This Day In Sports History (August 29th) — US Open Tennis
It was on this day in 1968 that the first US Open tennis match took place. During that match Billie Jean King defeated Dr Vija Vuskains.
The United States National Championship had been taking place since 1881, with separate events taking place in the men’s, women’s, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles competitions. However, 1968 marked the first year that all five events were merged into a single event called the “US Open.” It also marked the first year that the event was open to professionals, with a total of 96 men and 63 women entering the event.
The US Open is currently the fourth Grand Slam event on the professional tennis circuit, with the prize money having increased from $100,000 USD in 1968 to $23,718,000 USD in 2011.
Here is a look at the highlights from the 2010 US Open Men’s Final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Roy Oswalt, MLB – Born on August 29, 1977 (age 36) in Weir, Mississippi
David West, NBA -Born on August 29, 1980 (age 33) in Teaneck, New Jersey
Chris Simms, NFL – Born on August 29, 1980 (age 33) in Ridgewood, New Jersey