Serena Williams' final tournament helps US Open set new attendance record
The US Open has set its new attendance record and Serena Williams' final campaign has certainly played a major part. This year, 776,120 people attended the US Open. The previous record was set in 2019, when 737,872 people attended the final Grand Slam of the season. Going into this year's US Open, it was pretty obvious that the tournament would have a great attendance number. Three weeks before the US Open, Williams announced that the US Open would be the final tournament of her career. Williams' three-matches single-handendly drew over 80,000 spectators. The US Open broke its attendance record for one match after Williams' first round match versus Danka Kovinic drew 29,402 fans. Two days later, a new record was set after 29,959 spectators came to watch Williams' win over second-seeded Anett Kontaveit. In the third round - the match which Williams lost to Ajla Tomljanovic - over 23,000 spectators were in attendance. Williams thanked the US Open crowd After losing to Tomljanovic in the third round, Williams acknowledged the great support she was receiving throughout her final tournament. “It was some really great moments today. Not today, but this week, has been really great. Just so much support, so much love. It was really amazing and overwhelming. And I just feel like the whole crowd was really wanting to push me past the line. I’m so thankful and grateful for that. I think honestly what I’ll remember most is that my level was coming back. I think I’m really grateful for that. It’s great to be playing at such a high level, somehow improving. I don’t know how at my age. I think that’s a really good memory for me," Williams said. Williams maybe didn't win the US Open, but winning two matches was a great effort for the American, who is turning 41 this month.