Wimbledon was canceled and the French Open was postponed until the end of September, making the US Open the second Grand Slam tournament on the tennis calendar in this most unusual and terrible year. The fourth Grand Slam, Australian Open, was actually played back in January, which seems to be eight years rather than eight months ago.
The US Open will begin as originally planned on the last Monday in August. Many players have lost from the tournament, and there will be no rough crowds in New York as matches will be played without fans, but high-stakes tennis is finally back. Here̵7;s everything fans need to know to see all the action from Flushing without a cable subscription.
What is the tournament schedule?
The US Open is a two-week tournament that begins on Monday 31 August and ends on Sunday 13 September.
Who does not play?
On the men’s side, two big names are missing in this year’s tournament. They have 39 Grand Slam singles between them, including a combined 9 US Open titles. Defending champion Rafael Nadal lost, citing COVID-19 concerns, while Roger Federer is on the shelf for the rest of the year after undergoing two surgeries on his right knee.
On the women’s side, defending champion Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the tournament, as did world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and No. 2 Simona Halep. Like Nadal, all three cited coronavirus problems.
WHO is playing?
On the men’s side, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic plays and will look to crawl closer to Federer and Nadal in the race for most career Grand Slam titles. To claim his 18th Grand Slam singles title, Djokovic will need to navigate a field that includes six top-10 players: No. 3 Dominic Thiem, No. 5 Daniil Medvedev, No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 7 Alexander Zverev, No. 8 Matteo Berrettini and no. 10 David Goffin.
On the women’s side, only four top-10 players are expected to play: No. 3 Karolína Plíšková, No. 2 Sofia Kenin, No. 9 Serena Williams and No. 10 Naomi Osaka. Other big names playing in New York include 16-year-old Coco Gauff and 37-year-old Kim Clijsters, who last played in a 2012 Grand Slam tournament.
How can I watch the US Open on TV?
The tournament will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2. There are both day and night matches for two weeks. Coverage begins at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. 12 ET every day and runs until kl. 11 ET or later.
You can stream the tournament live on WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app, but you must prove that you have a TV subscription that includes ESPN. If you do not have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can use a live TV streaming service to watch the matches live, each offering ESPN and ESPN2.
Sling TV’s Orange package of $ 30 per month includes ESPN and ESPN2.
Hulu with Live TV costs $ 55 per month and includes ESPN and ESPN2.
AT&T TV Now is the basic package of $ 55 per month plus ESPN and ESPN2.
FuboTV costs $ 60 per month and includes ESPN and ESPN2.
YouTube TV costs $ 65 per month and includes ESPN and ESPN2.
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