US Open tournament
U.S. Open, which is formally referred to as the United States Open Tennis Championships, is the fourth and final of the major international tennis tournaments that make up the annual Grand Slam (including the Australian Open, the French Open, and the Wimbledon Championships).
2019 US Open schedule
Just like every year, U.S. Open is held over a two-week period at the end of August and at the beginning of September. Qualifying rounds run from 19 August (Monday) through 23 August (Friday). Main draw matches begin on 26 August and the finals will be played on 7th and 8th of September. The 2019 tournament schedule can be found here. Following the 1978 tournament, all the U.S. Open matches have been played on the Deco Turf acrylic hard courts of the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) National Tennis Center (since 2006 known as the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center) in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York. The U.S. Open comprises of five main categories: men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. There are also junior singles and doubles events for both boys and girls under 18 years of age. Additionally, there are singles and doubles wheelchair tennis events for men, women and quads. An interesting characteristic feature of the tournament is the fact that tiebreakers are played in the final sets (the fifth set for men and the third set for women), instead of continuing play in the deciding set until a player has won by two games.
Championships brief history
The U.S. Open sprouted from the U.S. National Championship - one of the oldest tennis championships in the world which originated in 1881 as a national men’s singles and doubles competition. The competition was accessible only to the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA; now the USTA) members. In 1887 women’s singles were added, in 1889 women’s doubles, and mixed doubles in 1892. The matches were played at different locations until 1968, when all five events were finally moved to the same site (the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y.). From then on, the championships have been commonly known as the U.S. Open. In 1978, the tournament finally found its way to Flushing Meadows, where it is currently hosted. Throughout its history, the tournament has been played on a variety of surfaces: grass, clay, and since 1978, on a fast hardcourt surface made of an acrylic layer over an asphalt or concrete base.
The men's and women's singles defending champions are Novak Djokovic and last year’s surprise Naomi Osaka. 2019 US Open seeded players obviously include the biggest names in tennis such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Plišková, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitová or Serena Williams. This year, women’s seeds have been shadowed by a tragic death of a father of a 17-year-old revelation Amanda Anisimova, who withdrew from the tournament.
US Open tournament venues
The main court at the U.S. Open (and the National Tennis Center’s biggest venue) is the 22,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is followed by the 10,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium, the 6,000-seat Grandstand Stadium, and several smaller side courts. All courts are fit for night play, and the inner courts are painted blue to facilitate the ball tracking for challenges. US Open is definitely one of the most important sports and media feats bringing thousands of fans both to New York courts and millions in front of TV screens. With recent technology advancements, not only TV screen may be involved as the event is streamed live and it can be watched on numerous devices in various locations.
How to stream 2019 US Open
Two main sources for 2019 US Open streaming are ESPN (US and AU) and Amazon Prime (UK). There are also some other options (like FOX Sports or EuroSport). However, as you most probably know, streaming on those channels is restricted geographically. This is where we come in, making it possible for you to overcome this issue and watch live streams from any other country.
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Watch US Open with ESPN
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