The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City is home to the 2015 US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. The 135th edition of the tournament will get underway on Aug. 31 and run for two weeks through Sept. 13 until the eventual king and queen are crowned champions in their respective draws.
The event brings many highs and lows for players all over the world as they assemble to compete in the last Grand Slam event of the year. Like other majors, the tournament will comprise of two separate bracket-style draw formats for men and women. The draws will consist of 128 players with 32 seeds in each bracket. The special items about this event are that every year the US Open brings two very different dynamics to the game. The first is the experience of night play. Crowds will fill tennis’ largest stadium, often into the late night, to watch players battle it out under the floodlights of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The second element at play is that the US Open is the only Grand Slam event that employs tiebreakers in every set of a match. In case of a tie in any set the match will not be played out until one player wins by two games. Instead, the set will always be decided by a tiebreaker.
In 2015, for the first time ever, the US Open prize money will surpass $40 million. As a result, the winners of the men and women’s singles events will receive the largest payout in US Open history in the amount of $3.3 million each.
PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS & RUNNER-UPS
|2004||Roger Federer||Lleyton Hewitt|
|2005||Roger Federer||Andre Agassi|
|2006||Roger Federer||Andy Roddick|
|2007||Roger Federer||Novak Djokovic|
|2008||Roger Federer||Andy Murray|
|2009||Juan Martin del Potro||Roger Federer|
|2010||Rafael Nadal||Novak Djokovic|
|2011||Novak Djokovic||Rafael Nadal|
|2012||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic|
|2013||Rafael Nadal||Novak Djokovic|
|2014||Marin Cilic||Kei Nishikori|
|2004||Svetlana Kuznetsova||Elena Dementieva|
|2005||Kim Clijsters||Mary Pierce|
|2006||Maria Sharapova||Justine Henin|
|2007||Justine Henin||Svetlana Kuznetsova|
|2008||Serena Williams||Jelena Jankovic|
|2009||Kim Clijsters||Caroline Wozniacki|
|2010||Kim Clijsters||Vera Zvonareva|
|2011||Samantha Stosur||Serena Williams|
|2012||Serena Williams||Victoria Azarenka|
|2013||Serena Williams||Victoria Azarenka|
|2014||Serena Williams||Caroline Wozniacki|
Let's take a look at some important dates that you should become familiar with.
- Qualifiers for Main Draws: August 25 - August 28
- Seeds will be announced: August 24
- Gentlemen & Ladies Main Draw Ceremony: August 27
The tournament lasts for two weeks from Aug. 31 – Sept. 13, 2015. In the first week, Rounds 1-3 will be played and the second week will continue until we get to the women’s final on Saturday and the men’s final on Sunday. The tournament will feature day matches that begin at 11:00 AM EST and night matches that begin at 7:00 PM EST every day.
Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the 2015 US Open.
|Gentlemen/Ladies Singles 1st Round||Aug. 31 – Sept. 1|
|Gentlemen/Ladies Singles 2nd Round||Sept. 2 – Sept. 3|
|Gentlemen/Ladies Singles 3rd round||Sept. 4 – Sept. 5|
|Gentlemen/Ladies Singles 4th Round||Sept. 6 – Sept. 7|
|Gentlemen/Ladies Singles Quarterfinals||Sept. 8 – Sept. 9|
|Ladies Singles Semifinals||Sept. 10|
|Gentlemen Singles Semifinals/Mixed Doubles Final||Sept. 11|
|Ladies Singles Final/Gentlemen Doubles Final||Sept. 12|
|Gentlemen Singles Final/Ladies Doubles Final||Sept. 13|
TV COVERAGE – AUSTRALIA, EUROPE, ASIA, U.S.
In case you can’t be one of the expected 700,000 live viewers to attend this year's event, broadcasters from around the world will be present to help reach everyone from around the globe to enjoy the New York tennis experience. Below we’ve highlighted which broadcasters will be hosting coverage in territories of Australia, Europe, Asia, and the United States.
|Al Jazeera||Middle East|
|ESPN International||Latin America|
|FOX Sports Australia||Australia|
|Sky New Zealand||New Zealand|
|Ten Sports||Indian Sub-continent|
CURRENT BETTING ODDS
Men's Odds to Win (As of Aug. 26)
Women’s Odds to Win (As of Aug. 26)
Odds provided by bet365
The storyline that will lead this year’s US Open is if Serena Williams can pull off the difficult calendar-year Grand Slam. Coming into this year’s event she’s managed to rack up an incredible match record of 48-2. She’ll be trying to make her fifth consecutive US Open final and claim her fourth consecutive US Open title. If she were to win this year’s US Open it would become her most successful event in her career. In addition to the calendar slam being on the table she’s also just one major short of tying the great Steffi Graf for the second most major wins ever. Witnessing these two feats of sports glory doesn’t come around often so consider yourself informed that there’s a large possibility of having the pleasure to watch what will become a massive moment in sports history.
She may be the greatest female tennis player ever and even though it’s hard to say, especially after the season she’s had this year, but she’s still human. Rewind to the Rogers Cup event that was held in Toronto a couple of weeks ago and Williams appeared as though she couldn’t lose to anybody. That was until she met up with Swiss 18-year-old Belinda Bencic who pulled off the upset in a heavy-hitting semifinal match. It’s always dangerous for top players to face difficult opponents early in the draw. Normally, if this type of situation were to occur you would expect that Williams’ experience would lead her to overcome such a challenge, but given the pressure of a calendar slam it might be a feat that’s too large to triumph through even for Williams.
For the men, everyone is still looking at Novak Djokovic to become the winner of this year’s US Open. Before beginning a US Open tournament warm-up series between the Rogers Cup and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Djokovic had lost just three times over a span of eight months. Then, he had his winning world rattled by losing twice in the last couple of weeks to Andy Murray and Roger Federer. Nevertheless, he’s still playing amazing tennis. In every tournament since the Australian Open he’s made it to every event final. This can’t be said about anyone else in the ATP including Serena Williams in the WTA.
It’s no secret that for everything Djokovic is as an elite player, the US Open has always been the hardest for the Serbian to get. His playing ability is usually flawless on hard courts, but he’s 1-4 in US Open title matches. How has such a great player found it so hard to win in New York? Many have pondered about this, but the only thing that makes sense is that by this time of the year Djokovic’s mental stamina begins to fatigue. It’s a better problem to have than say an inconsistent style of play, but overcoming mental demons is still a heavy load to take. However, if Djokovic rises and reins in his mental woes then this year’s US Open title is all but his to lose.
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