Aug 29 2014
US Open Tennis Betting Offers, Odds, Promotions and Betting Tips, 2015
The US Open is the final Grand Slam of the tennis calendar and the bookies are always very generous with their mobile and online gambling offers, free bets and promotions. Closer to the 2015 tournament we’ll have our US Open betting tips, as well as all the best offers, free bets and promotions. You can also check out our US Open History information, as well as some interesting stats and facts about the tournament.
US Open Tennis Betting Offers and Free Bets
Full details of all the available promotions will be listed here closer to the tournament.
US Open Tennis Men’s Betting Tips
As above, all our betting tips will be coming around a week before the tournament.
US Open Tennis Women’s Betting Tips
US Open History
The US Open was first held in August 1881 at the Newport Casino, Newport, Rhode Island. The tournament was played on grass courts and was originally just for men. However, six years later, the first official U.S Women’s National Singles Championship was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in 1887.
Until 1911, the tournament was used as a challenge system, where the defending champion automatically qualified for the final. He or she would play against the winner of the all-comers tournament. In 1915, the tournament moved from Rhode Island to the glitz and glamour of New York. The tournament did briefly move to Philadelphia (probably tempted by the prospect of spreadable cheese for all players to eat in breaks) between 1921 and 1923 but would return to its true home in New York, where it has remained ever since.
Since then, despite not moving out of New York, the Open has seen many changes that were often innovative for Grand Slams. The 1968 tournament was the first US Open to be open to professionals, with 96 men and 63 women entering and prize money totalling $100,000. In 1970, the tournament was the first Grand Slam to use a tiebreak to decide sets that finished 6-6. The 1973 tournament was the first slam to give equal prize money to both men and women, with both winners receiving $25,000 dollars each. Things have changed a little since then, with the winners taking home a very cool $3m each in 2014 and even the first round losers pocketing more than $35,000.
The 1970s also brought about two changes to the tournament which are a large part of its character today. Firstly, in 1975, floodlights were used for the first time. Floodlit games are now synonymous with the tournament, with many classic evening games being played. Also, in 1978, the tournament moved to its current home at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows and began being played on hard courts. More commonly referred to simply as Flushing Meadows, the US Open has become known for having fast courts, with the ball bouncing quite low due to the DecoTurf surface (as opposed to other hardcourt options).
In recent years, as well as the addition of Hawkeye, another change has briefly been introduced. The 2013 and 2014 finals of the Men’s Singles became the first to be organised for a Monday. The previous five finals had all been weather delayed and didn’t conclude until the Monday anyway but many people still objected. It is planned that for the 2015 tournament the traditional Sunday night finish will resume.
US Open Tennis Facts and Stats
- Richard Sears managed an impressive seven titles in a row, starting in the US Open’s first year. It’s a wonder the others kept coming back!
- The US Open likes to do things differently and is perfectly happy to change with the times. It has been played on grass, it’s been played on clay, and now it’s played on hard courts. Jimmy Connors didn’t seem to care which surface they chose – he won it on all three.
- It is the second oldest Grand Slam, younger only than the very elderly Wimbledon.
- Flushing Meadows is the only Grand Slam to use tiebreakers in the last set of matches. Clearly American crowds haven’t got the patience for the kind of extra-long mega matches that Wimbledon seems to churn out yearly (who could forget John Isner vs Nicholas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010, which lasted so long 3 babies were born in the crowd…perhaps). The main reason for this is TV scheduling.
- The tournament’s main court, the Arthur Ashe, is the largest tennis stadium in the world, holding around 23,000 people. When it rains however, around 23,000 people get wet as the stadium doesn’t have any kind of roof, proving that innovation doesn’t always win the day.
- At the 2013 US Open, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal combined to set a unique record. They won each Grand Slam together – the Australian Open (2009), the French Open (2013), Wimbledon (2010) and the US Open (2013) – becoming the first male-female pair in the entire history of tennis to win all four slams together.
- The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that has been played every year since its inception. World Wars, pah! There’s tennis to be played.
- Since the inclusion of professional tennis players in 1968, Jimmy Connors (1974, 1976, 1978, 1982-1983), Pete Sampras (1990, 1993, 1995-1996, 2002), and Roger Federer (2004-2008) have won the most men’s championships, with five titles.
- Since 1968, Chris Evert (1975-1978) holds the record for most consecutive women’s singles titles at four and the record for most overall titles at six (1975-1978, 1980, 1982), although Serene Williams has five and is hungry for more.
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