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US Open 2019 Preview and Tournament Information: When is it, who is playing, when does it start, schedule, prize money and more!

Leye Aduloju in News 23 Aug 2019
  • The US Open is live from New York from 26 August to 8 September 
  • All you need to know about the final Grand Slam of the year. 
The 2019 US Open is live from New York from 26 August - 8 September.

The US Open is the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year, staged on the hard courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York, USA.

First held in 1881, the US Open is the only major to have been staged in every year since its inception, while it also holds many other distinctions. The tournament is the only Grand Slam to have been held on three different surfaces, while it is also the first Slam to introduce equal prize money for men and women- a switch it made in 1973. 

The tournament naturally attracts the very best in the business, with Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors holding the record for most titles in the Open Era with five, two behind the American trio of William Larned, Bill Tilden and Richard Sears, who sit atop the all-time leaderboard with seven titles.

Serena Williams and Chris Evert are the most successful women in the Open Era, with six US Open titles each, while Molla Bjurstedt Mallory holds the all-time record with eight titles.

US Open Preview

Defending champion, Novak Djokovic is again the favourite to win the men’s title, with the usual suspects, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer also in contention.

Djokovic is looking to win his fourth US Open title, while Federer is seeking his sixth title, which would break his title with Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors, and make him the most successful player in the men's singles in the Open Era.

Of the three, Nadal is arguably in the best form, having won the Rogers Cup title in Toronto, beating Daniil Medvedev in the final, while Djokovic, who skipped Toronto, was beaten by Medvedev in the Cincinnati semi-finals. Federer suffered a shock opening round defeat to Andrey Rublev in Cincinnati. Apart from the big three, rising Russian, Daniil Medvedev may have played his way into contention with a superb three weeks on the North American hard courts, reaching finals in Washington and Montreal, before winning a maiden Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati.

No other player looks to be in the form to challenger, with young guns, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev struggling for form and confidence, while Grand Slam titlists, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic haven’t played well enough to suggest they can go all the way in Melbourne.

A lot of the focus on the women’s draw will be centred around Serena Williams, as she launches her latest bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title. Williams has reached three finals since her return from maternity leave, but she has faltered on each occasion, losing twice at Wimbledon, and once at the US Open, where she fell to Naomi Osaka.

Osaka returns to New York as the No. 1 player in the world, while Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, as well as former champions, Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber will all like their chances in a typically wide open women’s field. Young guns, Bianca Andreescu and Sofia Kenin will also look to continue the fine form they showed during the build-up tournaments, as they look to further shake up the WTA’s top order.

When is the US Open?

The qualifying draw will be staged between 19-23 August, while main draw action gets underway on Monday, 26 August, from 11:00am local time/ 4:00pm BST with men’s and women’s first round matches. However, all matches in the main show court, the Arthur Ashe Stadium begin an hour later at 12:00pm local time/ 5:00pm BST. The women’s final will be played on Saturday, 7 September, with the men’s final coming up the following day. Both finals will begin at 4:00pm local time/ 9:00pm BST.

Who is playing the 2019 US Open?

The 2019 US Open will again feature the best players in the world, with one of the biggest prizes in the sport up for grabs. Some players have unfortunately had to pull due to injury, most notably, former champion, Juan Martin del Potro, but it remains an absolutely jam-packed field, with world No. 1 and defending champions, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka leading their respective fields.

Who is playing US Open 2019? (Top 20 players)

Men's DrawWomen's Draw
Novak DjokovicNaomi Osaka
Rafael NadalAshleigh Barty
Roger FedererKarolina Pliskova
Dominic ThiemSimona Halep
Daniil Medvedev Elina Svitolina
Alexander ZverevPetra Kvitova
Kei NishikoriKiki Bertens
Stefanos TsitsipasSerena Williams
Karen KhachanovAryna Sabalenka
Roberto Bautista-AgutMadison Keys
Fabio FogniniSloane Stephens
Borna CoricAnastasija Sevastova 
Gael MonfilsBelinda Bencic
John IsnerAngelique Kerber
David GoffinBianca Andreescu
Kevin AndersonMarin CilicJohanna Konta 
Nikoloz BasilashviliMarketa Vondrousova
Felix Auger-AliassimeQiang Wang 
Guido PellaCaroline Wozniacki
Diego SchwartzmanSofia Kenin

When can I watch US Open 2019?

The US Open is available on Amazon Prime and WTA TV in the UK, plus click here for a non-subscription based streaming option.

When is the main draw?

The draw ceremony of the US Open will be conducted on Thursday, 22 August from 12:00pm local time/ 5:00pm BST.

Who are the defending champions?

Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s draw respectively following their brilliant title runs last season.
Djokovic continued a resurgent second half of the season by capturing the US Open title- his 13th major crown by defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the final, while Naomi Osaka shocked the world with victory over Serena Williams in a dramatic final at Flushing Meadows. It was Osaka’s first Grand Slam title, and she would go on to secure back-to-back majors by winning the 2019 Australian Open, moving up to No. 1 in the process to complete a rapid ascent to the top of the women’s game.

Five Major Storylines ahead of the 2019 US Open

Can Serena Williams finally win her 24th Grand Slam title?

It’s a question that has been asked at every Slam since Serena’s return from maternity leave in February last season, and she will give it another shot at Flushing Meadows this year. The legendary American, stuck at 23 major titles since winning the 2017 Australian Open, has come very close to equaling Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 in the last year, reaching back-to-back Wimbledon finals, and making the US Open final last season, but she has fallen short on all three occasions. Is this the tournament when she finally crosses the finish line?
There are question marks over Serena’s fitness heading into New York, as she pulled out of the Rogers Cup final due to a back injury, and consequently withdrew from Cincinnati. The impression from the Serena camp is that it’s a minor problem and that she will be fully fit for Flushing Meadows.

How will Naomi Osaka fare in her first major as defending champion?

Naomi Osaka returns to Flushing Meadows as the hunted rather than the hunter, as she attempts to defend her US Open title. Osaka’s first stint at No. 1 wasn’t exactly the smoothest, with the Japanese admitting along the line that the pressure of expectation might have got to her, and she will have to deal with similar scrutiny in New York over the next fortnight. If Osaka goes all the way in New York, it would be her first title since January’s Australian Open. She lost that No. 1 ranking to Ashleigh Barty in June, but she has regained it just in time to get the top seeding for the US Open. 

Roger Federer going for Open Era record

Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors have all won five US Open titles, more than anyone else in the Open Era, but Federer will get the chance to hold that record outright this year, as he bids for a sixth title. Federer may feel he is long overdue a US Open title, as he is yet to taste success at Flushing Meadows since he completed a staggering run of five straight titles in 2008. Since then, he has made just two more finals, the most recent in 2015, when he lost to Novak Djokovic. Federer’s preparation for the US Open was not the most ideal, as he has played just one match since Wimbledon, a listless opening round loss to Andrey Rublev in Cincinnati. He will have to make significant improvements on that performance if he is going to get anywhere near ending his US Open title drought.

Can Djokovic successfully defend his title?

While Roger Federer is aiming to hold the outright record for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era, defending champion, Novak Djokovic is move closer to the great Swiss by winning the title for a fourth time. Despite losing to Daniil Medvedev in the Cincinnati semi-finals, Djokovic arguably enters the tournament as the favourite, given the way he has dominated the majors in the last few years. Djokovic time as the dominant force in the men’s game appeared to be approaching its end when the Serbian struggled badly at the start of 2018, slipping out of the top-20, but he launched an amazing recovery, winning Wimbledon and the US Open, and getting back to No. 1 before the end of the year. He has barely looked back since then, and will again be the man to beat at Flushing Meadows. 

Is Medvedev ready to challenge for a major?

Daniil Medvedev has never gone beyond the fourth round of a major- in fact, he has gone that far just once, at the 2019 Australian Open, but the Russian comes into Flushing Meadows as the man in form, following a splendid three weeks on the North American hard courts. The 23-year-old reached finals in Washington and Montreal, before capping a stunning sequence with a title run in Cincinnati. At this point, he looks like the only man capable of breaking the Big Three’s grip on the title- can he reproduce his pre-tournament form in New York, and make his first real impact at a Grand Slam?

There are several other storylines to follow, including Rafael Nadal’s quest for a Grand Slam title outside Roland Garros for the first time since the 2017 US Open, while WTA young guns, Sofia Kenin and Bianca Andreescu, who impressed in Toronto and Cincinnati, as well as Cincinnati champion, Madison Keys, will also be worth keeping an eye on in New York.

What is the Prize Money for the US Open?

The overall Prize Money for the men’s draw is $57,238,700 (US), with the men’s and women’s champions getting $3.85 million, the highest payout in US Open history.

Who are the favourites for the 2019 US Open titles?

Mens Draw

US Open Favourites (Men's Draw)

PlayerOdds (Unibet)
Novak Djokovic2.10
Rafael Nadal4.50
Roger Federer6.00
Daniil Medvedev17.00
Alexander Zverev23.00

US Open Favourites (Women's Draw)

PlayerOdds (Unibet)
Serena Williams6.00
Simona Halep7,50
Ashleigh Barty9.00
Naomi Osaka11.00
Karolina Pliskova14.00
Bianca Andreesccu15.00
Madison Keys15.00

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