Zee Media Bureau
New York: The last grand slam of the season begins today. Here are seven interesting facts about the US Open.
#The main court is named after Arthur Ashe, the African American tennis player who won the men`s final of the US Open in 1968.
#In 2005, US Open courts were given blue inner courts to make it easier to see the ball on television; the outer courts remained green.
#Since the US Championships began in 1881, there have been only seven occasions when an American failed to reach either the men’s or women’s singles final: 1959, 1973, 1988, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
#The US Open total prize money for 2013 has been increased by almost nine million dollars to tournament record $34,300,000.
#Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have won most (5) Men`s Singles US Open titles in the open era.
#Bob Lutz, Stan Smith, John McEnroe, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have won most (4) men`s doubles US Open titles in open era.
#Roger Federer has won most consecutive (5) men`s singles US Open titles in the open era (2004-08).