Tennis has evolved and has seen remarkable growth over the years. That is mainly due to the increased level of competition as well as the emergence of star players like the Williams sisters, Federer, Djokovic and Sharapova etc. They have helped make the annual Grand Slam events a major draw for tennis fans around the globe and the US Open has been among its biggest beneficiaries; becoming one of the premier sports tournaments in the world today.
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US Open Tennis Championship
The original tennis championship
The US Open has the distinct honor of being the first major tennis championship in history, and as such has been directly responsible for many of the changes and innovations the sport has seen over the years. Its status as one of the four major events on the annual tennis calendar adds to its already exalted reputation and if you want a piece of the tournament as well, then this is your chance. Book your US Open Tennis Championship tickets to enjoy watching this memorable event, live at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The US Open was first held in 1881 at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island, and featured only participants that were members of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA). It was referred to as the US National Championship at the time and the matches were contested on grass court. Richard Sears emerged as the first ever winner of the tournament and would go on to repeat this feat for the next six consecutive years to win a total of seven titles.
The changes and innovations
The US Open was among the first tennis competitions in the world to feature a womens only contest as well, which was initiated in 1887. Seventeen year old Ellen Hansell became the first female winner and it became the first of many more changes to come. It became the first ever tournament to offer both male and female winners the same amount of prize money. The US Open was also the first tennis tournament to hold a game at night under floodlights. It was also the first one to decide a set using a tiebreaker.
Today the US Open has changed considerably when you look back at its roots. In 1968 the prize money for the entire tournament was a hundred thousand dollars. However, in 2014 the prize money had been set at a whopping thirty four million dollars. It is expected to increase exponentially over the next few years and is estimated to cross the fifty million mark by 2017.
As the US Open looms one again, it is time for the best of the best in tennis to gather in New York for one of the biggest events in the sport. It is the last Grand Slam stop of the year and everybody will be pumped up to finish the season off with a bang. If you want to be a part of this experience too, then get your US Open Tennis Championship tickets and watch as the best tennis players in the world descend on the Big Apple to play live at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.