The US Open 2019 is upon us. There are tennis players whose names will be inextricably linked to the history of the New York Slam. These players have marked the men's singles from the origins of the tournament in Newport, when they played on grass-courts, to our days, on the hard-courts of Flushing Meadows.
They did it by winning epic matches and conquering the love and the support of fans and the crowd. Richard Sears was the first star of US Open, when the tournament was still called U.S. National Championships, and he won the event for 7 consecutive years.
The following seasons saw the emergence of champions such as Oliver Campbell (3 titles), Robert Wrenn (4 titles) and Malcolm Whitman (3 titles). Until 1903 there were only American champions, before the hegemony was interrupted by the British Lawrence Doherty.
Williams Learned preceded the arrival of Bill Tilden (both winners of 7 titles), before and after the First World War. The arrival of the Frenchmen stopped the American domination after the War; before Renè Lacoste (2 times) then Henri Cochet won the title.
Fred Perry (3 titles) preceded Don Budge, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer and Pancho Gonzales, before the Australian domination. Between the 1960s and the 1970s there were many champions such as Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Manolo Santana, Ilie Nastase and Jimmy Connors.
In 1968, the victory of Arthur Ashe, the first Afro-American tennis player to win the men's singels, in one of the most important and indeterminable moments in the tournament's history. Between the end of the 70s and the end of the 80s, the tournament was monopolized by John McEnroe, winner of 4 titles, Jimmy Connors, winner of 4 titles, and Ivan Lendl, winner of three titles.
The 90s were the years of the great rivalry between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who won 6 titles (4 Sampras and 2 Agassi), but also by the win of Stefan Edberg (3) and Patrick Rafter (2). With the new millennium came a new ruler, Roger Federer, able to win the title for five consecutive seasons, the last few years have marked the victories of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (both 3 times champions), and the triumphs of some outsiders (like Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro), who were able to do a great goal in the era dominated by the Big Theree.
Without considering the historical triumph of Andy Murray in 2012, the first British tennis player since Fred Perry to win a Slam Title. Time is now come to write a new name on the golden book of the US Open.