US OPEN ’19: How well do you know the American tennis major?
How well do you know the U.S. Open, the year’s last Grand Slam tennis tournament? Give this AP quiz a try:
1st Round: The women’s and men’s singles champions at the 2019 U.S. Open will each receive $3.85 million. How much does each first-round loser in singles get?
2nd Round: Who holds the record for most aces in women’s singles during a full U.S. Open tournament (since 1991)?
a.) Venus Williams
b.) Serena Williams
c.) Karolina Pliskova
d.) Steffi Graf
3rd Round: Who holds the record for most aces in a men’s singles match at the U.S. Open (since 1991)?
a.) Pete Sampras
b.) Andy Roddick
c.) Ivo Karlovic
d.) Richard Krajicek
4th Round: Who holds the men’s record for most U.S. Open titles across all events in the professional era, which began in 1968?
a.) Bob Bryan
b.) Mike Bryan
c.) Roger Federer
d.) John McEnroe
Quarterfinal: How often have all four men’s singles quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament been won by players 30 or older?
a.) three times
Semifinal: Who was the youngest U.S. Open women’s singles champion?
a.) Serena Williams
b.) Martina Hingis
c.) Tracy Austin
d.) Monica Seles
Final: Novak Djokovic’s victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon marked the first time the men’s final there was decided by a fifth-set tiebreaker; this was the first year the All England Club used such tiebreakers. The U.S. Open was the first Grand Slam tournament with final-set tiebreakers, starting in 1970. How many U.S. Open finals have been decided by a fifth-set tiebreaker?
1st Round. c. A first-round singles victory at Flushing Meadows guarantees a player $100,000 this year; prize money is $163,000 for reaching the third round, $280,000 for fourth, $500,000 for quarterfinals, $960,000 for semifinals and $1.9 million for a runner-up.
2nd Round. b. Serena Williams not only holds the tournament mark of 70 — her total in 1999, when she won her first of six U.S. Open titles — but also ranks second (with 67 last year), third (65 in 2016), fourth (63 in 2012) and fifth (61 in 2002). She also shares, with older sister Venus, the record for most aces in a U.S. Open women’s singles match (18).
3rd Round. c. Karlovic, a 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Croatian, delivered 61 aces in a 2016 five-set victory over Yen-hsun Lu in the first round. Sampras holds the record for most aces in the tournament in a single year, with 144 while winning the 2002 championship in what turned out to be the final event of his career.
4th Round. a. Bob Bryan has won five men’s doubles titles at Flushing Meadows with his twin brother Mike, plus four mixed doubles trophies, for a total of nine. The professional era’s overall mark of 16 is held by Martina Navratilova, whose total includes four in singles, nine in women’s doubles and three in mixed doubles — including with Bob Bryan in 2006.
Quarterfinal. b. It’s happened at Wimbledon each of the past two years — and nowhere else. In 2018, John Isner (33), Kevin Anderson (32), Rafael Nadal (32) and Novak Djokovic (31) reached the semifinals at the All England Club. And last month, Djokovic and Nadal were joined by Roger Federer (37) and Roberto Bautista Agut (31).
Semifinal. c. Austin was 16 years, 8 months, 28 days old when she won the 1979 U.S. Open for the first of her two titles in New York. Hingis was about 2½ months older when she won the tournament in 1997. Seles was 17 in 1991, as was Williams in 1999.
Final. d. There has never been a fifth-set tiebreaker in a U.S. Open men’s singles final, even though the rule has been in place for nearly a half-century.
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