This year’s US Open is back! After the Australian Open, the French Open (Roland Garros), and the Wimbledon, the US Open is next in the line of this year’s fourth and last Grand Slam. The US open is one of the oldest and most well-known tennis tournaments; dating back to 1881. The winning prize for the singles tournament is $1,500,000 which is about 50 million baht! The first prize for mixed doubles is $420,000 and for mixed doubles is $150,000. Approximately 600 men and women will be competing for the prizes. The US Open is played at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York City. It uses a hard court called DecoTurf. This surface is faster by having less friction and having a lower bounce rate. This makes it better for serve-and-volley players. The main court of the tournament is the Arthur Ashe Stadium which seats 24,000 people. Court number 2 is the Louis Armstrong Stadium; it used to be the main court before the Arthur Ashe Stadium was build.
This year, Rafael Nadal was named the new first seed after Roger Federer’s four and a half year reign. But he was sent back home in the semi-finals after losing to Andy Murray. On the contrary, Federer beat Novak Djokovic to go into the finals. It turned out that Roger Federer has stood his ground by winning the title for his fifth straight US Open by easily beating Andy Murray. As for the women’s title, Serena Williams captured it with a win against Jelena Jankovic.
For ISB, the BISAC tennis team will be starting in the second semester somewhere around February or March. There’s also the Panther Tennis which you could join all year round. The Thailand Open is coming up in only a few weeks. Watch it and tune up your skills!