2014 US Open Tennis Primer

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The biggest event in tennis this side of the Atlantic just released its 2014 schedule! The US Open is the fourth and final grand slam tournament on tour, and it will again take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. For over a century, ATP and WTA’s cream of the crop have descended upon Flushing Meadows to win the last major championship, so action and emotions always run at an all-time high. Remember Federer’s self-proclaimed “greatest shot” ever hit, or Serena’s match-ending tirade?  Unforgettable moments like these all happened under bright lights in New York City.

The first ball will drop on August 25 for the Men’s and Women’s Round 1 ($38 to get-in), followed by the second and third rounds over the next five days. August 31 will up the ante with the start of Women’s Round of 16, followed by the Men’s a day later (9/1). The field drastically narrows by the time the Men’s and Women’s Semifinals gets underway (9/5-9/6). The victors will finally be crowned when the tournament culminates in Arthur Ashe Stadium on 9/7 for the women and 9/8 for the men. US Open tickets for the Men’s Finals start at $184, while the Women’s Finals are offered at a cheaper $118 minimum.

Score US Open tickets and enjoy your seat in the New York summer sun whether you attend for Men’s Singles/Doubles, Women’s Singles/Doubles, Mixed Doubles, wheelchair or junior events. The tennis complex in Flushing features two of the largest tennis stadiums in the world: the Luis Armstrong Stadium and the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The top-seeded daytime matches, evening matches and Finals will be played at Arthur Ashe Stadium (23,000 capacity). Watch the greatest players in the world (literally) sweat it out with Courtside Box seats that will have you sitting closest to the court and amongst celebrities of all kinds. Loge Level seats give you the most advantageous view, where guests get the full perspective on what’s happening down below. Promenade Seats are located in the upper bowl of Arthur Ashe and give you the best center court views. For more grounds, venue and seating information, check out the US Open Tournament Guide.

US Open Recap

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Last year, Serena Williams battled stormy winds and a tough-as-nails Victoria Azarenka to win her second straight US Open Championship—leaving the Belarusian in the runner-up position yet again. For the men, Andy Murray (No.6) entered as defending champion, but was dispatched early by Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals. In the end, Rafael Nadal (No.1) defeated Novak Djokovic (No.2) in an exhilarating rubber match to score his second US Open and 13th Grand Slam Title. The champions (Williams and Nadal) each received the largest sum payday in the history of the sport ($3.6 million), and became the first male-female pair in tennis to win all four grand slam titles together.  For Doubles, the cheeky Bob and Mike Bryan brothers took home the trophy, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won for the ladies. Ekaterina Makaroca of Russia and Bruno Soares of Brazil won the Mixed Doubles title.

Major Storylines on the Road to the 2014 US Open

This year’s US Open field is wide open, as each member of the “Big Four” (Federer, Murray, Nadal, Djokovic) have yet to gain their footing through the first Grand Slam and subsequent Masters tournaments. 2014’s hot rod and Australian Open winner, Stanislas Wawrinka (No.3), is fired up, having just defeated Federer and Djokovic in the Monte Carlo Masters. Li Na, winner of the Women’s Singles in Australia, is currently ranked No.2, just behind Williams. The field is sure to shape up by the end of the month, when the French Open gets underway May 25-June 8.

Previous No.3 and US Open champion, Maria Sharapova, had to withdraw from last year’s competition due to a shoulder injury, and has currently dropped to No.9 in the world. This season, injuries have plagued another female competitor: Victoria Azarenka (No. 4) may miss the second major bout (French Open) on the road to Flushing. Likewise, Juan del Porto, the first player to defeat Nadal and Federer back-to-back at a grand slam (the 2009 US Open), will miss a shot at the French Open and Wimbledon due to rehab for wrist surgery. Fortunately, the No. 8 ranked Argentine is expected back in time for the US Open. Another high-profile star to miss the event in France will be Roger Federer (No.4), who has opted out of the title to witness the birth of his third child. It will be the first grand slam that the hard-working pro will miss in 15 years.

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