The 2014 US Open Tennis is scheduled to run from August 25th to September 8th at the National Tennis Center in New York. The fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year (after the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon), it is always one of the most exciting and eagerly awaited sporting events as both the winners and losers of the previous tournaments will be battling for their title, prestige, and, of course, the huge prize money.
The US Open is a hard-court tournament which has been held since 1881. It consists of five event championships: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. There are also additional tournaments for senior players, junior players and wheelchair players. The total prize money for the 2013 edition was US$ 34,252,000, with the largest portion going to the singles. The total is going to be higher this year as the organizers have made a five-year agreement to increase the total to about US$ 50 million by 2017.
Since 1978, the tournament has been held every year on acrylic hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The complex’s three stadiums are among the largest in the world and the largest, the Arthur Ashe Stadium, has a capacity of 23,200 seats.
One way that the US Open Tennis Final differs from the other three grand slams is that there is a tiebreak in every set, including the last (which is the fifth for men and third for women). The other three grand slams do not have a tiebreak in the last set so that it can go indefinitely until one player takes a two-game lead.
Here are some of the players to watch in this year’s tournament:
- Rafael Nadal: Winner of the Men’s Singles in 2013, this 28 year old Spanish player is currently ranked No. 1 in the world.
- Serena Williams: Winner of Women’s Singles in 2013, this 32 year old American player is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. So far, she has won 17 Major Singles, including 5 US Opens and has been ranked No. 1 six times.
- Leander Paes: This 40 year old Indian player was part of the winning Men’s Doubles in 2013. This was his 8th Major Men’s Doubles title and 3rd in the US Open.
- Andrea Hlaváčková: This 27 year old player from the Czech Republic was a part of the winning Women’s Doubles in 2013. This was her 2nd Major Women’s Doubles title and the 1st at the US Open.
Many other former and current champions from all over the world, and new and upcoming players will be competing for the coveted title and prize money that comes with winning the US Open Tennis Final. As the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open Tennis Final is going to draw a huge crowd from all over the world. If you want to be part of the extravaganza, then come join us! Roadtrips can put together an exciting US Open Package that includes luxury accommodations in New York, your choice of seating at the National Tennis Center, and other custom experiences based on your interests. Contact one of our sports travel specialists now at 1-800-465-1765!