The US Open at Flushing Meadows was presented on many levels as history was made by players at opposite ends of their careers. We look back at some of the highlights from two captivating weeks in New York….
Coco Gauff appears
Coco Gauff wrote her fairy tale in New York by winning her first Grand Slam title after coming back from a set down to beat Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.
The victory left her father in tears as the home crowd rose to their feet at Flushing Meadows to celebrate the American teenager.
Gauff’s post-match interview was an example of her maturity as she clearly thanked all the people she felt didn’t believe in her.
“I’ve done my best to take it gracefully and do my best very honestly, to those who thought you put water on my fire, you’re really adding gas to it. And now I’m really burning hot now,” Jove said.
Gauff became the third American teenager to win the US Women’s Open title, writing her name alongside Serena Williams (1999) and Tracy Austin (1979, 1981).
Novak Djokovic shines
It’s a scene we’ve seen many times before: Novak Djokovic falls to his knees after winning major titles, and the final night of the tournament was no different.
The Serbian superstar beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to claim his 24th Grand Slam title and become the oldest US Open champion.
The victory prompted an angry Medvedev to ask: “What are you still doing here? I mean, come on.”
But Djokovic, who has equaled Margaret Court’s 50-year-old record of most major singles titles, shows no signs of quitting the game he loves.
“I’m going to keep going,” he insisted. “You know, I feel good in my body. And I still feel like I have the support of my environment, my team, and my family.”
After his victory, Djokovic wore a white jacket embroidered with the number 24, leaving the Flushing Meadows fans to wonder if the star was so great that he knew the outcome of the match before the first serve.
When Djokovic lost to 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the final of Wimbledon, it looked like the time had come for a new name to rule the world of tennis.
However, his coach Goran Ivanisevic has insisted that Djokovic has plans to play at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles – an ominous idea for his rivals.
Brits at the US Open
With the tournament in full swing, 14-year-old Hana Klugman hit the headlines with her brilliance at the US Open Junior Championships.
The young woman booked her place in the quarter-finals after defeating the third seed, Sakaya Ishii, in two straight sets in New York.
The sweltering heat forced Klugman to retire, but her journey showed the promise of young British players.
It was then left to Alfie Hewitt to keep the British flag flying after winning the British wheelchair singles final over his doubles partner Gordon Reed in straight sets – the fourth time he’d won the event.
The win marked Hewitt’s second Grand Slam success this year after winning the Australian Open in January, but the star was coming off losses in the French Open and Wimbledon final.
“It’s not easy to play your doubles partner in a Grand Slam final, but it’s nice to see him back where he belongs,” Hewitt said.
He added: “It’s the stuff of dreams to come here and play on a field, and to lift the cup for the fourth time is something I’m very proud of.”
Ben Shelton kept American interest in the men’s draw burning long into the tournament with his stunning run to the semi-finals before the power of Novak Djokovic stopped the 20-year-old in his tracks.
In just his fourth Grand Slam appearance, Shelton dazzled New Yorkers with his tennis style and had them dreaming of the first American winner at Flushing Meadows since 2003 when Andy Roddick won his only title.
Shelton had already knocked out compatriot and another fan favorite in Frances Tiafoe on his way to the quarter-finals and celebrated with his “hang up the phone” celebration. Djokovic would create a special and much talked about moment when he celebrated his victory over Shelton by imitating the young American’s celebration.
Shelton’s verdict on that gesture? “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Much was expected of Christopher Eubanks after his stunning run to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Although he did not rise to the occasion, following a second-round exit, his bubbly personality shone through once again, giving Americans hope that he could perform on the biggest stage after a breakout year for the 27-year-old.
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