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  Wednesday, 21 August, 2002, 09:13 GMT 10:13 UK
Flushing facts and figures
The giant Arthur Ashe Stadium
The giant Arthur Ashe Stadium
The lowdown on Flushing Meadows, the record prize money on offer, and records that have been set at the tournament

Records


Flushing Meadows

The US National Tennis Centre at Flushing Meadows contains 45 courts, including 11 practice courts. Fifteen are used for the Open.

Louis Armstrong Stadium
The Louis Armstrong Stadium's capacity has reduced

The biggest is the Arthur Ashe stadium, which opened in 1997 with a capacity of 23,000.

At the time, the old Stadium Court, now called the Louis Armstrong Stadium, was redesigned and its capacity halved to 9,600.

Another prominent feature in and around the complex is the Arthur Ashe Commemorative Garden and Sculpture. This can be found in the south plaza.

It honours the legacy of Ashe, in 1968 the first black American champion, who died in 1993.


Prize money

The US Open is the world's richest single sporting event.

Prize money has increased again this year, and will be over $16m.

Both the men's and women's singles winners will receive $900,000, up from 850,000 in 2001.

The richest non-tennis sporting event is the Indianapolis 500, with total prize money of over $12m.


Records

Richard Sears (1881-87), William Larned (1901-02, 1907-11) and Bill Tilden (1920-25 1929) share the record for the most men's singles titles with seven each.

Chris Evert won four successive US Open titles
Evert won four titles in a row

Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (1915-18, 1920-22 1926) has won the most women's titles with eight.

Sears, who was champion for the first seven years the tournament was held, also holds the record for the most consecutive titles.

Mallory - whose best run was to win it four times in a row - must share that honour with Helen Jacobs (1932-35) and, from the modern era, Chris Evert (1975-78).

The youngest ever men's champion is Pete Sampras, who 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.

At the other end of the scale, 1911 champion William Larned is still the oldest man to lift the trophy. He was aged 38 years, eight months and three days when he beat Maurice E. McLoughlin.

And at 38, 1908 winner Maud Barger-Wallach remains the oldest woman to triumph.

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