The U.S. Open is the 4th and final major tennis tournament of the year. The other major tournaments include The Australian Open, The French Open, and Wimbledon. The U.S. Open is played on hard courts in Flushing Meadows, New York. At these major events, women must win best 2 out of 3, 6-game sets. The men musts win best 3 out 5, 6-game sets. These matches often become incredibly long, lasting 3 or more hours.
The 2017 U.S. Open had many withdrawals, leaving the draw wide open and giving opportunities to many new and younger players. Famous names including Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, both previous champions, did not participate this year.
Serena Williams has been out of competition for the majority of 2017 expecting her first child. She won the Australian Open in January while being 10 weeks pregnant! On September 1, Serena gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian. Serena Williams is planning to returning to professional competition in 2018.
Interestingly, old fan favorites Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been the only players to win majors this year. It has been amazing to see the two of them competing at this high level even as they age into their mid to late 30’s.
Maria Sharapova competed in her first major since her lengthy ban for the use of the controversial drug Meldonium. She defeated the world number two Simona Halep in the first round, and continued her momentum through to the 4th round. She is a previous champion here and is close to returning back into the top-100 in the world.
The eventual champions of this tournament were Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens. Rafael Nadal won his 3rd U.S. Open and 16th overall major title. He has also recently returned to the world number one. Sloane Stephens captured her 1st ever major title this year. She had been out for over a year with a foot injury, and her ranking dropped as low as 900. With this win, she is back in the top 30!
By: Katie Groves