Coco Gauff Wins First Grand Slam Title at 2023 U S. Open

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The winner, Richard Sears, was U.S. champion for seven consecutive years. In 2021, the WTA rebranded, resembling the men’s tournament series, and also providing extra simplicity for fans and consumers. The numbers do not indicate ranking points, or prize money, but is a system to help define different levels of women’s A difficult shot in tennis is the return of an attempted lob over the backhand side of a player.

It was a devastating loss for The Joker, who was one win away from joining Steffi Graff, John Budge, Maureen Conolly, Rod Laver, and Margaret Court as the only players in history to complete the feat. On match point, Gauff hit a passing shot past Sabalenka and fell to the ground. She went into the stands to share an emotional group hug with her father Corey, the college-basketball player who learned how to coach tennis—pretty well, it turns out—and her mother Candi, the educator who helped homeschool Gauff as she pursued tennis. At her second break point of the first game, Gauff got to everything, including a Sabalenka shot that hit the chord and bounced in front of the net.

In 1904 the Lawn Tennis Association of Australasia (later of Australia) was founded. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) conducts a junior tour that allows juniors to establish a world ranking and an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) or Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking. Most juniors who enter the international circuit do so by progressing through ITF, Satellite, Future, and Challenger tournaments before entering the main circuit. Some juniors, however, such as Australian Lleyton Hewitt and Frenchman Gaël Monfils, have catapulted directly from the junior tour to the ATP tour by dominating the junior scene or by taking advantage of opportunities given to them to participate in professional tournaments.

An important milestone in the history of tennis was the decision of the All England Croquet Club to set aside one of its lawns at Wimbledon for tennis, which soon proved so popular that the club changed its name to the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club. In 1877 the club decided to hold a tennis championship, and a championship subcommittee of three was appointed. It decided on a rectangular court 78 feet (23.8 metres) long by 27 feet (8.2 metres) wide.

The final score in sets is always read with the winning player’s score first, e.g. “6–2, 4–6, 6–0, 7–5”. The modern game of tennis is played by millions in clubs and on public courts. A number of major innovations in fashion and equipment fueled and fed the boom. The addition of colour and style to tennis wear (once restricted to white) created an entirely new subdivision of leisure clothing. Tennis balls, which historically had been white, now came in several hues, with yellow the colour of choice. There are 128, more than any other professional tennis tournament.


Juniors develop their play through a range of tournaments on all surfaces, accommodating all different standards of play. Talented juniors may also receive sponsorships from governing bodies or private institutions. For decades, many athletes have been reluctant to share their struggles with their mental health. It’s especially the case for professionals, whose jobs require them to push their bodies to perform at the highest level. But in recent years, athletes have gradually become more open about discussing mental health. Besides Osaka, they include the gymnast Simone Biles, the basketball star Kevin Love, and, in tennis, Amanda Anisimova, the young American once ranked in the top 25 who in May cited mental health concerns in deciding to step away from the sport.

A receiver who has one (score of 30–40 or advantage), two (score of 15–40) or three (score of love–40) consecutive chances to win the game has break point, double break point or triple break point, respectively. If the receiver does, in fact, win their break point, the game is awarded to the receiver, and the receiver is said to have converted their break point. If the receiver fails to win their break point it is called a failure to convert. Winning break points, and thus the game, is also referred to as breaking serve, as the receiver has disrupted, or broken the natural advantage of the server. If in the following game the previous server also wins a break point it is referred to as breaking back.

In tennis, a junior is a player under 18 who is still legally protected by a parent or guardian. Players on the main adult tour who are under 18 must have documents signed by a parent or guardian. These players, however, are still eligible to play in junior tournaments. While players are gradually less competitive in singles by their late 20s and early 30s, they can still continue competitively in doubles (as instanced by Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe, who won doubles titles in their 40s).

  • To facilitate and nurture a junior’s growth in tennis, almost all tennis playing nations have developed a junior development system.
  • Gauff went up 3-1, Gauff got sharper, and Sabalenka continued to pummel shots into the net.
  • The topic of the panel, mental health and sports, is one that Osaka has spoken about often since she cited mental health concerns in her withdrawal from the French Open in 2021.
  • It decided on a rectangular court 78 feet (23.8 metres) long by 27 feet (8.2 metres) wide.

A serve (or, more formally, a “service”) in tennis is a shot to start a point. The serve is initiated by tossing the ball into the air and hitting it (usually near the apex of its trajectory) into the diagonally opposite service box without touching the net. The serve may be hit under- or overhand although underhand serving remains a rarity.[93] If the ball hits the net on the first serve and bounces over into the correct diagonal box then it is called a “let” and the server gets two more additional serves to get it in. There can also be a let if the server serves the ball and the receiver isn’t prepared.[66] If the server misses his or her first serve and gets a let on the second serve, then they get one more try to get the serve in the box. For a service to be legal, the ball must travel over the net without touching it into the diagonally opposite service box.

Unfortunately, that trend will end when Djokovic outlasts him in four sets on the strength of his cerebral approach and ability to execute any shot he sees fit and wins the tournament. As with the men there are frequent discussions about who is the greatest female singles player of all time with Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams being the three players most often nominated. One player is designated the server, and the opposing player is the receiver. The choice to be server or receiver in the first game and the choice of ends is decided by a coin toss before the warm-up starts.

Tennis is unusual in that it is played on a variety of surfaces.[69] Grass, clay, and hard courts of concrete or asphalt topped with acrylic are the most common. Occasionally carpet is used for indoor play, with hardwood flooring having been historically used. Coco Gauff won her first major title on Saturday, in a tournament full of unique moments.