8 US Open Fun Facts Your Kids Will Love

US Open; Getty Images

“In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of,” sings Alicia Keys.

Well for the world’s best tennis players, they dream of hoisting aloft the US Open trophy in New York.

Should your child have any questions about the biggest tennis tournament in the United States of America, we have compiled some fun facts to improve your knowledge.

Read on so you can ace any question they serve up…

  • The US Open, is often referred to as Flushing Meadows. This is the name of the park where the event is located.
  • It is the final Grand Slam tournament of the season. It follows the Australian Open in January, French Open in late May and Wimbledon in July.
  • The annual tournament is the only Grand Slam that uses tiebreaks in every set of a singles match. At the other three events, if a final set reaches six games all, it continues until one player gets a two-game advantage.
  • The US Open is played on hard courts, but between 1881 and 1974 it was a grass court event and was played on clay from 1975-1977.
  • The centre court is called Arthur Ashe Stadium, named after a former American champion.
  • Australian players competing this year include Nick Kyrgios and Ashleigh Barty along with ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Match Play ambassadors Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
  • Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland is the defending men’s singles champion but is missing this year’s tournament with a knee injury. Former winners in the draw include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
  • Angelique Kerber from Germany is the defending women’s singles champion. Sam Stosur was the last Australian champion, winning in 2011.

Sam Stosur won the 2011 US Open; Getty Images

You never know where your tennis journey can take you…

For Stosur, who began hitting in the backyard with her brothers after receiving a tennis racquet for Christmas when she was eight, it led to her achieving her Grand Slam dream in New York.

One thing that is for sure though, ANZ Tennis Hot Shots is a fun way to learn new skills and make friends. So why not encourage your child to give it a go!

Find out more about the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program here or find your closest venue here.  It is the perfect way to let your kids’ love of tennis grow.