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US Open at a glance
August 25, 2013, 3:58 pm

NEW YORK (AP) A look at the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament:

Surface: Hard courts.

Site: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

Schedule: Play begins Monday. The women's singles final is Sunday, Sept. 8; the men's singles final is Monday, Sept. 9. According to the U.S. Tennis Association, it's the first time since 1954 that the tournament is scheduled to end on a Monday. Each of the past five years, rain pushed the men's final from Sunday to Monday.

On Court Monday: No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. Ryan Harrison, No. 4 David Ferrer vs. Nick Kyrgios, No. 7 Roger Federer vs. Grega Zemlja; No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Francesca Schiavone, No. 5 Li Na vs. Olga Govortsova, No. 15 Sloane Stephens vs. Mandy Minella, No. 30 Laura Robson vs. Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

Monday's Forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 85 degrees.

On This Date (Aug. 26, 1986): 16-year-old Andre Agassi makes his U.S. Open debut, losing to Jeremy Bates in four sets. Agassi would go on to reach the tournament final six times; he won the title in 1994 and 1999.

Quoteworthy: "I feel more comfortable now than six months ago, that's for sure. But I still have pain some days." - 12-time major champion Nadal, speaking about his troublesome left knee.

Noteworthy: 19 - American women in the U.S. Open field, the most in the main draw at any Grand Slam tournament since 2006.

Prize Money: Total payout to players is $34.3 million, with $2.6 million each to the men's and women's singles champions. Those are records for the tournament and increases of about 35 percent from 2012.


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