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Friday 9 September 2016
11:54 AM BST

Introducing the Wimbledon Museum's US Open collection

By Bianca Harrisskitt

With the US Open now nearing its conclusion, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum delves into their storeroom to bring you their favourite US Open-related objects...

‘Le Miroir des Sports’ 13th September 1927 

This French magazine reflected public enthusiasm for sports competitions from the 1920s to the 1960s. Printed on page 215 of this edition is a short article about the Women’s Singles Final of the US National Championships, as the US Open was then known, played between Helen Wills and Betty Nuthall. The article is entitled ‘The Final of the American Championships in New York, between the Champion of Today and the Champion of Tomorrow'. This was quite prophetic, as Betty Nuthall won the Women’s Singles in 1930, making her the only British woman to have ever won the event.

Eileen Bennett Whittingstall’s runner up trophy 1931

Before Flushing Meadows came Forest Hills, the home of the US National Championships - and later the US Open - from 1924 to 1977. The delicate Cartier trophy was awarded to British player Eileen Bennett Whittingstall in 1931. She was ranked No.3 in the world at the time, finishing in the Women’s Singles event after being defeated 6-4, 6-1 by American player Helen Wills Moody. 

Serena Williams Figurine 2004 

This humorous Serena Williams figurine was commissioned in 2004 by long-time sponsor of the US Open, JP Morgan Chase.

Serena was knocked out by Jennifer Capriati in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Singles event that year.

Nadal’s Babolat Aero Prop Drive racket 2008

2008 was an eventful year for Rafael Nadal, with the Spaniard winning Wimbledon, the French Open and Olympic gold.

However, he missed out on the US Open title, after being beaten by Andy Murray who won their semi-final 6–2, 7–6(5), 4–6, 6–4. 

This brightly-coloured Babolat racket was signed by Nadal and a sticker on the throat reads ‘25K/25K Sep-06@3:00pm US Open 2008 S#9", possibly referring to a restringing that took place at the US Open.

Andy Murray’s 2012 US Open Final t-shirt

Our list would not be complete without this Adidas Barricade t-shirt, worn by Murray the year that he became the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry. Murray defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic 7–6, 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2 in four hours and 54 minutes. 

The shirt itself is signed on the front by Murray and is made from climacool polyester, a breathable fabric which wicks away moisture and adjusts to body temperature.


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