US Open: Why is it so difficult to win a second grand slam?
As we approach the second major of the season, there are only two ways you can win: win or lose.
The last time a player won a major on back-to-back events was in 1983 at Wimbledon, where John McEnroe won a third title in 1984. The year before he lost in the first round in the US Open final.
If you’re a tennis fan, the thought of a player winning a major on two separate occasions is something you’ve dreamed of for decades and, to a certain extent, have been waiting for.
Of the nine grand slams, the US Open has the most difficult draw of the lot.
If you’ve never been to the US Open, you could tell me this is all because of the way women get the title, or that men are stronger at the French Open than they are at the Australian Open.
It’s all because of the way the top-ranked men are seeded, and that’s what makes it so difficult.
How the men get the top seeds in the Open
In tennis, it’s generally agreed that a player with better results at tournaments they play in than at any other tournament is more likely to earn the top spot in the rankings.
This is a well-established ranking system that has been in place for many years, but it has always been more about the strength of the results you see, rather than where you play.
It’s a simple way to rank players and is still the basis for the way we decide who gets onto the stage at a Grand Slam tournament.
But there are a few things to consider when it comes to the seeds of the men’s tour.
For a start, the US Open, with its many different formats to decide the seedings, is very different to the rest of the Grand Slams in terms of the order of seeds.
The men’s tour has four Grand Slams, the ATP and the WTA, where there are four different formats to determine the seedings, which then determine the order of the draw. In the other Grand Slams, there is only one of each, and the seeds are then determined on the basis of performance in those events.
The rankings get determined by the results of the tournaments you play in