The US Open is the last grand slam on the tennis calendar and is often quite a spectacle.
This grand slam is known for having the biggest crowds, largest stadium and most passionate and rowdy fans in the world.
What makes the US Open such a spectacular event is the carnival atmosphere that takes place throughout the grounds featuring an abundance of food trucks, sponsor activations, shops and music that flows throughout the event.
Another big part of this tournament is the iconic night sessions that takes place late into the night at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The night sessions especially at the Arthur Ashe Stadium-the largest tennis arena in the world, is always an epic occasion with an electric atmosphere. The night sessions are usually when all the big stars get to play. If you are seated in the cheap seats right at the top, you get the bonus of being treated to a spectacular view of the New York City skyline.
The US open is a tournament that stands out for being the grand slam that constantly innovates to endear itself to the players, fans and media by always being open to change and innovation.
This is the only slam that has been played on all 3 surfaces, grass, clay and hard court. In 1973, it was one of the first events to embrace equality by awarding the men’s and women’s champions equal prize money. It was also the first slam to introduce tie breakers and to have fifth set tiebreakers. Lastly in 2006, The US Open was the first tournament to introduce hawk eye technology which gives players an opportunity to challenge line calls.
Some interesting facts:
- Floodlights were first introduced in 1975, where the first night matches were played.
- The trophy is designed by Tiffany and CO.
- Venus and Serena Williams became the first sisters to play in a US Open final in 2001.
- Arthur Ashe (whom the main stadium is named after) won the first US Open as an amateur
The US Open is bigger and better and filled with innovation, and it is these aspects that make it one of the greatest tennis tournaments. This is why it is totally deserving of being the last grand slam on the tennis calendar.