Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 August, 2003, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Flushing facts and figures
The low-down on Flushing Meadows, the record prize money on offer, and records that have been set at the tournament
MOST WINS: Richard Sears (1881-87), William Larned (1901-02, 1907-11) and Bill Tilden (1920-25, 1929) have each won the men's singles title seven times.
Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (1915-18, 1920-22, 1926) has won the most women's titles with eight.
MOST US OPEN WINS
7 Richard Sears, Bill Larned, Bill Tilden
5 Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras
4 Bob Wrenn, John McEnroe
8 Molla B Mallory
7 Helen Wills Moody
6 Chris Evert
5 Steffi Graf
YOUNGEST WINNER: Pete Sampras was 19 years and 28 days old when he won the title for the first time in 1990.
Tracey Austin is the youngest women's winner. She triumphed in 1979 aged 16 years, eight months and 28 days.
Vincent Richards, aged 15 years, five months, eight days was the youngest player to win a match, while Michael Chang became the youngest player to win in the Open era when he Paul McNamee also aged 15 in 1987.
Mary Joe Fernandez was just 14 years and eight days when she beat Sara Gomer in 1985.
OLDEST WINNER: 1911 champion William Larned is the oldest man to lift the trophy - he was aged 38 years, eight months and three days when he beat Maurice E. McLoughlin.
Molla Bjurstedt Mallory, 42 when she won the 1926 singles championship, is the oldest woman to triumph.
LONGEST MATCH: Stefan Edberg took five hours and 26 minutes to beat Michael Chang 6-7 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-4 in the semi-finals in 1992.
The Arthur Ashe Stadium holds 23,000 people
FLUSHING MEADOWS: The US National Tennis Centre contains 45 courts, including 11 practice courts, but only 15 are used for the Open.
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM: The biggest arena is the Arthur Ashe stadium, which opened in 1997, with a capacity of just under 23,000.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM: Flushing Meadows second court was redesigned at the same time and its capacity halved to around 10,000.
PRIZE MONEY: The US Open is the world's richest single sporting event, with prize money increasing again this year to over £7.9m.
Both the men's and women's singles winners will receive £1m.
The richest non-tennis sporting event is the Indianapolis 500.
US OPEN 2004
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