Two years faraway from being held with out spectators, the US Open redefined ‘spectacular’ in 2022 by breaking information for attendance, viewership, engagement, meals and beverage and merchandise gross sales.
Among the many highlights from the 2022 US Open:
On the Court docket
- Nineteen-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz defeated Norwegian Casper Ruud to win the boys’s singles title, changing into the youngest US Open males’s singles champion since Pete Sampras in 1990 and the youngest-ever males’s world No. 1. The younger Spaniard’s run to the title featured a aptitude for late-night drama, with Alcaraz successful five-set matches within the fourth spherical, quarterfinals and semifinals, together with his 5-hour, 15-minute quarterfinal victory over Jannik Sinner setting the US Open report for contemporary end, at 2:50 a.m.
- Polish 21-year-old Iga Swiatek cemented her standing because the world No. 1 by successful the ladies’s singles title over Tunisian Ons Jabeur, her first US Open and third profession Grand Slam singles title. Swiatek grew to become the youngest girl to win her third main title since Maria Sharapova in 2008 and is barely the ninth participant of the Open Period (since 1968) to win her third main earlier than turning 22. Jabeur, in the meantime, was the primary African girl to achieve the US Open singles last.
- Serena Williams’ run to the third spherical in what was seemingly her last US Open noticed the all-time nice prolong her leads atop a lot of US Open report boards, together with most singles matches gained (108), most matches performed (118) and gained (103) inside Arthur Ashe Stadium and most matches performed (56) and gained (46) at night time.
- Twenty-four-year-old American Frances Tiafoe’s run to the singles semifinals captivated the New York crowd, as he grew to become the primary African-American man to achieve the singles semifinals since Arthur Ashe in 1972.
- General, 44 People competed within the singles important attracts, a 20-year excessive exterior of the 2020 US Open, which was impacted by COVID-19 journey restrictions.
- The US Open hosted a landmark Wheelchair Event that set a lot of Grand Slam superlatives, together with: Largest participant area, with 56 gamers; First Grand Slam Wheelchair occasion awarding greater than $1 million in prize cash; and First Grand Slam Wheelchair occasion with a junior competitors.
- The US Open additionally continued its dedication to inclusion by increasing its second consecutive HBCU Reside Day and celebrating the LGBTQ+ neighborhood on Open Pleasure Day.
- The complete, three-week attendance for the US Open, together with Fan Week, was 888,044, eclipsing the earlier report of 853,227, set in 2019. The 2-week important draw attendance of 776,120 surpassed the earlier report of 737,872, additionally set in 2019.
- The 2022 US Open additionally marked the primary time in Arthur Ashe Stadium’s 25 years that each session within the stadium, now with a capability of 23,859, was offered out.
- Fan Week noticed 111,924 followers expertise the US Open free of charge, together with a report 35,525 children and households coming to the grounds on Arthur Ashe Youngsters’ Day.
Digital and Social
- The US Open’s digital platforms, powered by IBM, had a record-setting 12 months: Greater than 35 million complete visits to USOpen.org and the US Open app from 13 million distinctive gadgets, will increase of greater than 20 p.c.
- Complete interactions and views throughout the US Open’s official social media channels on Fb, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok reached upwards of 1 billion over the three weeks of the principle draw and Fan Week.
- Complete video views on the US Open’s official Instagram web page tallied greater than 250 million, a close to 250-percent enhance over 2021.
- The Serena Williams-Ajla Tomljanovich third-round match was the most-watched tennis telecast on report in ESPN’s 43-year historical past. It averaged 4.6 million viewers and peaked with 6.9 million viewers within the 10:15 p.m. quarter-hour.
- Frances Tiafoe’s Labor Day upset over Rafael Nadal earned a median viewers of two.4 million followers, peaking at 3.4 million. The complete 11 a.m. window of practically eight hours delivered a median viewers of 1.7 million viewers, up greater than double – 113 p.c – over the identical telecast final 12 months.
‘Tennis Performs for Peace’ and Ukraine Disaster Reduction
- The US Open raised $2 million in disaster reduction for Ukraine by its assortment of fundraising efforts all through the 2022 occasion, beginning with the Tennis Performs for Peace exhibition throughout Fan Week and persevering with with donations from the US Open’s company companions, the USTA, followers and personal donors.