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The 2016 US Open Serves Up Great Tennis, Starting Today!

The 2016 US Open Serves Up Great Tennis, Starting Today!

The US Open returns to New York to showcase tennis’s biggest stars.   

In 1881, men duked it out at the U.S. National Championship. Over a century later, that tournament’s modern version is still going strong – and it starts today! Matches at the United States Open Tennis Championships (or US Open, as most of us know it) gets underway in New York City today.

The US Open always starts on the last Monday of August and lasts for two weeks. The primary tournament is made up of men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Who will come out the victor?

There will be the great names you know – Novak Djokovic and the Williams sisters, for example – pairing off against rising tennis stars looking to stake their claims. Sam Querrey’s recent victory over Djokovic at Wimbledon shows that anything is possible! We’re looking forward to tuning in and catching all the matches during the Open this year!

The U.S. Open is the second oldest of the four grand slams, only Wimbledon has been running for longer, and has been party to a myriad of incredible achievements as well as unusual facts and sporting oddities.

Playing on home soil always seems to bring out the best in most sportsmen and women, but the tale of the U.S. Open is one of almost total domination for the United States.

Since it was first staged in 1881, there have only been six years when an American player has not appeared in either the men’s or women’s singles final.

Home domination reached its peak in 2002 when Pete Sampras beat Andre Agassi for his 14th and final grand slam title and fifth U.S. Open crown while in the women’s singles Serena Williams beat her elder sister Venus.

The U.S. Open was the first of the four majors to introduce equal prize money for men and women, both in terms of the prize purse and the winning checks for the men’s and women’s champions.

The 1973 decision to enforce equality followed a long campaign by women’s tennis legend Billie Jean King, a champion of women’s rights in sport.

Flushing Meadows, the home of the U.S. Open, is now named “The Billie Jean King Tennis Center” after her in recognition of her achievements, on and off the court.

The Maria Sanchez Show hopes you have a great time watching the US Open! In between matches, tune into our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown, on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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