The 2019 edition of the two weeks of tennis known as the US Open has come to an end. Champions were crowned: Canadian Bianca Andreescu vanquished Serena Williams and the women’s field, Rafael Nadal conquered the men’s side, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah were crowned men’s doubles champions, Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won women’s doubles, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jamie Murray won the mixed doubles title.
But the official scores only tell one part of the story: who won the last match of the tournament.
These last two weeks brimmed with intrigue, drama, a hero named Coco, and even some good old villainy, thanks to a Russian young gun. While only one champion is crowned in each field of the tournament, a player doesn’t have to take home a title to be a winner. Likewise, not every player who doesn’t leave with one is a loser. (Not even the official champions are always heroes in fans’ eyes.)
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