1961 U.S. National Championships (tennis)

The 1961 U.S. National Championships (now known as the US Open) was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor grass courts at the West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills in New York City, United States. The tournament ran from 1 September until 10 September. It was the 81st staging of the U.S. National Championships, and the fourth Grand Slam tennis event of 1961.

1961 U.S. National Championships
Date1 September – 10 September
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
SurfaceGrass / Outdoor
LocationForest Hills, Queens
New York City, United States
VenueWest Side Tennis Club
Men's Singles
Australia Roy Emerson
Women's Singles
United States Darlene Hard
Men's Doubles
United States Chuck McKinley / United States Dennis Ralston
Women's Doubles
United States Darlene Hard / Australia Lesley Turner
Mixed Doubles
Australia Margaret Smith / Australia Bob Mark
← 1960 · U.S. National Championships · 1962 →


Men's SinglesEdit

  Roy Emerson defeated   Rod Laver 7–5, 6–3, 6–2

Women's SinglesEdit

  Darlene Hard defeated   Ann Haydon 6–3, 6–4

Men's doublesEdit

  Chuck McKinley /   Dennis Ralston defeated   Rafael Osuna /   Antonio Palafox 6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 13–11 [1]

Women's doublesEdit

  Darlene Hard /   Lesley Turner defeated   Edda Buding /   Yola Ramírez 6–4, 5–7, 6–0 [2]

Mixed doublesEdit

  Margaret Smith /   Bob Mark defeated   Darlene Hard /   Dennis Ralston default [3][a]


  1. ^ Ralston was suspended by the USLTA for 'bad conduct' during an earlier Davis Cup American Zone final match against Mexico. As a result of the suspension the mixed doubles title was defaulted to Margaret Smith and Bob Mark.


  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 478. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ Collins, p. 480
  3. ^ Collins, p. 482

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Preceded by
1961 Wimbledon Championships
Grand Slams Succeeded by
1962 Australian Championships