Ashim Benedict Palmer: The US Open has evolved from one of the oldest tennis championships in the world. In 1881 the US National Championship was established as the national men's singles and doubles competition. The tournament was open only to clubs that were members of the US National Lawn Tennis Association (then USLTA; now USTA). The event was expanded to include women's singles in 1887, women's doubles in 1889, and mixed doubles in 1892.
Five championships competed in five different venues until 1968, the sides of the tournament being tennis clubs Forest Hills, Queens, NY, respectively. The championships later became known as the US Open. In 1978 the tournament was moved to Flushing Meadows.
The US Open is officially known as the United States Open Tennis Championships. The US Open tennis is the most popular in the world of international tennis tournaments. The main events of tennis annual Grand Slam will be held in this tournament. Other tournaments in the world are the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon Championships.
The US Open is held annually from the last week of August to the second week of September. Since 1978 the US Open Championships have been held on the acrylic hard court of the National Tennis Center under the auspices of the US Tennis Association (USTA). It was later renamed the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in 2006. NY Men's Singles and Doubles, Women's Singles and Doubles, and Mixed Doubles are included in this tournament.
This year the US Open is set to welcome 550,000 fans to its two-week-long competition. The tournament was held without fans last year due to the pandemic. The protocol issued by the USTA for fans and players in the tournament which started last Monday is expected to be much relaxed compared to last year.
Happily, for fans, no evidence of vaccination or coronavirus testing will be required when entering the field, but the Disease Control and Prevention Agency advises fans to wear masks.