The Game of Stance
The US Open Tennis Championships is a hard court tennis tournament and is a modified version of the U.S. National Championship. Ever since 1987, this tournament has been, sequentially, the fourth and concluding tennis major incorporating the Grand Slam every year. This tournament is held on an annual basis.
The tournament comprises of five event championships: Singles for men and women, doubles for men and women and mixed doubles. It also includes tournaments for junior, senior and wheelchair players. Since 1978, the tournament has been played at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center –Corona Park, New York City. This is the only Grand Slam in which tiebreakers are employed in each set of a match. Regarding other Grand Slams, if a game reaches the last set and there is a tie at 6-6, the match will go on until a player wins by two games.
This year, 2017, was the 137th edition of the tennis’ U.S. Open and was also the final Grand Slam event of this year. For this year, it started on the last Monday of August and it lasted for two weeks. This year, USTA tried out two experimental rules. Firstly, it commenced a shot clock to fight slow play and to warn players- if they go over the allotted time for medical time outs. Secondly, coaching was permitted from the court’s side.