Netherlands)/Aniek van Koot (Netherlands)

Wheelchair quad doubles – Sam Schroder (Netherlands)/Niels Vink (Netherlands)

What is the prize money for the US Open winners?

The singles champions at the US Open receive US$2,600,000 each.

Are there any British players participating in the US Open?

Six British players have received direct entry into the singles draw at the 2023 US Open.

In the men’s draw, Andy Murray, Cam Norrie, Dan Evans, and Jack Draper will feature.

In the women’s draw, Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage will hope to continue their impressive seasons.

Who are the top contenders for the men’s and women’s singles title?

The top contenders for the men’s singles title at the 2023 US Open are defending champion Carlos Alcaraz and three-time champion Novak Djokovic.

Alcaraz is coming off his second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, beating Djokovic in a five-set classic in the final.

Djokovic has not won at Flushing Meadows since 2018, and will be hoping to add to his record 23 major titles.

Hoping to spoil the party will be the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Holger Rune, Stefanos Tsitsipas and last year’s beaten finalist Casper Ruud.

In the women’s, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek is the favourite to defend her 2022 title, with Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina second and third in the betting.

Also in contention will be American hopes Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula, as well as Carolina Garcia, Ons Jabeur, and Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova.

Where can I watch the US Open on TV in the UK?

The US Open will be live on Sky Sports in the UK, after the broadcaster agreed a five-year deal starting in 2023.

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Guy Giles

Guy Giles

Sports writer who produces regular football and cricket tips, while also covering a range of other sports.

Guy Giles

Guy Giles

Sports writer who produces regular football and cricket tips, while also covering a range of other sports.

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