It’s the last grand slam of the year and it’s all change when it comes to watching on the telly… or not the telly as it may be, as Amazon Prime Video face their biggest test yet.
The Brits with direct entry into the main draw are Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie and Johanna Konta.
Murray and Norrie are in the same quarter and all three British men are in the same half of the draw which is headed up by top seed Rafael Nadal. Andy Murray’s first match will be against Australian Jack Duckworth. Cameron Norrie plays another Aussie, Jordan Thompson. Kyle Edmund opens against Paolo Lorenzi. This half of the draw will play their first round matches on Monday.
Johanna Konta will play on Tuesday. She is in the opposite side of the draw to top seed Simona Halep, but faces 8th seed Caroline Garcia in the first round. Heather Watson made the main draw by beating Katie Swan in the final round of qualifying; Watson plays Ekaterina Makarova on Monday.
Also hoping to get through qualifying at the start of the week were Liam Broady, who beat Jay Clarke in the first round, and Katie Boulter who lost to Naomi Broady, who then went out in the second round. Harriet Dart, Gabriella Taylor and Katy Dunne all lost first round.
We’ll be bringing you our US Open Match Centre so you can keep right up to date with every match on every court.
Live coverage will be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland. It’s the biggest tennis event that Amazon have covered, after they brought us the Next Gen Finals last year and coverage from Queen’s and Eastbourne in the Spring.
Prime costs £5.99 per month for just video; £7.99 per month or £79 a year for the full features including music, photo storage, online books and free delivery of Amazon orders. New users of Prime are eligible for a 30-day free trial. If you already have Prime you don’t need to purchase anything extra.
Catherine Whitaker and Karthi Gnanasegaram will be the main presenters, joined in the studio by Daniela Hatuchova and Greg Rusedski.
Annabel Croft, Mark Petchey, Jimmy Connors and Jim Courier are added to the line-up of studio experts, while Anna Whiteley will be reporting on-site. Commentary comes from Robbie Koenig, Nick Lester, Arvind Parmar, Barry Cowan and Sue Thearle.
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The live coverage starts with build-up at 15:30 every day, with dedicate streams for the main show courts, say Amazon. There will be five live streams available for the first six days, after which it will increase to seven. This year there is a night session on both Arthur Ashe Stadium and the new Louis Armstrong court for the first time, from midnight.
|Day||Session times (BST)||Matches|
|Mon 27 Aug||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s first round|
|Tue 28 Aug||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s first round|
|Wed 29 Aug||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s second round|
|Thu 30 Aug||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s second round|
|Fri 31 Aug||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s third round|
|Sat 1 Sep||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s third round|
|Sun 2 Sep||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s fourth round|
|Mon 3 Sep||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s fourth round|
|Tue 4 Sep||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s quarter finals|
|Wed 5 Sep||16:00 and 0:00||Men’s and women’s quarter finals|
|Thu 6 Sep||0:00||Women’s semi finals|
|Fri 7 Sep||17:00 and 21:00||Men’s or mixed doubles final; men’s semi finals|
|Sat 8 Sep||17:00 and 21:00||Mixed or men’s doubles final; women’s final|
|Sun 9 Sep||18:00 and 21:00||Women’s doubles final; men’s final|
There will be highlights from the day session available from 21:00, along with a replay of the top match. Full highlights will be available from 7:00 in the morning, with one match per day available on demand.
Replays will be made available of all men’s and women’s singles matches from the quarter finals onwards.
Qualifying is not officially available to watch anywhere in the UK and Ireland as Amazon’s deal does not include it. Amazon said they were not able to provide fully produced coverage.
Amazon also have the rights to ATP Masters 1000 and 500 events next year – currently shown by Sky Sports (except Queen’s) – as well as twelve ATP 250 events.
📻 BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra will have commentary every day throughout the US Open.