On May 21, 1881, the United States National Lawn Tennis Association (now the United States Tennis Association) was formed to standardize the rules and organize competitions.  The U.S. National Men's Singles Championship, now the US Open , was first held in 1881 at Newport, Rhode Island . 
From Arthur Ashe's historic win at the first US Open in 1968 to one of the greatest days in tennis history – "Super Saturday" – in 1984 to Roger Federer's record fifth straight championship in 2008, here is a year-by-year look at the sensational moments at the US Open over the last 50 years. Learn More
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A game of singles at the Racquet and Tennis Club in Manhattan. When Maj. William C Winfield invented lawn tennis in 1874, its royal ancestor was already centuries old. Today, millions play lawn tennis and a handful of men and women keep the original game alive.
1874 – Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, a retired British officer, publishes “The Major’s Game of Lawn Tennis.”. That was, indisputably, the beginning of our game: lawn tennis. The game was centered in the Northeast, but by the mid-1870s, it was being played in New Orleans, San Francisco and even Camp Apache in the Arizona Territory, likely brought there by British merchants and consuls.
Pre-Open Era. In 1881, the event began as the US National Singles Championships for Men. At the time, the United States National Lawn Tennis Association permitted only its members to play in the tournament. And of course, the tournament was exclusive to men.
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The U.S. Open developed from one of the oldest tennis championships in the world: the U.S. National Championship, which was established in 1881 as a national men’s singles and doubles competition. The tournament was open only to clubs that were members of the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA; now the USTA).
1881 FIRST US OPEN - history of tennis America founded The United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA) , and in the same year it holds its first National Championship, the forerunner of the US Open but then restricted to American residents. It is held at Newport, Rhode Island.
US Open (tennis) History. The tournament was first held in August 1881 on grass courts at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. Grounds. The grounds of the US Open have 22 outdoor courts (plus 12 practice courts just outside the East Gate)... Point and prize money distribution. Ranking points ...