The 2017 US Open had its own unique cadence from the very start, and even before. With those early exits came new stars – Naomi Osaka, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov, to name a few – the return to glory from injured fan favorites Juan Martin del Potro and Petra Kvitova, and a semifinal run by the beloved grand dame of the women’s game, Venus Williams.One famous pregnancy and some assorted injuries fleeced the draw of past champions Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, with finalists Victoria Azarenka and Kei Nishikori also unable to make the journey. 7 Johanna Konta were vanquished in the first round, and No. Amid all the madness, there was wonder, the kind that only the toughest two weeks in tennis can deliver.More big names quickly followed them through the turnstiles. And in the end, there were champions, and two very deserving ones at that. And that was nothing compared to the bottom half of the men’s draw, which extinguished its full complement of Top 10 seeds and any former Grand Slam finalist – and all but one past major semifinalist – by the end of Round 3.Unseeded Sloane Stephens emerged from an all-American semifinal round – the last four in the women’s draw all hailed from the U. for the first time at a US Open since 1981 – as a most appropriate champion for an upset-addled draw.Just six months prior, she was confined to a wheelchair, rehabbing a foot injury that required surgery and kept her off the tour for 11 months.But at the end, she was the one who hoisted the women’s singles trophy, a Grand Slam victor in her first major final, a player who survived four three-set matches – and two third-set tiebreaks – to prevail over Madison Keys in the first all-American women's singles since the Williams sisters faced off in 2002. The top seed claimed the championship in emphatic fashion, defeating surprise finalist Kevin Anderson in a one-sided final to win his third men’s singles title and further solidify his place as one of the Open’s all-time champions.
But while Stephens and Nadal claimed the headlines, they were hardly the only champions.
Martina Hingis, in fact, won twice, in women's doubles with Chan Yung-Jan and in mixed doubles with Jamie Murray, while the men's doubles title went to first-time US Open champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.
In addition, winners were crowned in juniors, wheelchair and collegiate, all earning their rightful place as US Open titlists.
Back to Top In 2016, the US Open once again earned its reputation as the toughest two weeks in tennis.
From its concrete surface to the weather that alternates between summer and fall, a Flushing fortnight is not for the faint of heart.