The US Open at a glance

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: The 14-day tournament begins Monday. The women's singles final is Saturday, Sept. 10; the men's singles final is Sunday, Sept. 11.

New This Year: A $150 million retractable roof has been installed at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which will allow play when it rains.

2015 Men's Singles Champion: Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

2015 Women's Singles Champion: Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, the partially open new retractable roof allows a ribbon of light into Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in the Queens borough of New York. The first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29.
Last Year: Serena Williams' bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988 ended with a stunning loss to unseeded Roberta Vinci in the semifinals. Vinci then lost to Pennetta in the first all-Italian major final, 7-6 (4), 6-2. After winning her first Grand Slam trophy, Pennetta announced she would retire at the end of the season. Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 for his second U.S. Open title and 10th major championship overall.

Key Statistic I: 22 - Number of Grand Slam singles titles won by Williams, sharing the professional-era record with Steffi Graf. Williams can break their tie at Flushing Meadows. Only Margaret Court has won more, 24 - 11 as a professional, 13 as an amateur.

Key Statistic II: 186 - Number of consecutive weeks Williams will have spent at No. 1 by the end of the U.S. Open, equaling Graf's all-time WTA record. Depending on results in New York, Williams could be surpassed in the rankings after the tournament.

Who's Missing: Top names missing from this year's field include Roger Federer (letting left knee heal), Maria Sharapova (serving a doping suspension), Victoria Azarenka (pregnant), Tomas Berdych (appendicitis).

Prize Money: Total payout to players is a tournament-record $46.3 million, a $4 million increase from 2015. The men's and women's singles champions each receive $3.5 million, up from $3.3 million last year.

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