US OPEN 2002
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2002 US OPEN SHATTERS RECORDS
Session Attendance, TV Viewership, Website Traffic Set Marks
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., September 9, 2002 - The USTA today announced
record-setting television viewership and website traffic for the 2002 US
Open, making this year's event one of the most successful in history and,
once again, the highest annually attended sports event in the world.
The following are some of the highlights and records from the 2002 US Open:
Record TV Audience:
Ratings for CBS Sports' coverage of the US Open Finals were up
significantly. Among the highlights:
* The Sampras-Agassi Men's Final was 7.9, up 44% from last year. The
rating was the highest US Open rating since 1990 and higher than the 1995
Sampras-Agassi Final rating of 6.9.
* The Williams-Williams Women's Final was the top-rated sports program
on Saturday, September 7, with a 7.2 rating.
* Overall Finals ratings on CBS averaged a 7.6, up 19% vs. last year.
* The Saturday Men's Semifinals were both up over 40% vs. last year.
* Overall, CBS ratings throughout the tournament were up 6% vs. last
year, including two full days of rain delay coverage. Excluding Labor Day
weekend's of classic matches (due to rain), CBS' ratings were up 21% from
Highest Attended Annual Sports Event:
* The 2002 US Open attendance of 628,738 remains the highest
attendance for any annual sporting event, and the second highest US Open
attendance ever (despite the weather).
* The single day attendance record was broken twice, on Friday, August
30 with 55,212 attending the day and night sessions combined, and Saturday,
August 21 with 55,734 in attendance
* The single session attendance record was set on Friday, August 30
with 32,671 in attendance for the day session
* The night session attendance record was broken twice, on Saturday,
August 31 (23,145) for the first US Open all-women's three-match evening
session, and again on Saturday, September 7 (23,146) for the Women's Finals.
* A record 25,215, people attended the Men's Finals on Sunday,
September 8 (including ground passes).
Record Website Traffic:
* Visits to us open.org were a record 12.9 million, up 15% from last
* Over 2.4 million unique users logged on, up 16% from last year's US
* Visitors logged on from 165 countries
Other Records and Milestones:
* For the first time since 1979 all four US Open singles finalists
* Saturday, August 31, brought the first night session in US Open
history to feature all women's matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium, playing to a
* After the rains of September 2 subsided, 103 matches were contested
on Tuesday, September 3, the most ever in a single day in the US Open.
Entertainment and Other Activities:
* Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg attended the US Open on three occasions,
the first mayoral visits to the US Open in eight years.
* Celebrities and politicians attending this year's US Open included:
U.S. National Security Advisor Condaleeza Rice, Spike Lee, Brandy, Heidi
Klum, Oscar De La Renta, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace and Stone
Phillips, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Perry, Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe, Gene Wilder,
Faye Dunaway, Angie Harmon, Hallie Eisenberg, Matthew Perry, Hank Azaria,
Rick Moranis, Charlie Rose; Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Joe Namath, Joe Torre,
Chelsea Clinton, Robert Plant, James Taylor, Sergio Garcia and more.
The record setting numbers are great news for the myriad of tennis programs
the USTA supports all across the country. The revenue from the US Open
allows the USTA to grow the game year round and fund hundreds of grassroots
tennis programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. In addition,
revenue from the US Open supports coaching and development for America's
stars of the future.
The USTA owns and operates the US Open and selects and supports the teams
that represent the United States in Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and the Olympic and
Paralympic Games. The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of
tennis in America, and is a non-profit organization with more than 660,000
members. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of
tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels.