Fashion Cause: Part 1
When the first "revealing" ankle and forearm dress made its debut at Wimbledon in 1919, it was in stark contrast to the high-neck dresses and floor-length skirts favored by 40-year-old, seven-time champion Dorothea Douglass who was dressed in a high-neck dress which swept the floor.
Fashion Cause: Part II
Henry "Bunny" Austin was the first player to wear shorts at Wimbledon in 1932, shocking many... including Queen Mary.
And Fashion Claws
In 2002, Serena Williams made a fashion statement - and headlines - by wearing a black PVC catsuit during play throughout the U.S. Open.
Sisters + U.S. Open = High Ratings
Serena and Venus Williams became the first sisters to play for a U.S. singles championship - and did so in the very first Grand Slam tournament final ever scheduled for a prime time national network telecast. On the night of September 8, 2001, Venus won 6-2, 6-4 during the most-watched program on television that evening. And just for the record: the sisters went on to play in finals at the 2002 French Open and Wimbledon, and again at the 2002 U.S. Open.
Champion on Three
Jimmy Connors is the only player to win the U.S. Open on three surfaces: grass at Forest Hills in 1974, clay at Forest Hills in 1976, and hardcourt in 1978 at Flushing Meadows.
Sans the Trademark Blue Box:
The U.S. Open Trophy is made by Tiffany & Co.