Dates: Monday, Aug. 26 - Monday, Sept. 9 Site: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, FlushingMeadows, N.Y. Capacity: Arthur Ashe Stadium:23,700; Louis Armstrong Stadium: 10,000; Grandstand: 6,000; Court 4 & 7: 1,484. Court 11: 1,604 Remaining Courts: 288-742 Surface: DecoTurf 2 (Hard Court) Annual: 133rd Television: ESPN 2, Tennis Channel, CBS, CBS Sports CBS - Mixed Doubles Final - Friday, September 6 CBS - Women's Doubles Final - Saturday, September 7 ESPN 2 - Men's Doubles Final - Sunday, Sep. 8 - 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET CBS - Women's Singles Final - Sunday, Sep. 8 - 4:30-7 pm ET CBS - Men's Final - Monday, September 9 - 5-8 p.m. ET Defending Champion: Andy Murray def. Novak Djokovic, 7-6, 7-5,2-6, 3-6, 6-2 Doubles Champions: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan def.L.Paes/R.Stepanek, 6-3, 6-4 Total Men's Singles Purse: $9,406,000 Total U.S. Open Purse: $25,526,000 Shares: 1st Place - $1,900,000; 2nd Place - $950,000;Semifinalist - $475,000
British star Andy Murray outlasted defending champion Novak Djokovic in fivesets last year to capture his first-ever Grand Slam title in an epic men'sfinal at the U.S. Open.
Murray gave Great Britain its first male Grand Slam champion in 76 years, orsince the legendary Fred Perry captured the U.S. Championships way back in1936. The third-seeded Murray held off the second-seeded Djokovic, 7-6 (12-10),7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, on a breezy day and evening at the USTA Billie Jean KingNational Tennis Center. The Dunblane, Scotland native had been 0-4 in hisprevious major finals.
In a war of attrition that featured plenty of power, long rallies and brilliantshot-making, Murray managed to prevail in 4 hours, 54 minutes, which ties therecord for the longest-ever final at the U.S. Open. The deciding fifth set sawMurray open with a break, and he raced out to a 3-0 lead en route to the finishline.
Murray has won four titles this year, including last month's WimbledonChampionship. Murray has won only three of his last five matches combined inToronto and Ohio.
Back in 2011, Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in four sets to capture his firstU.S.Open title, winning a breathless four-hour final that began in sunshine andended under the lights. It might not have been a five-set Grand Slam classic,but the thrill-a-second match lived up to expectations as a fitting bookend toa rainy championship.
In a rematch of the 2010 championship match, which Nadal won in four sets,Djokovic rallied from 0-2 deficits in the first two sets and fought back afterdropping a third-set tiebreak to win 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1. Djokovic lostonly four sets during his seven matches, including the first two against RogerFederer in the semifinals.
Djokovic became the sixth man in the Open Era to win three Grand Slam titles inthe same season, running his overall record in 2011 to 64-2, including 10tournament victories. Djokovic, who finished the 2011 season with a 70-6record, has won five of the last 11 Grand Slam titles and has reached thesemifinals in 13 straight.
Neither rain or an extra day could stop Rafael Nadal from capturing his firstU.S. Open championship in 2010. With the win, the talented Spaniard became theseventh man in history to complete the coveted career Grand Slam as he defeatedDjokovic in four sets in Monday's final.
Nadal captured his first career U.S. Open title in his first final in New Yorkwith the 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over the third-seeded Djokovic. The final wassupposed to be staged on Sunday, but rain pushed it into Monday for a thirdstraight year. Even with the extra day, players endured a near two-hour raindelay in the middle of Monday's encounter.
The Mallorca native Nadal also became the first man in 41 years (Rod Laver) towin three straight Grand Slam events in one calendar year, as he also capturedthe 2010 French Open and Wimbledon titles.
Nadal joined Federer, Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Laver, Perry and Roy Emerson asthe only men to nail down all four major championships during their careers.
During his run to the title, Nadal lost only one set, that being in the finalagainst Djokovic.
Not only did Roger Federer's five-year reign at the U.S. Open end in 2009, buthis 40-consecutive-match win streak also went by the wayside, as he dropped athrilling five-set match to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.
Seeded sixth in the 2009 championship, del Potro recorded a 3-6, 7-6(5), 4-6,7-6(4), 6-2 win for his first career Grand Slam title. The 20-year-old delPotro, who throttled Nadal in the semifinals, became the first Argentine U.S.Open winner since the great Guillermo Vilas turned the trick, on clay, atForest Hills back in 1977. He was also the first player to beat both Federerand Nadal in the same Grand Slam event.
In 2008, Federer bested Murray in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2, to win thisstoried championship for the fifth consecutive season. Seeded second behindNadal, Federer breezed through the first three rounds without losing a set. Hisfourth-round match was a thrilling five-setter against Igor Andreev. A hard-fought win over Gilles Muller in the quarters set up a match against Djokovicin the semifinals. Federer was equal to the task, upending the Serb in foursets.
Federer dominated Murray in the final, striking more winners (36-16) andbreaking Murray's serve seven times in the three sets to become the first manin the Open Era to capture the event five straight years.
Righthanders have won a total of 107 championships, while lefthanders havecaptured 25. Righties had won the last 25 titles, prior to Nadal winning in2010. John McEnroe had been the last lefthander to win the U.S. Open, back in1984.
The U.S. Open, which celebrates its 133rd anniversary this year, has not alwaysbeen the two-week extravaganza it is today. The change from an amateur eventknown as the U.S. National Championships to the U.S. Open -- the richestprofessional tennis event in the world open to amateurs and professionals -- isthe most obvious metamorphosis. But there are many other subtle changes. Thefive major championships that constitute the U.S. Open -- men's and women'ssingles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles -- grew from a singlemen's tournament held as an entertainment diversion for high society at theturn of the 20th century.
The first U.S. National Singles Championship for men was held at the NewportCasino in Newport, R.I. in August 1881. Only clubs that were members of theUnited States National Lawn Tennis Association were permitted to enter. Thatwas the beginning of a 34-year reign for Newport as the tennis center of thecountry. Men's doubles was played in conjunction with men's singles at theNewport Casino for the first six years (1881-86) before it began moving tovarious sites. In fact, the five major events of the U.S. NationalChampionships/U.S. Open have been played at nine different sites throughouttheir histories, including the USTA National Tennis Center. Men's doubles hasbeen played at eight of those sites. Beginning in 1900, the U.S. National Men'sDoubles Championship was layered, with tournaments held in the East and Westand sectional winners playing off to determine which team would meet thedefending champions in the challenge round. By 1907, there were threepreliminary sectional tournaments. The 1918 U.S. National Men's DoublesChampionship was a playing-through tournament, the sectional doubles andresulting challenge round having been abandoned. In 1919, the format ofqualifying sectional winners and a challenge round was used for the final time.Thereafter, the format for men's doubles hardly changed, except for the switchto best-of-three sets from best-of-five in 1993.
CBS Sports is serving up its 46th consecutive year of U.S. Open coverage andwill broadcast more than 37 hours of this year's event, including the prime-time women's singles final on Saturday, September 8, and the men's singlesfinal on Sunday, September 9. CBS Sports also is broadcasting Arthur Ashe Kids'Day for the 17th straight year, on Sunday, August 26.
Tennis Channel, ESPN and ESPN 2 will once again join CBS this year to broadcastover 390 national television hours for the U.S. Open. Eurosport, WOWOW, CCTV inChina, Ten Sports in the Indian subcontinent and ESPN International in Mexico,Central America, the Caribbean and South America are additional internationalbroadcast partners.
In 1887, six years after the men's nationals were instituted as an annualevent, the first official U.S. Women's National Singles Championship was heldat the Philadelphia Cricket Club, joined by women's doubles in 1889. Of thefive major events that constitute the U.S. Open, women's singles has been theleast traveled. U.S. women's singles has been contested in just three places:Philadelphia Cricket Club, West Side Tennis Club and the USTA National TennisCenter. The U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship officially began in 1892 and wasplayed in conjunction with the women's singles and doubles until 1921.
Starting in 1921, mixed doubles was combined with the men's doubles program ofthe U.S. National Championships. The advent of the Open Era in 1968consolidated all five major U.S. tennis championships into the U.S. Open atWest Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. A total of $100,000was offered to the field of 96 men and 63 women who entered men's and women'ssingles and doubles that year. This year's first place prize was increased by$100,000 to $1.9 million.
The 2009 U.S. Open set a new attendance record, this time hosting 721,059 fansduring the two-week extravaganza. Last year's attendance reached 710,803.
American Mardy Fish, the 173rd ranked player in the world, withdrew from thechampionship due to personal reasons. Fish, who has reached the foruth round ofthe U.S. Open the past three years, has played just nine matches this season,with a 4-5 mark.