2017 US Open Tennis Tournament Draws Near
The 2017 US Open kicks off on the 28th of August and it is one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world. The first US Open match was held in 1881, 136 years ago. As of 1987, the US Open has been the 4th and final tennis Major that makes up the Grand Slam.
The event features 5 championship games consisting of the men and women’s singles, the men and women’s doubles, mixed doubles matches as well as senior, junior and wheelchair events.
Traditionally the matches are played on Acrylic hard courts. Notably the US Open is the only Grand Slam event that makes use of a tiebreaker for every set of the match.
The Prize Money
The US Open is one 0f the most lucrative games on the ATP calendar. In today’s money, the 1973 singles winner would walk away with $133 000. The 2017 event offers a singles prize of $3 700 000. The total prize pool tops nearly $51 000 000.
The US Open is not just rewarding when it comes to prizes, players also get massive ATP raking points. The winners get a 2000 point boost, finalists receive 1200, Semi finalists receive 720/780 points while quarter finalists receive 360/430 points.
Current Defending Champions
- Men’s Singles- Stan Wawrinka with Novak Djokovic as runner up. This was Wawrinka’s first US Open title but his 3rd Major win in the singles category.
- Women’s Singles – Angelique Kerber with Karolina Pliskova finishing in 2nd This was also Kerber’s first US Open win and her 2nd Major singles title.
- Men’s Doubles – Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares with Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez as the runners up. This was the British and Brazilian duo of Murray and Soares’s second Doubles title.
- Women’s Doubles –Bethany Mattek Sands and Lucie Safarova with Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic as runners up. This was Mattek and Safarova’s third doubles title and their first ever win at the US Open.
- Mixed Doubles – Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic with Coco Vandeweghe and Rajeev Ram as runners up. This was a first title win for the duo of Siegemund and Pavic. Expectations are high for this duo to successfully defend their title at this year’s US Open.
Favourites For The Singles
Bookmakers are widely regarding Roger Federer as the man to beat at the Open. He is followed closely in the odds by Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.
On the Woman’s side, Garbine Muguruza is the favourite this year followed by Karolina Pliskova, Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber and Johanna Konta.
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