US Open: Serena Williams’ last hurrah at home grand slam headlines fascinating two weeks of tennis news
Serena Williams has already been crowned the world’s best female player three times. But she may finally pull off her most impressive achievement yet, becoming the first woman to complete three major wins at The Open, the world’s oldest major tournament. Read why Williams could become only the second woman to win the U.S. Open, and why she might get there before Novak Djokovic.
THE RULES OF THE GAME
RULES OF THE GAME: The U.S. Open is played on 18 Grand Slam events held on different continents across the world. The competition encompasses events at the highest level in men’s and women’s tennis, as well as doubles and mixed doubles competitions.
How is the U.S. Open split into six Grand Slam events and three majors?
The U.S. Open is split into six Grand Slam events and three majors, with the exception of the Australian Open. The tournament was originally played as a single event until 1962, and for the next 20 years, it was known as the U.S. National Championships.
The tournament began as the U.S. National Championships, but it was changed to the U.S. Open at the 1966 U.S. Open Tennis Championships, which became the U.S. National Championships in 1970. The second Grand Slam to be played on grass courts, it was renamed after President John F. Kennedy in 1959, two years after his death.
The U.S. Open, now played on grass, was established in 1957.
Where is The U.S. Open, and why did it change names twice?
The U.S. Open, which is now played on grass, was established in 1957. The first Grand Slam to be played on grass was the U.S. Pro Tennis Championship in 1931. The event changed names to the U.S. Open in 1961.
The U.S. Open was established when the United States Tennis Association (USTA) merged with the Grand Slam tennis tour — primarily the professional circuit — as well as the International Lawn Tennis Federation. The merged organizations were granted exclusive rights to stage the U.S. Open and Grand Slam tennis events. The U.S. Open is the oldest major tournament in men’s and women’s tennis.