US Tennis Open 2019-Fourth and Last Slam
The US Tennis Open is the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the tennis calendar year and is one of the most eagerly awaited, by players and fans alike.
Being one of the oldest tennis championships currently in operation, the tournament is steeped in history and was first contested in 1881. Despite joining the Australian Open in using a hardcourt surface for all matches, each Grand Slam tournament has its unique features and the US Open is no different.
- Men’s 2018 Single Winner: Novak Djokovic
- Ladies 2018 Single Winner: Naomi Osaka
The Tie-Breaker Slam
The US Open is the only Grand Slam event that uses tiebreaks in every set of a match. So, whereas the last set is decided by the player to open a two-game lead from 6-6 onwards at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, the US Open goes into a tie break situation.
This can often be more exciting for the crowd, as the pressure is really on the players to deliver. In both 1981 and 1985 the women’s final went to a deciding set tie-break, which is thrilling to watch for spectators.
The Fast Surface
Although it can seem as though most hardcourt surfaces play the same, this is not always the case. At the US Open, the playing surface is DecoTurf, which is fast and produces a lower bounce than many other hardcourt types.
Common thought is that this is conducive to playing serve and volley but if Stan Wawrinka’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the men’s final in 2016 showed us anything, it’s that powerful ground strokes still have a huge part to play at the US Open.
Final Grand Slam of the Calendar Year
Being the final Grand Slam of the year, every player is desperate to perform well and give themselves a chance of writing their names in to the history books. Furthermore, there is a chance the calendar year Grand Slam could still be up for grabs.
Who can forget Serena Williams, under huge pressure in 2015, going down to unseeded Roberta Vinci in the 2015 semi-final, while on the verge of completing the calendar year Grand Slam? It’s dramatic moments like these, that the US Open is made for.
Will Federer and Williams Return for One Last Hurrah?
The 2018 US Open should see the stars of the sport back at their best. With Roger Federer bowing out of the 2017 event to Juan Martin del Porto in the quarter-final and Serena Williams absent due to the birth of her daughter Alexis, both players will hope to be 100% in 2018 and give the crowd the spectacle they desire.
US Tennis Open Men’s Singles
The defending champion of 2016, Stan Wawrinka was forced to concede his title before a ball had even been served. The Swiss did not take part in the 2017 US Open due to injury.
However, Wawrinka, along with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, will all be assessing their schedules carefully and we should be in for a spectacular men’s singles event at the 2018 US Open.
Rafael Nadal will be defending the title he won in 2017, which was his 16th Grand Slam title. The Spaniard has made an incredible return to fitness and form having been written off by many onlookers. Nadal is in a determined mood and expect to see him put up a huge fight for his title in 2018.
However, if Federer can remain fit, he will still be the man everyone else must beat, if they are to win the 2018 US Open. The Swiss showed what he is capable of in 2017 when feeling 100% and remains the best all-round player in men’s tennis. Rest and recuperation is the key and the same applies to Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka.
The youngest of these players is Murray at 30 years of age and time is running out for them to leave their mark on the US Open. Djokovic needs one more win to move level with Fred Perry and Ivan Lendl whereas Nadal can move level with John McEnroe if he was to succeed in 2018.
However, if Federer is fully fit, he has what it takes to further cement his place as the greatest men’s player the world has ever seen. A victory for Federer at the 2018 US Open would see him move into second place on his own in the all-time list, which would be a tremendous achievement.
US Tennis Open Women’s Singles
The 2018 US Tennis Open women’s singles was a special event in 2017 and two American players made the final for the first time since 2002. Sloane Stephens won her first Grand Slam title, defeating Madison Keys in the final.
Improvement called for US Open 2018
While local fans enjoyed seeing American players reach the latter stages of the tournament, the standard of the ladies’ tennis was not what we come to expect from a great event like the US Open.
The 2018 edition of the tournament is sure to be highly competitive, with the top names in the women’s game coming back to prove a point after failing to stamp their authority of the event in 2017.
However, for many local tennis fans it will be difficult to replicate the all-American final in 2018 but there could be one notable addition to the party which will make 2018 a tournament to remember and her name is Serena Williams.
Will Serena Williams Return for US Open 2018?
Williams’ coach has said she can make a return to tennis in January following the birth of her daughter. While coming back from child birth is hugely different to returning from injury, one thing we know about Williams is her ability come back into tennis after a long break and quickly work her way back to the top of the sport.
With the 2018 US Open starting in late August, Williams will be back into the swing of things and she can expect a fantastic welcome from the fans at Flushing Meadows.
Williams has already been installed as the favourite with the bookmakers and it’s difficult to look beyond the 23-time Grand Slam winner.
However, Russian superstar Maria Sharapova shocked many people by reaching the fourth round in 2017, defeating Simon Halep in the first round.
Sharapova should be in a better place in terms of preparation for 2018 and a final between the Russian and Serena Williams would certainly make for a spectacle not to be missed.
So Why US Tennis Open 2019?
Do not be surprised to see the 2019 US Open push the boundaries of common practice once more, to not only maintain but improve the quality of what is already a high class and exciting tournament.