U.S. OPEN FUN FACTS
With the U.S. Open quickly approaching, we can hardly contain our excitement! So, to express our love of tennis, the 30Fifteen team put together a short blog post highlighting some super interesting facts about the last Grand Slam event of the year!
A Grand Slam!
The U.S. Open is one of four Grand Slam tennis events every year including the Australian Open, the French Open, and of course Wimbledon, which is held in the United Kingdom.
Playing on the home court.
Playing on home soil tends to give athletes an added confidence boost, and American athletes exhibit this phenomenon PERFECTLY. They totally dominate the U.S. Open. There have only been seven instances in which an American athlete did not appear in either the Men's or Women's Singles Finals since the U.S. Open's inception in 1881.
A frontrunner in the push towards equality.
The U.S. Open was the first of the four Grand Slam events to offer equal prize money for both women and men athletes, starting in 1973. It was also the first Grand Slam that made sure the trophies were the same size and shape.
Speaking of trophies...
The trophy for the U.S. Open is designed by Tiffany & Co. since 1987.
One. Two. THREE!
The U.S. Open has been played on three different court styles: Grass, Clay, and Hardcourt. It's the only Grand Slam competition to have done this.
One more fun fact: tennis is not alone.
Tennis is not the only sport that has the honor of being named U.S. Open. Golf, Bowling, Darts, Billiards, Computer Programming, and even Board Games have their own U.S. Open competitions.
Well, there you have it. The U.S. Open has a rich and fascinating history, and Team 30Fifteen just can't WAIT to see history get made. The first round of the competition is Monday, August 29th, and we will definitely be tuning in. In the meantime, you can read more about the U.S. Open at their official website, and be sure to leave us a comment!