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2016 US Open (tennis)

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Edition  136th
Draw  128S/64D/32X
Surface  Hard
Category  Grand Slam (ITF)
Prize money  $46,300,000
2016 US Open (tennis)
Date  August 29 – September 11

The 2016 US Open was the 136th edition of tennis' US Open, the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the year. It took place on outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.


In the men's singles competition, Stan Wawrinka defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final. Angelique Kerber defeated Karolína Plíšková in the women's singles to become the first German player to win the tournament since Steffi Graf in 1996. 2015 women's singles champion Flavia Pennetta did not defend her title as she had retired at the end of the 2015 season.


The 2016 US Open was the 136th edition of the tournament and it was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park of Queens in New York City, New York, United States.

The tournament was an event run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and was part of the 2016 ATP World Tour and the 2016 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament consists of both men's and women's singles and doubles draws as well as a mixed doubles event. There are also singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which is part of the Grade A category of tournaments.

In addition, the annual men's and women's Champions Invitational doubles events were held, with eight male and eight female former Grand Slam champions taking part. For the third year running, the American Collegiate Invitational competitions were organized, where top sixteen American collegiate players compete in men's and women's singles events. Exhibition matches also took place.

Due to the 2016 Summer Paralympics, no usual singles, doubles and quad events for men's and women's wheelchair tennis players as part of the UNIQLO tour under the Grand Slam category will be played.

The tournament was played on hard courts and takes place over a series of 16 courts with DecoTurf surface, including the three main showcourts – Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium and the new Grandstand. It was the first US Open played on courts with operational roofs, on centre court and on the newly built Grandstand stadium. The Ashe roof was expected to be used only for rain, unlike the Australian Open, which also closes its roof in cases of extreme heat. It was also be the last tournament before the demolition of the Louis Armstrong Stadium and old Grandstand. Although Arthur Ashe Stadium and the new Grandstand will be the existing main stadiums for the 2017 edition.

For the second year running, the US Open is scheduled across 14 days, rather than the 15-day schedule of 2013 and 2014, which has impact on all senior events. Women's singles semifinals have been scheduled for September 8 evening session, while men's singles semifinal matches was played on Friday September 9. The men's doubles final was played before the women's singles final on Saturday September 10, and the men's singles final followed the women's doubles final on Sunday September 11.


In the United States, the 2016 US Open was the second under a new, 11-year, $825 million contract with ESPN, in which the broadcaster holds exclusive rights to the entire tournament and the US Open Series. This means that the tournament was not available on broadcast television. This also makes ESPN the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for three of the four tennis majors.

Live action from a total of twelve courts was available this year (Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand, Court 4, Court 5, Court 6, Court 9, Court 11, Court 12, Court 13, Court 17 and Court P6/Old Grandstand), an increase from eleven in 2015.

Point distribution

Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event.

Prize money

The total prize-money compensation for the 2016 US Open is $46.3 million, a 10% increase on the same total last year. Of that total, a record $3.5 million goes to both the men’s and women's singles champions. This made the US Open the most lucrative and highest paying tennis grand slam in the world, leapfrogging Wimbledon in total prize money fund. Prize money for the US Open qualifying tournament is also up 10 percent, to $1.9 million.

On top of listed above, $600,000 will contribute Champions Invitational events prize money, while $1,478,000 is estimated as players' per diem. A total of men's and women's singles prize money ($36,324,000) will account for more than 78% of total player compensation, while doubles ($5,463,000) and mixed doubles ($500,000) – for 12% and 1%, respectively.

Bonus prize money

The top three men’s and top three women’s finishers in the 2016 US Open Series also earn bonus prize money at the US Open, with the champions of the Series Bonus Challenge having the opportunity to win $1 million in addition to their tournament prize money.

Singles players

2016 US Open – Men's Singles
2016 US Open – Women's Singles

Before the tournament

  • 5-time champion Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament due to a knee injury.
  • 2009 champion Juan Martín del Potro returned to the tournament for the first time in three years after an intensive injury, received him a Wild Card entry.
  • Day 3

  • Anastasija Sevastova defeated the 2016 French Open champion and No. 3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza in two sets on the second round. This was the first time since 2011 that the reigning French Open champion lost early in the same tournament.
  • Kateryna Bondarenko's second round match against World No. 61 Zheng Saisai when a fan tried to jump out and attempting to engage Bondarenko after the match ended. The fan was reported to be a man named Sam Hu, a tennis academy owner originally from Shanghai, China currently living in Long Island, New York, but was arrested.
  • Day 7

  • Lucas Pouille defeated 14-time Slam champion Rafael Nadal in five sets, marking the first time since 2004 that Nadal failed to reach the Grand Slam quarterfinal at least in a single season. Pouille advanced to his first US Open quarterfinal.
  • Sevastova became the first Latvian woman to reach the US Open quarterfinal after she defeated Johanna Konta in the fourth round. She is the first Latvian female quarterfinalist since Larisa Neiland in 1994 Wimbledon Championships.
  • Day 8

  • Serena Williams won her 308th Grand Slam match record after defeating Yaroslava Shvedova in two sets, surpassing Roger Federer's all time record in the Open Era.
  • Ana Konjuh defeated Agnieszka Radwańska in two sets and the first Croatian woman to reach the US Open quarterfinal, this made her best result in Grand Slam.
  • Day 9

  • In the men's draw, Novak Djokovic is the only player from the Big Four advanced to the semifinal after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired due to his left knee. This meant the first time since 2004 French Open neither Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray moved to the semifinal.
  • Day 11

  • Karolína Plíšková defeated six-time champion Serena Williams in two sets to make through on her first Grand Slam final. This was the first time since 2009 which Kim Clijsters defeated both the Williams sisters in the same tournament in which Plíšková defeated Venus Williams in the fourth round.
  • Angelique Kerber defeated two-time finalist Caroline Wozniacki in two sets to make through on her third Grand Slam final. Kerber claimed the number 1 title following her victory, overtaking Serena Williams' 186-week streak at number 1.
  • Singles seeds

    Seeds are based on the ATP and WTA rankings as of 22 August 2016. Rank and points before are as of 29 August 2016.

    Mixed Doubles

  • 1 Rankings are as of 22 August 2016
  • Wild Card entries

    The following players were given wildcards to the main draw based on internal selection and recent performances.

    Mixed Doubles

  • Emina Bektas / Evan King
  • Nicole Gibbs / Dennis Novikov
  • Martina Hingis / Leander Paes
  • Jamie Loeb / Noah Rubin
  • Christina McHale / Ryan Harrison
  • Melanie Oudin / Mitchell Krueger
  • Taylor Townsend / Donald Young
  • Sachia Vickery / Frances Tiafoe
  • Qualifier entries

    The qualifying competitions took place at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on 23 – 26 August 2016.


    The following players were accepted directly into the main tournament but withdrew with injuries and other reasons.

    Before the tournament
    During the tournament
    Men's Singles
  • Jiří Veselý
  • Men's Singles

  • Stan Wawrinka def. Novak Djokovic, 6–7(1–7), 6–4, 7–5, 6–3
  • The two players had met 23 times prior, with Djokovic winning on 19 occasions. This was Wawrinka's first appearance in the final of the tournament. Defending champion Djokovic started well, taking Wawrinka's first service game. An opportunity for Djokovic to serve out the first set was lost and the set went into a tie break. There Wawrinka won the third point but lost another seven and Djokovic took the first set. In the second set, Wawrinka broke first to lead 3–1. Djokovic broke back and held serve to draw at 4–4, but lost his subsequent serve to allow Wawrinka to take the second set 6–4. Djokovic soon trailed 3–0 at the beginning of the third set but levelled it at 5–5. Wawrinka again broke serve in the final game to take the third set 7–5. Wawrinka started the fourth set like the last two, breaking Djokovic's first service game to lead 3–0. Djokovic received two medical timeouts midway through but was unable to prevent Wawrinka from winning the set 6–3 and his first US Open title.

    Women's Singles

  • Angelique Kerber def. Karolína Plíšková, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
  • Kerber started the match as favorite to win, having assured the No. 1 women's ranking on 12 September. Plíšková reached her first grand slam final, having never previously made it past the third round, by beating home favorite Serena Williams in the semi-finals. Kerber started strongly, breaking Plíšková's first service game and won the first set 6–3 with another break in serve. Plíšková fought back, breaking midway into the second set to take it into a deciding set. In the third set, Plíšková broke Kerber's second service game to lead, before Kerber levelled the set at 3–3. With the match at 5–4, Plíšková served to stay in the match but Kerber won it in a love game to secure her first US Open title.

    Men's Doubles

  • Jamie Murray / Bruno Soares def. Pablo Carreño Busta / Guillermo García-López, 6–2, 6–3
  • Women's Doubles

  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Lucie Šafářová def. Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic, 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4
  • Mixed Doubles

  • Laura Siegemund / Mate Pavić def. Coco Vandeweghe / Rajeev Ram, 6–4, 6–4
  • Boys' Singles

  • Félix Auger-Aliassime def. Miomir Kecmanović, 6–3, 6–0
  • Girls' Singles

  • Kayla Day def. Viktória Kužmová, 6–3, 6–2
  • Boys' Doubles

  • Juan Carlos Aguilar / Felipe Meligeni Alves def. Félix Auger-Aliassime / Benjamin Sigouin, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
  • Girls' Doubles

  • Jada Hart / Ena Shibahara def. Kayla Day / Caroline Dolehide, 4–6, 6–2, [13–11]
  • Men's Champions Doubles

  • Pat Cash / Mark Philippoussis def. John McEnroe / Patrick McEnroe, 6–3, 6–4
  • Women's Champions Doubles

  • Lindsay Davenport / Mary Joe Fernández def. Martina Navratilova / Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, 6–4, 6–2
  • References

    2016 US Open (tennis) Wikipedia

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