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    The US Open is, in effect, a combination of two events - the original men's and women's competitions which can be traced all the way back to the late 1800s. It was only in 1968 that the two tournaments were coupled together to form what is now known as the US Open.

    US National Singles Championships for Men The men's event first took place in 1881 and was hosted by the Newport Casino on Rhode Island - an elite New England summer resort of the rich and famous best remembered as the personal playground of the Kennedy clan during the reign of JFK. Only clubs affiliated to the US National Lawn Tennis Association were allowed to compete, and it was known as the US ...
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  • Roland Garros

    Roland Garros

    French openThe Roland Garros stadium was built as the direct response to French success in international tennis. In 1927, the four muskateers Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and Rene Lacoste beat the Americans on their home soil and brought home the Davis Cup. However, there were no venues in France that could hold the crowds of spectators that were expected to turn up for the Challenge Round the following year. The French Stadium and the Government combined efforts to release three hectares of land near the Porte d'Auteuil. The only condition was stated by the club; that the stadium take its name from one of its old members, Roland Garros. Garros was a pioneering aviator and war hero, who was sadly killed in combat only five wee...
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  • Winbledon History

    Winbledon History

    The most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event not to have a fixed date, commencing six weeks before the first Monday in August. The tournament lasts for a fortnight, or for as long as necessary to complete all events. Today, Wimbledon boasts the most talented players in the world and annual attendances of over 450,000 people. But it is not just the calibre of players which makes the Wimbledon Championships so special, but also their rich history. For a professional tennis player, winning Wimbledon is the pinnacle of any career. The first Wimbledon event was staged in 1877 by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, to raise money for a new roller. The competition had only 22 male participants. It wasn't until 1884 that the Ladies' Singles and Men's Doubles was introduced. The game's first superstars were British twins Ernest and William Renshaw. Together the "Renshaw Rush", either separately or as Doubles partners, won 13 titles between 1881 and 1889. The event achieved global status in 1905, when May Sutton of the United States beca...
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