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Watch US Open tennis live: How to stream online

The second grand slam tournament of a tennis season decimated by the coronavirus is finally here. Here's how to watch the 2020 US Open live.

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When Novak Djokovic lifted his record eighth Australian Open trophy and 17th grand slam title overall on February 2 this year, the sports world was still cruising along as usual and an exciting year of tennis loomed. Just over a month later, COVID-19 had wreaked havoc on global sports, even for a naturally social-distancing sport like tennis.

Tournaments scheduled from March through July were cancelled, including Wimbledon, which wasn’t held for the first time since World War II. Yet the US Open confirmed in June it was going ahead as scheduled. It will be held without fans and with reduced prize money. It will also be missing a number of the world’s top players.

When is the US Open?

The 2020 US Open is running from August 31 to September 13. Held at the Billie Jean Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, Arthur Ashe Stadium will again be the venue for the finals.

How to watch or live stream the US Open

ESPN is the exclusive domestic broadcaster of the US Open once more. ESPN, ESPN2 and the ESPN app will all be showing action from the hard courts of Flushing Meadows. Of course there are a variety of ways to access ESPN, such as Sling TV, FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV and YouTube TV.

Name Product Service type Pricing starts at Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
Hulu + Live TV
Pay TV
$54.99
7 days
Yes
99
2
FuboTV
Pay TV
$59.99
7 days
Yes
2
Sling TV
Pay TV
$30
3 days
No
3
3
AT&T TV
On-demand streaming, Pay TV
$59.99
No
Yes
3
YouTube TV
On-demand streaming
$64.99
7 days
No
3
3
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Watch the US Open with Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV’s base package is $54.99 a month and offers ESPN among a range of other channels. The default package comes with 2 streams, a 50-hour DVR and commercials. You can improve all of those options by spending a little more each month. This option also comes with a seven-day free trial. Check out the features, data use and more in our guide.

Stream the US Open with Sling TV

Compatible with a huge range of devices, Sling TV’s Sling Orange pack costs just $30 a month and gives you access to a variety of channels, including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3. You also get CNN, A&E, Food Network and much more. Sling has a three-day free trial and no lock-in contracts. We have a full guide to Sling TV for you.

Stream the US Open with FuboTV

ESPN was recently added to FuboTV’s standard plan. At $60 a month it is double the price of FuboTV, but it comes with over 90 channels, including a massive amount of content for sports lovers. It also offers a cloud-based DVR. There are a range of higher-end packages depending on your needs, including a Family Pack, the Ultra Pack and a range of add-ons.

Stream the US Open on YouTube TV

Another option for streaming all the best passing shots from this year’s Open is YouTube TV. At $64.99 a month it’s on the high side. But one of its biggest selling points is unlimited storage, so you can record as much content as your heart desires, plus it comes with six accounts for you to share among family and/or friends. It also has a seven-day free trial, although you are also stuck with ads on YouTube TV.

When are the men’s and women’s US Open finals?

The men’s US Open final will take place on Sunday, September 13 starting at 4pm EDT. The women’s US Open final is the day prior, Saturday, September 12, also from 4pm EDT.

Who is playing in this year’s tournament?

The better question here might be who’s not playing? While men’s world number one Novak Djokovic has opted to compete, along with Serena Williams, an eye-popping number of top players have withdrawn. Defending champion Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils and Nick Kyrgios are all skipping the event in New York.

Continuing his comeback from injury, Andy Murray will compete, alongside Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, the latter coming off defeat to Nadal in last year’s US Open final.

On the women’s side, 6 of the world’s top 10 won’t be playing, including world number 1 Ash Barty, second-ranked Simona Halep and defending champion Bianca Andreescu.

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