Still reeling from Rafa and Roger’s epic semi-final slug-fest at Wimbledon last month? And the fifth-set tie break that saw Novak Djokovic crowned king of Centre Court for the fifth time? Fear not, the 2019 US Open tennis tournament is guaranteed to have you worked up into a frenzy yet again.
It’s another momentous one: should crowd favourite Roger Federer win his sixth US Open men’s singles championship (and his first since 2008), he will become the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era, at the ripe old age of 38.
And it’s not just R-Feds we’re expecting, all the big hitters are set to return to New York in a bid to trounce last year’s champions, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka.
Serena Williams will doubtless look to atone for her defeat against Osaka in the 2018 final, and Andy Murray, her Wimbledon mixed doubles partner, is expected to put in another strong doubles performance following his quick recovery from hip surgery back in January.
If you’re anything like the What Hi-Fi? team, you’ll be desperate to stay on top of the action. Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s all the information on when, where and how to watch the US Open tennis action, whether you want to live stream online or enjoy at home on your TV.
The Flushing Meadows complex is home to 22 tennis courts. Last year, the new Louis Armstrong Stadium was opened for the US Open and, with a maximum capacity of 14,000 seats, it’s the second largest venue in the complex.
If you’re planning on being in town, you can buy tickets now for either the 11am (afternoon session) or 7pm (evening session) matches from US Open official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster, but for the rest of us, we’ll need our TVs, laptops, tablets or phones to get a piece of the action.
ESPN is presenting the 2019 US Open for the 11th consecutive year, and its fifth year as exclusive partner. ESPN’s networks will showcase first-to-last-ball coverage throughout the tournament, with nearly 140 hours on TV on ESPN and ESPN2, and plans to offer an additional “digital grounds pass” for tennis fans, with more than 1,300 hours of coverage from all 16 courts, streaming live across ESPN3, ESPN+ and the ESPN App.
Additionally, ESPNEWS and ESPN+ will team up to deliver exclusive coverage of this year’s qualifying tournament (from Monday 19th August to Friday 23rd August), as well as coverage of US Open Fan Week activities taking place around the grounds. ABC will also broadcast Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Sunday 25th August.
Once you’ve selected a provider, all you need do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use, and get down to the serious business of watching tennis.
Troubleshooting advice: when prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in. Aces!
And there we have it. With so many ways to tune in for free (or nearly free) there’s no reason to miss a single moment of live tennis – who needs sleep, right?! We’re sure it’s going to be a belter of a tournament and we can’t wait to see who will walk away from Arthur Ashe Court – the last major of the year – with the spoils.