2015 US Open (tennis)

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2015 US Open
Date August 31 – September 13
Edition 135th
Category Grand Slam (ITF)
Draw 128S/64D/32X
Prize money $42,253,400
Surface Hard
Location New York City, New York, United States
Venue USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Attendance 691,280
Champions
Men's Singles
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Women's Singles
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Men's Doubles
France Pierre-Hugues Herbert / France Nicolas Mahut
Women's Doubles
Switzerland Martina Hingis / India Sania Mirza
Mixed Doubles
Switzerland Martina Hingis / India Leander Paes
Boys' Singles
United States Taylor Harry Fritz
Girls' Singles
Hungary Dalma Gálfi
Boys' Doubles
Canada Félix Auger-Aliassime / Canada Denis Shapovalov
Girls' Doubles
Slovakia Viktória Kužmová / Russia Aleksandra Pospelova
Men's Champions Invitational
Australia Pat Cash / Australia Mark Philippoussis
Women's Champions Invitational
Final not played
Wheelchair Men's Singles
Japan Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Women's Singles
United Kingdom Jordanne Whiley
Wheelchair Quad Singles
Australia Dylan Alcott
Wheelchair Men's Doubles
France Stéphane Houdet / United Kingdom Gordon Reid
Wheelchair Women's Doubles
Netherlands Jiske Griffioen / Netherlands Aniek van Koot
Wheelchair Quad Doubles
United States Nick Taylor / United States David Wagner
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The 2015 US Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 135th edition of the US Open, the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Marin Čilić was the defending champion in the men's singles event, but lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Serena Williams was the three-time defending champion in the women's singles event and was also trying to complete the calendar Grand Slam, but she lost to Roberta Vinci in the semifinals. Flavia Pennetta won the Women's Singles title and became the first Italian to win the US Open.

Tournament[edit]

Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the Finals of US Open took place

The 2015 US Open was the 135th 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 is part of the 2015 ATP World Tour and the 2015 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 singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which is part of the Grade A category of tournaments, and singles, doubles and quad events for men's and women's wheelchair tennis players as part of the NEC tour under the Grand Slam category.

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 second year running, the American Collegiate Invitational competitions is organized, where top sixteen American collegiate players compete in men's and women's singles events. Exhibition matches also take place.

The tournament is played on hard courts and takes place over a series of 17 courts with DecoTurf surface, including the three main showcourts – Arthur Ashe Stadium (with permanent steel erected and new video boards, LED court lighting and sound system in place, as part of a refurbishment project), Louis Armstrong Stadium and Grandstand. It is the last ever US Open played on courts without the operational roof on centre court and with the old Grandstand in place. Starting from the 2016 edition, the Arthur Ashe Stadium will have completed retractable roof and matches will be played on newly built Grandstand.

After two years of tournament being scheduled across 15 days, the US Open returns to a traditional 14-day schedule in 2015, which has impact on all senior events. Women's singles semifinals have been scheduled for September 10 evening session, while men's singles semifinal matches will be played on Friday September 11 after mixed doubles final. Men's doubles final will be played before women's singles final on Saturday September 12, and men's singles final will follow women's doubles final.

Because Serena Williams could become the first woman to win all four major tennis titles since Steffi Graf accomplished the feat in 1988 and because she could tie Graf’s major title count of 22, the women’s final sold out before the men’s final for the first time.[1]

Broadcast[edit]

In the United States, the 2015 US Open was the first 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, thus ending CBS Sports' 46-year association with the tournament, and availability of coverage on broadcast television. This also made ESPN the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for three of the four tennis majors (the French Open is split between Tennis Channel for cable coverage and NBC for over-the-air coverage, with portions previously sub-licensed to ESPN until 2016).[2][3][4]

Point and prize money distribution[edit]

Point distribution[edit]

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

Senior[edit]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128 Q Q3 Q2 Q1
Men's Singles 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 45 10 25 16 8 0
Men's Doubles 0
Women's Singles 1300 780 430 240 130 70 10 40 30 20 2
Women's Doubles 10

Prize money[edit]

The US Open total prize money for 2015 was increased by 10.5 percent to a record $42,253,400, which potentially could reach almost 45 million dollars, as the top three finishers in the Emirates Airline US Open Series may earn up an additional $2.625 million in bonus money at the US Open.

Of the total prize money, $33,017,800 (plus $1,760,000 in qualifying competitions) is distributed for singles players, $4,927,600 for teams competing in doubles events and $500,000 for mixed doubles teams. Competitors in Legends Exhibition, Wheelchair and Champions Invitational events earn $570,000 while players' per diem is estimated at $1,478,000.[5]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128 Q3 Q2 Q1
Singles $3,300,000 $1,600,000 $805,000 $410,975 $213,575 $120,200 $68,600 $39,500 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000
Doubles [a] $570,000 $275,000 $133,150 $67,675 $35,025 $21,700 $14,200
Mixed Doubles [a] $150,000 $70,000 $30,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000
Bonus prize money

Top three players in the 2015 US Open Series receive bonus prize money, depending on where they finished in the 2015 US Open, according to money schedule below.[6]

2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series Finish 2015 US Open Finish Awardees
W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
1st Place $1,000,000 $500,000 $250,000 $125,000 $70,000 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000 United Kingdom Andy Murray $70,000
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková $15,000
2nd Place $500,000 $250,000 $125,000 $62,500 $35,000 $20,000 $12,500 $7,500 Serbia Novak Djokovic $500,000
United States Serena Williams $125,000
3rd Place $250,000 $125,000 $62,500 $31,250 $17,500 $10,000 $6,250 $3,750 United States John Isner $17,500
Romania Simona Halep $62,500

Singles players[edit]

2015 US Open – Men's Singles
2015 US Open – Women's Singles

Day-by-day summaries[edit]

Before the tournament[edit]

  • Maria Sharapova, the 2006 champion, ranked third in the world (formerly first), withdrew from the tournament due to a leg injury the day before tournament began. Making her withdrawal that was for the second time in three years.[7]

Day 4[edit]

Day 6[edit]

  • Eugenie Bouchard announced that she is withdrawing from the tournament citing a concussion days before her scheduled fourth round match with 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci. She also withdrew from Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Due to a withdrawal issue, Vinci advanced to her US Open quarterfinal in four years.[9]

Day 8[edit]

Day 9 and 10[edit]

Day 11[edit]

  • The women's semifinals was scheduled to be on September 10 but was cancelled due to a rain.[13]

Day 12[edit]

  • Roberta Vinci defeated Women's No. 1 and 3-time defending champion Serena Williams in three sets. This loss ended Williams' bid to win a calendar-year Grand Slam.[14]

Day 13[edit]

  • In the women's final, the two players were Italian: Vinci and Flavia Pennetta. This was the first time this happened in the Open Era.[15]

Events[edit]

Men's Singles[edit]

Women's Singles[edit]

Men's Doubles[edit]

Women's Doubles[edit]

Mixed Doubles[edit]

Junior Boys' Singles[edit]

Junior Girls' Singles[edit]

Junior Boys' Doubles[edit]

Junior Girls' Doubles[edit]

Men's Champions Doubles[edit]

Women's Champions Doubles[edit]

Wheelchair Men's Singles[edit]

Wheelchair Women's Singles[edit]

Wheelchair Quad Singles[edit]

Wheelchair Men's Doubles[edit]

Wheelchair Women's Doubles[edit]

Wheelchair Quad Doubles[edit]

Singles seeds[edit]

Seedings are based on rankings as of August 24, 2015. Rankings and points before are as of August 31, 2015.

Because the tournament takes place one week later than in 2014, points defending includes results from both the 2014 US Open and tournaments from the week of 8 September 2014 (Davis Cup for the men; Hong Kong, Québec, and Tashkent for the women).

Men's Singles[edit]

Seed Rank Player Points
before
Points
defending
Points
won
Points
after
Status
1
1
Serbia Novak Djokovic
14,865
720
2,000
16,145
Winner against Switzerland Roger Federer [2]
2
2
Switzerland Roger Federer
9,065
720+140
1,200
9,405
Runner-up to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
3
3
United Kingdom Andy Murray
8,840
360
180
8,660
Fourth round lost to South Africa Kevin Anderson [15]
4
4
Japan Kei Nishikori
6,205
1,200
10
5,015
First round lost to France Benoît Paire
5
5
Switzerland Stan Wawrinka
5,710
360+70
720
6,000
Semifinals lost to Switzerland Roger Federer [2]
6
6
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
5,230
360
180
5,050
Fourth round lost to France Richard Gasquet [12]
7
7
Spain David Ferrer
3,695
90
90
3,695
Third round lost to France Jérémy Chardy [27]
8
8
Spain Rafael Nadal
3,680
0
90
3,770
Third round lost to Italy Fabio Fognini [32]
9
9
Croatia Marin Čilić
3,550
2,000
720
2,270
Semifinals lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
10
10
Canada Milos Raonic
2,880
180
90
2,790
Third round lost to Spain Feliciano López [18]
11
11
France Gilles Simon
2,730
180
10
2,560
First round lost to United States Donald Young
12
12
France Richard Gasquet
2,240
90+65
360+45
2,490
Quarterfinals lost to Switzerland Roger Federer [2]
13
13
United States John Isner
2,235
90
180
2,325
Fourth round lost to Switzerland Roger Federer [2]
14
15
Belgium David Goffin
2,130
90+15
90
2,115
Third round retired vs Spain Roberto Bautista Agut [23]
15
14
South Africa Kevin Anderson
2,160
90
360
2,430
Quarterfinals lost to Switzerland Stan Wawrinka [5]
16
16
France Gaël Monfils
1,850
360
10
1,500
First round retired vs Ukraine Illya Marchenko [Q]
17
17
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov
1,735
180
45
1,600
Second round lost to Kazakhstan Mikhail Kukushkin
18
19
Spain Feliciano López
1,665
90
360
1,935
Quarterfinals lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
19
18
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
1,675
180+70
360
1,785
Quarterfinals lost to Croatia Marin Čilić [9]
20
20
Austria Dominic Thiem
1,645
180
90
1,555
Third round lost to South Africa Kevin Anderson [15]
21
21
Croatia Ivo Karlović
1,620
45
45
1,620
Second round lost to Czech Republic Jiří Veselý
22
22
Serbia Viktor Troicki
1,559
83+100
90+45
1,511
Third round lost to United States Donald Young
23
23
Spain Roberto Bautista Agut
1,510
180
180
1,510
Fourth round lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
24
24
Australia Bernard Tomic
1,465
45
90
1,510
Third round lost to France Richard Gasquet [12]
25
25
Italy Andreas Seppi
1,430
45
90
1,475
Third round lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
26
26
Spain Tommy Robredo
1,405
180
90
1,315
Third round lost to France Benoît Paire
27
27
France Jérémy Chardy
1,300
45
180
1,435
Fourth round lost to Croatia Marin Čilić [9]
28
28
United States Jack Sock
1,250
10
45
1,285
Second round retired vs Belgium Ruben Bemelmans
29
29
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
1,230
180
90
1,140
Third round lost to Switzerland Roger Federer [2]
30
30
Brazil Thomaz Bellucci
1,190
45
90
1,235
Third round lost to United Kingdom Andy Murray [3]
31
31
Spain Guillermo García-López
1,190
45
90
1,235
Third round lost to Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych [6]
32
32
Italy Fabio Fognini
1,165
45
180
1,300
Fourth round lost to Spain Feliciano López [18]

Women's Singles[edit]

Seed Rank Player Points
before
Points
defending
Points
won
Points
after
Status
1
1
United States Serena Williams
12,721
2,000
780
11,501
Semifinals lost to Italy Roberta Vinci
2
2
Romania Simona Halep
6,130
130
780
6,780
Semifinals lost to Italy Flavia Pennetta [26]
3
3
Russia Maria Sharapova
6,035
240
0
5,795
Withdrew because of right leg injury
4
5
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
4,740
1,300
70
3,510
Second round lost to Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská [PR]
5
4
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
4,995
130
430
5,295
Quarterfinals lost to Italy Flavia Pennetta [26]
6
6
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
3,800
240
10
3,570
First round lost to Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko
7
7
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
3,500
70
10
3,440
First round lost to Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
8
8
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
3,335
130
10
3,215
First round lost to United States Anna Tatishvili [Q]
9
9
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
3,245
10
70
3,305
Second round lost to United Kingdom Johanna Konta [Q]
10
10
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
3,190
130
10
3,070
First round lost to Czech Republic Denisa Allertová
11
11
Germany Angelique Kerber
3,150
130
130
3,150
Third round lost to Belarus Victoria Azarenka [20]
12
12
Switzerland Belinda Bencic
3,035
430
130
2,735
Third round lost to United States Venus Williams [23]
13
13
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
2,920
780
240
2,380
Fourth round lost to France Kristina Mladenovic
14
14
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
2,896
70
10
2,836
First round lost to Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
15
15
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
2,760
70
130
2,820
Third round lost to United States Madison Keys [19]
16
16
Italy Sara Errani
2,610
430
130
2,310
Third round lost to Australia Samantha Stosur [22]
17
17
Ukraine Elina Svitolina
2,530
10
130
2,650
Third round lost to Russia Ekaterina Makarova [13]
18
18
Germany Andrea Petkovic
2,450
130
130
2,450
Third round lost to United Kingdom Johanna Konta [Q]
19
19
United States Madison Keys
2,275
70
240
2,445
Fourth round lost to United States Serena Williams [1]
20
20
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
2,271
430
430
2,271
Quarterfinals lost to Romania Simona Halep [2]
21
21
Serbia Jelena Janković
2,135
240
10
1,905
First round lost to France Océane Dodin [WC]
22
22
Australia Samantha Stosur
2,135
70
240
2,305
Fourth round lost to Italy Flavia Pennetta [26]
23
23
United States Venus Williams
2,072
130+180
430+1
2,193
Quarterfinals lost to United States Serena Williams [1]
24
24
Germany Sabine Lisicki
1,945
130+280
240+1
1,776
Fourth round lost to Romania Simona Halep [2]
25
25
Canada Eugenie Bouchard
1,887
240
240
1,887
Fourth round withdrew due to a concussion
26
26
Italy Flavia Pennetta
1,747
430
2,000
3,317
Winner against Italy Roberta Vinci
27
27
France Alizé Cornet
1,745
130
10
1,625
First round lost to Japan Kurumi Nara
28
28
Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
1,676
70+30
10+1
1,587
First round lost to Belarus Olga Govortsova
29
29
United States Sloane Stephens
1,621
70
10
1,561
First round lost to United States Coco Vandeweghe
30
30
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
1,572
10
10
1,572
First round lost to France Kristina Mladenovic
31
31
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
1,550
70
70
1,550
Second round lost to Estonia Anett Kontaveit (Q)
32
32
Slovakia Anna Karolína Schmiedlová
1,451
10
130
1,571
Third round lost to Czech Republic Petra Kvitová [5]