Anti-Doping team are in the front lines to save our emerging generation of hugely impressionable players and teams-reported by Daily news

Life in paradise can be a lot more than just your perfect existence..especially when the weather turned on our much anticipated rugby season. Wet and muddy conditions underfoot meant that teams who adjusted better, to the rain and handling the slippery ball stepped up with a reasonable alternative for the duration.

Fundamental to performance in the middle is sharper thinking and careful handling, not only is it tough for the threes to indulge …but tougher for the forwards to grip and control upfront and at the breakdowns.

The results speak loudest and teams grateful for a mud soaked, injury free finish by the 80 mins full time.

Hopefully Kandy will be happy for some sun on their backs …good to see them stick to their basics and patiently grind away at a resilient CR ..for a good 70 mins. CR are also strapped in with injuries. That give their bench more emphasis. Omalka G ..hamstring and desperate to play..needs to be fully fit to open up defences..Wise for them to line up the likes of Noor etc…for consistency in the boiler house.

Kandy have structured their skills to outplay all comers, matching the Reds pound for pound …and in the extreme rain water/mud adjust, did splendidly well to win the sets……scrum and lineouts tough and graft to survive.

Ruck ball was the call and don’t let the Reds rip it off us ..aggressive in the mauls..walk and talk …

Great match to watch despite the weather ..and the defending champions, closed it down with a Weeraratne/Ranjan try that epitomized the skill and efficiency available on demand ..

The skipper kicking a low ball inside his own half ..lands inside CR 22m …as the ball gets stuck ..Ranjan at speed dives into the mud ..slides 10m ..grabs the ball ..continues to slide another 15m over the line for a clinical try that was supreme to clock ..elegant skills perfectly adapted ..impeccable finish..untouched.

Udangamuwa, the no 8 for Kandy..owned Longdon Place ..was sharpest to the breakdown and led his forwards like Vikings sacking a village ..nothing was left to chance ..and the W at the end ..24/12..stamping their class this season.

It remains to be seen and a decent wager on Navy and Havelocks to stall their progress and outplay Kandy in the 1st round …if it’s possible or not is nervous goose bumps for our resident pundits and experts …those armchairs must be lonely places and nowhere to park the crystal ball?

Navy struggling all the way against Air Force ..only managed a 10-nil win and much concern for the coaching staff about adaptability and thinking under pressure.

CH will be kicking themselves for the 3rd week running ..having given their opponents early Christmas presents and only their own thinking to blame. Wins against Army, Havies and Police on the cards ..and would have put them in the top 2 …with plenty of opportunity to strike at the top.

But reality is harsh ..and a 21-all draw, a touch too tough to accept for their 80mins grab and tackle at Police Park.

CH need to be a lot more positive, trust their skills and step up to be clinical finishers ..points on the board is mighty.

Emphasis on hard work around the park and contesting everything on the deck absolutely vital to their cause ..let’s keep one eye open for their 1st round finish and improved levels to surprise teams in round 2.

Havelocks cruised to 29 points v Army and deserved to be no 2 in the table a good chance that their backs are starting to stamp some authority in the middle , but without Dixon to add more dimension to their running game will be tough for Dulaj, Sandun coming back from injury and Dabere still off his A game.

Nevertheless watch out for their ability as a team to bite back..and with Rahul de Silva in good nick at 9, back from university in Australia, the base looks solid with Dulaj at 10, the options certainly line up for coach Martis to be creative under pressure.

Beating Army by 29 points ..and plenty to shout about last Saturday….plus lots more happiness and sauce at their clubhouse in Havelock town…the strains of happy vocals wafting across Pedris Park and over the basketball facility towards the seafront.

The hype and hot air about needing to constantly upgrade muscle kilograms, energy levels and performance… is certainly more fashionable than designer aftershave…each gym a waterfront advertising lightbox for supplements and all sorts.

Rugby players massive fashion victims desperate to carry more muscle and impact in the middle ..bigger, better, faster ..the siren call!

Unfortunately there is so much mileage from Hollywood to Bollywood and across the ocean to sunny Sri about how these chemical powder enhances everything? Professor Arjuna as the authority to keep sport clean and Dr Seevali with his anti doping team are in the front lines to save our emerging generation of hugely impressionable players and teams.

This is a national problem and should be given priority and funding to have proper advise and legally acceptable WADA cleared supplements for athletes. The argument is about individual rights and no fuss if you are not a national or 1st class representative player.

Huge fuss if you are capped for your country..and tested positive for banned substance etc ..

I hesitate to stand up on my eco friendly soapbox …but when you hear how much emphasis and investment schools are indulging…the mind boggles and I shudder at the chemical mix in the kids blood and irreversible damage to multiple organs etc ..

Parents and responsible officials must be guided and advised ..the gremlins are too harsh to combat and lethal consequences as you step forward. The nation and governing bodies need to address and arrest it’s progress sooner rather than later.


Saturday 9th: Air Force v CH 4pm Ratmalana, Kandy v Navy 4pm Nittawela, CR v Havelocks 4pm Longdon Place.

Sunday 10th: Navy v Police 4pm venue not confirmed.

If you are travelling or prefer to veg at home ..the game is on line live with the, plus stats etc ..Certainly a handy companion to rely on.

That’s the wrap this Thursday, hope you ready the mind and contemplate the possible odds for a team to beat Kandy in round 1 and shock the pundits who lurk knowingly …..till that full time roar, we live in great anticipation

Blessings islanders..step up step strong

Cheers to all!

New Zealand to drug test high school rugby teams

Drugfree Sport NZ says it has information indicating ‘a significant potential for doping to occur’

New Zealand is rolling out drug testing of its leading high school rugby teams in a move to address concerns about doping infiltrating the sport at junior level.

Drugfree Sport NZ said it had information which indicated “a significant potential for doping to occur” within the school rugby environment.

The top four first XVs would have their urine tested at a tournament in September, with their samples sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Sydney – the same facility that drug-tests the All Blacks.

Because of the young age of the boys they could choose to have a “representative” with them when they supply the sample.

Scott Tibbutt, chief operating officer of Drugfree Sport New Zealand, said his organisation had been concerned about doping and “uncontrolled” supplement use at high-school rugby for years, after reports emerged from South Africa, Canada and England of drug use trickling down from the professional leagues to the top school teams.

Competition at high school level has become intense in rugby playing nations around the world, with the best players able to move to professional careers straight after their studies – where lucrative contracts and sponsorship deals are on offer.

It was hoped drug testing alongside education would act as a deterrent to resist doping, Tibbutt said, and help young players move through the ranks without sucumbing to drugs or unnessary use of supplements.

“It is disappointing for us that supplement use and performance enhancing drugs seem to have become normalised in society and people seem to understand if you want to get big or ripped or faster you take supplements and that quite simply isn’t the case; the only thing supplements do is create expensive urine,” said Tibbutt.

“This age group is of concern because they do have such pressures on them at this level to win and progress.”

A study conducted by the University of Otago in 2013 surveyed 142 boys in the first XV rugby teams around the country, and found more than 70% had used four or more supplements in the past six weeks, and five individuals had taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

If those figures were extrapolated to top-level rugby around the country that meant one boy in every match could be on drugs, said Dr Hamish Osbourne, who worked on the study.

Reasons the boys gave for using drugs or supplements were to recover faster from injury, give them an edge over the competition in important matches, or to enhance their looks or muscle tone.

Of the 70% who admitted to using four or more supplements the most popular types were protein powders and energy drinks such as Gatorade.

Dr Osbourne said heavy reliance on protein powders was risky as numerous studies had shown 15- 30% of powders bought off the internet were laced with anabolic steroids and other stimulants, and the “feel-good” buzz they gave users could be a slippery slope to harder substances.

The new testing regime could be rolled out to elite schoolboy rugby across New Zealand, said Tibbutt, if further research proved the problem warranted a national approach. 

Reaction to the testing from coaches and schools was mixed, with some applauding the measure to crack down on drug use among young players to stop it progressing or becoming a habit.

Others said it was “unbelievably sad”.

“We’re incredibly disappointed,” New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association chief executive Rob Nichol told the New Zealand Herald.

“This is school; an educational environment for kids to learn. Now we’re talking about policing them under an anti-doping regime which is extremely staunch.”

Prime minister Bill English said he supported the move as the pressure in the top leagues was immense.

FA’s increased drug testing to focus on Premier League players

 New proposals envisage doubling of tests, concentrated on elite level 
 John Terry will not face gambling charge over final-game substitution

Drug testing in football will increase to unprecedented levels this season, with the Premier League coming under the greatest scrutiny.

The Football Association, in conjunction with UK Anti-Doping, conducted more than 3,250 tests on professional players last season, and there were two positive results with two further cases under review. But the game’s governing body has promised to raise that total to more than 5,000 over the coming year.

Football has the highest anti-doping budget in all of UK sport and also a far higher number of athletes to test. Figures published this year showed that, in the 2015-16 season, at least 39% of players in the Football League were not tested. The new proposals would double the number of tests taken and the FA is hoping to be seen to be taking the issue seriously.

Tests will continue to be concentrated on the elite level of the sport, with the flexibility to focus more resources on particular individuals or clubs, depending on intelligence.

Professional footballers can be tested at any time or place throughout the year on a “no notice” basis. Tests are conducted on urine and blood and players also maintain a biological passport that records variables in their system over time. Tests are split into two categories, those conducted in competition (ie after a match) and those not.

Clubs are responsible for notifying doping authorities of their players’ whereabouts for out-of-competition testing and a potential change, under review, would see an increase in fines for clubs who fail to meet that obligation. Manchester City and Bournemouth were fined £35,000 each last season after failing to ensure their whereabouts information was accurate.

Players are tested for performance-enhancing drugs and social drugs. Positive tests for the latter do not always result in the player being named, however. The FA has a long-standing approach of preferring rehabilitation in these cases.

Splitting what might previously have been known as football disciplinary matters into two categories – on-field and integrity – the FA looks poised to introduce other regulatory changes this season. Among on‑field matters, game-changing moments of simulation (ie diving) will become subject to retrospective action, just as happens already with violent conduct. On the integrity side there will be extra focus on gambling and the use of social media among players.

On one matter falling in the former category, it has been confirmed John Terry will not face FA charges over the potential for irregular gambling practices after his sentimental substitution in the 26th minute of his final game for Chelsea.

Meanwhile, the English Football League is introducing the new ABBA format for penalty shootouts in its competitions during the 2017-18 season.

Already being given a trial by Uefa, the system is based on the format used in tennis tie-breaks, with the team taking the first kick in each pair of kicks alternating.

The EFL’s trial of the format will apply to this season’s Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and the play-offs, with the first opportunity for its use coming in the cup’s first round on 8-10 August.

In a statement the EFL’s chief executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “We welcome innovation at the EFL and I am pleased to see that the EFL is able to play its part in an important development for football. IFAB have identified a theory that the current arrangements for penalty kicks potentially provide an unfair advantage to the team taking the first kick, so we are keen to see if the new system has an impact on one of the most discussed issues in football.”

The EFL has also confirmed that the Scunthorpe chief executive, James Rodwell, will continue to represent the league on the Football Association’s board of directors. The 46-year-old joined the FA board last year as one of the EFL’s two representatives but, after the FA’s well-publicised governance reforms, that has now been cut to one director for the EFL and one for the Premier League, with the leagues jointly choosing a third director.

This means the Burton Albion non-executive director, Jez Moxey, must stand down as the EFL’s second FA board member, although he will remain as one of the EFL’s six representatives on the FA Council. Moxey will be joined on the FA Council by Fleetwood Town’s Steve Curwood and the controversial chief executive of Charlton Athletic, Katrien Meire.

US Open 2017 Day One live: Maria Sharapova wins on doping suspension return

US Open 2017 Day One live: Maria Sharapova wins on doping suspension return

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her first round Women's Singles match against Simona Halep. Picture: Getty
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her first round Women’s Singles match against Simona Halep. Picture: Getty
Thanasi Kokkinakis is up against Janko Tipsarevic. Picture: AFP
Thanasi Kokkinakis is up against Janko Tipsarevic. Picture: AFP
Bernard Tomic lost to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Picture: AFP
Bernard Tomic lost to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Picture: AFP

US Open: Thank you for joining us for The Australian’s coverage of the key moments on day one at Flushing Meadows, with Maria Sharapova’s return the big story of the day. Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic have already been knocked out but Ash Barty is one of three Australian players through in the women’s singles. And Jordan Thompson has pulled off one of the shocks of the day.

We’ll be back tomorrow with Nick Kyrgios in action – and of course those young guns Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal making their entrance.


 | 12.55PMSharapova fights back tears

Sharapova falls to her knees after victory an appears to fight back the tears as she takes the plaudits of the crowd, who give her a huge reception. She is soon all smiles though as she regains her composure.

“I just thought that this was another match but this was so much more. You just figure everything you go through is worth it for this moment.,” Sharapova said in her on-court interview.

“You sometimes wonder why you put in all the work and this is exactly why. There were a few [low points] but I don’t think this is the time to talk about that.

“Behind all these Swarovski crystals and little black dresses this girl has a lot of grit and is not going anywhere.”



 | 12.46PMSharapova wins

Sharapova is through 6-4, 4-6, 6-3! She looked liked she was tiring badly after dropping the second set but impressively stepped it up in the third and No.2 seed Simona Halep is out. She faces Timea Babos of Hungary next up.

 | 12.20PMSharapova in control

Blistering start to the decider from Sharapova, who swiftly moves into a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game.

 | 12PMAll level

The first set took an hour – the second 56 minutes and second seed Halep is back in it. Sharapova had her chances to charge ahead early in the second set but the Romanian fought back to take this into a decider.

Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot against Maria Sharapova. Picture: Getty
Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot against Maria Sharapova. Picture: Getty

 | 11.46AMThompson wins

Stunning upset at Armstrong Stadium as Sydneysider Jordan Thompson defeats American 13 seed Jack Sock 6-2, 7-6, 1-6, 5-7, 6-4. The win of his career.

 | 11.20AMThompson battles back

All eyes on Sharapova – but a real epic is being played out on Armstrong Stadium. American 13 seed Jack Sock saved match points and fought back from two sets down to level against Australian Jordan Thompson. But Thompson has broken in the decider and now leads 3-1. Thompson has only reached the second round of a slam twice – Australia this year and Paris in 2016.

 | 11.05AMFirst set for Sharapova

Was it ever in doubt? Stunning return to action for Sharapova who takes the first set against Halep 6-4. Plenty of twists and turns left in this one, though, one suspects. Sharapova hit 32 winners in that first set, compared to 6 for Halep.

 | 10.30AMStorming start for Sharapova

Up against the number two seed in her first Grand Slam match since serving a 15-month doping suspension, Maria Sharapova shows she has lost none of her power blasting her way to an early break and a 3-1 lead. Sharapova has won all six previous matches against Halep.

 | 10.20AMSmith out

Jason-Patrick Smith loses in four to Thomas Fabbiano 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. Meanwhile, Jack Sock has taken the third set against Jordan Thompson but the Australian leads.

 | 10.05AMKokkinakis out

The Australian saved three match points to force Tipsarevic to serve for the match but the Serbian duly obliges, fighting back to win 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3. That will be a tough one to take for Kokkinakis, who was treated for an elbow injury and complained of pains all the way down his left side.

 | 9.55AMSharapova back in black

Maria Sharapova, clad in black, has stepped out onto the court at Arthur Ashe for her first Grand Slam match since serving a 15-month doping suspension. She faces second-ranked Simona Halep. The 30-year-old, a five-time Grand Slam champion, tested positive for the blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. Sharapova, ranked 146th, played only one US Open hardcourt tune-up match before a forearm injury sidelined her.

 | 9.45AMKokkinakis hanging on

Tipsarevic is 4-2 up in the deciding fifth set. The Australian, remember, was two sets ahead.

 | 9.36AMThompson takes second set

Huge second set on Armstrong Stadium and where Australia’s Jordan Thompson has moved into a two set lead against the American 13th seed Jack Sock. Thompson took the tiebreak 14-12 — this would be a huge upset.

Elsewhere, Kokkinakis and Tipsarevic on serve early in the deciding fifth and John Patrick-Smith has taken the third against Thomas Fabbiano, to trail 2-1.

 | 9.10AMKokkinakis take to a fifth

This is turning into an epic on court 17 where Tipsarevic has just taken the fourth set in the tiebreak. The first set was 61 minutes long, this one was 65 minutes long. We’re into the decider. John-Patrick Smith is two sets down to Thomas Fabbiano.

 | 8.50AMBarty through

Terrific win for Ash Barty, who has defeated the NO 21 seed Ana Konjuh 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. Stunning second and third set, taking just 43 minutes to win the final two sets. Barty will now face world No. 88 Aliaksandra Sasnovich in round two.

 | 8.30AMBig upset on the cards?

Jordan Thompson has taken the first set against home favourite and 13th seed Jack Sock on Armstrong Stadium. The world No 73 took just 36 minutes to win 6-2, winning four successive games at the tail end of the set.

 | 8.22AMBarty battles back

Better news on court seven for Ash Barty — she lost the first set to 21st seen Ana Konjuh but has taken the second 6-0. Kokkinakis has lost the fourth set to Tipsarevic but still leads 2-1, and John-Patrick Smith has lost his opening set to Thomas Fabbiano.

Thanasi Kokkinakis takes on Janko Tipsarevic. Picture: AFP
Thanasi Kokkinakis takes on Janko Tipsarevic. Picture: AFP

 | 8.15AMTomic out

It is all over for Tomic, who has lost the fourth set against Gilles Muller, going down 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6. Tomic, who has dropped to No 146 in the world and now he cannot expect to be given wildcard entries from tournament directors. His next stop, if indeed there is one, will be Challenger and Future tournaments that offer total prize pools of between $US15,000 and $US25,000.

 | 8.10AMKey results this morning

Some big names through — and out. Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza advanced but British seventh seed Johanna Konta was ousted. Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion and last month’s Wimbledon runner-up, had not played since losing the All England final to Roger Federer due to an adductor strain. But the Croatian fifth seed ousted 105th-ranked American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Venus Williams hist out against Viktoria Kuzmova. Picture: AFP
Venus Williams hist out against Viktoria Kuzmova. Picture: AFP

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon runner-up, outlasted Slovakia’s 135th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Spanish seeds had mixed results with Pablo Carreno Busta progressing to the second round while David Ferrer lost.

 | 8AMFive Aussies on court

Plenty of Australian interest right now, including Jordan Thompson, who has just started his match with American 13th seed Jack Sock on Armstrong Stadium.

Elsewhere, Ash Barty is 5-4 down to Ana Konjuh in the first set, Tomic is midway through the fourth against Muller, fighting to stay alive, John-Patrick Smith is taking on Thomas Fabbiano and Kokkinakis is two sets up against Tipsarevic.

 | 7.42AMSecond set to Kokkinakis

Rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis will be one to avoid if he gets through today — and the Australian is two sets up against Tipsarevic, having taken the second 6-3 in 39 minutes. If he wins he faces Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman before a possible clash with Marin Cilic.

 | 7.30AMTomic loses third set

That is the crucial third set for 19th seed Gilles Muller — he takes it 6-4 in 45 minutes, breaking in the ninth game to lead Bernard Tomic two sets to one.

 | 7.20AMAnother Aussie through

Fantastic victory for Ajla Tomljanovic, who has defeated Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 7-5, 6-4. She will play in the second round of the US Open for the first time in four years, where she will face Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic, who defeated seventh seed Jo Konta.

 | 7.15AMPlenty of shocks on day one

Here’s the biggest so far — British seventh seed Johanna Konta has crashed out, ending her slim hopes of becoming world number one. Konta was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 by Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic, who goes on to face either Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia or Sweden’s Johanna Larsson for a place in the last 32.



 | 7.10AMTomic troubles

Tomic, of course, has not played a match since his ignominious first-round exit at Wimbledon, where he declared he was bored out on court and no longer cared whether he won or lost. He has withdrawn from three consecutive tournaments, citing illness each time. When the latest ATP rankings — the global pecking order for professional tennis players — are published on Monday, Tomic is expected to have slipped to No 146 in the world, a staggering 120 places below where he started this year.

 | 7AMState of play

Bernard Tomic is embroiled in a first-round battle with 19th seed Gilles Muller. Tomic took the first set 6-3, before dropping the second 3-6, with both players on serve early in the third. Good news for Kokkinakis, who has just taken the first set against Janko Tipsarević 7-5 in a tie-break.

In the women’s singles, Ajla Tomljanovic is a set up against Johanna Larsson — on serve deep in the second there.

Arina Rodionova beatRichel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands. Picture: AFP
Arina Rodionova beatRichel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands. Picture: AFP

 | 6.50AMRodionova races through

Arina Rodionova is the first Australian through to the second round of the US Open in New York.

Australia’s only first-round Wimbledon winner last month backed that up to advance with a 7-5 7-5 victory over Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp. She next faces Greece’s Maria Sakkari for a place in the third round of a grand slam for the first time.

Rodionova rallied from an early service break down to post her maiden main-draw win at Flushing Meadows, six weeks after achieving the same feat at The All England Club.

World Road Championships

The World Road Championships is an annual competition consisting of events for road race, individual time trial, and Team Time Trials (since 2012). The Championships is regulated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). It is held in a different city each year. It is part of the Triple Crown of Cycling, along with the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

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A Cycling World championships were first held in 1921, a road race for amateur cyclists. The first professional world championship took place in 1927. The women’s road race was introduced in 1958. A men’s team time trial was introduced in 1962.

Year Location Country
2019 Yorkshire UK
2018 Innsbruck Austria
2017 Bergen Norway
2016 Doha Qatar
2015 Richmond United States
2014 Ponferrada Spain
2013 Florence Italy
2012 Valkenburg Netherlands
2011 Copenhagen Denmark
2010 Melbourne and Geelong Australia
2009 Mendrisio Switzerland
2008 Varese Italy
2007 Stuttgart Germany
2006 Salzburg Austria
2005 Madrid Spain
2004 Verona Italy
2003 Hamilton Canada
2002 Zolder and Hasselt Belgium
2001 Lisbon Portugal
2000 Plouay France
1999 Verona Italy
1998 Valkenburg Netherlands
1997 San Sebastian Spain
1996 Lugano Switzerland
1995 Duitama Colombia
1994 Agrigento Italy
1993 Oslo Norway
1992 Benidorm Spain
1991 Stuttgart Germany
1990 Utsunomiya Japan
1989 Chambery France
1988 Ronse Belgium
1987 Villach Austria
1986 Colorado Springs United States
1985 Giavera del Montello Italy
1984 Barcelona Spain
1983 Altenrhein Switzerland
1982 Goodwood United Kingdom
1981 Prague Czechoslovakia
1980 Sallanches France
1979 Valkenburg Netherlands
1978 Nurburgring West Germany
1977 San Cristibal Venezuela
1976 Ostuni Italy
1975 Yvoir Belgium
1974 Montreal Canada
1973 Barcelona Spain
1972 Gap France
1971 Mendrisio Switzerland
1970 Leicester United Kingdom
1969 Zolder Belgium
1968 Imola Italy
1967 Heerlen Netherlands
1966 Nurburgring West Germany
1965 San Sebastian Spain
1964 Sallanches France
1963 Ronse Belgium
1962 Garda Italy
1961 Berne Switzerland
1960 Karl-Marx-Stadt East Germany
1959 Zandvoort Netherlands
1958 Reims France
1957 Waregem Belgium
1956 Copenhagen Denmark
1955 Frascati Italy
1954 Solingen West Germany
1953 Lugano Switzerland
1952 Luxembourg Luxembourg
1951 Varese Italy
1950 Moorslede Belgium
1949 Copenhagen Denmark
1948 Valkenburg Netherlands
1947 Reims France
1946 Zurich Switzerland
1938 Valkenburg Netherlands
1937 Copenhagen Denmark
1936 Berne Switzerland
1935 Floreffe Belgium
1934 Leipzig Germany
1933 MontlhŽry France
1932 Rome Italy
1931 Copenhagen Denmark
1930 Lige Belgium
1929 Zurich Switzerland
1928 Budapest Hungary
1927 Nurburgring Germany
1926 Milan Italy
1925 Apeldoorn Netherlands
1924 Paris France
1923 Zurich Switzerland
1922 Liverpool United Kingdom
1921 Copenhagen Denmark

US Open (tennis)

August 28, 2017 – A view of fans around the grounds at the 2017 US Open.

The United States Open Tennis Championships is a hard court tennis tournament. The tournament is the modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the U.S. National Championship, for which men’s singles was first contested in 1881. Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final tennis major comprising the Grand Slam each year; the other three, in chronological order, are the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon.

The US Open is held annually, starting on the last Monday in August, and lasting for two weeks into September, with the middle weekend coinciding with the Labor Day holiday. The main tournament consists of five event championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players. Since 1978, the tournament has been played on acrylic hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona ParkQueensNew York City. The US Open is owned and organized by the United States Tennis Association(USTA), a not-for-profit organization. Net proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships, and television deals are used to promote the development of tennis in the United States.

The US Open is the only Grand Slam that employs tiebreakers in every set of a match. For the other three Grand Slam events, if a match goes to the last possible set (the third for women, fifth for men) and there is a 6–6 tie, the match continues until one player wins by two games, but the sets played before the last set always employ tiebreakers should a set reach 6–6.

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