With Wimbledon fresh in our rear-view mirror, our attention is now turning to the next major on the calendar – the 2019 US Open. The last major of the year is rated by many as the best – and it will be a great way to round out what has been a memorable season of tennis.
While we’d all like to be courtside at Flushing Meadows for a few of the big matches, tickets are hard to come by – and that’s not to mention the cost of flights to New York. Fortunately, you can see all of the action live from the comfort of your couch or your mobile device – so you won’t miss a moment of the action.
The 2019 US Open on UK TV
With only five hours difference between the time in New York and that in the UK, the US Open tends to screen at a reasonable time for British viewers – something that cannot be said about the Australian Open every January! There is, however, a tendency for things to run late (or really early), which means you might be out and about when it screens.
This year – as with 2018 – Amazon Prime has signed an exclusive deal to cover the US Open, continuing the American company’s foray into television and streaming. Alongside original TV content, Amazon has identified sport as an essential aspect of its business model going forward. As we wrote about earlier in the year, Amazon has also secured exclusive rights to two rounds of Premier League coverage – so the US Open tennis represents another step in that direction.
The analysis and commentary are headed up by Sam Smith, Mark Petchey, Robbie Koenig and Nick Lester, who will give insight, predictions and break down the true contenders for the final major of the year. They will be joined by a range of former players and journalists to bring you up to speed with everything that’s happening both on and off the court.
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US Open TV Preview
The US Open has long been a favourite of both serious and casual tennis fans, mainly due to the unpredictability of the tournament. Since Roger Federer won his final US Open title in 2008, the men’s trophy has been shared by seven different winners (including the Swiss). That’s a marked difference from the Djokovic-dominated Australian Open, the Nadal-dominated French Open and of course Wimbledon, which has been shared by one of the big-four men’s players since Lleyton Hewitt won in 2002. Despite this unpredictability, however, it’s more than likely that this year’s champ will come from one of the big four.
The women’s draw is similarly balanced. In the past ten years, only Serena Williams (three) and Kim Clijsters (two) have won more than one title, with the rest split between five other players. Serena’s recent return to form alongside the barnstorming Australian Ash Barty will see the two go far in the tournament, while last year’s surprise winner Naomi Osaka will be itching to go back to back.
US Open 2019 Schedule (All times BST)
The US Open is set to take place from Monday, August 26th to Sunday, September 8th, 2019.
|26th and 27th August||Men’s and Women’s Play on Matchday 1|
|28th and 29th August||Men’s and Women’s Play on Matchday 2|
|30th and 31st August||Men’s and Women’s Play on Matchday 3|
|1st and 2nd September||Men’s and Women’s Round of 16|
|3rd and 4th September||Men’s and Women’s Quarter Finals|
|5th September||Women’s Semi-Finals|
|6th September||Men’s Semi-Finals and Men’s Doubles Final|
|7th September||Mixed Doubles Final and Women’s Final|
|8th September||Women’s Final and Men’s Final|
Watch or Stream the US Open Live
From the first serve to the final point, you can catch the US Open will be live and exclusive on Amazon Prime. Unlike some of the more traditional providers, Amazon Prime is delivered purely through an app. This means you can easily add it to your set-top box for immediate access, or download it on your laptop, tablet or smartphone to watch on the go. How much does it cost? Fortunately, if you’re already an Amazon Prime subscriber it will be free! Otherwise, there’s an annual cost for an Amazon Prime subscription. This is ideal for you if you already order a lot of stuff online – or if you’re keen to save yourself the trip to the shopping centre. Don’t want to be an annual Prime member? Then you can get yourself access for a monthly fee.