Top Moments in US Open History

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  • The US Open Starts Aug. 26
  • Breaking Barriers
  • Setting a Precedent
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work
  • One of the Best
  • Before They Were Veterans
  • A Fierce Rivalry
  • Arthur Ash Stadium Opens, Venus William's Debut
  • William Sisters Steal the Show
  • More Williams Sisters' Domination
  • After 9/11
  • Fiftieth Anniversary of Althea Gibson's 1957 US Open Win
  • Serena Williams Continues Her Streak
  • Welcome, Sloane
  • Andy Murray Is Victorious

Setting a Precedent

Arthur Ashe captured the US Open men’s singles title in 1968, the year the tournament began. He was the first African-American man to win a singles title at the Grand Slam championship level. The New York Times declared Ashe’s win “the most notable achievement made in the sport by a Negro male athlete." At the time, Ashe, 25, was a lieutenant in the Army. (Photo: Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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