The next Grand Slam on the Tennis circuit takes place at Flushing Meadows in New York for the US Open 2020. It is the first tennis major post Covid-19, with all the sport’s biggest stars set to take to the court.
The Big Three of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer will, as usual, be the comfortable favourites on the men’s side of this year’s event, while Serena Williams looks ready to rock and roll at her home town open. She has plenty of high quality competition though, and you won’t miss a minute of this premier hard-court action when watching live on TV or streaming the matches to a mobile device with the options listed in this guide.
2020 US Open Tennis Preview
The US Open is the fourth and final major on the tennis calendar, and the 2020 edition will prove to be must see TV. Played outdoors at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, the tournament offers over $57 million USD in prize money. A number of Aussie’s are in the hunt on both sides of the draw, looking to emulate the deeds of Lleyton Hewitt (2001) and Sam Stosur (2011), who are the only two Australian’s to win the event this century.
Novak Djokavic and Raphael Nadal go into this event as mens favourites, with the two winning 7 US open titles between them. On the female side, Serena Williams looks the woman to beat. If she does lift the the US Open trophy come the ned of the tournament, she will equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams, making her the joint most successful female tennis player ever. It’ all shaping up to be compelling viewing.
US Open Live Daily TV Fixtures (AEST)
Dates: Tuesday 1 September – Monday 14 September
Where: Flushing Meadows, New York
|Mon 7 Sept||Round of 16|| LIVE: 1.00am – 9.00am || ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo) |
|Tues 8 Sept||Round of 16 ||LIVE: 1.00am – 9.00am||ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo)|
|Wed 9 Sept||Quarterfinals||LIVE: 2.00am – 8.00am || ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo) / SBS|
|Thur 10 Sept||Quarterfinals || LIVE: 2.00am – 8.00am || ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo) / SBS|
|Fri 11 Sept||Women’s Semis||LIVE: 5.00am – 1.00pm || ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo) / SBS|
|Sat 12 Sept||Men’s Semis||LIVE: 6.00am – 1.00pm || ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo) / SBS |
|Sun 13 Sept||Women’s Final ||LIVE: 6.00am – 9.00am|| ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo) / SBS |
|Mon 14 Sept||Men’s Final||LIVE: 6.00am – 9.00am || ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo) / SBS |
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. US Open replays available following conclusion of the live action, daily on ESPN (Foxtel).
US Open Live Streaming
While you won’t find every round of this year’s US Open on Free to Air TV in Australia (SBS doesn’t start broadcasting until Sept 9th), ESPN courtesy of Foxtel and Kayo Sports will offer the most extensive coverage of this prestigious tournament Live, including the ‘US Open Primetime’ daily highlights show (8.30pm) and the option to watch US Open 2020 online. Beginning on 25th August, ESPN of Australia (Foxtel/Kayo) will broadcast live and in HD every day until the Finals, with daily match replays (3pm – 1am) for those who want to catch up during a time that’s more convenient
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial which have the exact same 2020 US Open tennis programming as Foxtel. With Kayo you can stream the US Open live using select PC and Macs, as well as iOS and Android phones and tablets. Other compatible devices include Apple TV, Telstra TV, and Google Chromecast, as well as browsers such as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms arriving soon.
2020 US Open Men’s Singles Preview
Novak Djokovic has been rapidly adding to his trophy cabinet over the past decade, now the holder of a huge 17 Grand Slam titles. He has won three times at the US Open, and his consistency at Flushing Meadows has been incredible – aside from 2017 when he was absent from the tournament, he has made the semi’s every year since 2007 and advanced to the finals on eight occasions in that time. It seems virtually inevitable that he will continue this streak, and it will be difficult to stop him adding a 18th Grand Slam win to his list of achievements.
One of the men in with a chance of stopping him is the seemingly ageless Roger Federer. Federer, of course, has the most Grand Slam wins in history for a male with 20, and though the bulk of these came prior to 2010 he has shown he is still one of the best in the world by winning three more since 2017 – and he went as close as is humanly possible to adding a fourth at Wimbledon a few weeks ago. A five-time winner at the event, Federer is still a consistent threat, even at 39 years of age.
Rounding out the Big Three is Rafael Nadal, winner of 19 Grand Slam titles over the course of his illustrious career. Of course, the bulk of these have been at Roland Garros, where he has confirmed himself as the best of all time on clay with an extraordinary 12 French Open titles. He is far from a one-trick pony, however, and having won at the US Open four times he is likely to advance deep into the tournament.
2020 US Open Women’s Singles Preview
Serena Williams performance at last year’s US Open earned her plenty of attention for a myriad of reasons, and she will be desperate to atone for what was a disappointing day for the 23-time Grand Slam winner in more ways than one. Williams is just a solitary Grand Slam victory behind equalling Australia’s Margaret Court for the most ever major titles, and having lost her past three Grand Slam finals and not won since the Australian Open in 2017, she will be on a mission at Flushing Meadows this year.
Australia’s Ash Barty made a huge jump in 2019 to become one of the world’s top players, and will head into this year’s US Open tournament as the number one player in the world and one of the favourites to take the win. Her victory at Roland Garros in 2019 showed she had what it takes to match it with the best, and the 24-year-old will be confident that she can surpass her best ever US Open performance of a fourth round exit in 2019.
Simona Halep will be another serious challenger at this year’s event, with the Romanian having reestablished herself as one of the best players in the world with a victory at the 2019 Wimbledon a few weeks ago. The world number four has been bundled out in the first round here for two consecutive years after making a semi-final and a quarter-final the two years prior, and she will be eager to remind the world of just how good she can be by advancing deep into the tournament this year.
How to Stream the US Open in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on the cost of a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the US Open of Tennis? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Google Chromecast Ultra version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to HD. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video or on demand replays including Kayo Sports, which have the entire US Open. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile.
Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming the US Open and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.