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The US Open: What You Should Know

I am an avid fan of the US Open for many years now. I thought I know everything about the sport. But I discovered that there are a lot of things I didn’t know.

How long have you been a fan of the US Open? Whether you have only been fallen in love with the sport for a few months or years already, I tell you what. There’s more to learn.

But your long search is finally over. This guide got you covered. I hope this could help broaden your knowledge as a player or hobbyist as well.

Famous Players with Record-Breaking Achievements

While many talented tennis players would have thought that a 19-year-old Pete Sampras would become the youngest male champion in the US Open Tennis history? Well, Pete Sampras brought home the title in 1990. At a very young age, he is known for his tremendous shot, making him the talk of the town.

He also excels in return of serve, forehand, backhand, and passing shots. His movement is very smooth. His net game, on the other hand, is on a different level. No wonder he is the first-ever youngest male US Open champion.

For the women’s division, Tracy Austin got the record. For only 16 years and eight months, she brought home the 1979 US Open championship, making her instant famous during that time. Two years after, she won the 1981 US Open. She once became the World’s number 1 professional tennis player.

But age does not matter to William Larned and Molla Mallory. William, for instance, won a US Open championship in 1911 when he was already 38 years old. Molla was 42 years old.

If you have been playing tennis for over a few decades already without getting any award or championship, do not be disappointed. William and Molla proved that age is just a number. We never know you would be a tennis champion soon. With patience and dedication, you can turn your dreams into a reality.

Established in 1881

The US Open is the second oldest Grand Slam. The first-ever US National Championship was held in1881. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament, founded in 1877.

Before, only the men’s singles and doubles events were conducted. But with the organization’s attempt to provide equal opportunities for every aspiring athlete, women’s singles events were added in 1887. But the good news did not stop there. In 1889, women’s doubles were included in the programme, expanding the US Open’s popularity and growth.

Held in Multiple Venues

Probably, you only think of a hard court. But the truth is that the US Open is considered the only major to have been played on grass and clay court.

From 1881 up to 1974, the US Open was held on a grass court. Then, the organization changed it to clay. But it did not last for a long time. It only started in 1975 and ended in 1977.

With the inconvenience associated with a grass or clay court, the US Open built its very own hard courts in 1978, increasing the player’s safety and peace of mind.

The USTA National Tennis Center

You probably have heard of the famous USTA National Tennis Center. But what is it really? The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was formerly  known as the USTA National Tennis Center. It is home to 22 hard courts, accommodating a large number of spectators. It also consists of the Arthur Ashe Stadium – recognized as the world’s largest tennis stadium. Packed with a cutting-edge facility, it has a retractable roof.

As the largest tennis stadium, it can accommodate more than 23,771 spectators aside from the players and coaching staff.

Serena and Venus Williams Meet in the Finals

Sisters are supposed to be supporting each other. But Serena and Venus became the first sisters who played against each other in a grand slam final, where Venus won the match.

As a much-anticipated game of the year, the championship receives approximately 22.7 million American viewers.

Although they usually are opponents in tennis hard courts, they are on good terms in real life.

What interesting facts do you know? Do not hesitate to share that in the comment section below.

By |2021-05-21T12:28:53+00:00January 12, 2021|Events|0 Comments

Why Is The Superbowl So Important

Every first Sunday of February, millions of people throughout the US and other parts of the globe watch the Super Bowl – the biggest entertainment event in the country annually.

And I am one of those fans who never miss the championship game of the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL) ever since when I was young.

The Super Bowl, an annual culmination of the NFL season, holds a special place in the hearts of millions, transcending the boundaries of sports to become a cultural phenomenon. It’s not just about determining the season’s champion; it’s a celebration of competition, entertainment, and unforgettable moments. As a fan, the Super Bowl is more than just a game-it’s an experience etched into my memory. What makes it even more special is the unique way I express my fervor for the sport: through the cherished tradition of collecting NFL trading cards. I even used to buy an NFL Mystery Box every now and then, to experience the excitement of discovering rare and valuable football cards. These little pieces of history encapsulate iconic moments from the season, immortalizing the players who’ve left an indelible mark on the game. As I eagerly await the Super Bowl, the thrill is intensified by the prospect of adding cards featuring standout performances from the championship game to my collection, creating a tangible link between me, my favorite players, and the historic event that is the Super Bowl.

In 2020, while everyone stays at home because of the Covid-19, Fox estimated approximately 102.1 million viewers, making it the tenth most watched Super Bowl in history.

Have you ever wondered why Super Bowl is one of the much-awaited events in the US? Well, I also have the same thought. For many years of watching the Super Bowl, here are some reasons why the championship game of the NFL becomes a non-official holiday among Americans, I believe:

Live Performances from Our Favorite Celebrities

Yes, this is one of the things I really look forward to during the Super Bowl. For sure, some of you could relate to.

With many celebrities that already performed during Super Bowl, the duo of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez is one of my favorites.

More than the artists’ singing prowess, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez never disappoint me with their dancing moves. They prove that age was just a number, after all. No wonder their performance alone recorded a whopping 103 million viewers!

Beyonce’s fierce performance is another favorite of mine. Apart from the jawdropping stage design and trendy outfits, her excellent dancing and singing skills always amaze me. She’s indeed Queen B for a reason.

But before Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Shakira, Michael Jackson was the first blockbuster halftime show. Everyone would surely agree, right?

The Intensity of the Game

Aside from the artists’ breathtaking performances, the championship game is intense. The defense, for instance, is more intriguing than any type of sports, I think.

There are diving catches in in baseball, whereas, in basketball, there are blocks. In football, on the other hand, it has the overall excitement on defense.

Although the offense is king, the defense in American football can generate as much intensity and excitement as a long pass or touchdown can.

Defensive touchdowns are among the most exciting plays in American football for me.

There can also be a great deal of excitement due to sports betting that friends and family members might place on their favorite team during Superbowl. In addition, some may choose to bet online and perhaps go through a guide on how to bet on NFL online, which makes the game much more alive and exhilarating.

The players also give me goosebumps. Their competitiveness is contagious, too. Although it is only broadcast on TV, I could really feel their desire to bring home the bacon.

Fun Commercials

I did not know if it is normal, but I always laugh every time I watch the ads during Super Bowls. Yes, they are extremely fun and witty sometimes. But did you know that a 30-second ad cost approximately $5.5 million in 2020? In-game ad revenue in the 2020 Super Bowl was around $448.7 million, which is not surprising at all, according to Kantar. This price might sound exorbitant, but it is actually carefully decided using analysis tools. Networks airing the Superbowl use pricing tools similar to Conjointly’s Van Westendorp PSM and other market factors to decide what the cost of airtime will be. And clearly, it works because the price keeps going up and companies line up to pay it.

Fox also reported their pregame and postgame ads generated around $600 million in 2020 alone.

No wonder its audiences of all ages much anticipate the commercials throughout the Super Bowl.

The Never-Ending Rivalries

Yes, the rivalries in Super Bowl give me an adrenaline rush. We’re human, after all.

Rivalry in sport is rampant. Baseball has the Red Sox and the Yankees. Ice hockey has the Red Wings and Blackhawks. Basketball has Lakers and Celtics. But don’t get me wrong. The rivalries in American football are more intense for me. Rivalries have been an interesting part of basketball for die-hard fans. A lot of people show their loyalty to the teams by purchasing their merchandise. This can include, figurines, backpacks, phone covers, etc. Some fans even get custom t-shirts embroidered (from Mato and Hash or from similar embroidery service providers) with the team logo to show their allegiance to the team. That said, a few of the rivalries I could not forget are the Redskins/Cowboys, Packers/Bears, and Raiders/Steelers, to name a few. But I can’t help but be more excited when the team I have been supporting since day one wins. I also witnessed my bias fail a couple of times already. But it is always part of the game.

If you are a fan of basketball or baseball. It is time to watch the Super Bowl. Most sports have that high level of intensity and excitement. But the fun in Super Bowl is beyond your imagination. From the live performances of your favorite artists to the battle between NFL clubs, you can witness everything you are looking for in the world of sports.

It is no surprise the Super Bowl seems like a holiday among Americans. So, it is never too late to become a fan of this biggest entertainment event in the country!

By |2021-05-21T12:24:25+00:00December 29, 2020|Events|0 Comments
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