US Open 2020
All of the biggest name’s in men’s and women’s tennis will once again converge in the city that never sleeps as Flushing Meadows in New York plays host to the final Grand Slam of the year, live between August 24 to September 13.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams and so many more stars will all battle it out for one of the sport’s biggest prizes at the 2020 U.S. Open – read on below for information on how to stream all of the action live online!
US Open Live Streaming
How to watch & bet on US Open tennis
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3. Select Live Streaming
4. Select ‘Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu
5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for US Open matches live from New York from 22 August-13 September 2020
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US Open 2020 dates and schedule
Qualifying for the men’s and women’s singles draw at the 2020 US Open will be played from Monday 24 August to Friday 28 August, with play beginning at 11am local/4pm BST each day.
Main-draw play at the 2020 US Open begins on Monday August 31 with first-round men’s and women’s singles matches and concludes on Sunday 13 September with the men’s singles final.
US Open 2020 players
As one of tennis’s four biggest tournaments, offering 2,000 ranking points and prize money of $3,850,000 to each of the men’s and women’s singles champions, the 2020 US Open is guaranteed to attract the biggest stars in the game.
The 2020 U.S. Open entry list isn’t officially released yet, but we can be sure the very best in tennis will once again return to New York. Here are some of the most exciting names that are set to play the 2020 U.S. Open:
The Spanish superstar and defending champion returns to his most successful Grand Slam outside of the French Open, where he has won an incredible 12 titles, looking for a fifth US Open win after his thrilling five-set win over Daniil Medvedev in last year’s final.
The young Canadian sensation put together one of the most remarkable Grand Slam titles runs in recent memory in 2019 when she stunned Serena Williams to win her maiden major silverware at the U.S. Open. Andreescu has already cemented herself in the top five and is without doubt one of the brightest prospects we’ve seen in women’s tennis for quite some time.
A three-time U.S. Open champion, Djokovic remains in a three-way tussle with Nadal and Federer for the most Grand Slam titles in history – and the Serbian will be as determined as ever to close that gap in New York this year after he was forced to withdraw from the 2019 tournament with injury.
Osaka shot to fame at the 2018 US Open when she dropped just one set on her way to her maiden Grand Slam title, defeating the legendary Serena Williams in the final. Since then, she’s won the Australian Open and risen to world no. 1.
Six-time US Open champion Serena Williams is still looking for her first major win since returning from maternity leave – but with four Grand Slam finals reached throughout 2018 and 2019, surely she is closing in. The legendary American suffered another heartbreaking defeat in last year’s U.S. Open final to Andreescu – can Serena bounce back for another shot at the title in New York in 2020?
The ageless Federer returns once more to the tournament he ruled when he won five consecutive titles in 2003-8. Since then, Federer hasn’t been able to add to his total of five US Opens despite making the final in 2009 and 2015 but you can never count the great man out. Can Federer wind back the clock at 39 for another U.S. Open crown?
Australia’s affable Ash Barty took the tennis world by storm in 2019 when she won her maiden major title at the French Open and rose to world no. 1 a few weeks later. Barty also won titles in Miami and Birmingham and finished the year as No. 1 after claiming the season-ending WTA Finals trophy in Shenzhen. Can the popular Aussie breakthrough in New York in 2020?
Two-time French Open finalist Thiem has done more than any other player to make himself look like a credible candidate to become men’s tennis’s only active major winner under the age of 30 – and he’s no one-surface specialist despite his clay prowess, with his first Masters 1000 Series title coming on the hard courts of Indian Wells in 2019, along with making the final of the ATP Finals in London.
Already a major champion after claiming the French Open in 2018 and a former world no. 1, Halep showed the benefits of her new ‘chill’ philosophy when she found her feet on grass to capture the 2019 Wimbledon title, delivering a stunning performance to beat Serena Williams in the final. A US Open semifinalist in 2015, Halep lost in the first round in 2017 and 2018 and the second round in 2019 – surely she’s due a deep run in 2020…
Germany’s Zverev, the most accomplished player of his generation, went through a bit of a slump in 2019 as he struggled with issues on court and off but he is a three-time Masters 1000 Series champion as well as a former ATP Finals champion – can he make his Grand Slam breakthrough in New York?
US Open runner-up in 2017 when she beat both Williams sisters on her way to the final, Pliskova is one of the most consistent and dangerous performers on the WTA Tour and the former world no. 1 looks poised for another deep run on the hard courts of the US Open.
Tsitsipas has compiled a remarkable rise over the last two seasons, firing himself into the top 10 and winning the season-ending ATP Finals title in London to close out a superb 2019. Could the 20-year-old Greek be the young star men’s tennis is waiting for – and will he prove it at the US Open?
Medvedev was arguably the biggest story in men’s tennis in 2019 and a large part of that was due to his extraordinary summer in North America last year, where he won the Cincinnati Masters and reached finals in Washington, Canada of course the U.S. Open, where he played both the villain and hero during an incredible run to his first major final, coming within a whisker of beating Nadal in what was a five-set epic.
About the 2020 US Open
The US Open is the last of four Grand Slam on the tennis calendar, starting on the last Monday in August, and running for two weeks. The tournament is one of two majors staged on hard courts, the other being the Australian Open, while the other two are played on clay (Roland Garros) and grass courts (Wimbledon).
Staged at the magnificent USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, the US Open boasts arguably the most electric atmosphere of the four majors, and it’s renowned for its game-changing innovations and lead role in moving the sport forward. The US Open became the first major to award equal prize money to men and women in 1973, while it was also the first to employ floodlights to enable night-time play. Amongst other distinct features of the tournament, it was the first to use tie breaks to decide sets; and till this day, remains the only major to employ breakers in deciding sets. The US Open is also the only Slam that has been staged every year since its inception in 1881.
William Larned, Richard Sears and Bill Tilden lead the all-time list of US Open champions with seven titles, while Roger Federer is among three players who share the Open Era record of five titles. Novak Djokovic has won three U.S. Opens, while defending champion Rafael Nadal could join Federer and co. on five if he can go back-to-back at Flushing Meadows in 2020.
US Open History
The US Open started off as a grass-court tournament in Newport, Rhode Island in August 1881, with American, Richard Sears winning the inaugural edition (he won the first seven editions!). Then known as the US National Singles Championships for Men, the tournament employed a challenge system between 1884 and 1911, with the reigning champion qualifying directly for the final, where he will take on the winner from an All-Comers tournament in a challenge round. A women’s national championships – the US Women’s National Singles Championship – began at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in 1887, with 17-year-old Ellen Hansell claiming the first title. The women’s championship initially adopted the same format as the men’s, with the All-Comers champion facing the defending champion in a challenge round.
The challenge format was stopped in 1912 for the men’s championship, and in 1919 for the women’s.
Following protests by a select group of players, who argued that the US National Championships should be moved to New York because most clubs, players and fans were based in the New York City area, the tournament moved from Newport to New York in 1915, where it was staged at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills. There was a brief period between 1921 and 1923 when the championships were held at the Germantown Cricket Club to allow for construction works at the new Forest Hills Stadium. Upon completion of the 14000-seater stadium, the US National Championships relocated again in 1924- the same year it was recognized as a major tournament by the International Lawn Tennis Federation, ILTF.
Like the other majors, the US Championships became open to professional players in 1968, as the Open Era began. Still staged at Forest Hills, 96 men and 63 women competed for an overall prize money of $100,000. Interestingly, men’s champion, Arthur Ashe was still registered as an amateur back then, hence was not eligible for the $14000 winner’s prize, which was instead awarded to finalist, Tom Okker! The US Open became the first major to award equal prize money to men and women, with John Newcombe and Margaret Court both receiving $25000 for being champions in 1973.
The tournament also became the first major to use tie breaks to decide sets in 1970, and till today, remains the only Grand Slam to employ a final-set tie break. The US Open, in 1975, pioneered the use of floodlights for night-time play, while in 2006, it became the first Grand Slam to employ the Hawk-Eye technology to challenge debatable line calls.
The US Open eventually switched from Forest Hills to its current location- the USTA National Tennis Centre at Flushing Meadows in 1978. The two centres aren’t too far from each other, with only three miles separating them. The current venue was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in 2006, in honour of four-time champion, Billie Jean King. The Centre holds a total of 22 courts, including the magnificent 22,547-seater main show court, the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Through the years, the US Open has been staged on three different surfaces- grass, clay and hard courts. It was held on grass between 1881 and 1974, while it was played on clay in the final three years at Forest Hills between 1975 and 1977. With the switch to the US National Tennis Centre in 1978, the final Grand Slam of the year moved to hard courts. The US Open courts were initially coloured green, but from 2005, the courts adopted blue colour to aid television viewing. Jimmy Connors is the only man to have won the men’s singles title on all three surfaces, while Chris Evert was women’s champion on clay and hard courts. No woman won the title on grass, clay and hard courts.
Richard Sears, Bill Larned, and Bill Tilden hold the record for the most successful US Open campaigners, with their seven titles, all of which were won before the Open Era, while Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors share the Open Era record at 5 titles.
The most successful woman in the tournament’s history is eight-time champion, Molla Bjurstedt Mallory; Helen Wills Moody has seven titles, while Serena Williams and Chris Evert have the Open Era record at six.
What is the US Open Series?
The US Open series is a five-week series of tournaments on North American hard courts, which culminates at the US Open in New York.
First started in 2004 so as to enhance television coverage of tennis in the United States, the Series has gone on to crown many great champions, including Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Along with the US Open, the US Open series currently includes tournaments in Atlanta, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati and Winston-Salem for the men, while the women battle for US Open Series points in San Jose, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati and New Haven.
Points are awarded to players depending on how far they go in these tournaments, with the top three points scorers in each tour earning extra prize money in the US Open Series Bonus Challenge. The amount earned is dependent on their eventual performance at the US Open. Players who win both the US Open Series and the US Open are entitled to the maximum amount of prize money, which has been increasing through the years. (The 2017 US Open series did not include a Bonus Challenge).
Kim Clijsters became the first player to win both the US Open and the US Open Series back in 2005, earning a cumulative $2.2million, which at the time, was the biggest payout in women’s sports, while Roger Federer, in 2007, was the first man to win the Series and the US Open in the same year, earning $2.4million for his efforts – including a $1million bonus for winning the US Open series. With the overall prize money constantly increasing, those figures have since been usurped by Serena Williams, who carted away $4million dollars in 2014 in what was the largest payout in tennis history, male or female, before Ashleigh Barty’s victory at the 2019 WTA Finals Shenzhen.
Who are the greatest US Open champions?
American Richard Sears was the first true great of the US Open, winning the first seven editions of the tournament. Sears handed the baton to William Larned, who dominated the US Championships in the early twentieth century, winning his own seven titles between 1901 and 1911, non-consecutively of course. The only other man to possess seven titles is Bill Tilden, who dominated the event in the 1920s. He won six straight titles between 1920 and 1925; and added one more in 1929.
Each of Sears, Larned and Tilden won the tournament at least five consecutive times, a feat only matched by Roger Federer in the Open Era. Federer won his five US Open titles in a row, dominating the final Grand Slam of the year between 2004 and 2008. He looked set to make it six in a row when he led Juan Martin del Potro by two sets to one in the 2009 final, but the big Argentine with the mighty forehand fought back impressively to create a massive Grand Slam upset at Flushing Meadows.
Federer’s five consecutive titles is an Open Era record, but the great Swiss isn’t the only man with five titles- Pete Sampras, who won his titles between 1999 and 2002, and Jimmy Connors also have five. John McEnroe has four, a mark he shares with compatriot, and pre-1990’s champion, Robert Wrenn, while four-time winner Rafael Nadal and three-time champions Ivan Lendl and Novak Djokovic are the only other men in the Open Era with more than two titles.
There are a host of players on two US Open titles, including Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Patrick Rafter, John Newcombe, Rene Lacoste, Andre Agassi, Roy Emerson and Stefan Edberg.
In the women’s field, Molla Bjurstedt Mallory leads the way with eight titles, while Helen Wills Moody is one behind in second place. Unsurprisingly, Serena Williams is atop the Open Era list with her six US Open titles, a record she shares with Chris Evert. Steffi Graff and Margaret Court have five titles each, (two of Court’s successes came before the Open Era), while Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova are among those on four titles. Evert is the only woman in the Open Era to have won four straight crowns- a feat she achieved between 1975 and 1978.
Special mentions also go to modern-day greats Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Justin Henin and Monica Seles, all of whom are two-time US Open champions.
US Open records
Most titles (men)
Before 1968 – Three players won seven men’s singles titles at the US Open: Richard Sears (1881-87), Bill Larned (1901-11) and Bill Tilden (1920-9)
Open Era – Three players have each won five men’s singles titles at the US Open: Jimmy Connors (1974-1983), Pete Sampras (1990-2002) and Roger Federer (2004-8)
Most titles (women)
Before 1968 – Molla Bjurstedt Mallory won eight women’s singles titles between 1915 and 1926
Open Era – Both Chris Evert (1975-82) and Serena Williams (1999-2014) have won six women’s singles titles
Most consecutive titles (men)
Before 1968 – Richard Sears won seven straight titles from 1881 to 1887
Open Era – Roger Federer won five straight titles from 2004 to 2008
Most consecutive titles (women)
Before 1968 – Both Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (1915-18) and Helen Jacobs (1932-5) won four straight titles
Open Era – Chris Evert won four straight titles from 1975-8
Most singles finals (men)
Bill Tilden appeared in 10 US Open men’s singles finals between 1918 and 1929
The Open Era record is held by Pete Sampras, who appeared in eight US Open men’s singles finals between 1990 and 2002
Most singles finals (women)
Molla Bjurstedt Mallory appeared in 10 US Open women’s singles finals between 1915 and 1926
The Open Era record is held by Chris Evert, who appeared in nine US Open women’s singles finals between 1975 and 1984
Youngest winner (men)
Pete Sampras won the title in 1990 aged 19 years and 1 month
Youngest winner (women)
Tracy Austin won the title in 1979 aged 16 years and 8 months
Oldest winner (men)
William Larned won the title in 1911 aged 38 years and 8 months
Oldest winner (women)
Molla Bjurstedt Mallory won the title in 1926 aged 42 years and 5 months
Most singles tournaments played (men)
All-time – Vic Seixas Jr. played in 28 US Opens between 1940 and 1969
Open Era – Jimmy Connors played in 22 US Opens between 1970 and 1992
Most singles tournaments played (women)
Martina Navratilova played in 21 US Opens between 1973 and 1993
Most singles matches won (men)
Jimmy Connors won 98 singles matches between 1970 and 1992
Most singles matches won (women)
Chris Evert won 101 singles matches between 1971 and 1989
Most aces in a tournament since 1991 (men)
Pete Sampras served 144 aces on his way to the title in 2002
Most aces in a tournament since 1991 (women)
Serena Williams served 70 aces on her way to the title in 1999
Most aces in a match since 1991 (men)
Ivo Karlovic served 61 aces in a first-round win against Yen-Hsun Lu in 2016
Most aces in a match since 1991 (women)
Serena Williams and Venus Williams are tied for this record, with both having served 18 aces in a single US Open match: Serena in a three-set defeat of Simona Halep in the 2016 quarterfinals and Venus in a three-set defeat of Monica Puig in the first round in 2015
Longest match (men)
By time – Stefan Edberg d. Michael Chang (1992, semifinals), 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4 in five hours and 26 minutes
By games (with tie break scoring) – John Lloyd d. Paul McNamee (1979, R2), 5-7, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 (63 games)
In a final – There is a tie between Mats Wilander’s 1988 victory over Ivan Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, and Andy Murray’s 2012 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Novak Djokovic: Both matches took four hours and 54 minutes
Longest match (women)
By time – Shelby Rogers d. Daria Gavrilova (2017, R1), 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(5) in three hours and 33 minutes.