US Open sets new attendance record

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This year’s edition of the US Open tennis tournament, which concluded in New York yesterday (Sunday), set a new all-time attendance record for the event.

A total of 776,120 fans came through the gates during the two weeks of the main draw, surpassing the previous record of 737,872 set in 2019.

The full three-week attendance figure, which includes the US Open Fan Week, was 888,044. The previous three-week best was 853,227, which was also set in 2019.

Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main venue for the US Open, sold out every session for the first time in its 25-year history. With a capacity of 23,859, Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis stadium in the world.

Another attendance record was set during the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, a cornerstone event of US Open Fan Week, which attracted a crowd of 35,525.

This year’s US Open is likely to be the final event in the career of 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams. The 40-year-old bowed out in the third round of the tournament following a three-set defeat to Ajla Tomljanović and her matches boosted attendance and TV viewing figures for the US Open.

The US Open was held largely behind closed doors in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but returned at full capacity in 2021. The tournament is played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.

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