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The top tennis players vying for Grand Slam wins will meet in late August at the U.S. Open. The fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year marks the last big moment for the sport before these athletes reset for next season. The 143rd edition of the tournament stands alongside the other majors as one of the biggest prize pools in tennis.

Over the last decade, a passing of the torch moment has emerged. One of the best generations to ever play the game and a new set of fierce challengers are jockeying for the top positions.

In both the women’s and men’s tournaments, the biggest names of the last two decades finally show signs of ending their reigns, if not retiring altogether. It makes for an interesting list of winners across both singles competitions over the last decade — and should bode well for an exciting 2023 U.S. Open.

The last decade of U.S. Open women’s winners

The last decade of U.S. Open women’s singles winners:

  • 2013: Serena Williams
  • 2014: Serena Williams (her sixth and final U.S. Open win)
  • 2015: Flavia Pennetta
  • 2016: Angelique Kerber
  • 2017: Sloane Stephens
  • 2018: Naomi Osaka (defeated Williams with a dominant 6-2, 6-4 win)
  • 2019: Bianca Andreescu
  • 2020: Naomi Osaka
  • 2021: Emma Raducanu
  • 2022: Iga Swiatek

The last decade of U.S. Open men’s winners

The last decade of U.S. Open men’s singles winners, according to the U.S. Open:

  • 2013: Rafael Nadal
  • 2014: Marin Čilić
  • 2015: Novak Djokovic
  • 2016: Stan Wawrinka
  • 2017: Rafael Nadal
  • 2018: Novak Djokovic
  • 2019: Rafael Nadal
  • 2020: Dominic Thiem
  • 2021: Daniil Medvedev
  • 2022: Carlos Alcaraz

Most U.S. Open wins in tennis history


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Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, and Federer are tied for the most U.S. Open men’s singles titles. They each won the tournament five times in the open era. Federer has the unique accomplishment of winning five titles consecutively. During the amateur era — much earlier in the U.S. Open’s storied history — Americans Richard Sears, William Larned, and Bill Tilden won seven times each in the more locally-oriented days of the event.

For the women’s singles tournament, the open era is a tie between Chris Evert and (of course) Serena Williams, who both racked up six titles. Going back to the historic amateur era, Molla Mallory won a record eight U.S. Open titles.

Martina Navratilova has 16 titles in the Open era across all U.S. Open events, while the amateur era star Margaret Osborne duPont held 25 mixed titles. For the men, Bob Bryan’s nine titles is a great feat but technically is far surpassed by his amateur-era counterpart Bill Tilden’s 16 multi-event titles.