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USA Today Sports put together a really cool list of 50 facts for the 50th anniversary of the US Open (tennis). Fun read for tennis fans.
Of the 4 grand slam tournaments, I like the US Open the most. That or the Australian Open as they are the least pretentious. Though the heat in Australia makes me feel bad for the players. So US Open gets the edge. Plus the payouts are highest for the US Open; gotta think players enjoy it the most as well (in its current form now anyways).
From the list, a few standouts:
4. This year, the singles winners will get $3.8 million. In comparison, golfer Patrick Reed made $1.98 million for winning The Masters, the most prestigious event in that sport.
5. Just for making the tournament, a player is guaranteed $54,000. A first-round win (coupled with a second-round loss) nets $93,000.
9. Arthur Ashe Stadium is the world’s largest tennis arena, with a capacity of 23,771. That’s more than 6,000 seats bigger than any other stadium in the sport.
10. The new $600 million Louis Armstrong Stadium opens this year, with 14,000 seats and a retractable roof of its own. That makes the US Open’s No. 2 court almost as big as the three main show courts at the other Slams (Rod Laver Arena, Court Philippe Chatrier and Centre Court).
25. The US Open is the only major to play a final-set tiebreak, though it hasn’t come into play all the much.
26. In the 16 years between 1996 and 2011, the women’s final was decided in straight sets, the longest run in Grand Slam history, by far.