An Electric atmosphere
Rolex and Tennis
A summer night’s rite
In the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the stands tower above the court. With a seating capacity of 23,500 – by far the largest court in Grand Slam® tennis – the centrepiece arena is a veritable ‘lion’s den’ during big matches with its ultra-charged atmosphere. Many matches are played in the evening in the sizzling ambiance of a New York summer. This is what sets the US Open apart and champions must feed on the exuberant energy in the stands and overcome their tumultuous surrounds. This contrasts with the much more hushed experience at Wimbledon two months earlier. The last Grand Slam® tournament is seen as the climax of the season by both players and spectators, attracting an impassioned crowd of almost 750,000 every year.
US Open partner
Since 2018, Rolex has been the Official Timekeeper of the US Open, the last tournament in the Grand Slam® calendar.
The prototypical tennis champion
Chris Evert was just 17 when she reached the semi-finals of the US Open for the first time. She went on to win the tournament six times. With victories at the Australian Open (2), Roland-Garros (7) and Wimbledon (3), she is one of the few champions to have triumphed on all the Grand Slam® surfaces.