US Open tennis pool 2014

US Open tennis pool 2014

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Information about 2014 ATP US Open tennis tournament

The 2014 US Open is the last Grand Slam tournament of this tennis season and it will take place between the 25th of August and the 8th of September 2014 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center situated at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the New York City. The US Open is the second oldest of the big four Grand Slams. It has been played since 1881 and the 2014 US Open will be already the 134th edition of the tournament, which makes it the only Grand Slam tournament that has been played without an interruption since its inception.

The US Open belongs since 1978 to hard-court tournaments, all its matches are played on acrylic surface called DecoTurf. The tournament has a reputation of the most fan-friendly of the majors, as players often stick around for on-court interviews in front of the crowd.  And, thanks to a series of floodlights, matches can run late into the evening – even past midnight on a few occasions.

2014 US Open Courts

The current US Open venue – the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was opened as a tennis center in 1978 when it hosted the US Open tournament for the first time. Presently, it is the world’s largest public tennis facility consisting of 22 courts located inside of the complex and 11 courts in the adjoining park. However, to achieve this status required many years of construction, refurbishment, as well as significant financial investments.

Arthur Ashe Stadium

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Originally there was just one stadium on the site of the current Center, the Louis Armstrong Stadium (also known as the Singer Bowl, due to the World Fair sponsor’s name), which was opened in 1964 for the New York World’s Fair. The stadium was named after the famous jazz musician, who lived nearby the stadium until his death in 1971. The potential of the site was recognized in 1976 by W.E. Hester, former USTA president, who was at the time seeking for an alternative venue for the US Open as the size and scope of the tournament had grown beyond the capacity of the tiny West Side Tennis Club where the US Open was played until 1977. Due to Hester’s vision, enthusiasm and perseverance, the works on the Center started just one year after identification of the site, initially with division of the Louis Armstrong Stadium (Singer Bowl) into two venues – the Louis Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand Stadium. Only ten months later, the USTA National Tennis Center was officially opened to host the 1978 US Open.

Further expansion of the USTA National Tennis Center took place between 1995 and 1999. A new arena – the Arthur Ashe Stadium – was completed in 1997 to hold more than 22,500 spectators, making it the largest outdoor tennis-only venue in the world. It has, naturally, also become the main stadium of the Center where the most important matches of the tournament take place. The venue is named after the famous tennis player Arthur Ashe who won the inaugural US Open in which professionals could compete in 1968. The Louis Armstrong Stadium was also renovated at the time and, besides other changes, it was downsized to hold 10,000 people instead of the original 18.000. The third largest stadium of the complex – the Grandstand Stadium has kept its original capacity of 6.000 spectators. During the expansion, number of outdoor courts were demolished and re-built with better access and more seating available for spectators, and number of restrooms and food concessions, including a large food court, were added to make the tennis Center the state-of-the-art facility it is today. The USTA spent approximately USD 285 million on this renovation and expansion works.

In 2006 a new 245,000-square-foot multi-purpose tennis pavilion was opened at the site of the former indoor tennis building near the East Gate of the Center. The new facility features 12 courts (nine on the ground floor, 3 on the second level), viewing areas for all courts, training center classrooms, fitness facilities, and pro shop. For the US Open, the pavilion features a hospitality center, SmashZone, a US Open superstore, a museum, a food commissary and a merchandise warehouse. In the same year, during the 2006 US Open, the Center was renamed to its present version and it holds the name of the famous American professional tennis player and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame – Billie Jean King.

Last renovation of the complex took place in 2011 when the facility opened a new show court, Court 17, with capacity of approximately 3.000 spectators. The Center is currently in the initial stage of a further $550 million renovation. Within the renovation a new retractable roof should be constructed on the Arthur Ashe Stadium and the Louis Armstrong Stadium is to be replaced by a new, 15,000-seat stadium (also with a retractable roof).

2014 US Open Format and Participants

The US Open tournament is divided into five main events – Men’s singles, Ladies’ singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles and Mixed doubles, four junior events (boys and girls singles and doubles) and six Wheelchair players’ events (men and women singles and doubles, quad singles and doubles).

In the men’s singles tournament, 128 players compete for the US Open title. 112 of them go directly into the draw based on their world ranking, 16 players are added to the draw after passing the qualifying stage (which begins prior to the main tournament and consists of 3 rounds). After completing the list of 128 players, a draw will determine which players will play against each other. Seeded players have a preferential position in the draw and there are 32 seeds in the main draw. The top 32 players are seeded with the top two players being placed on opposite sides of the draw so that they could only potentially play if they both reached the finals. The 96 unseeded players are then randomly drawn into the bracket via a computer program. Finally, the remaining seeded players (those seeded 3-32) are drawn at a ceremony held prior to the start of the tournament.

After the draw, the men’s singles tournament is divided into 4 rounds, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. Matches are played to the best of five sets with a tiebreak at 6 games all, including in the fifth set, which means that the US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament which still uses the tiebreak rule in the last set of a game.

Schedule of the 2014 US Open

Session

Day

Date

Time

 

Singles Schedule

 

Tuesday

19-Aug

 

11:00 AM

Qualifying Tournament

 

Wednesday

20-Aug

 

11:00 AM

Qualifying Tournament

 

Thursday

21-Aug

 

11:00 AM

Qualifying Tournament

 

Friday

22-Aug

 

11:00 AM

Qualifying Tournament

1

Monday

25-Aug

Day

11:00 AM

Men's & Women's 1st Round

2

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's & Women's 1st Round

3

Tuesday

26-Aug

Day

11:00 AM

Men's & Women's 1st Round

4

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's & Women's 1st Round

5

Wednesday

27-Aug

Day

11:00 AM

Men's 1st Round/Women's 2nd Round

6

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's 2nd Round/Women's 2nd Round

7

Thursday

28-Aug

Day

11:00 AM

Men's 2nd Round/Women's 2nd Round

8

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's 2nd Round/Women's 2nd Round

9

Friday

29-Aug

Day

11:00 AM

Men's 2nd Round/Women's 3rd Round

10

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's 2nd Round/Women's 3rd Round

11

Saturday

30-Aug

Day

11:00 AM

Men's 3rd Round/Women's 3rd Round

12

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's 3rd Round/Women's 3rd Round

13

Sunday

31-Aug

Day

11:00 AM

Men's 3rd Round/Women's 4th Round

14

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's 3rd Round/Women's 4th Round

15

Monday

1-Sep

Day

11:00 AM

Men's 4th Round/Women's 4th Round

16

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's 4th Round/Women's 4th Round

17

Tuesday

2-Sep

Day

11:00 AM

Men's 4th Round/Women's Quarterfinals

18

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's Fourth Round/Women's Quarterfinals

19

Wednesday

3-Sep

Day

11:00 AM

Men's Quarterfinals/Women's Quarterfinals

20

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's Quarterfinals/Women's Quarterfinals

21

Thursday

4-Sep

Day

11:00 AM

Men's Quarterfinals

22

   

Night

7:00 PM

Men's Quarterfinals

23

Friday

5-Sep

Day

11:00 AM

Women's Semifinals

24

Saturday

6-Sep

Day

11:00 AM

Men's Semifinals

25

Sunday

7-Sep

Day

12:00 PM

Women's Singles Final

26

Monday

8-Sep

Day

5:00 PM

Men's Singles Final

 

US Open price money, trophies and points

trofeje us open.jpgThe trophies to be won at the US Open are called simply the US Open Trophies. Each US Open Trophy is handcrafted from sterling silver by the famous jewellery makers Tiffany and Co. They have had the honour of making the trophies since 1987. The US Open Trophy is an elegant tribute to the history of the tournament. It is slightly taller and quite a bit wider from the edge of one handle to the other, the wide silver expanse across the front of the cup features some of the most famous names in tennis history. Each trophy has the United States Tennis Association name engraved on it along with the specific tournament and the winner’s name. The winners of each tournament receive a full scale replica of the original trophy. One of the most admired traditions of the tournament is for the champion to visit a number of landmarks around the city of New York with the trophy. To conclude the victory tour, their picture is taken of them holding the trophy on the closed observation deck of the Empire State Building.

In 2013, the US Open participants played for over 34,2 million USD, 2,6 mil USD out of which was awarded to the winner of the Men’s and Ladies’ singles tournament and 1,3 million USD to its runner up. The price money for the 2014 season has not yet been published, but as the US Open made in 2012 a five year agreement to increase the prize money to 50 million USD in 2017, it will certainly be higher than in 2013. In parallel with the trophy and price money, the winner of the US Open tournament (men’s or woman’s singles) is awarded 2000 ATP/WTA ranking points, the runner up 1200 ATP and 1400 WTA points.

Brief history of the US Open

As it was already mentioned, the US Open is the second oldest grand slam tournament and dates back to 1881 when it took place on the grass courts at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. At that time it was known as the US National Singles Championship for Men, it only scheduled the men’s single and men’s double tournament and just clubs that were members of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association could participate at the event.

In 1887 a separate women’s tournament called the US Women’s National Single’s Championship was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, joined two years later by the women’s doubles competition. In 1892 the US Mixed Doubles Championship began and was played in conjunction with both women’s tournaments until 1921. Thereafter it was combined with the men’s doubles contest at the US National Championships. In 1915 the National championship was relocated from Newport, Rhode Island to the West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills, New York. From 1921 through 1923, the tournament was played at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia and it returned to Forest Hills in 1924.

Year 1968 represents the official beginning of the US Open era. In 1973 the US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to award equal prize money to men and women with that year's singles champions. Another US Open innovation came in 1975 when floodlights made it possible to play during night for the first time. In 1978 the US Open finally moved to its current location - the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The most successful Men’s singles players in the “amateur” history of the tournament are William Larned, Richared Sears and Bill Tilden, who have each won the tournament seven times. The most successful men’s players of the US Open era are Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer each with five titles, nevertheless, Federer as an active player has still a good chance to increase his record. The current holder of the championship title is Rafael Nadal, who has also won the US Open in 2010. Regarding ladies’ singles, the most successful players in the US Open era were Chris Evert with 6 titles followed by Steffi Graff and Serena Williams who have both won the title 5 times. Serena Williams has also won the US Open in the last two years and will certainly want to improve her record. In the amateur era of the tournament, Molla Bjurstedt Mallory with 8 victories was the most successful player, followed by Helen Wills Moody with 7 titles.

 

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