Wimbledon was canceled and the French Open was postponed until the end of September, but the US Open started as originally planned and began on the last Monday in August. Despite starting on time, this year’s tournament has been anything but normal.
There are no cruel New York crowds as matches are played without fans, many players have lost voluntarily and some who remained complained about the tournament’s chaotic response after Benoit Paire in France tested positive for COVID-19. And the top-class Novak Djokovic was forced to cancel his fourth round after hitting a line judge with a ball.
With only four days left in the tournament, four women and four men remain in the singles competitions. The semifinals for women will take place on Thursday and the semifinals for men will follow on Friday. The women̵7;s final will be played on Saturday and the men’s final will end on Sunday.
Here’s everything fans need to know to watch all the action from Flushing, New York, without a cable subscription.
What is the tournament schedule?
The semifinals for women’s singles will be played tonight, Thursday 10 September. Here are the matches:
- (28) Jennifer Brady vs. (4) Naomi Osaka at 19.00 ET (at 16 PT)
- Victoria Azarenka vs. (3) Serena Williams at 9:00 PM ET (6:00 PM PT)
The semifinals for men begin on Friday afternoon. Here are matches:
- (20) Pablo Carreño vs. (5) Alexander Zverev at 16:00 ET (13:00 PT)
- (3) Daniil Medvedev vs. (2) Dominic Thiem at 18:30 ET (15:30 PT)
The women’s final is scheduled to start at 16.00 ET (13.00 PT) on Saturday, and the men’s final starts at 16.00 ET (13.00 PT) on Sunday.
Check out the US Open’s official website for daily schedules and results.
How can I watch the US Open on TV?
The remaining singles matches of the tournament are broadcast on ESPN. You can stream the tournament live on WatchESPN.com or via 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; all services listed here are provided by ESPN.
You can watch the semifinal match for women between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka on Thursday night, but it is the only semi-final or final match planned to be streamed live on ESPN’s standalone streaming service. ESPN Plus costs $ 6 per month or $ 50 per year.
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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 titles between them, including a total of nine US Open titles. Defending champion Rafael Nadal dropped out, citing COVID-19 concerns, while Roger Federer is on the shelf for the rest of the year after undergoing two operations on his right knee. Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka also skipped the tournament.
Benoit Paire, who tested positive, was placed 17th in the men’s draw and withdrew before the tournament started.
On the women’s side, defending champion Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the tournament before it began, as did Ashleigh Barty and No. 2 Simona Halep. Like Nadal cited all three coronavirus problems.