After two exciting weeks of covering the US Open tennis tournament, Getty Images Sport editors culled through thousands of images showing countless memorable moments. Below, they share the story behind some of their favorite shots from this year’s tournament.
This is a shot that we do every year, something that’s a little different than a regular trophy presentation photo. The reason we’ve chosen it here is that Chris Trotman absolutely nailed it. That starburst is one of the best we’ve seen, and really makes you stop and think about what went into making it.
Generally speaking, this angle isn’t extremely productive, and it’s one that we only have for the final match. Because of how Cilic celebrated though, it provided an amazing look at his reaction and is also not something that we get to see throughout the two weeks.
Without the racquet framing his head, this isn’t a particularly noteworthy image, however, the way it turned out is something that doesn’t happen often. Sometimes you need a little luck, and things really came together for this match point.
Doubles tennis is one of the most difficult things we have to cover during the Open, especially since we have to have both players in the picture. Often this comes in the form of a wide action shot, or a celebration where the teammates come together. Elsa’s shot however, is a perfect example of great doubles action. The symmetry not only of the court, but also the Williams sisters makes it a top selection from the tournament.
It’s great to have someone on the ground that doesn’t often shoot at the US Open, as it allows for a unique perspective. Julian Finney came back with this angle one day, and the composition of the shadows is something we hadn’t seen before. As a bonus, Cilic ended up being the champion which makes the image even more relevant.
The position from which this photo was shot is a tricky one because the background can be distracting. This can make the shooting process frustrating because it can sometimes yield only one or two pictures per match. When it does work though, it looks like this one which Al Bello has been able to make for the last two years.
Nice light on key matches doesn’t happen often at the US Open due to rain or matches ending early or late, but when it does it’s great. Matthew Stockman does an amazing job finding one of the last pockets of light which causes Maria’s skin to go golden and the background to go dark.
When the light is nice and a match goes later than expected, it can sometimes lead to the perfect scenario for a unique photo. Al Bello took advantage of shooting at a smaller court and had one of the best sunset pictures of the Open.
The great thing about working a long event like the US Open is that you can usually count on one picture that tells the whole story. The moment Streeter Lecka sent this photo wirelessly only seconds after it happened, we all knew he had made Serena’s winning moment come to life.
Often when a photographer shoots a picture, he or she has a clear idea of what they’d like it to look like. And when an editor gets to that image, the process and that style can be affected. Julian Finney shot this photo of Kei Nishikori jumping vertically. Unfortunately because vertical images are harder to fit on most web layouts, cropping this photo into a horizontal gives most digital outlets more flexibility. Although it misses Kei Nishikori jumping in the air, it gives more focus to the reaction on his face.