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Sunday, August 31, 2003


Attendance and Website Traffic at All-Time Highs

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 31, 2003 – The USTA announced that the first week of the 2003 US Open set records in attendance and traffic on usopen.org, the official website of the 2003 US Open. The following lists the new records set through Sunday night:

Attendance:

The all-time attendance record of 381,891 for the first week of the US Open (The 14 sessions from Monday, August 25 through Sunday, August 31).
The single session attendance record was set today, Sunday, August 31, with 34,717 for the day session.
The single total day attendance record was broken today, Sunday, August 31, 2003, with 57,862.
The single session attendance record was set and then broken in four consecutive sessions from Thursday, August 28, through Sunday, August 31.
Website:

First week traffic on usopen.org, the official tournament website, has increased by nearly 20% over 2002 numbers (5.6 million visits through the first week of the 2003 tournament vs. 4.7 million through the first seven days of the 2002 tournament).
Fans are remaining on the site for a longer period compared to years past. Length of stay is up nearly five minutes during the first week to one hour 17 minutes up from one hour 12 minutes in 2002, a 7% increase.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world. In addition, it owns the 96 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 670,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.
 
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