New York - États-Unis
2021-08-30 / 2021-09-12
The U.S. Open, put on by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is held at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York. When the tournament was founded in 1881, it was played in Newport, then Forest Hills before it moved to Flushing Meadows in 1978. Like the other Grand Slam events, it went pro in 1968. The tournament was held on grass until 1975, then American clay (green in colour) courts were used for three years until the definitive switch to hard courts (Decoturf) in 1978. Viewed as the Grand Slam with the noisiest and most ardent crowds, it has often smiled upon American players. Chris Evert, Serena Williams (6 titles), Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors (5 titles) have brought honour to the “Stars and Stripes” in the Open Era. Andre Agassi also won twice and, in the tradition of the boisterous matches of Jimmy Connors, he ignited the stands on more than one occasion. His quarter-final loss to Sampras in 2001 is still a must-watch (four tie-breaks!), not to mention his success against Marcos Baghdatis in the second round in 2006, eliminating him from what would be the last tournament of his pro career. Unforgettable...