US Open champions and finalists conclude the 2018 Grand Slam season
Vincent Davis | 9/13/2018, 4:01 p.m.
Six-seeded Novak Djokovic won the U.S. Open’s men’s singles championship title Sunday defeating Juan Martin del Potro, a third seed, in four sets, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3, 7-4. It was Djokovic’s third U.S. Open title, and his 14th Grand Slam.
Naomi Osaka, a Japanese-Haitian 20-year-old player seeded 20th, defeated Serena Williams, seeded 17, in the Open’s final Saturday, 6-2 and 6-4, becoming Japan’s first ever Grand Slam singles champion. Her win was complicated by controversy caused by her opponent and the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, but her poise and demure graciousness served her well in this uncomfortable situation.
Players competed for $3.8 million in both the men’s and women’s single division. This amount makes the U.S. Open the most lucrative and highest paying tennis Grand Slam in the world.
The U.S. Open, held on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, hosted the biggest names in the sport—in addition to those mentioned above,
Rafael Nadal, the men’s singles defending champion, Sloan Stevens, the women’s defending singles champion, along with Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Madison Keys and many others. Nadal retired during his semifinal match against del Petro.
The Open tournament lasted from Monday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 9. Fourteen great days of professional tennis.
A record number of patrons attended, 828,798; 199,187 purchased tickets for the Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, a U.S. Open Labor Day Weekend attendance record.
Many celebrities and their entourages were counted in those numbers: Wanda Sykes, Mike Tyson, the Jonas Brothers, Ben Stiller, Spike Lee, former Mayor David Dinkins, former President Bill Clinton, Steve Kerr, Adam Silver, Kurt Russell, PK Suban, Dr. Phil, Alicia Keys, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson,
Trevor Noah, Shonda Rhimes and Robin Roberts.
U.S. Open champions competed for $53 million in total prize money. In addition to Djokovic (Serbian) winning the Men Singles title, and Osaka the women’s, the Men’s Doubles title was won by Americans Mike Bryan and Jack Sock. The Women’s Doubles title was won by Australian Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe from the United States. The Mixed Doubles title was taken by
Bethanie Mattek-Sands from the United States and Jamie Murray from the United Kingdom.
The Boys’ Singles championship was won by Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild, the Girls’ Singles was won by China’s Wang Xiyu.
The Boys’ Doubles title was won by Bulgaria’s Adrian Andreev and Anton Matusevich from the United Kingdom. Girls’ Doubles was won by Americans Cori Gauff and Caty McNally.
In the wheelchair competition, the Wheelchair Men’s Singles title was won by Alfie Hewett from the United Kingdom. The Women’s Wheelchair Singles title was won by Diede de Groot from the Netherlands.
The Wheelchair Quad Singles was won by Australian Dylan Alcott, the Wheelchair Men’s Doubles by Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, both from the United Kingdom. Diede de Groot and Yui Kamiji (Japan) were victorious in the Wheelchair Women’s Doubles, and American David Warner and Andrew Lapthorne from the United Kingdom won the Wheelchair Quad Doubles championship title.