US Open Tennis 2018: The final Grand Slam of the 2018 tennis season is about to take place, and Sporting News has all the information so that you don’t miss a single second of action.
The 138th edition of the US Open is set to take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
Will any Australians end the seven-year Grand Slam drought in 2018? Sam Stosur was the last Aussie to win one of the four major tennis tournaments back in 2011 when she defeated Serena Williams 6-2 6-3 in the final.
She became the first Australian woman to win any Grand Slam tournament since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
Read on below for all the information you require about the 2018 US Open Championships.
WHEN IS THE 2018 US OPEN TENNIS?
The 2018 US Open begins on Monday, August 27th and will kick off with both men’s and women’s round one matches.
The US Open men’s final will take place on Sunday. 9th September.
2018 US OPEN SCHEDULE
The 2018 US Open singles draw will be revealed on Friday, 24th August.
HOW TO WATCH THE 2018 US OPEN?
The 2018 US Open will be broadcast live on Fox Sports for those lucky enough to have pay tv, while SBS will be broadcasting some live matches for those with free-to-air.
2018 US OPEN MEN’S SEEDINGS
The 2018 US Open seedings are yet to be determined.
2018 US OPEN WOMEN’S SEEDINGS
The 2018 US Open seedings are yet to be determined.
2018 US OPEN AUSTRALIAN CONTESTANTS
With the draw TBA, we don’t know how many players will be flying the Aussie flag.
Those who participated in Wimbledon include: Ajla Tomljanovic, Alex Bolt, Alex De Minaur, Ashleigh Barty, Bernard Tomic, Daria Gavrilova, James Duckworth, Jason Kubler, John Millman, John Patrick-Smith, Jordan Thompson, Matthew Ebden, Nick Kyrgios and Samantha Stosur.
2018 US OPEN INJURIES
Tomáš Berdych and Alexandr Dolgopolov have already withdrawn from the 2018 US Open men’s singles champions.
2017 US OPEN MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION
Rafael Nadal won his 16th Major title and 3rd US Open title without facing any player ranked in the ATP Top 25, defeating then-first time Major title finalist Kevin Anderson, 6–3, 6–3, 6–4.
Due to this, Rafa overtook Roger Federer atop the ATP world rankings.
2017 US OPEN WOMEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION
Sloane Stephens won her first Grand Slam title, defeating Madison Keys in the final, 6–3, 6–0.
It was the first all-American women’s final at the US Open since 2002, and the second time in three years that the final featured two first-time Grand Slam singles finalists from the same country.
Stephens became the second unseeded woman in the Open Era to win the US Open after Kim Clijsters in 2009.
WHO WILL WIN THE 2018 US OPEN MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS?
It’s always hard to go past Rafa and Roger, the number one and two ranked players in the world. But, don’t sleep on 2018 Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic.
Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev have been playing some impressive tennis recently, as has American John Isner.
WHO WILL WIN THE 2018 US OPEN WOMEN’S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS?
If you are going to put your house on it (we highly recommend you don’t), then how to do pick anyone other than Serena Williams.
She may not have the match practice in, but never doubt the heart of a champion.
Angelique Kerber bested Serena in the Wimbledon final and is in red-hot form, while world No. 1 Simona Halep is desperate to add to her one Grand Slam title.
2018 US OPEN NEWS
Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova are among the players to have been handed wildcards for this year’s US Open.
This will be the last Grand Slam to have 32 seeds that will revert to 16 seeding format in 2019.
2018 US OPEN FACTS
If all the above wasn’t enough for you, how about some love facts provided by Opta Sports.
2018 US Open Men’s Singles Facts:
– The last American man to reach the US Open final was Andy Roddick, 12 years ago in 2006 when he lost to Roger Federer.
– 13 of the last 14 winners of the men’s singles have been European with Juan Martin del Potro’s win in 2009 the exception. Prior to this run 10 of the 11 champions had been non-Europeans.
– The US Open is the only men’s Grand Slam that has not seen a player win in the Open Era without dropping a set on his route to the title.
– This is the only one of the four Grand Slams in which a tie-breaker is played in all sets of a match if the score reaches 6-6, including a deciding set.
– Roger Federer could win his 21st Grand Slam singles title, no other man has won more than 17; overall Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22) are the only other players to have reached 20 Grand Slam singles victories in the Open Era.
– Roger Federer has won three of the last five Grand Slams he has taken part in (Australian Open 2017 & 2018, Wimbledon 2017). His last win at the US Open came 10 years ago however, in 2008.
– Rafael Nadal could become the second player in the 21st century to retain his title at the US Open after Roger Federer (5 titles between 2004 and 2008). Three of his four finals at the US Open have been played against Novak Djokovic (W2 L1).
– Juan Martin Del Potro has played and won his only Grand Slam final at the US Open, it was in 2009 against Roger Federer. He has reached the quarter finals of his last two Grand Slams (SF at Roland-Garros and QF at Wimbledon this year) but never managed this feat three times in a row.
– Kevin Anderson has reached the final of two of his last four Grand Slams, including last year’s US Open (lost to Rafael Nadal) when he became the lowest ranked player to reach a US Open final (32nd).
– Novak Djokovic will return to the US Open after missing last year’s edition, the only Grand Slam tournament he has missed since 2005. He has only won one of his last eight Grand Slams, after winning six of the previous eight, however it was the most recent one, at Wimbledon this year.
– Sam Querrey is the only American player to have reached the quarter finals of the US Open since the beginning of 2012, it was last year, defeated at that stage by Kevin Anderson.
– John Isner will come to the US Open after a semi-final at Wimbledon 2018, his best performance in a Grand Slam tournament. His best result at the US Open is a quarter final in 2011.
– In the Open Era three men have won the tournament a record five times: Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
– Roger Federer’s titles came in five years between 2004 and 2008, a joint record at any Grand Slam in the open era for consecutive wins (Nadal 2010-14 French Open; Borg 1976-80 Wimbledon; Federer 2003-07 Wimbledon).
– The longest match to take place in the US Open was in 1992 when Stefan Edberg and Michael Chang played for 5 hours and 26 minutes.
– Pete Sampras (19 years and 28 days) became the youngest ever men’s champion when he won back in 1990, while Ken Rosewall (35y, 10m, 11d) was the oldest to win in the Open Era, in 1970. Roger Federer will be 37 when this year’s tournament takes place.
– The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament with no male player to have won it without losing a set in the Open Era.
2018 US Open Women’s Singles Facts:
– Since it was first staged in 1881, there have only been eight years when an American player has not appeared in either the men’s or women’s singles final at the US Open (1973, 1988, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015 & 2016).
– Three of the last six women’s singles finals at the US Open have gone to three sets, this after a run of 16 consecutive finals in which the winner was decided in straight sets.
– In the Open Era, the women’s singles final has been contested by two American players on 10 occasions, including last year’s title game between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.
– In the Open Era, the semi-finals of the US Open have been played by four American players on three different occasions (1979, 1981 and 2017).
– Sloane Stephens could become the sixth American player to win at Flushing Meadows in consecutive years in the Open Era.
– Sloane Stephens reached her first Grand Slam final at last year’s tournament. Since then she has also reached the final at Roland Garros, eventually losing to Simona Halep in three sets.
– Tracy Austin is the youngest women’s US Open winner, becoming champion in 1979 aged 16 years, 8 months and 28 days.
– The oldest winner of the women’s singles at the US Open in the Open Era is Flavia Pennetta (33 years, 6 months, 18 days). Serena Williams will be 36 going into this tournament while sister Venus will be 38.
– In the Open Era, a woman has won the singles title without dropping a set on 15 occasions; the last player to achieve this feat was Serena Williams in 2014.
– Serena Williams has reached, at least, the semi-finals in each of her last eight appearances at the US Open. The last time she failed to reach the semi-finals was in 2007, when she was defeated by Justin Henin in the quarter-finals.
– Serena Williams has won six of the eight singles finals she’s played in at the US Open.
– Angelique Kerber has reached, at least, the semi-finals in two of her three slams this year after not making it past the fourth round in any of the 2017 Grand Slams.
– Kerber could become the first European since Kim Clijsters (2010 US Open, 2011 Australian Open) to win consecutive Grand Slams, Serena Williams is the only other player to manage that feat since then.
– Venus Williams has failed to reach the final in each of her last 13 US Open appearances, this after a run of three consecutive final appearances from 2000-2002 (winning twice).
– Victoria Azarenka has reached at least the quarter-finals in each of her last four appearances at Flushing Meadows, going on to reach the final twice but losing out both times to Serena Williams (2012 & 2013).
– Agnieszka Radwanska has never made it past the fourth round at the US Open, the only Grand Slam where she is yet to reach the quarter-finals.
– Madison Keys has reached at least the quarter-finals in three of her last four Grand Slam appearances, including a run to the US Open final in 2017.
– Madison Keys reached her first Grand Slam final at last year’s tournament, just five players in the Open Era have followed up a final defeat at Flushing Meadows by winning a year later (Chris Evert – 1980, Martina Navratilova – 1986, Steffi Graf – 1988 & 1995, Serena Williams – 2002 & 2012, Justine Henin – 2007).
– Coco Vandeweghe has not made it past the second round in any of the 2018 Grand Slams, after reaching the semi-finals in both the US and Australian Open in the previous year.