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2001 US Open Tournament Preview

Welcome to the 121st edition of the U.S. National Championships, known since 1968 as the US Open Tennis Championships. With 120 years of history, the US Open is one of the oldest major sports events in the country.

Event First held
Kentucky Derby (horse racing) 1875
U.S. National Championships/US Open (tennis) 1881
Stanley Cup (hockey) 1893
U.S. Open (golf) 1895
World Series (baseball) 1903
Indianapolis 500 (auto racing) 1911
NFL Championship/Super Bowl (football) 1920
The Masters (golf) 1934
NBA Finals (basketball) 1947

The US Open, taken with the U.S. National Championships, is the second-oldest of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (Wimbledon being the oldest) and the only one to have been played each year since its inception in 1881.

Since the Open Era began in 1968, allowing amateurs and pros to compete against each other for prize money, 134 Grand Slam tournament championships have been contested. The 2001 US Open is the 135th.


2000 IN REVIEW…. The men’s tennis Battle of the Ages began in earnest with the 2000 US Open men’s singles final. The age disparity between 29-year-old Pete Sampras and 20-year-old Marat Safin was the third-largest of the Open Era. The only two US Open men’s final matchups with a broader age range featured Australia’s Ken Rosewall, who was 35 when he defeated 25-year-old Tony Roche for the 1970 title and 39 when he lost the 1974 title to 22-year-old Jimmy Connors.

Sampras, who entered the 2000 US Open still on a high from having captured his seventh Wimbledon championship – his record 13th Grand Slam tournament singles title – had lost only one set the entire tournament. Safin, meanwhile, played back-to-back five-set matches in the second and third rounds, narrowly escaping defeat in the third round against Sebastien Grosjean. In fact, Safin had to borrow clothes to complete the twice rain-delayed third-round match.

But in the final, Safin was almost perfect, handing Sampras only his third loss in 16 Grand Slam tournament finals and his first in straight sets, 64 63 63. “It reminded me of when I was 19 years old and steamrolled over Andre Agassi,” Sampras said, recalling his first US Open and Grand Slam tournament championship in 1990. Said Safin, “Probably I was less nervous than him because for him, it’s very important to win here in New York with the crowd. I mean, 20,000 people coming to see you. I just… I’m the guy from Russia who had not a lot of spectators here; so I had nothing to lose, completely nothing.”


POINTS AND PRIZE MONEY.... With men’s singles prize money totaling $4,505,000, the following is a breakdown in U.S. dollars of the individual prize money and ATP Champions Race points for the men's singles competition at the 2001 US Open:

Prize Money Points
Champion 850,000 200
Finalist 425,000 140
Semifinalists 225,000 90
Quarterfinalists 115,000 50
Round of 16 56,000 30
Third Round 35,000 15
Second Round 20,000 7
First Round 10,500 1

Point Allocations for all tournaments for the ATP Champions Race 2001 and an explanation of the system can be found on pages E2-E3 of the 2001 ATP Media Guide.


GRAND SLAM VARIETY…. If the pattern established by the last four Grand Slam events holds, the 2001 US Open is truly up for grabs. There have been eight different men in each of the last four Grand Slam tournament finals, dating back to the 2000 US Open. The last time there was such variety came in 1998-99 when 12 different players reached the final in six consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Interestingly, considering his form of late, the last player to appear in consecutive Grand Slam tournament finals was Pete Sampras, who reached the final of the 2000 US Open two months after winning his record 13th Grand Slam tournament singles title at 2000 Wimbledon.

2000 US Open 2001 Australian Open 2001 Roland Garros 2001 Wimbledon
Champion Marat Safin Andre Agassi Gustavo Kuerten Goran Ivanisevic
Runner-up Pete Sampras Arnaud Clement Alex Corretja Patrick Rafter

If indeed the 2001 US Open sees a completely different pair of finalists, this will be only the second time in the Open Era that eight different men reached the finals of a Grand Slam tournament within a calendar year. The only time previous that has happened was 1998.

1998 Australian Open 1998 Roland Garros 1998 Wimbledon 1998 US Open
Champion Petr Korda Carlos Moya Pete Sampras Patrick Rafter
Runner-up Marcelo Rios Alex Corretja Goran Ivanisevic Mark Philippoussis

PICKING A FAVORITE…. It seems logical that the player with the most hard court match wins for the year would be among the favorites to win the world’s most prestigious hard court tournament, the US Open. In that case, Andre Agassi, Jan-Michael Gambill and Patrick Rafter are definite favorites for the 2001 US Open championship. This threesome is tied for the tour lead with 30 hard court match wins. But in the past 10 years, only one player has entered the US Open leading the tour in hard court match wins and gone on to win the tournament. Pete Sampras achieved this feat in 1993. On three other occasions, the tour’s hard court wins leader entering the US Open has been runner-up, losing on two of those occasions to the player who was at least tied for second in most hard court match wins.

The “Hard” Road to Glory
Year Player Hard Court won-loss US Open Result
1990 Stefan Edberg 35-3 lost in 1st round
1991 Jim Courier 31-9 runner-up^
1992 Michael Chang 29-7 semifinalist
1993 Pete Sampras 39-7 champion
1994 Pete Sampras 34-2 round of 16
1995 Andre Agassi 46-2 runner-up
1996 Michael Chang 44-8 runner-up˜
1997 Michael Chang 36-6 semifinalist
1998 Andre Agassi 44-8 round of 16
1999 Nicolas Kiefer 28-10 lost in 3rd round
2000 Thomas Enqvist 29-9 round of 16
2001 Andre Agassi 30-5 ????
Patrick Rafter 30-7 ????
Jan-Michael Gambill 30-13 ????
^ - lost to Stefan Edberg, who entered the US Open in a second-place tie for most hard court match victories.
˜ - lost to Pete Sampras, who entered the US Open in second place for most hard court match victories.

Considering that this is the third time since 1990 that Andre Agassi has entered the US Open with the most hard court match wins, it is not too surprising that he is the tour’s active leader in hard court tournament titles. Agassi has won 37 tournaments (of 49 total) on hard courts, including his four titles this year (Australian Open, Tennis Masters Series Indian Wells, Tennis Masters Series Miami and Los Angeles).
Hard Court Title Leaders (active)
Player Hard Court Titles Last Hard Court Title
Andre Agassi 37 2001 Los Angeles
Pete Sampras 35 ^ 2000 Tennis Masters Series Miami
Michael Chang 21 2000 Los Angeles
Thomas Enqvist 12 2000 Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati
Wayne Ferreira 10 2000 Tennis Masters Series Stuttgart*
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 8 2000 Olympics
Tim Henman 7 2001 Copenhagen*
Richard Krajicek 7 1999 Tennis Masters Series Miami
Mark Philippoussis 7 2001 Memphis*
Patrick Rafter 7 2001 Indianapolis
Marcelo Rios 7 2001 Doha
* - played on indoor hard court
^ - still active in Long Island at time of writing
 

THE LONG, HOT SUMMER.... Patrick Rafter and Gustavo Kuerten are two of the hottest players entering the US Open. They are the only players to have reached at least two finals during summer hard court season. Rafter, in fact, advanced to the final in three consecutive weeks, claiming the title last week at Indianapolis when Kuerten retired in the final with a rib muscle strain. Rafter has reached the final in his last four events, having been runner-up at Wimbledon before his three consecutive finals on hard courts. Kuerten, meanwhile, has won 27 of his last 30 matches, which includes his second consecutive triumph at Roland Garros and titles at Stuttgart-outdoor and Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati. His only time losing before the semifinals during this three-month period, in which he has played two clay court events and four hard court events, was three weeks ago at Tennis Masters Series Montreal, where he lost in the third round to Andy Roddick.

Rafter is the only player in the past 14 years who has been able to turn multiple titles during the summer hard court season into complete US Open success. In 1998, he won at Toronto, Cincinnati and Long Island then successfully defended his US Open crown, becoming the first man to win two or more tournaments in the summer hard court season plus the US Open since Ivan Lendl in 1987. That year, Lendl won Washington and Montreal before winning his third consecutive US Open championship.

In the 14 years since Lendl “dominated” the summer, there have been 27 instances of a player winning multiple summer tournaments only to lose in the US Open. Ten times the player has lost in the first round. Only four players – including Rafter in 1998 – have advanced to the US Open final following a multi-win summer.

WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING
Tournaments Won US Open Result
1988 Andre Agassi Stuttgart, Stratton, Livingston Semifinals
Kent Carlsson Kitzbuhel, St. Vincent Did Not Play
Thomas Muster Boston, Bordeaux, Prague First round
1989 Brad Gilbert Stratton, Livingston, Cincinnati First round
1990 Jordi Arrese San Remo, Prague First round
Stefan Edberg Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Long Island First round
1991 Magnus Gustafsson Bastad, Hilversum Did Not Play
Karel Novacek Kitzbuhel, Prague Third round
Pete Sampras Los Angeles, Indianapolis Quarterfinals
Michael Stich Stuttgart, Schenectady Fourth round
1992 Petr Korda Washington, Long Island First round
Karel Novacek Hilversum, San Marino, Prague Did Not Play
Pete Sampras Kitzbuhel, Cincinnati, Indianapolis Runner-up
1993 Sergi Bruguera Gstaad, Prague First round
Thomas Muster Kitzbuhel, San Marino, Umag Quarterfinals
1994 Boris Becker Los Angeles, New Haven First round
Alberto Berasategui Stuttgart, Umag First round
Sergi Bruguera Gstaad, Prague Fourth round
1995 Andre Agassi Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati, New Haven Runner-up
Yevgeny Kafelnikov Gstaad, Long Island Third round
Thomas Muster Stuttgart, San Marino, Umag Fourth round
1996 Andre Agassi Atlanta Olympics, Cincinnati Semifinals
Michael Chang Washington, Los Angeles Runner-up
Albert Costa Gstaad, San Marino First round
1997 Felix Mantilla Gstaad, Umag, San Marino Fourth round
1998 Andre Agassi Washington, Los Angeles Fourth round
Patrick Rafter Toronto, Cincinnati, Long Island CHAMPION
1999 Albert Costa Gstaad, Kitzbuhel First round
Magnus Norman Stuttgart, Umag, Long Island Fourth round
Pete Sampras Los Angeles, Cincinnati Withdrew – injury
2000 Alex Corretja Gstaad, Kitzbuhel, Washington Third round
Magnus Norman Bastad, Long Island Fourth round
2001 Gustavo Kuerten Stuttgart, Cincinnati ????

BOY, HOW YOU’VE GROWN…. 2000 US Open junior boys’ champion Andy Roddick is attempting to become the first player to win the tournament’s junior singles title one year and capture the men’s singles title the following year. Since the inauguration of the US Open junior boys’ tournament in 1973, Stefan Edberg is the only man to win both the boys’ and men’s singles titles, period. And it took Edberg eight years after winning the boys’ title (1983) to capture the men’s title (1991). Four of the five US Open junior boys’ champions before Roddick didn’t even make the US Open men’s singles draw the year after winning their junior titles. (The lone exception is Arnaud di Pasquale, who won the 1997 junior title and reached the second round in men’s singles in 1998.) It should be noted, however, that Roddick received a wild card into the 2000 US Open men’s singles draw, lost in the first round to Albert Costa, then went on to win the junior title.

Among all four Grand Slam tournaments, there have been only three occasions of a junior boys’ champion returning to the event the following year and winning the men’s singles title. Those three occasions were as follows:

Event Champion Junior Title Men’s Title*
Australian Championships Ken Rosewall 1952 1953
French Championships Ken Rosewall 1952 1953
French Open Mats Wilander 1981 1982
* - only the men’s singles title in the year immediately following the junior title is given.


DEFENDING THE TITLE…. Marat Safin is attempting to become only the seventh man in the Open Era to win back-to-back US Open titles. The six men who have won consecutive US Open titles thus far are as follows:
THE DEFENDERS
John McEnroe 1979-81
Jimmy Connors 1982-83
Ivan Lendl 1985-87
Stefan Edberg 1991-92
Pete Sampras 1995-96
Patrick Rafter 1997-98
Among the four Grand Slam tournaments, the US Open and the Australian Open seem to be the most difficult championships to defend. There have been only eight successful title defenses of the US Open and the Australian Open in the Open Era. Wimbledon, with 13, has had the most successful title defenses. Gustavo Kuerten’s triumph this year at Roland Garros was the ninth successful defense of the French Open championship since the Open Era began there in 1968.
Defending Australia Defending Roland Garros
Ken Rosewall, 1971-72 Jan Kodes, 1970-71
Guillermo Vilas, 1978-79 Bjorn Borg, 1974-75
Johan Kriek, 1981-82 Bjorn Borg, 1978-79-80-81 (three defenses)
Mats Wilander, 1983-84 Ivan Lendl, 1986-87
Stefan Edberg, 1985-87* Jim Courier, 1991-92
Ivan Lendl, 1989-90 Sergi Bruguera, 1993-94
Jim Courier, 1992-93 Gustavo Kuerten, 2000-01
Andre Agassi, 2000-01
*The Australian Open was not played in 1986
Defending Wimbledon
Defending U.S.
Rod Laver, 1968-69 John McEnroe, 1979-80
John Newcombe, 1970-71 John McEnroe, 1980-81
Bjorn Borg, 1976-77-78-79-80 (four defenses) Jimmy Connors, 1982-83
John McEnroe, 1983-84 Ivan Lendl, 1985-86-87 (two defenses)
Boris Becker, 1985-86 Stefan Edberg, 1991-92
Pete Sampras, 1993-94-95 (two defenses) Pete Sampras, 1995-96
Pete Sampras, 1997-98-99-2000 (three defenses) Patrick Rafter, 1997-98

US OPEN DEFENSE ATTEMPTS
CHAMPION SUBSEQUENT YEAR
1968 Arthur Ashe 1969 Lost SFs to Rod Laver
1969 Rod Laver 1970 Lost R16 to Dennis Ralston
1970 Ken Rosewall 1971 Did not play
1971 Stan Smith 1972 Lost QFs to Arthur Ashe
1972 Ilie Nastase 1973 Lost R64 to Andrew Pattison
1973 John Newcombe 1974 Lost SFs to Ken Rosewall
1974 Jimmy Connors 1975 Lost Final to Manuel Orantes
1975 Manuel Orantes 1976 Lost QFs to Bjorn Borg
1976 Jimmy Connors 1977 Lost Final to Guillermo Vilas
1977 Guillermo Vilas 1978 Lost R16 to Butch Walts
1978 Jimmy Connors 1979 Lost SFs to John McEnroe
1979 John McEnroe 1980 Won title
1980 John McEnroe 1981 Won title
1981 John McEnroe 1982 Lost in SFs to Ivan Lendl
1982 Jimmy Connors 1983 Won title
1983 Jimmy Connors 1984 Lost in SFs to John McEnroe
1984 John McEnroe 1985 Lost in Final to Ivan Lendl
1985 Ivan Lendl 1986 Won title
1986 Ivan Lendl 1987 Won title
1987 Ivan Lendl 1988 Lost in Final to Mats Wilander
1988 Mats Wilander 1989 Lost in R64 to Pete Sampras
1989 Boris Becker 1990 Lost in SFs to Andre Agassi
1990 Pete Sampras 1991 Lost in QFs to Jim Courier
1991 Stefan Edberg 1992 Won title
1992 Stefan Edberg 1993 Lost in R64 to Karel Novacek
1993 Pete Sampras 1994 Lost in R16 to Jaime Yzaga
1994 Andre Agassi 1995 Lost in Final to Pete Sampras
1995 Pete Sampras 1996 Won title
1996 Pete Sampras 1997 Lost in R16 to Petr Korda
1997 Patrick Rafter 1998 Won title
1998 Patrick Rafter 1999 Lost in 1st Rd. to Cedric Pioline
1999 Andre Agassi 2000 Lost in 2nd Rd. to Arnaud Clement
2000 Marat Safin 2001 ?????

Marat Safin has not had the stellar year that he had in 2000. In fact until reaching the semifinals at Indianapolis last week, he had lost in the first round in three of four events after Wimbledon. That makes it worth mentioning that the US Open defending champion has lost in the first round only once before. As defending champion in 1999, Patrick Rafter lost in the first round to Cedric Pioline when he was forced to retire at 46 46 63 75 10 because of a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.


TWICE THE GLORY…. Five players have combined to win Wimbledon and the US Open back-to-back eight times in the Open Era. Three players have done it twice: Jimmy Connors in 1974 and ’82, John McEnroe in 1981 and ’84 and Pete Sampras in 1993 and ’95. While Wimbledon was not the first Grand Slam tournament title for any of those five men, as it is for reigning Wimbledon champ Goran Ivanisevic, Connors, McEnroe and Sampras did win US Open titles just after their first Wimbledon title.

WIMBLEDON – US OPEN PERFECTA
1969 Rod Laver
1974 Jimmy Connors
1981 John McEnroe
1982 Jimmy Connors
1984 John McEnroe
1989 Boris Becker
1993 Pete Sampras
1995 Pete Sampras


IN GOOD COMPANY
….If four-time US Open champion Pete Sampras were to win a fifth title at the USTA National Tennis Center, he would tie Jimmy Connors in fourth place on the all-time most U.S. singles titles list. The current standings are as follows:
1. Richard Sears (7) 1881-87
-- Bill Larned (7) 1901-02; 1907-11
-- Bill Tilden (7) 1920-25, 1929
4. Jimmy Connors (5) 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982-83
5. Bob Wrenn (4) 1893-94, 1896-97
-- John McEnroe (4) 1979-81, 1984
-- Pete Sampras (4) 1990, 1993, 1995-96



GRAND SLAM ACHIEVERS....The top Open Era Grand Slam performances are as follows:

Overall US Open
JIMMY CONNORS 233-49 98-17
IVAN LENDL 222-49 73-13
PETE SAMPRAS 186-34 58-8
STEFAN EDBERG 178-47 43-12
JOHN MCENROE 167-38 65-12
ANDRE AGASSI 167-38 52-13
BORIS BECKER 163-40 37-10
MATS WILANDER 144-37 36-11
BJORN BORG 141-17 40-10
GUILLERMO VILAS 139-45 43-14
JIM COURIER 118-38 24-10
MICHAEL CHANG 118-49 42-14
ARTHUR ASHE** 106-28 38-9
GORAN IVANISEVIC 105-47 19-12
STAN SMITH** 102-41 35-15
ILIE NASTASE 97-41 29-14
JOHN NEWCOMBE** 93-21 27-6
KEN ROSEWALL** 92-19 30-6
ROSCOE TANNER 90-33 40-16
TODD MARTIN 88-36 29-11
**Also played pre-Open Era matches.
Jimmy Connors holds the record for the most Open Era Grand Slam tournaments played, having played 58 events, starting with the 1970 US Open and ending with the 1992 US Open. The active players closest to Connors on this list are Michael Chang, who will be playing singles in his 51st Grand Slam tournament here at the 2001 US Open, reigning Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, who is playing in his 50th Grand Slam event, and Pete Sampras, who is playing in his 48th Grand Slam tournament.
Rank Player Grand Slam tournaments played
1. Jimmy Connors 58
2. Ivan Lendl 57
3. Mark Woodforde 55
4. Stefan Edberg 54
5. John Alexander 53
6. Michael Chang 51*
7. Goran Ivanisevic 50*
Jason Stoltenberg 50
8. Jakob Hlasek 49
Guillermo Vilas 49
10. Guy Forget 48
Wally Masur 48
Pete Sampras 48*
* - includes participation in 2001 US Open

Stefan Edberg holds the record for the most consecutive Open Era Grand Slam tournaments played (54). In second place with the longest active streak is Wayne Ferreira, who is playing his 44th consecutive Grand Slam tournament here at the US Open. Following Ferreira among the list of players with active streaks for consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played is Jonas Bjorkman (33). Byron Black was attempting to play in his 34th consecutive Grand Slam tournament but lost in the final round of 2001 US Open qualifying to Cristiano Caratti 46 63 64.

Rank Player Consecutive Grand Slam Tournaments Played
1. Stefan Edberg 54
2. Wayne Ferreira 44*
3. Mark Woodforde 37
4. Guillaume Raoux 36
5. Jonas Bjorkman 33*
Byron Black 33
Paul Haarhuis 33
8. Alexander Volkov 30
Jim Courier 30
Richey Reneberg 30
* -- counting the 2001 US Open.


WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS.... Goran Ivanisevic, the newest member of the Grand Slam tournament title club, brings the number of Grand Slam tournament champions competing in the 2001 US Open to 10 men. These 10 men have combined for 33 Grand Slam tournament titles.

Andre Agassi 1992 Wimbledon; 1994 US Open; 1995 Australian; 1999 Roland Garros;
1999 US Open; 2000/01 Australian Open
Michael Chang 1989 Roland Garros
Sergi Bruguera 1993/94 Roland Garros
Goran Ivanisevic 2001 Wimbledon
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1996 Roland Garros; 1999 Australian Open
Gustavo Kuerten 1997, 2000/01 Roland Garros
Carlos Moya 1998 Roland Garros
Patrick Rafter 1997/98 US Open
Marat Safin 2000 US Open
Pete Sampras 1990/93/95/96 US Open; 1993-95/97-2000 Wimbledon;
1994/97 Australian Open

There are 41 male members of the club of Open Era Grand Slam tournament singles titleists. More than one-third of them (12) are Americans, including Johan Kriek who won his second Australian Open title as a naturalized American citizen. The complete list is as follows: Andre Agassi (USA), Arthur Ashe (USA), Boris Becker (GER), Bjorn Borg (SWE), Sergi Bruguera (ESP), Pat Cash (AUS), Michael Chang (USA), Jimmy Connors (USA), Jim Courier (USA), Stefan Edberg (SWE), Mark Edmondson (AUS), Vitas Gerulaitis (USA), Andres Gimeno (ESP), Andres Gomez (ECU), Goran Ivanisevic (CRO), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS), Jan Kodes (TCH), Petr Korda (CZE), Richard Krajicek (NED), Johan Kriek (RSA/USA)^, Gustavo Kuerten (BRA), Rod Laver (AUS), Ivan Lendl (TCH), John McEnroe (USA), Carlos Moya (ESP), Thomas Muster (AUT), Ilie Nastase (ROM), John Newcombe (AUS), Yannick Noah (FRA), Manuel Orantes (ESP), Adriano Panatta (ITA), Patrick Rafter (AUS), Ken Rosewall (AUS), Marat Safin (RUS), Pete Sampras (USA), Stan Smith (USA), Michael Stich (GER), Roscoe Tanner (USA), Brian Teacher (USA), Guillermo Vilas (ARG) and Mats Wilander (SWE).

^ -- Johan Kriek was South African when he won the 1981 Australian Open, but he was a naturalized U.S. citizen when he reclaimed the title in 1982.

Until Marat Safin won the US Open last year and Goran Ivanisevic won Wimbledon this year, the two oldest Grand Slam tournaments were the most difficult through which a player might join the roster of Open Era Grand Slam tournament singles champions. Only seven men had won their first major at either the US Open or Wimbledon at this time last year. Safin and Ivanisevic’s success, however, now mean that the US Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open are tied, each giving eight men entrée to the Grand Slam Tournament Title Club. Roland Garros, on the other hand, has provided 17 men with their first Open Era Grand Slam tournament championship.

Joining The Grand Slam Tournament Title Club
US Open (8) Wimbledon (8)
Arthur Ashe 1968 Rod Laver 1968
Stan Smith 1971 John Newcombe 1970
Ilie Nastase 1972 Boris Becker 1985
Manuel Orantes 1975 Pat Cash 1987
John McEnroe 1979 Michael Stich 1991
Pete Sampras 1990 Andre Agassi 1992
Patrick Rafter 1997 Richard Krajicek 1996
Marat Safin 2000 Goran Ivanisevic 2001

Australian Open (8) French Open (17)
Jimmy Connors 1974 Ken Rosewall 1968
Mark Edmondson 1976 Jan Kodes 1970
Roscoe Tanner 1977 Andres Gimeno 1972
Vitas Gerulaitis 1977 Bjorn Borg 1974
Brian Teacher 1980 Adriano Panatta 1976
Johan Kriek 1981 Guillermo Vilas 1977
Stefan Edberg 1985 Mats Wilander 1982
Petr Korda 1998 Yannick Noah 1983
Ivan Lendl 1984
Michael Chang 1989
Andres Gomez 1990
Jim Courier 1991
Sergi Bruguera 1993
Thomas Muster 1995
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1996
Gustavo Kuerten 1997
Carlos Moya 1998


THE “ONE-SLAM WONDER” CLUB....There are 18 Open Era players who have won only one Grand Slam tournament singles title so far in their careers.

There are five active players who can still add to their career totals; however, only four are playing the 2001 US Open. (Richard Krajicek is unable to play because of an elbow injury.)
Active Players
Michael Chang 1989 Roland Garros
Goran Ivanisevic 2001 Wimbledon
Richard Krajicek 1996 Wimbledon
Carlos Moya 1998 Roland Garros
Marat Safin 2000 US Open

Retired Players
Pat Cash 1987 Wimbledon Yannick Noah 1983 Roland Garros
Mark Edmondson 1976 Australian Open Manuel Orantes 1975 U.S. Open
Vitas Gerulaitis 1977 Australian Open (DEC) Adriano Panatta 1976 Roland Garros
Andres Gimeno 1972 Roland Garros Michael Stich 1991 Wimbledon
Andres Gomez 1990 Roland Garros Roscoe Tanner 1977 Australian Open (JAN)
Petr Korda 1998 Australian Open Brian Teacher 1980 Australian Open
Thomas Muster 1995 Roland Garros

A SEEDY SITUATION…. For the first time at the US Open, 32 players are seeded, representing 25 percent of the players in the draw. This change was adopted by all Grand Slam tournaments earlier this summer and implemented for the first time at 2001 Wimbledon. However, whereas Wimbledon assigned 32 seeds with weighting toward grass court prowess, the US Open seedings are taken strictly from the ATP Entry System Position.

HOW HAS THE US OPEN TOP SEED FARED IN THE OPEN ERA?

Gustavo Kuerten is hoping to outperform the odds for the No. 1 seed at the US Open. In the Open Era, the top seed has won the title only eight times in 33 meetings. The last US Open top seed to win the title was Pete Sampras in 1996. Prior to Sampras, the last top seed to win the US Open title was Ivan Lendl in 1986/87. The worst performance by a US Open top seed in the Open Era were two first round losses: John Newcombe in 1971 to Jan Kodes and Stefan Edberg in 1990 to Alexander Volkov.

The breakdown is as follows:
TOP SEED ROUND ACHIEVED
1968 Rod Laver Lost Round of 16 to Cliff Drysdale
1969 Rod Laver Won title
1970 Rod Laver Lost Round of 16 to Dennis Ralston
1971 John Newcombe Lost First Round to Jan Kodes
1972 Stan Smith Lost Quarterfinals to Arthur Ashe
1973 Stan Smith* Lost Semifinals to Jan Kodes
Ilie Nastase* Lost Second Round to Andrew Pattison
1974 Jimmy Connors Won title
1975 Jimmy Connors Lost Final to Orantes
1976 Jimmy Connors Won title
1977 Bjorn Borg Lost Round of 16 to Dick Stockton
1978 Bjorn Borg Lost Final to Jimmy Connors
1979 Bjorn Borg Lost Quarterfinals to Roscoe Tanner
1980 Bjorn Borg Lost Final to John McEnroe
1981 John McEnroe Won title
1982 John McEnroe Lost Semifinals to Ivan Lendl
1983 John McEnroe Lost Round of 16 to Bill Scanlon
1984 John McEnroe Won title
1985 John McEnroe Lost Final to Ivan Lendl
1986 Ivan Lendl Won title
1987 Ivan Lendl Won title
1988 Ivan Lendl Lost Final to Mats Wilander
1989 Ivan Lendl Lost Final to Boris Becker
1990 Stefan Edberg Lost First Round to Alexander Volkov
1991 Boris Becker Lost Third Round to Paul Haarhuis
1992 Jim Courier Lost Semifinals to Pete Sampras
1993 Jim Courier Lost Round of 16 to Cedric Pioline
1994 Pete Sampras Lost Round of 16 to Jaime Yzaga
1995 Andre Agassi Lost Final to Pete Sampras
1996 Pete Sampras Won title
1997 Pete Sampras Lost Round of 16 to Petr Korda
1998 Pete Sampras Lost Semifinals to Patrick Rafter
1999 Pete Sampras Withdrew before his first-round match
2000 Andre Agassi Lost Second Round to Arnaud Clement
2001 Gustavo Kuerten ????
*In 1973, there were dual number one seeds.

UNLUCKY NO. 14 AND NO. 16….If they are at all superstitious, No. 14-seed Thomas Johansson and No. 16-seed Tommy Haas cannot be comfortable with their chances for winning the 2001 US Open. In 134 previous Grand Slam tournaments, no man seeded 14th or 16th has ever won a Grand Slam tournament title. It took 119 Open Era Grand Slam tournaments before Patrick Rafter broke the jinx on the No. 13 seeding position by winning the 1997 US Open. (Andre Agassi was also seeded No. 13 when he won 1999 Roland Garros.)

In the 134 Grand Slam tournaments played to date in the Open Era, the top seed has gone on to win the title 42 times (31.3%) while the No. 2 seed has won the title 34 times (25.4%). In the Open Era, the complete Grand Slam tournament title breakdown is as follows:

No. 1 42 titles No. 9 1 title
No. 2 34 titles No. 10 3 titles
No. 3 14 titles No. 11 1 title
No. 4 10 titles No. 12 3 titles
No. 5 5 titles No. 13 2 titles
No. 6 9 titles No. 14 ---
No. 7 1 title No. 15 1 title
No. 8 1 title No. 16 ---
Unseeded or not seeded in top 16: 7 titles
OTHER SEEDING NOTES…. No. 2-seed Andre Agassi and No. 10 Pete Sampras are seeded at the US Open for the 12th time in their careers. For Sampras, this is also his 12th consecutive year being seeded. Only three other men have been seeded more consecutively at the U.S. Championships/US Open: Jimmy Connors, Frank Parker and Ivan Lendl. Each has won the event at least twice. Sampras, at No. 10, has his lowest Grand Slam tournament seeding since the 1990 US Open, which he won as the No. 12 seed.

Player Successive Seedings Years
Jimmy Connors 18 1972-89
Frank Parker 17 1933-49
Ivan Lendl 14 1980-93
Roy Emerson 12 1959-70
John McEnroe 12 1978-89
Pete Sampras 12 1990-2001
Bill Talbert 11 1942-52
Vic Seixas 11 1947-57
Boris Becker 11 1985-95
Gardnar Mulloy 10 1945-54
Guillermo Vilas 10 1974-83
Vitas Gerulaitis 10 1975-84
Stefan Edberg 10 1985-94

Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil is the first South American to hold the No. 1 seeding in US Open men’s singles during the Open Era. Kuerten was also the No. 1 seed this year at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. Only one other South American, Guillermo Vilas of Argentina, has been seeded No. 1 in a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era. Vilas was the No. 1 seed at the Australian Open in January 1977 and again in 1978 through 1981, reaching the final in Jan. 1977 and winning the tournament in 1978 and ’79. Before Kuerten’s No. 1 seeding here this year, the best seeding for South Americans had been No. 2, which was Kuerten’s seeding last year, Chilean Marcelo Rios’s seeding in 1998 and Vilas’s seeding in 1975. (1975 was the first of three years in which the US Open was played on clay.)

Even with the expansion of the number of seeds from 16 to 32, only three players are seeded at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time: No. 18 Andy Roddick, No. 22 Andrei Pavel and No. 27 Guillermo Canas. In 2000, Franco Squillari was the lone rookie Grand Slam tournament seed at the US Open. While he had been seeded in other Grand Slam tournaments, Marat Safin received his first US Open seeding last year at No. 6 and went on to win the title. Only two players in the Open Era have won the US Open men’s singles the first year they were seeded: Patrick Rafter, who won the 1997 championship with a first-time seeding of No. 13, and Pete Sampras, who won the 1990 championship – his first Grand Slam tournament title – with a first-time seeding of No. 12.

JUNIORS TO MAIN DRAW.... Including No. 18 seed Andy Roddick, there are seven US Open junior boys champions competing in the men’s singles main draw of the 2001 US Open. The seven players, with the year of their US Open junior title, are as follows:
Andrea Gaudenzi 1990
Marcelo Rios 1993
Sjeng Schalken 1994
Nicolas Kiefer 1995
Arnaud di Pasquale 1997
David Nalbandian 1998
Andy Roddick 2000

BOYS AMONG MEN....The United States Tennis Association has a long-standing tradition of awarding a main draw wild card to the U.S. junior champion, determined by the USTA Boys’ 18 Super National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. The 2001 champion is 18-year-old Alex Bogomolov of Miami, Fla. In the Open era, U.S. junior boys champions have a 17-32 record in the US Open. Justin Gimelstob was the last U.S. junior champion to win a US Open match, defeating David Prinosil 64 64 46 46 63 in the first round in 1995. Jay Berger and Aaron Krickstein had the most success as junior champions in the US Open. In 1983, Krickstein advanced to the fourth round, losing to Yannick Noah. In 1985, Berger advanced to the fourth round, also losing to Noah.

Junior Champions in the US Open
Year USTA Boys’ 18 champion Round reached (opponent)
2001 Alex Bogomolov ??????
2000 Phillip King First round (l. to Andrei Pavel)
1999 Phillip King First round (l. to No. 12 Richard Krajicek)
1998 Andrew Park First round (l. to Mikael Tillstrom)
1997 Rudy Rake First round (l. to Bohdan Ulihrach)
1996 Kevin Kim first round (l. to David Wheaton)
1995 Justin Gimelstob second round (l. to Richard Krajicek)
1994 Paul Goldstein first round (l. to Ronald Agenor)
1993 Paul Goldstein first round (l. to Karsten Braasch)
1992 Brian Dunn second round (l. to Chuck Adams)
1991 Michael Joyce second round (l. to Wally Masur)
1990 Ivan Baron first round (l. to Fabrice Santoro)
1989 Chuck Adams first round (l. to Ronald Agenor)
1988 Thomas Ho first round (l. to Johan Kriek)
1987 Michael Chang second round (l. to Nduka Odizor)
1986 Al Parker first round (l. to Anders Jarryd)
1985 Jay Berger fourth round (l. to Yannick Noah)
1984 Ricky Brown second round (l. to Henrik Sundstrom)
1983 Aaron Krickstein fourth round (l. to Yannick Noah)
1982 John Letts first round (l. to Freddie Sauer)
1981 Jimmy Brown first round (l. to Alejandro Cortes)
1980 Sammy Giammalva third round (l. to Bernie Mitton)
1979 Scott Davis DID NOT PLAY
1978 David Dowlen first round (l. to Ove Bengtsson)
1977 Van Winitsky first round (l. to Brian Gottfried)
1976 Larry Gottfried second round (l. to Cliff Richey)
1975 Howard Schoenfield first round (l. to Antonio Munoz)
1974 Ferdi Taygan first round (l. to Guillermo Vilas)
1973 Billy Martin second round (l. to Stan Smith)
1972 Pat DuPre first round (l. to Patrick Proisy)
1971 Raul Ramirez first round (l. to Stan Smith)
1970 Brian Gottfried first round (l. to Robert McKinley)
1969 Erik van Dillen first round (l. to Gene Scott)
1968 Robert McKinley third round (l. to Torben Ulrich)
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