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The 2016 U.S. Open tennis championships are ready to designate their champions. Both the men and women’s competitions have reached the semifinals, and the winners will be determined, on Sept. 10 and 11.
This is the 136th edition of the American Grand Slam, which will be the fourth and final significant event of the year. In the U.S. Open men’s singles competition, Novak Djokovic is the defending champion. In the women’s singles tournament last year, Flavia Pennetta secured the title. This was her last trophy since she retired at the end of the 2015 season.
The annual competition takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing, N.Y. According to ATP World Tour, the event engages a large number of fans, as the best tennis players in the world compete for almost two weeks for prizes estimated at $46.3 million.
Men’s Singles Competition
The men’s singles competition started with 128 tennis players from all around the world. After 122 matches, four athletes remained in the event for the trophy and the $3.5 million prize awarded to the winner. According to the tournament’s official website, the finalist will win $1.75 million.
In the first semifinal, Djokovic, the ranking leader of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), will face Gael Monfils. He occupies the 8th position in the same lineup. The match will take place on Sept. 9, 2016, at the same time as the second semifinal. Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori will compete for the open spot in the final match. The winner of the 2016 U.S. Open men’s singles championship will be designated on Sept. 11.
Women’s Singles Competition
The women’s singles competition is ready to designate the winner. The championship engaged 128 tennis players from all over the world. As of this report, four athletes survived in the tournament, fighting for the trophy and the $3.5 million prize awarded to the winner or the $1.75 million rewarded to the finalist.
Serena Williams, the ranking leader of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), will face-off against Karolina Pliskova, the occupant of the 6th position in the same lineup. The first semifinal will take place on Sept. 8. In the second match, which will decide who has a chance in the final, Caroline Wozniacki will confront Angelique Kerber, the player who may become the new ranking leader of the WTA, if she wins the U.S. Open. The final women’s singles championship will take place on Sept. 10.
The doubles competitions are also ready for the final stage. There is only one match left before the winners of the 2016 U.S. Open mixed doubles championship are determined. The finals will take place on Sept. 9. Teammates Ram Rajeev and Coco Vandeweghe will compete against doubles, Mate Pavic and Laura Siegemund. The men’s doubles final is scheduled for Sept. 10, and the women’s doubles final will be on Sept. 11.
The winners of the mixed doubles competition will win $150,000 per team. The champions of the other doubles categories will receive $625,000.
The 2016 U.S. Open tennis championships are ready to designate their champions. The tournament, which has a total budget of $46.3 million, engaged over 250 tennis players from across the globe. This year’s competition, which started on August 29, will end on September 11. Annually, the American Grand Slam takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing, N.Y.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
ATP World Tour: US OPEN
US OPEN: Event Statistics
WTA Tennis: TOURNAMENT INFO
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