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2012 U.S. Open Tennis Championships - Men
From The Sports Network
Dates: Monday, August 27th through Sunday, September 9th
Site: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, New York
Capacity:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: 23,700; Louis Armstrong Stadium: 10,000;
Grandstand: 6,000; Court 4 & 7: 1,484; Court 11: 1,604
Remaining Courts: 288-742
Surface: DecoTurf 2 (Hard Court)
Annual: 132nd
Television:
ESPN 2, Tennis Channel, CBS, CBS Sports
ESPN 2 - Mixed Doubles Final - Thursday, September 6
CBS - Men's Doubles Final - Friday, September 7
CBS - Women's Final - Saturday, September 8 - 8-10 p.m. ET
ESPN 2 - Women's Doubles Final - Sunday, Sep. 9 - 12:30-2:30 pm ET
CBS - Men's Final - Sunday, September 9 - 4-7 p.m. ET
Defending Champion: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1
Doubles Champions: J.Melzer/P.Petzschner def. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski, 6-2, 6-2
Total Men's Singles Purse: $18,812,000; Total Purse: $25,526,000
Shares: 1st Place - $1,900,000; 2nd Place - $950,000; Semifinalist - $475,000
Seeded Players
Rank PlayerRank Player
1 Roger Federer - W 17 Kei Nishikori
2 Novak Djokovic - U, A 18 Stanislas Wawrinka
3 Andy Murray 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber
4 David Ferrer 20 Andy Roddick
5 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 21 Tommy Haas
6 Tomas Berdych 22 Florian Mayer
7 Juan Martin Del Potro 23 Mardy Fish
8 Janko Tipsarevic 24 Marcel Granollers
9 John Isner 25 Fernando Verdasco
10 Juan Monaco 26 Andreas Seppi
11 Nicolas Almagro 27 Sam Querrey
12 Marin Cilic 28 Mikhail Youzhny
13 Richard Gasquet 29 Viktor Troicki
14 Alexandr Dolgopolov 30 Feliciano Lopez
15 Milos Raonic 31 Julien Bennetteau
16 Gilles Simon 32 Jeremy Chardy
A - Australian Open Champion
F - French Open Champion (Nadal, not competing)
W - Wimbledon Champion
U - Defending U.S. Open Champion
Top Contenders in the Field
  Player (Open Record) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Novak Djokovic (33-6) --- --- 3rd 3rd Rup SF SF Rup Won
Roger Federer (61-7) 4th Won Won Won Won Won Rup SF SF
Andy Murray (22-7) --- --- 2nd 4th 3rd Rup 4th 3rd SF
John Isner (11-5) --- --- --- --- 3rd 1st 4th 3rd QF
Janko Tipsarevic (7-8) 1st 1st 1st --- 2nd 1st 1st 3rd QF
Andy Roddick (40-11) Won QF 1st Rup QF QF 3rd 2nd QF
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (11-4) --- --- --- --- 3rd 3rd 4th --- QF
David Ferrer (18-9) 1st 1st 3rd 3rd SF 3rd 2nd 4th 4th
Mardy Fish (15-11) 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd QF --- 4th 4th
Gilles Simon (11-6) --- --- --- 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th
Juan Monaco (6-8) --- 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 4th
Alexandr Dolgopolov (3-2) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st 4th
Fernando Verdasco (22-9) 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd QF QF 3rd
Feliciano Lopez (13-10) 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 4th 1st 1st 4th 3rd
David Nalbandian (21-10) SF 2nd QF 2nd 3rd 3rd --- 3rd 3rd
Kevin Anderson (4-2) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3rd 3rd
Marin Cilic (9-4) --- --- --- --- --- 3rd QF 2nd 3rd
Nikolay Davydenko (24-11) 2nd 3rd 2nd SF SF 4th 4th 2nd 3rd
Julien Benneteau (5-8) 1st 1st --- 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd
Marcel Granollers (4-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd
Tomas Berdych (16-9) 2nd 4th 3rd 4th 4th 1st 3rd 1st 3rd
Florian Mayer (4-6) --- 2nd 1st 2nd 1st --- --- 1st 3rd
Juan M. Del Potro (15-4) --- --- --- 1st 3rd QF Won --- 3rd
Tommy Haas (32-14) --- QF 3rd QF QF 2nd 3rd --- 3rd
Stanislas Wawrinka (15-7) --- --- 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 1st QF 2nd
Jurgen Melzer (12-10) 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd
Richard Gasquet (11-6) --- --- 4th 4th 2nd 1st 1st 4th 2nd
Denis Istomin (4-3) --- --- --- --- --- --- 3rd 2nd 2nd
Radek Stepanek (10-9) 3rd 1st 2nd --- 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd
Mikhail Youzhny (18-9) 1st 3rd 3rd SF 2nd --- 2nd SF 1st
Nicolas Almagro (9-7) --- --- 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st
Kei Nishikori (5-3) --- --- --- --- --- 4th --- 3rd 1st
P. Kohlschreiber (7-9) 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st
Thomaz Bellucci (3-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
Jarkko Nieminen (8-10) 2nd 1st QF 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 1st
Viktor Troicki (3-4) --- --- --- --- --- 3rd 2nd 1st 1st
Andreas Seppi (3-8) --- 2nd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st
Marcos Baghdatis (2-6) --- 2nd 1st 2nd 1st --- --- 1st 1st
Pablo Andujar (0-2) --- --- --- --- --- 1st --- --- 1st
Sam Querrey (9-5) --- --- --- 2nd 1st 4th 3rd 4th ---
Jeremy Chardy (2-3) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 2nd ---
Milos Raonic (0-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st ---
1st - First Round Loser QF - Quarterfinalist
2nd - Second Round SF - Semifinalist
3rd - Third Round Rup - Runner-up
4th - Fourth Round --- - Did not play
Past Winners and Runners-up
YearWinner (runner-up and scores)
2011 Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1
2010 Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2009 Juan Martin del Potro d. R.Federer, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
2008 Roger Federer def. Andy Murray, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2
2007 Roger Federer def. Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
2006 Roger Federer def. Andy Roddick, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
2005 Roger Federer def. Andre Agassi, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1
2004 Roger Federer def. Lleyton Hewitt, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
2003 Andy Roddick def. Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
2002 Pete Sampras def. Andre Agassi, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
2001 Lleyton Hewitt def. Pete Sampras, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, 6-1
2000 Marat Safin def. Pete Sampras, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
1999 Andre Agassi def. Todd Martin, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2
1998 Patrick Rafter def. Mark Philippoussis, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
1997 Patrick Rafter def. Greg Rusedski, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
1996 Pete Sampras def. Michael Chang, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
1995 Pete Sampras def. Andre Agassi, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
1994 Andre Agassi def. Michael Stich, 6-1, 7-6, 7-5
1993 Pete Sampras def. Cedric Pioline, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
1992 Stefan Edberg def. Pete Sampras, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2
1991 Stefan Edberg def. Jim Courier, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0
1990 Pete Sampras def. Andre Agassi, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
1989 Boris Becker def. Ivan Lendl, 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6
1988 Mats Wilander def. Ivan Lendl, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
1987 Ivan Lendl def. Mats Wilander, 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4
1986 Ivan Lendl def. Miloslav Mecir, 6-4, 6-2, 6-0
1985 Ivan Lendl def. John McEnroe, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4
1984 John McEnroe def. Ivan Lendl, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1
1983 Jimmy Connors def. Ivan Lendl, 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-0
1982 Jimmy Connors def. Ivan Lendl, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
1981 John McEnroe def. Bjorn Borg, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
1980 John McEnroe def. Bjorn Borg, 7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4
1979 John McEnroe def. Vitas Gerulatis, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
1978 Jimmy Connors def. Bjorn Borg, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
1977 Guillermo Vilas def. Jimmy Connors, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0
1976 Jimmy Connors def. Bjorn Borg, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
1975 Manuel Orantes def. Jimmy Connors, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
1974 Jimmy Connors def. Ken Rosewall, 6-1, 6-0, 6-1
1973 John Newcombe def. Jan Kodes, 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
1972 Illie Nastase def. Arthur Ashe, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
1971 Stan Smith def. Jan Kodes, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
1970 Ken Rosewall def. Tony Roche, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3
1969 Rod Laver def. Tony Roche, 7-9, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
1969 Stan Smith def. Bob Lutz, 9-7, 6-3, 6-1
1968 Arthur Ashe def. Tom Okker, 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
1968 Arthur Ashe def. Bob Lutz, 4-6, 6-3, 8-10, 6-0, 6-4
1967 John Newcombe def. Clark Graebner, 6-4, 6-4, 8-6
1966 Fred Stolle def. John Newcombe, 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4
1965 Manuel Santana def. Cliff Drysdale, 6-2, 7-9, 7-5, 6-1
1964 Roy Emerson def. Fred Stolle, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
1963 Rafael Osuna def. Frank Froehling, III, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2
1962 Rod Laver def. Roy Emerson, 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
1961 Roy Emerson def. Rod Laver, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
1960 Neale Fraser def. Rod Laver, 6-4, 6-4, 9-7
1959 Neale Fraser def. Alejandro Olmedo, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
1958 Ashley J. Cooper def. Malcolm J. Anderson, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 10-8, 8-6
1957 Malcolm J. Anderson def. Ashley J. Cooper, 10-8, 7-5, 6-4
1956 Ken Rosewall def. Lew Hoad, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
1955 Tony Trabert def. Ken Rosewall, 9-7, 6-3, 6-3
1954 Victor Seixas def. Rex Hartwig, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
1953 Tony Trabert def. Vic Seixas, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
1952 Frank Sedgman def. Gardnar Mulloy, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
1951 Frank Sedgman def. Vic Seixas, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
1950 Arthur Larsen def. Herbie Flam, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
1949 Richard Gonzales def. Fred R. Schroeder, 16-18, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
1948 Richard Gonzales def. Eric W. Sturgess, 6-2, 6-3, 14-12
1947 John Kramer def. Frank Parker, 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 6-3
1946 John Kramer def. Tom Brown, Jr., 9-7, 6-3, 6-0
1945 Frank Parker def. William F. Talbert, 14-12, 6-1, 6-2
1944 Frank Parker def. William F. Talbert, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
1943 Joseph Hunt def. John Kramer, 6-3, 6-8, 10-8, 6-0
1942 Frederick Schroeder def. Frank Parker, 8-6, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2
1941 Robert Riggs def. Freancis Kovacs, II, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3
1940 Donald McNeill def. Robert Riggs, 4-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5
1939 Robert Riggs def. S. Welby Van Horn, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
1938 Donald Budge def. C. Gene Mako, 6-3, 6-8, 6-2, 6-1
1937 Donald Budge def. Gottfried Von Cramm, 6-1, 7-9, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
1936 Fred Perry def. Donald Budge, 2-6, 6-2, 8-6, 1-6, 10-8
1935 Wilmer L. Allison def. Sidney Wood, Jr., 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
1934 Fred Perry def. Wilmer Allison, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6
1933 Fred Perry def. John H. Crawford, 6-3, 11-13, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
1932 H. Ellsworth Vines def. Henri Cochet, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
1931 H. Ellsworth Vines def. George Lott, Jr., 7-9, 6-3, 9-7, 7-5
1930 John H. Doeg def. Frank Shields, 10-8, 1-6, 6-4, 16-14
1929 William Tilden, II def. Francis T. Hunter, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
1928 Henri Cochet def. Francis T. Hunter, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
1927 Rene Lacoste def. William Tilden, II, 11-9, 6-3, 11-9
1926 Rene Lacoste def. Jean Borotra, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4
1925 William Tilden, II def. William Johnston, 4-6, 11-9, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
1924 William Tilden, II def. William Johnston, 6-1, 9-7, 6-2
1923 William Tilden, II def. William Johnston, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
1922 William Tilden, II def. William Johnston, 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
1921 William Tilden, II def. Wallace Johnson, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
1920 William Tilden, II def. William Johnston, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
1919 William Johnston def. William Tilden, II, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
1918 Lindley Murray def. William Tilden, II, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5
1917 Lindley Murray def. Nat Niles, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3, 6-3
1916 Richard Williams def. William Johnston, 4-6, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
1915 William Johnston def. Maurice McLoughlin, 1-6, 6-0, 7-5, 10-8
1914 Richard Williams def. Maurice McLoughlin, 6-3, 8-6, 10-8
1913 Maurice McLoughlin def. Richard Williams, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
1912 Maurice McLoughlin def. William Johnson, 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
1911 William Lamed def. Maurice McLoughlin, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
1910 William Lamed def. Thomas Bundy, 6-1, 5-7, 6-0, 6-8, 6-1
1909 William Lamed def. William Clothier, 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-1
1908 William Lamed def. Beals Wright, 6-1, 6-2, 8-6
1907 William Lamed def. Robert LeRoy, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
1906 William Clothier def. Beals Wright, 6-3, 6-0, 6-4
1905 Beals Wright def. Holcombe Ward, 6-2, 6-1, 11-9
1904 Holcombe Ward def. William Clothier, 10-8, 6-4, 9-7
1903 Laurie Doherty def. William Lamed, 6-0, 6-3, 10-8
1902 William Lamed def. Reggie Doherty, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 8-6
1901 William Lamed def. Beals Wright, 6-2, 8-6, 6-4, 6-4
1900 Malcolm Whitman def. William Lamed, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
1899 Malcolm Whitman def. Parmly Paret, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
1898 Malcolm Whitman def. Dwight Davis, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1
1897 Robert Wrenn def. Wilberforce Eaves, 4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
1896 Robert Wrenn def. Frederick Hovey, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1
1895 Frederick Hovey def. Robert Wrenn, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1894 Robert Wrenn def. M.F. Goodbody, 6-8, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
1893 Robert Wrenn def. Frederick Hovey, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
1892 Oliver Campbell def. Frederick Hovey, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
1891 Oliver Campbell def. Clarence Hobart, 2-6, 7-5, 7-9, 6-1, 6-2
1890 Oliver Campbell def. Henry Slocum, Jr., 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
1889 H.W. Slocum, Jr. def. Quincy Shaw, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
1888 H.W. Slocum, Jr. def. Howard Taylor, 6-4, 6-1, 6-0
1887 Richard Sears def. Henry Slocum, Jr., 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
1886 Richard Sears def. Livingston Beeckman, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4
1885 Richard Sears def. Godfrey Brinley, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
1884 Richard Sears def. Howard Taylor, 6-0, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
1883 Richard Sears def. James Dwight, 6-2, 6-0, 9-7
1882 Richard Sears def. Clarence Clark, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0
1881 Richard Sears def. W.E. Glyn, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2
NOTES:
Last season, Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in four sets to capture his first U.S. Open title, winning a breathless four-hour final that began in sunshine and ended under the lights.

It might not have been a five-set grand slam classic, but the thrill-a-second match lived up to expectations as a fitting bookend to a rainy championship.

In a rematch of the 2010 championship match, which Nadal won in four sets, Djokovic rallied from 0-2 deficits in the first two sets and fought back after dropping a third-set tiebreaker to win 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1. Djokovic lost only four sets during his seven matches, including the first two against Roger Federer in the semifinals.

Djokovic became the sixth man in the open era to win three grand slam titles in the same season, running his overall record in 2011 to 64-2, including 10 tournament victories. Djokovic, who finished the 2011 season with a 70-6 record, has won four of the last seven grand slam titles and has reached the semifinals in nine straight.

Neither rain or an extra day could stop Rafael Nadal from capturing his first U.S. Open championship in 2010. With the win, the talented Spaniard became the seventh man in history to complete the coveted career Grand Slam as he defeated Djokovic in four sets in Monday's final.

Nadal, who will miss this year's U.S. Open due to a knee injury, captured his first career U.S. Open title in his first final in New York with the 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over the third-seeded Djokovic. The final was supposed to be staged on Sunday, but rain pushed it into Monday for a third straight year. Even with the extra day, players endured a near two-hour rain delay in the middle of Monday's encounter.

The Mallorca native Nadal also became the first man in 41 years (Rod Laver) to win three straight Grand Slam events in one calendar year, as he also captured the 2010 French Open and Wimbledon titles.

Nadal joins Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Laver, Fred Perry and Roy Emerson as the only men to nail down all four major championships during their careers.

During his run to the title, Nadal lost only one set, that being in the final against Djokovic. After dropping the championship in 2011, Nadal's all-time mark at the U.S. Open to 34-8.

Not only did Roger Federer's five-year reign at the U.S. Open end in 2009, but his 40-consecutive-match win streak also went by the wayside, as he dropped a thrilling five-set match to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

Seeded sixth in the 2009 championship, del Potro recorded a 3-6, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 win for his first career Grand Slam title. The 20-year-old del Potro, who throttled Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, is the first Argentine U.S. Open winner since the great Guillermo Vilas turned the trick, on clay, at Forest Hills back in 1977. He's also the first player to beat both Federer and Nadal in the same Grand Slam event.

In 2008, Federer bested Andy Murray in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2, to win this storied championship for the fifth consecutive season. Seeded second behind Rafael Nadal, Federer breezed through the first three rounds without losing a set. His fourth-round match was a thrilling five-setter against Igor Andreev. A hard-fought win over Gilles Muller in the quarters set up a match against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Federer was equal to the task, upending the Serb in four sets.

Federer dominated Murray in the final, striking more winners (36-16) and breaking Murray's serve seven times in the three sets to become the first man in the Open Era to capture the event five straight years.

Righthanders have won a total of 106 championships, while lefthanders have captured 25. Righties had won the last 25 titles, prior to Nadal. John McEnroe was the last lefthander to win the U.S. Open, back in 1984.

The U.S. Open, which celebrates its 132nd anniversary this year, has not always been the two-week extravaganza it is today. The change from an amateur event known as the U.S. National Championships to the U.S. Open -- the richest professional tennis event in the world open to amateurs and professionals -- is the most obvious metamorphosis. But there are many other subtle changes. The five major championships that constitute the U.S. Open -- men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles -- grew from a single men's tournament held as an entertainment diversion for high society at the turn of the 20th century.

The first U.S. National Singles Championship for men was held at the Newport Casino in Newport, R.I. in August 1881. Only clubs that were members of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association were permitted to enter. That was the beginning of a 34-year reign for Newport as the tennis center of the country. Men's doubles was played in conjunction with men's singles at the Newport Casino for the first six years (1881-86) before it began moving to various sites. In fact, the five major events of the U.S. National Championships/U.S. Open have been played at nine different sites throughout their histories, including the USTA National Tennis Center. Men's doubles has been played at eight of those sites. Beginning in 1900, the U.S. National Men's Doubles Championship was layered, with tournaments held in the East and West and sectional winners playing off to determine which team would meet the defending champions in the challenge round. By 1907, there were three preliminary sectional tournaments. The 1918 U.S. National Men's Doubles Championship was a playing-through tournament, the sectional doubles and resulting challenge round having been abandoned. In 1919, the format of qualifying sectional winners and a challenge round was used for the final time. Thereafter, the format for men's doubles hardly changed, except for the switch to best-of-three sets from best-of-five in 1993.

CBS Sports is serving up its 45th consecutive year of U.S. Open coverage and will broadcast more than 37 hours of this year's event, including the prime-time women's singles final on Saturday, September 8, and the men's singles final on Sunday, September 9. CBS Sports also is broadcasting Arthur Ashe Kids' Day for the 17th straight year, on Sunday, August 26.

Tennis Channel and ESPN 2 will once again join CBS this year to broadcast over 350 national television hours for the U.S. Open.

In 1887, six years after the men's nationals were instituted as an annual event, the first official U.S. Women's National Singles Championship was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, joined by women's doubles in 1889. Of the five major events that constitute the U.S. Open, women's singles has been the least traveled. U.S. women's singles has been contested in just three places: Philadelphia Cricket Club, West Side Tennis Club and the USTA National Tennis Center. The U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship officially began in 1892 and was played in conjunction with the women's singles and doubles until 1921.

Starting in 1921, mixed doubles was combined with the men's doubles program of the U.S. National Championships. The advent of the Open Era in 1968 consolidated all five major U.S. tennis championships into the U.S. Open at West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. A total of $100,000 was offered to the field of 96 men and 63 women who entered men's and women's singles and doubles that year. This year's first place prize was increased by $100,000 to $1.8 million.

The 2009 U.S. Open set a new attendance record, this time hosting 721,059 fans during the two-week extravaganza.

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