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Match between Oliver Campbell and Bob Huntington From through , the tournament used a challenge system whereby the defending champion automatically qualified for the next year's final, where he would play the winner of the all-comers tournament.
The effort to relocate it to New York City began as early as when a group of tennis players, headed by New Yorker Karl Behr , started working on it. National Championship, only men competed and the tournament was known as the U. National Singles Championships for Men.
In , six years after the men's nationals were first held, the first U. The winner was year-old Philadelphian Ellen Hansell. This was followed by the introduction of the U.
Women's National Doubles Championship in and the U. Mixed Doubles Championship in The women's tournament used a challenge system from through , except in Between and , sectional tournaments were held in the east and the west of the country to determine the best two doubles teams, which competed in a play-off for the right to compete against the defending champions in the challenge round.
They argued that most tennis clubs, players, and fans were located in the New York City area and that it would therefore be beneficial for the development of the sport to host the national championship there.
National Championships , the draw seeded players for the first time to prevent the leading players from playing each other in the early rounds.
The previous U. National Championships had been limited to amateur players. Except for mixed doubles,[ citation needed ] all events at the national tournament were open to professionals.
In , the US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to use a tiebreaker to decide a set that reached a 6—6 score in games. From through , the US Open used a best-of-nine-point sudden-death tiebreaker before moving to the International Tennis Federation 's ITF best-of-twelve points system.
The tournament's court surface also switched from clay to hard.
Jimmy Connors is the only individual to have won US Open singles titles on three surfaces grass, clay, and hard , while Chris Evert is the only woman to win US Open singles titles on two surfaces clay and hard.
The Women's final was originally held in between the two men's semi-final matches; in , the Women's final was moved to the evening so it could be played on primetime television, citing a major growth in popularity for women's tennis among viewers.
In and , the USTA intentionally scheduled the men's final on a Monday—a move praised for allowing the men's players an extra day's rest following the semifinals, but drew the ire of the ATP for further deviating from the structure of the other Grand Slams.
However, weather delays forced both sets of semifinals to be held on Friday that year. The grounds of the US Open have 22 outdoor courts plus 12 practice courts just outside the East Gate consisting of four "show courts" Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand, and Court 17 , 13 field courts, and 5 practice courts.
The main court is the 23,seat  Arthur Ashe Stadium , which opened in It opened with temporary seating in and received its permanent seating the following year.