Ash Barty detail comes to light after 'pathetic' US Open viewership

Aussie fans continue to prove just how much they love supporting their athletes.

Coco Gauff celebrates her US Open win and Ash Barty holds the trophy.
More Aussies tuned to watch Ash Barty (pictured right) win her maiden Australian Open title, compared to Americans tuning in to watch Coco Gauff (pictured left) lift her first US Open trophy. (Getty Images)

American fans were ecstatic to see Coco Gauff lift her maiden US Open trophy, with Novak Djokovic also making history, but a stunning Ash Barty detail has emerged after ESPN released its broadcast numbers. With a raucous crowd cheering her on, 19-year-old Gauff defeated World No.1 Aryna Sabalenka to secure her first grand slam title in front of an adoring home crowd.

A day later, Djokovic made tennis history having equalled Margaret Court's record of 24 titles in a close three-set battle against Daniil Medvedev. However, the number of Americans watching the US Open finals pale in comparison to how significance the events were for the sport of tennis.

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Gauff's victory was watched on average by 3.2 million Americans, which is the most-viewed women's final watched on ESPN. In 2016 on CBS, Serena Williams defeating Victoria Azarenka reached a record 6.2 million viewers.

Gauff's home crowd advantage crushed the men's final numbers with Djokovic and Medvedev recording an average viewership of 2.3 million. The men's US Open final does compete with the NFL's return. While these numbers are very strong for US viewership, they pale in comparison to Australia's support for their own.

In 2022 when Barty won the Australian Open final against American Danielle Collins, an average of 3.6 million Aussies tuned in. The match hit a peak of 4.26 million viewers. To put this into perspective, Australia's population recently passed 26 million people.

Coco Gauff celebrates.
Coco Gauff (pictured) against Aryna Sabalenka was the most watched US Open final since Serena Williams and Vitoria Azarenka in 2013. (Photo by Frey/TPN/Getty Images)

The US population is around 340 million people. One fan pointed out that Channel Nine had better numbers than the US network for the 2022 Australian Open. Others were critical of the platform and US tennis viewership with other grand slams surpassing the final one of the year.

However, what both Gauff and Barty prove is women's tennis continues to excite and out perform the men's finals in man aspects both in Australia and the US. Tennis icon Billie Jean King made this point in calling for more investment in women's sport.

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Gauff played the best match of her career to take down the in-form Sabalenka in front of a raucous home crowd. The 19-year-old showed experience to come from a set down to hold her nerve and win a breakthrough grand slam title.

And the moment felt surreal for the champion having previously come close to a grand slam title at the French Open final in 2022. "I feel like I'm in a little bit of shock at the moment," Gauff said after the match.

"I feel like God puts you through tribulations and trials and that makes this even sweeter," the American said. "I'm thankful for this moment. I don't have any words."

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