US Open Tennis Championship Tickets for Sale
The US Open Tennis is scheduled for August 26 to September 9 in 2013. Staged at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, the most important tennis tournament in the United States is going to once again feature 256 men and women in the singles tournaments and 128 men and women teams in the doubles tournaments. Yes, U.S. Open tickets will feature the very best tennis players for the 133rd time at one of the sport’s four Grand Slams.
This year the best male players, according to the ATP include Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, and Rafael Nadal. The women’s side, according to the Women’s Tennis Association, includes Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka, and Na Li. These players and more will be the top ranked players in the tournament and these will be the celebrities on and off the court. Of course, being the U.S. Open, there will be plenty of non-athlete celebrities stopping by to enjoy a match or two at Arthur Ashe Stadium in center court.
The US Open began in 1881 as a tennis tournament organized for U.S. club players in Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. Though the tournament would eventually move to Queens in New York, initially it was seen as imperative that the most prominent tennis tourney in the United States should be held in a location other than NYC. Certainly most tennis tournaments of the day were played between players from the New York metropolitan area, so the was chosen in the hopes of encouraging athletes in other regions of the nation to play the sport.
For the first U.S. Open’s first 43 years it had been regarded as a major tournament in reputation only. It was not until 1943 that the major international body of the day officially sanctioned the event as a major. It did not become a Grand Slam tourney, as it is now, until 1968 when the Open Era began.
While modern tennis fans are used to stretches of dominance for players that last years, these early days of the U.S. Open were not known for such dominance, at least on the men’s side. On the women’s side Margaret Court and Billie Jean King dominated, at least until Chris Evert reeled off four straight in the middle of the 1970s. The men’s side did not see a perpetual winner until John McEnroe won three straight to end the 1970s and begin the 1980s. Jimmy Connors won often, but not consecutively until 1982-83. In the 21st century, the situation has reversed. Roger Federer won five consecutive tournaments while the women have had very few repeat winners.
Of course, these runs of party and disparity are indicative of the state of professional tennis, not just the U.S. Open. Currently, both the men and women’s side are in search of a dominant force, so expect a new winner this year when showing up to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (where the Grand Slam has been played since 1978) in Queens with U.S. Open tennis tickets.