Skip Navigation

50 Moments That Mattered

50 Moments: No. 37 - Evert wins first of six titles

50 Moments: No. 37 - Evert wins first of six titles

After falling in the semifinals four years in a row, Chris Evert was determined to win her country’s Grand Slam. The 20-year-old found herself in a tense skirmish with Evonne Goolagong in the 1975 Open, where she eventually prevailed, winning the first of her six singles titles in New York.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 38 - Triple crown for Navratilova

50 Moments: No. 38 - Triple crown for Navratilova

Martina Navratilova pulled off a “triple” at the last major of 1987, sweeping the US Open singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles and affirming to her legion of admirers that there was no more complete player in tennis.

Read More
Follow Along as we countdown the 50 Greatest Champions

Follow Along as we countdown the 50 Greatest Champions

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the US Open, we look back at the 50 champions who have left an indelible mark on this inimitable event.

View Champions
 50 Moments: No. 39 - Federer claims first crown

50 Moments: No. 39 - Federer claims first crown

Roger Federer was arguably never better in a title-round contest than he was against Lleyton Hewitt in 2004, when he won the first of an Open-era record five straight singles titles in New York.

Read More
Join the #USOpen50 Celebration

Join the #USOpen50 Celebration

Share Your Favorite On/Off Court Moments. Be part of the conversation using hashtag #USOpen50 and tag @USOpen

Learn More
50 Moments: No. 40 - Orantes' spectacular comeback

50 Moments: No. 40 - Orantes' spectacular comeback

Many tennis enthusiasts remember Manuel Orantes' masterpiece of clay-court wizardry against Jimmy Connors in the 1975 final, but his semifinal win over Guillermo Vilas was the defining moment of his career and one of the greatest comebacks ever recorded at a major tennis tournament.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 41 - Edberg’s marathon title run

50 Moments: No. 41 - Edberg’s marathon title run

Stefan Edberg entered the 1992 US Open as the defending champion. A record 22 hours and 22 minutes of play later, he left with his second New York title and the world No. 1 ranking in hand, managing a trio of fifth-set escapes on the way.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 42 - Bryans win 100th career title

50 Moments: No. 42 - Bryans win 100th career title

Wimbledon may be known for strawberries and cream, but the 2014 US Open put the cherry on top of the Bryan brothers’ legendary career. In claiming their record-breaking fifth New York doubles crown, the Bryans hit the century mark for career doubles titles.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 43 - Nadal completes career Grand Slam

50 Moments: No. 43 - Nadal completes career Grand Slam

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2010 men's final to claim his first US Open title and complete a career Grand Slam—the youngest man in the Open era to capture all four majors.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 44 - Henin's '03 epic

50 Moments: No. 44 - Henin's '03 epic

On fewer than five hours of sleep and coming off what was, at the time, the longest women’s match in US Open history, Justin Henin-Hardenne turned tiredness into triumph to claim a memorable 2003 US Open title.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 45 - Venus' first Open

50 Moments: No. 45 - Venus' first Open

Unseeded and relatively unknown Venus Williams entered her first US Open, making it to the final and sealing her fate as a tennis legend.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 46 - Becker battles back

50 Moments: No. 46 - Becker battles back

What figured as a routine second-round outing against journeyman Derrick Rostagno proved to be anything but for 1989 champion Boris Becker.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 47 - Stephens storms to title

50 Moments: No. 47 - Stephens storms to title

Less than a year after foot surgery and playing in only her fifth tournament since her return to the tour, Sloane Stephens staged one of the most improbable runs to a US Open women's singles title in the tournament's history.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 48 - Seles' return

50 Moments: No. 48 - Seles' return

Monica Seles made her emotional return to Grand Slam tennis at the 1995 US Open, playing in her first major tournament in almost three years after being stabbed in the back at a tournament in Germany in 1993.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 49 - Djokovic's triumph

50 Moments: No. 49 - Djokovic's triumph

They say that history has a way of repeating itself. And for Novak Djokovic, that seems to be true.

Read More
50 Moments: No. 50 - Oudin's run

50 Moments: No. 50 - Oudin's run

There was no shortage of storylines at the 2009 US Open, but few tales in the Big Apple seemed to sweep American tennis fans off their feet quite like that of Melanie Oudin.

Read More