US Open Tennis 2011: Greatest Records in US Open History

Delores Smith-JohnsonCorrespondent IIISeptember 7, 2011

US Open Tennis 2011: Greatest Records in US Open History

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    What an exciting 2011 US Open thus far. We've seen some unbelievable tennis. 

    Of course, there's the tremendous run that Serena Williams is on, favored to win it all. There's the great wins as players have come back from the brink of defeat, such as Donald Young and Caroline Wozniacki. While at the the same time, there's been some devastating losses as some of the best have had an early exit, like Mardy Fish and Maria Sharapova

    And we've seen the new faces of tennis as we've watched Sloane Stephens, Madison Keyes, Christina McHale and Heather Watson light up the court with skill and wisdom well beyond their ages.

    One day, some of these tennis players are bound to enter into the record books. And when they do, they will join the likes of the best to have ever played the game.

    In this slideshow, we'll take a look at some of the greatest US Open records. And for those who follow my work, once again players from both the pre-Open Era as well as the Open Era will be included.

    Take a moment and enjoy a look at highlights from the rich history established by the players who have and continue to grace the courts of Flushing Meadows for the US Open.

Most Singles Finals (Men)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Nicknamed "Big Bill" Tilden (pictured above), it was quite fitting as he holds the record here at 10 singles finals.

    When: 1918-25, 1927 and 1929

     

    Open Era:

    Two tennis giants were Tilden's record-setting counterparts in the Open Era—none other than Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl, with 10 singles finals apiece.

Most Singles Finals (Women)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    With 10 singles finals, Molla Bjurstedt Mallory holds the record here.

    When: 1915-18, 1920-24 and 1926.

     

    Open Era:

    Chris Evert (pictured above) is the Open Era record holder, playing in nine singles finals over the course of her career.

Most Finals Losses to a Single Opponent (Men)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    "Big Bill" Tilden is back in the spotlight here, as he lost to, ironically, "Little Bill" Johnston five times during the course of his career.

    When: 1920 and 1922-25

     

    Open Era:

    Probably ranked as one of the biggest rivalries in the Open Era, Andre Agassi (pictured above) was defeated at the hands of Pete Sampras three times in the US Open finals.

    When: 1990, 1995 and 2002

Most Finals Losses to a Single Opponent (Women)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Helen H. Jacobs (pictured above) holds this record, as she lost to Alice Marble three times over the course of her career.

    When: 1936 and 1939-40

    Open Era:

    Another great rivalry of the Open Era is the placeholder here. Chris Evert lost to Martina Navratilova twice in US Open finals.

    When: 1983-84

Most Singles Tournaments Played (Men)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    A relatively unknown player in name but with accomplishments that land him in the spotlight, Vic Seixas played in 28 singles tournaments over the course of his career.

    When: 1940-42, 1944 and 1946-69

     

    Open Era:

    Jimmy Connors (pictured above) handily holds down this spot, playing in 22 singles tournaments.

    When: 1970-89 and 1991-92

Most Singles Tournaments Played (Women)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Another relatively unknown player in name sets herself apart in this era for the women. Marjorie Gladman (Van Ryn) Buck played in 20 singles tournaments over the course of her career.

    When: 1927-37, 1942-43, 1945, 1947-52 and 1955

     

    Open Era:

    The great Martina Navratilova (pictured above) reigns supreme here. She played in 20 singles tournaments from the early 1970s to the early 1990s.

    When: 1973-93

Most Singles Titles (Men)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    There's a three-way tie here for this record. "Big Bill" Tilden (1920-25 and 1929), Bill Larned (1901-02 and 1907-11, pictured above) and Richard Sears (1881-87) all achieved seven singles titles over the course of their career.

     

    Open Era:

    Replicating the feats of their counterparts, there's a three-way tie for this era as well with five singles titles apiece. These distinguished gentlemen are Jimmy Connors (1974, 1976, 1978 and 1982-83), Roger Federer (2004-08) and Pete Sampras (1990, 1993, 1995-96 and 2002)

Most Singles Titles (Women)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Molla Bjurstedt Mallory holds this distinction, winning eight singles titles over the course of her career.

    When: 1915-18, 1920-22 and 1926

     

    Open Era:

    Chris Evert (pictured above) won six titles over the course of her career.

    When: 1975-78, 1980 and 1982

Most Matches Won (Men)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Here's "Big Bill" Tilden once again. He won  71 matches over the course of his career.

    When: 1916-30

    *Vic Seixas won more at 75 and is actually listed as the record holder. However, he had wins in the Open Era, whereas Tilden's wins came solely in the pre-Open Era.

     

    Open Era:

    Jimmy Connors (pictured above) once again stands head and shoulders above the rest with an astonishing 98 career wins.  

    When: 1970-89 and 1991-92

Most Matches Won (Women)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (pictured above) was a force to be reckoned with on the tennis court. This was quite evident as she holds this record at 65 matches won over the course of her career.

    When: 1915-29

     

    Open Era:

    Chris Evert adds to her winning ways here as she won 101 matches over the course of her career.

    When: 1971-89

Highest Career Winning Percentage (Men)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    And we return to "Big Bill" Tilden, whose record of 71-7 yielded him a .910 career winning percentage.

    When: 1916-30

     

    Open Era:

    A history maker in every sense of the world, Roger Federer (pictured above) holds this record. As of 2010, his record was 56-6, giving him a career winning percentage of .903. 

    When: 2000-10

     

    Note: based on 50 match minimum

Highest Career Winning Percentage (Women)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Helen Wills Moody (pictured above) stands tall among the women of her era. Her career record was 50-2, giving her a career winning percentage of .962.

    When: 1922-33

     

    Open Era:

    No doubt, Chris Evert was the outright winner here as she had a record of 101-2 (yes that is correct), yielding a career winning percentage of .894.

    When: 1971-89

     

     

    Note: 50 match minimum

Most Team Doubles Finals (Men)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Though not household names to most, they are to the record books. Fred B. Alexander and Harold Hackett hold this title as they reached seven doubles finals together.

    When: 1905-11

     

    Open Era:

    Bob Lutz and Stan Smith (pictured above) hold this record for their era. They participated in five doubles finals.

    When: 1968, 1974, 1978, 1979 and 1980

Most Team Doubles Finals (Women)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    A. Louise Braugh and Margaret Osbourne DuPont sit atop the record books, playing together in 14 doubles finals.

    When: 1942-50 and 1953-57

     

    Open Era:

    Well-known for her court-side interviews and analysis, Pam Shriver (pictured with Martina Navratilova above) was also part of one of the greatest doubles teams of all time as she partnered with Martina Navratilova. Their partnership afforded them five doubles finals.

    When: 1983-87

Most Doubles Titles (Men)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Richard Sears teamed up with James Dwight to win five doubles titles.

    When: 1882-84 and 1886-87

     

    Open Era:

    Once again, Bob Lutz and Stan Smith are in the spotlight as they won four doubles titles.

    When: 1968, 1974, 1978 and 1980

Most Doubles Titles (Women)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    The partnership of A. Louise Brough and Margaret Osbourne DuPont afforded them another record here as they won 12 doubles titles.

    When: 1942-50 and 1955-57

     

    Open Era:

    The duo of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver won four doubles titles over the course of their career.

    When: 1983-84 and 1986-87

Most Mixed Doubles Finals

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    Pre-Open Era:

    We once again see Margaret Osbourne DuPont (pictured alongside Bill Talbert above) headlining as she teamed up with Bill Talbert to reach six mixed doubles finals.

    When: 1943-46 and 1948-49

     

    Open Era:

    Although they had funny-sounding names, it was all serious when Betty Stove and Frew McMillan hit the court. Together, they reached five mixed doubles finals.

    When: 1976-80

Most Titles (All Events-Men)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    "Big Bill" Tilden stands tall as he holds the record for most titles across all events.

    He won 16.

    When: 1913-29

     

    Open Era:

    John McEnroe (pictured above) wins hands down here as he won eight titles across all events.

    When: 1979-89

Most Titles (All Events-Women)

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    Pre-Open Era:

    Margaret Osbourne DuPont won 25 US Open titles across all events over the course of her career.

    When: 1941-60

     

    Open Era:

    Martina Navratilova won 16 titles to maintain this place in history.

    When: 1977-06

Greatest Number of Years Between Titles (Men)

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    Note: For many, this might not seem like a great record, but it shows the will, skill and determination of a champion to always keep their eye on the prize and to never be counted out when it comes to making a comeback

     

    Pre-Open Era:

    Aussie great, Ken Rosewall holds this record as there were 14 years between titles.

    When: 1956 and 1970

     

    Open Era:

    Pete Sampras (pictured above) reigns here as there were six years between his titles.

    When: 1996 and 2002

Greatest Number of Years Between Titles (Women)

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    Note: For many, this might not seem like a great record, but it shows the will, skill and determination of a champion to always keep their eye on the prize and to never be counted out when it comes to making a comeback

     

    Pre-Open Era:

    Hazel "Hotchkiss" Wightman, founder of the Wightman Cup, had eight years between her titles.

    When: 1911 and 1919

     

    Open Era:

    Undoubetedly standing tall as one of the greatest players of all time, Serena Williams (pictured above) holds this title, also having six years between her titles.

    When: 2002 and 2008

Wrap-Up

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    As we continue to watch the 2011 US Open and the tournaments to come, we will continually watch history being made as tennis player after tennis player vows for a/some coveted title/titles on this Grand Slam stage.

    Hope that you have enjoyed.

     

    Special thanks to:

    The US Open

    Wikipedia