How many American players have won the US Open? Complete list of men and women
There have been 85 American men’s champions and 92 American women’s champions at the US Open. Only a few moderns greats have muscled in.
There have been 85 American male champions in the history of the US Open, 66 of those during the amateur era when fewer international players competed and 19 in the Open Era (as of 1968), during which time Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors won five each. The next most successful country, Australia, has 18 wins overall with six in the Open Era. Spain and Switzerland are in joint third place in the historical list with six overall wins. Spain have five in the Open Era (Rafael Nadal accounts for four of those) and one in the amateur era while Switzerland’s six are all Open Era triumphs, five from the racket of Roger Federer and one added by Stan Wawrinka in 2016.
Nadal is currently on four US Open wins, level with John McEnroe, and one short of the Open Era record of five US Open titles, jointly held by Connors (1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983), Sampras (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002) and Federer (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).
During the amateur era, three American men won the US Open title seven times: Bill Tilden (1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929), William Larned (1901, 1902, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911) and Richard Sears (1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887).
A full list of all US Open men’s singles champions is available on the US Open official website.
US women reign supreme in New York
American tennis dominates the top of the men’s winners list and although the remarkable life and career of Molly Bjurstedt Mallory was split between representing two countries, the same is true of the women’s tournament. Mallory is credited with being the first female player to take the ball on the rise and can perhaps be considered the first true baseliner in the women’s game, eschewing the net as was common at the time and overpowering opponents with her ferocious forehand.
Mallory, a Norwegian who took US citizenship in 1920, bestrode the US Open from 1915 to 1929, never failing to reach at least the quarters and winning the tournament a record eight times. Her first four victories were consecutive, a feat only matched by Chris Evert, when she was still a Norwegian national. In total, Mallory reached 10 finals and four semifinals at the US Open, a record that is shared with Serena Williams.
Helen Wills Moody won seven titles at the US Open and reached a total of nine finals, a record matched by Evert, whose performance timeline at the tournament is quite incredible. From 1971 to 1989, Evert was never knocked out before the quarters, winning the title six times from nine Open Era finals and reaching the semis eight times. The next most successful player on the list, Serena, also won six US Opens and reached the final on 10 occasions between 1998 and her retirement tournament this year.
Unsurprisingly, given so many generation-defining homegrown players throughout US Open history, America leads the all-time list of winners with 92 in total, 67 in the amateur era and 25 in the Open Era. The next most successful country is Australia with six titles, Margaret Court winning five times in New York across both the amateur and professional eras and Samantha Stosur – who is also the reigning women’s doubles champions with Shuai Zhang - adding another singles crown in 2011 with victory over Serena. Germany are joint third with six, five of those courtesy of the great Steffi Graf with Angelique Kerber adding the 2016 title.
A full list of all US Open women’s singles champions is available on the US Open official website.