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 awesome New York crowds because matches are played without fans; many players have dropped out voluntarily; 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.
The tournament is now down to its last weekend and today Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka meet in the women̵7;s final. Each has a pair of grand slam titles and each came through exciting three-set semifinal matches against American opponents to reach the championship. Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady – competed in her first Grand Slam semifinal – 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3 – and Azarenka came back against Serena Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, denying 39 -year-old a chance at his 40th grand slam title.
Sunday will be the first time in six years that Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer will not compete in a US Open men’s championship. Instead, Dominic Thiem meets Alexander Zverev for the title.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the tennis final from Flushing, New York, without a cable subscription.
What is the tournament schedule for the US Open final?
Here are matchups today and tomorrow:
Ladies’ final, Saturday 12 September:
- Naomi Osaka vs. Victoria Azarenka at 16.00 ET (13.00 PT) on ESPN
Men & # 39; s Singles Final, Sunday 13 September:
- Dominic Thiem vs. Alexander Zverev at 16.00 ET (13.00 PT) on ESPN
Earlier on Saturday and Sunday, the wheelchair final matches will also take place. Check out the US Open’s official website for schedules and results.
How can I watch the US Open on TV?
The final will be 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.
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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 world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and No. 2 Simona Halep. Like Nadal cited all three coronavirus problems.