Tennis has now become a highly competitive world-class sport attracting thousands of players and fans from all over the world.
There is a constant agenda of events and tournaments going on throughout the year. Top tennis stars have become the game icons for the new generation. Tennis is the game that used to be a pastime of royalties has become a widespread sport.
In the article below, let’s learn about the most famous tennis tournaments in the world nowadays!
The US Open
The US Open is considered the richest tournament in the world, with the largest prize money. The idea of creating the American Tennis Championship unfolded when the American Tennis Association, founded in May 1881, was asked to carry out the national championship.
The introductory competition, which took place in Newport Island, Rhode Island, had 26 players, and it was called the United States National Championship. To be eligible to play in the competition, a player must be a member of the National Grass Tennis Association of America. Richard Sears was the first winner of the championship, and he went on to be the reigning winner for the next six years.
Since the championship started moving across the country, with 9 event venues, it led to the men’s doubles event, divided into a West and East competition. W.F. Taylor and Clarence Clark won their first doubles title in 1900.
The establishment of the open era
The establishment of the open era in 1968. It meant that players could participate in all competitions. This led to the creation of a modern championship that we are familiar with today. Five different tournaments have been combined into a single US Open. It was held in New York, at the Forest Hills, Queens Tennis Club.
The bounty amount was $ 100,000, shared by 63 women and 96 men participating in the event. Additional gameplay system at the end of the game when two teams with the same score were first introduced by the US Open, in 1970. The tournament was moved to its current pitch, the US National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, in 1978.