No tournament in tennis is as big as the U.S. Open, by just about any measure. Start with attendance: More than 23,000 spectators can fit inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, nearly 9,000 more than the largest courts at Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open can hold. Prize money? The two-week tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, is offering total player compensation of $65 million, well beyond the $57 million at second-place Wimbledon. As for revenue, the $472 million reported in the United States Tennis Association’s 2022 financial statement tops the $440 million that Wimbledon posted last year, according to an All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club filing.
With the Open’s main draw set to begin August 28, here are more of the key numbers for the sport’s grandest Grand Slam.
The number of times both Serena Williams and Roger Federer have missed the U.S. Open since 1998. (In 2021, leg injuries sidelined the two legends.) Williams owns a number of tournament records, including most singles matches won (108) and most matches played inside Arthur Ashe Stadium (118). But she and Federer will be absent from the draw this year, and going forward, after their retirement announcements last summer.
The record for most U.S. Open men’s singles titles in tennis’ Open Era, shared by Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors. Rafael Nadal is just one back and will miss the tournament this year as he recovers from hip surgery. That gives Rafa one last chance to match the record next year—he announced in May that the 2024 season would likely be his last.
The number of competition courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with up to 16 in use during the Open. The complex also features five practice courts.
The number of U.S. Open sponsors. The valuable partnerships—which include Rolex, Cadillac and Polo Ralph Lauren—help explain why tournament revenue exceeded $472 million last year, double the total from a decade earlier, according to the USTA’s annual filings.
The number of years the Open has offered equal prize money, after bringing pay for male and female competitors in line in 1973. (That year, the men’s and women’s singles champions each received $25,000, and the total purse was $227,200.) The Australian Open followed suit in 1984 but returned to paying more to men from 1995 to 2000, finally making equal pay permanent in 2001. The French Open and Wimbledon leveled compensation in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
The betting odds for men’s singles favorite Novak Djokovic at FanDuel after the release of the main draw on Thursday, meaning a bettor would win $110 on a $100 wager. (DraftKings pegged his odds at +125.) At age 36, Djokovic would be the tournament’s oldest champion in tennis’ Open Era, eclipsing Ken Rosewall, who was 35 when he won in 1970. Carlos Alcaraz, whose odds are just a bit longer at +175 (FanDuel) or +190 (DraftKings), was 19 when he won the U.S. Open last year but didn’t set the record for youngest winner—he was about three and a half months older than Pete Sampras was when he claimed the title in 1990.
The betting odds for women’s singles favorite Iga Swiatek at FanDuel after the release of the main draw on Thursday, meaning a bettor would win $220 on a $100 wager. (DraftKings set the line only slightly higher, at +240.) The 22-year-old Polish star won last year’s title and is the two-time reigning champion at the French Open—and she also lands at No. 3 on 贵辞谤产别蝉’ list of the highest-paid tennis players.
The size of the Open’s ball crew. The ballpersons, who have to pass a tryout, work an average of 25 to 45 matches at the tournament, with six on the court at once and an average age of 21.
The total number of tennis matches played during the two-week tournament. There are 411 matches across the men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles main draws. The junior boys’ and girls’ competitions add another 236 matches across singles and doubles, and then there is the wheelchair division, with 74 matches across singles and doubles for men’s, women’s, juniors and quad competitors. (The quad category is for players who have at least one impaired arm, in addition to a leg impairment.) And none of that takes into account the men’s and women’s qualifying tournaments, played the week before the Open.
The year of the first U.S. Open, then held in Rhode Island. The tournament first moved to Queens, New York, in 1915, at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, and finally landed in Flushing Meadows in 1978.
The rough number of seasonal workers at the Open, including 2,000 directly with the tournament and 5,000 with vendors and partners.
The approximate number of tennis balls used at the 2022 Open. Stacking them end to end would yield a chain over four miles long, and together they would weigh roughly 13,000 pounds—about the same as three pickup trucks.
The reported price for a luxury suite at certain sessions of last year’s Open, with the suites selling out by June.
The number of Honey Deuce cocktails sold at the 2022 Open. The drink—made with vodka, lemonade and raspberry liqueur and garnished with three honeydew melon balls—is part of a 17-year partnership with Grey Goose, with more than 1.8 million sold in all.
The two-week main draw attendance at last year’s Open, smashing the record of 737,872 set in 2019. The Open’s full, three-week attendance—including the fan week events leading up to the tournament—was 888,044, also a record.
The prize money for each of the Open’s singles champions this year, a 15% increase from 2022’s $2.6 million. That amount is actually down from $3.85 million in 2019, however, as the tournament has focused on disbursing a larger portion of its pool to the players struggling to make ends meet at the fringes of the sport. This year, competitors in the singles main draw are guaranteed to collect at least $81,500, even if they lose in the first round—a modest 2% raise from last year’s $80,000 but up 44% from 2019’s $58,000. Players will also receive $1,000 travel vouchers for the first time and get an additional hotel room allotted to them.