The Top Five US Open Moments of All Time
The Queens neighborhood will soon be in full swing when the US Open returns to New York in August. Over the years, the nation’s largest tennis tournament has counted for many of the top moments in sports history.
With the grand slam contest fast approaching, we’re counting down a few of the most unforgettable moments from past tournaments.
1. 2001 – Sister, Sister
The 2001 match of Serena Williams versus Venus Williams wasn’t only noteworthy for being the first time two black players faced each other in the Grand Slam finals, but it was also the first time in a century that two siblings dueled.
2. 1977 – Renee Richards
One of the most historic moments of all time came during the 1977 games when Renee Richards took the court to play against Virginia Wade. Renee, who was born Richard, became the first transgender player to appear at the competition.
3. 1988 – The Last Slam
Not since 1988 has anyone completed a Grand Slam at the US Open. The last to accomplish this tremendous feat was Steffi Graf during her match against Gabriela Sabatini. And the US Open championship was just one of four major titles she won that year.
4. 1981 – Borg vs. McEnroe
One of the most heated rivalries came to the courts in 1981 when John McEnroe went up against Bjorn Borg and came out with a four-set victory. A new movie out later this year, starring Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason, will detail the legendary rivalry.
5. 1968 – First US Open
Arthur Ashe not only won the first US Open championship, but also became the first African-American man to take home the crown.