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The US Open: A History

Posted 08-19-2011 at 12:18 PM by Philip Oliver
Though most tennis players and fans regard Wimbledon as the biggest of the Grand Slam events, itís hard to match the US Open for excitement. Who can possibly predict what will happen in the US open 2011 betting?

The London event has the history behind it, and thereís something special about playing on grass.

But while itís the last of the four Grand Slams, the US Open is certainly not the least.

For a start, itís steeped in history. Itís the modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the US National Championship, which dates back to 1881.

The event is held annually in August and September, before and after the Labor Day weekend, and held at what is now the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Originally played on grass from its inception, it was only changed in 1975 when organisers switched to a clay surface.

That only lasted three years, though, and in 1978 a DecoTurf acrylic surface was introduced which remains to this day.

One of the unique features of the US Open is its use of tiebreaks in every set. The other three Grand Slams use tiebreaks in all the other sets, but play to a finish in the decider.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of this system, it suits American TV which relies on the ability to schedule advertising breaks frequently, and not stay with the action.

As far as TV audiences in the USA are concerned, the action is limited to the top players in the menís and womenís singles events. Many have to keep up with the action through Tennis online betting.

But actually the tournament features five different championships, including menís and womenís doubles and mixed doubles. There are also events for senior, junior and wheelchair players, but these are largely ignored by the media.
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