50 Moments: No. 23 - Lendl reaches eight straight finals

50 Moments: No. 23 - Lendl reaches eight straight finals

For sheer consistency, for enduring greatness, Ivan Lendl’s run of reaching eight straight finals from 1982-89 is one of the most remarkable accomplishments in the history of the US Open.

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50 Moments: No. 24 - King wins final of the ages

50 Moments: No. 24 - King wins final of the ages

The stars seemed aligned when Billie Jean King and Evonne Goolagong collided in the 1974 US Open final at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.

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Follow Along as we countdown the 50 Greatest Champions

Follow Along as we countdown the 50 Greatest Champions

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the US Open, we look back at the 50 champions who have left an indelible mark on this inimitable event.

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50 Moments: No. 25 - Agassi plays his last US Open

50 Moments: No. 25 - Agassi plays his last US Open

At 36, with his body breaking down and his physical resources significantly diminished, Andre Agassi came to New York to conclude his career at his favorite tournament. He was saying goodbye to his followers.

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Join the #USOpen50 Celebration

Join the #USOpen50 Celebration

Share Your Favorite On/Off Court Moments. Be part of the conversation using hashtag #USOpen50 and tag @USOpen

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50 Moments: No. 26 - Court wins Grand Slam

50 Moments: No. 26 - Court wins Grand Slam

With three consecutive majors in her collection, Margaret Court came to New York for the US Open in full pursuit of the last piece in the puzzle.

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50 Moments: No. 27 - Serena wins record sixth title

50 Moments: No. 27 - Serena wins record sixth title

Serena Williams climbed the ladder of history again, securing a sixth title at the US Open in 2014 to tie Chris Evert for the Open era record and capturing her 18th major to equal both Evert and Martina Navratilova on the all-time list of female Grand Slam tournament singles victors.

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50 Moments: No. 28 - Sampras edges Corretja

50 Moments: No. 28 - Sampras edges Corretja

In the quarterfinals of the 1996 US Open, Pete Sampras collided with the wily Spaniard, Alex Corretja. The widespread notion among most authorities was that Sampras would overpower his adversary. Not so fast.

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50 Moments: No. 29 - Austin wins title at 16

50 Moments: No. 29 - Austin wins title at 16

In 1979, a 16-year-old Tracy Austin beat Chris Evert at her own game to establish herself as the youngest ever player to win the women’s title at the US Open.

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50 Moments: No. 30 Hawk-Eye makes its debut

50 Moments: No. 30 Hawk-Eye makes its debut

The altercations between players and linesmen had been occurring forever. These disputes had been woven into the fabric of the game, and the controversy surrounding the line calls was both entertaining for the fans and aggravating for the competitors and those making the calls. That all changed in 2006, when the Hawk-Eye Instant Replay System was put into operation. 

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50 Moments: No. 31 - Evert bids farewell

50 Moments: No. 31 - Evert bids farewell

Chris Evert had celebrated her arrival as a great player when she was a 16-year-old at the US Open in 1971. Eighteen years and a record six titles later, she announced her last tournament would be in New York.

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50 Moments: No. 32 - Del Potro stuns tennis world

50 Moments: No. 32 - Del Potro stuns tennis world

Argentina’s towering and charismatic Juan Martin del Potro introduced himself to the US Open in 2008 with a scintillating run to the quarterfinals, bowing out against Andy Murray in a hotly contested, late-afternoon encounter. Back he came to New York in 2009, and now he was even more of a threat to claim the title.

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50 Moments: No. 33 - Sampras wins at 19

50 Moments: No. 33 - Sampras wins at 19

He came out of California, displaying gifts few players possessed, playing the game with ineffable grace and immense power, serving his way effortlessly through arduous afternoons against obstinate opponents. And yet Pete Sampras was still a work in progress when he arrived for the 1990 US Open.

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50 Moments: No. 34 - Blue courts make debut

50 Moments: No. 34 - Blue courts make debut

The 2005 US Open will be remembered by many for the sparkling title runs made by Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters, two of the sports most revered individuals. But there was a development that year that transcended the players and the results – the color of the hard courts was changed from green to blue.

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50 Moments: No. 35 - Clijsters turns motherhood into triumph

50 Moments: No. 35 - Clijsters turns motherhood into triumph

The ever-gracious Kim Clijsters left the game of tennis in 2007 and started a family. She returned to the tour in the summer of 2009 and played only two tournaments leading up to the US Open. But she found her game swiftly in New York, moving through the draw to become the first unseeded women's champion in the Open era. 

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50 Moments: No. 36 - Unseeded Agassi wins 1994 title

50 Moments: No. 36 - Unseeded Agassi wins 1994 title

Not since Fred Stolle in 1966 had an unseeded man or woman come through to win the U.S. Championships/US Open. But, then again, Andre Agassi was not a typical unseeded competitor. One of a kind, Agassi turned that tournament upside down, enjoying every moment of a memorable journey.

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50 Moments: No. 37 - Evert wins first of six titles

50 Moments: No. 37 - Evert wins first of six titles

After falling in the semifinals four years in a row, Chris Evert was determined to win her country’s Grand Slam tournament. The 20-year-old found herself in a tense skirmish with Evonne Goolagong in the 1975, where she eventually prevailed, winning the first of six singles titles in New York.

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50 Moments: No. 38 - Triple crown for Navratilova

50 Moments: No. 38 - Triple crown for Navratilova

Martina Navratilova pulled off a “triple” at the last major of 1987, sweeping the US Open singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles and affirming to her legion of admirers that there was no more complete player in tennis.

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 50 Moments: No. 39 - Federer claims first crown

50 Moments: No. 39 - Federer claims first crown

Roger Federer was arguably never better in a title-round contest than he was against Lleyton Hewitt in 2004, when he won the first of an Open-era record five straight singles titles in New York.

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50 Moments: No. 40 - Orantes' spectacular comeback

50 Moments: No. 40 - Orantes' spectacular comeback

Many tennis enthusiasts remember Manuel Orantes' masterpiece of clay-court wizardry against Jimmy Connors in the 1975 final, but his semifinal win over Guillermo Vilas was the defining moment of his career and one of the greatest comebacks ever recorded at a major tennis tournament.

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50 Moments: No. 41 - Edberg’s marathon title run

50 Moments: No. 41 - Edberg’s marathon title run

Stefan Edberg entered the 1992 US Open as the defending champion. A record 22 hours and 22 minutes of play later, he left with his second New York title and the world No. 1 ranking in hand, managing a trio of fifth-set escapes on the way.

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50 Moments: No. 42 - Bryans win 100th career title

50 Moments: No. 42 - Bryans win 100th career title

Wimbledon may be known for strawberries and cream, but the 2014 US Open put the cherry on top of the Bryan brothers’ legendary career. In claiming their record-breaking fifth New York doubles crown, the Bryans hit the century mark for career doubles titles.

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50 Moments: No. 43 - Nadal completes career Grand Slam

50 Moments: No. 43 - Nadal completes career Grand Slam

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2010 men's final to claim his first US Open title and complete a career Grand Slam—the youngest man in the Open era to capture all four majors.

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50 Moments: No. 44 - Henin's '03 epic

50 Moments: No. 44 - Henin's '03 epic

On fewer than five hours of sleep and coming off what was, at the time, the longest women’s match in US Open history, Justin Henin-Hardenne turned tiredness into triumph to claim a memorable 2003 US Open title.

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50 Moments: No. 45 - Venus' first Open

50 Moments: No. 45 - Venus' first Open

Unseeded and relatively unknown Venus Williams entered her first US Open, making it to the final and sealing her fate as a tennis legend.

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50 Moments: No. 46 - Becker battles back

50 Moments: No. 46 - Becker battles back

What figured as a routine second-round outing against journeyman Derrick Rostagno proved to be anything but for 1989 champion Boris Becker.

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50 Moments: No. 47 - Stephens storms to title

50 Moments: No. 47 - Stephens storms to title

Less than a year after foot surgery and playing in only her fifth tournament since her return to the tour, Sloane Stephens staged one of the most improbable runs to a US Open women's singles title in the tournament's history.

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50 Moments: No. 48 - Seles' return

50 Moments: No. 48 - Seles' return

Monica Seles made her emotional return to Grand Slam tennis at the 1995 US Open, playing in her first major tournament in almost three years after being stabbed in the back at a tournament in Germany in 1993.

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50 Moments: No. 49 - Djokovic's triumph

50 Moments: No. 49 - Djokovic's triumph

They say that history has a way of repeating itself. And for Novak Djokovic, that seems to be true.

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50 Moments: No. 50 - Oudin's run

50 Moments: No. 50 - Oudin's run

There was no shortage of storylines at the 2009 US Open, but few tales in the Big Apple seemed to sweep American tennis fans off their feet quite like that of Melanie Oudin.

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