The US Open sets new attendance records on both opening day and a night session as 29,000 come to see Serena

The US Open is setting new attendance records for both the opening day and night sessions, with over 29,000 attending Flushing Meadows in the evening to see players like Serena Williams

  • Monday’s opening night set the record for an evening session at the US Open
  • A new opening day record was also set this afternoon with 41,390 fans
  • Big names like Serena Williams and Nick Kyrgios helped draw fans to Flushing

Serena Williams’ draw sent attendance skyrocketing at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.

According to a USTA press release, the US Open set several attendance records on the opening day of this year’s tournament.

For the Night Session alone, a record-breaking 29,402 fans flocked to the Flushing Meadows complex, with marquee matchups on the menu.

The day session also broke a record for opening day with 41,930 fans making their way to Queens.

Taken together, the two numbers represent the second-highest single-day attendance in tournament history, with a total attendance of 71,332.

Over 29,000 fans attended Monday night's opening night of the US Open

Over 29,000 fans attended Monday night’s opening night of the US Open

The evening session was dominated by Serena Williams, who started with a win what might be her last Grand Slam tournament of her singles career.

She defeated Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-3.

Elsewhere in Flushing Meadows, two big upsets in men’s singles caught the attention of the crowd.

Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, number 1 in the world. 5 players, fell to 94th place Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan. Galan won his match 6-0, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.

In an all-American battle, world No. 12 player Taylor Fritz lost to the unranked Brandon Holt, who won his first Grand Slam match 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-4.

In the later games, Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios faced friend and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Later, Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, who finished second in last year’s women’s singles, faced France’s Oceane Dodin at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

One of the day's biggest upsets, the unranked Brandon Holt, beat No. 12 Taylor Fritz in four sets

One of the day’s biggest upsets, the unranked Brandon Holt, beat No. 12 Taylor Fritz in four sets

Later matches included one between friends Nick Kyrgios (pictured) and Thanasi Kokkinakis

Later matches included one between friends Nick Kyrgios (pictured) and Thanasi Kokkinakis

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