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US Open Notes: Oudin Outed from Hotel; Attendance Explodes

September 8, 2009 07:00 PM
Some random notes from week two of the 2009 US Open:


 Melanie Oudin

America's new fresh face, Melanie Oudin
, had to leave the Marriott in Manhattan and find another hotel because her room reservation ran out -- she wasn't planning on being around during week two of the US Open. "Obviously, we will not be sending any of our players back to that hotel," Oudin's agent, BEST Tennis President John Tobias, told the SportsBusiness Journal. Oudin is the first match on at 7 p.m. during the night session on Thursday against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

The 2009 US Open set a first-week attendance record. Following a record Opening Day combined (day and night sessions) crowd of 60,066, the US Open finished the first week with three consecutive days of an attendance topping 61,000 -- the first time the tournament has achieved multiple crowds in excess of 61,000.

The tournament set the all-time first week attendance record of 423,427 -- a figure greater than the total attendance of any US Open prior to 1991.

The semifinal between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters will be between TWO defending champions. Serena won the US Open last year, and Clijsters won the US Open in her last appearance at the tournament in 2005.

USOpen.org had a record 23,373,675 visits in the first week of the tournament (a 71 percent increase from last year's then-record numbers) and 5,352,085 unique users (a 60 percent increase from 2008). USOpen.org has also offered more live streaming of matches than ever before. The result was 6.4 million activated streams with nearly 1.4 million media console launches that had an average viewing length of 3 hours and 10 minutes.

The new USOpen.org iPhone application was downloaded by 175,361 times, and the US Open Bracket Challenge, a new online game on USOpen.org, had 18,403 entries.

The US Open's network broadcast partner CBS saw a 20 percent increase in the two-day average (Saturday and Sunday) in the overnight meter markets from last year. And through the first four days of the 2009 US Open, ESPN2's first-ever coverage of the event brought more viewers than last year, a 13 percent increase. Tennis Channel's inaugural broadcast of the 2009 US Open on Saturday, Sept. 5, was the most highly-viewed programming in the network's history. For the full broadcast window (6 p.m. to 1 a.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 5, Tennis Channel ranked No. 10 in the Top 35 metered markets among all ad-supported cable networks.

Arthur Ashe, the first African American US Open men's singles champion and one of tennis' greatest ambassadors, has been named the 2009 inductee into the US Open Court of Champions. Ashe will be inducted during a ceremony on Thursday evening, Sept. 10, and former President Bill Clinton will participate in a tribute to be broadcast live on ESPN2.






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