It’s that time of year again. Kids across the country are headed back to school. And the violent grunts of the world’s best tennis players are set to join the Big Apple’s city symphony as play in the 137th US Open commences Aug. 28.
To get you ready for two weeks of tennis bliss, WalletHub explored the ins and outs of America’s major, from the first serve to the champions’ giant checks. After all, there’s never any shortage of storylines bouncing around the hard courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Below, you will find an infographic filled with US Open fun facts, followed by expert commentary on the state of the global tennis industry and predictions for the 2017’s winners.
Think we'd let you watch the U.S. Open without predictions for this year's champions or additional explanation of some of the numbers you're still trying to digest? Not a chance. We've asked a panel of experts in various fields to give readers the lowdown on several tennis-related topics. Click on the experts' profiles to read their bios and responses to the following key questions:
- How does the US Open’s economic impact compare to that of other major sporting events?
- Do you believe that tickets for the US Open are overpriced (given that a full pass starts at $2,125)?
- What are the biggest issues facing the business of professional tennis?
- Who do you think will win the Men’s and Women’s Singles titles?