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The final Grand Slam championship of the tennis calendar year, the US Open, is held in the city of
The U.S. Open grew from an exclusive entertainment event for high society to a $17 million prize money championship (about $1 million for winner of the singles tournaments) for over 600 male and female professional players. The U.S. Open originated from two separate tournaments: the men's tournament and the women's tournament. The event was first held in August 1881 and staged at the Newport Casino,
The open era began in 1968 when all five events were merged into the newly named U.S. Open at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills,
The main court is located at the 24,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, named after Arthur Ashe, an African American tennis player who won the inaugural men's final of the U.S. Open in 1968. (The British tennis player Virginia Wade won the first woman's U.S. Open final, five months after she turned professional.) Court Number 2 is Louis Armstrong Stadium, which stood as the main stadium until the completion of Ashe stadium. All the courts used by the U.S. Open are lit, meaning that TV coverage of the tournament can extend into prime time to attract more ratings. This has recently been used to the advantage of the USA Network on cable and especially for CBS, the American broadcast TV outlet for the Open for many years, which used its influence to move the women's singles final to Saturday night to draw better television ratings.
In 2005, all U.S. Open and U.S. Open Series tennis courts were given blue inner courts and green outer courts to make it easier to see the ball. This change has been met with mixed reactions from both players and fans, with many players saying that the ball is no easier to see with the blue courts. The DecoTurf surface at the U.S. Open is a fast surface, having slightly less friction and producing a lower bounce compared to other hard courts. For this reason, many serve-and-volley players have found success at the U.S. Open.
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