The US Open, the final tennis betting Grand Slam of the season and calendar year, is expected to be a belter once again in 2019.
Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are looking to defend their titles, while the rest of the draw will be eyeing that incomparable glory of Grand Slam success.
Following tennis in the UK isn’t always easy. Tournaments are split between different channels, meaning fans need to splash out plenty of money to make sure they’ve got full coverage.
It doesn’t get much more important than the US Open – plenty of fans will be wondering where they can follow all the action starting on 26th August.
We’ve rounded up all the information you need to know ahead of the 2019 US Open.
When Is The 2019 US Open?
Starting on 26th August, the 2019 US Open will run for a fortnight.
Barring any severe weather delays during the two weeks, the tournament will draw to a close on Sunday 8th September with the Women’s Doubles Final and Men’s Singles Final.
US Open 2019: Location
New York plays host to 2019’s final Grand Slam. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is a 22-court tennis complex in Flushing Meadows.
In 2018, the brand new Louis Armstrong Stadium was opened as a venue for the US Open – it will be in use again in 2019.
The Louis Armstrong Stadium has a capacity of 14,000, making it the second-largest arena in the Tennis Center. Arthur Ashe Stadium, with a 23,771 capacity, is the largest.
How To Watch And Stream The US Open In The UK
Tennis fans in the United Kingdom can follow the 2019 US Open on Amazon Prime.
Amazon’s Prime service offers a 30-day free trial, allowing users to watch all of their live sport and other programmes. This also gives free one-day delivery on countless products across Amazon.
After the trial period comes to an end, the service costs £7.99 per month.
It’s not just the US Open that you can live stream with Prime either (though Amazon hold the rights until 2023). The online retail giant have entered the Premier League market, owning two whole rounds of live matches for the 2019/20 campaign.
How To Watch And Stream The US Open In The US
Fans in the United States will be able to follow coverage of the 2019 US Open on ESPN.
Online streaming is available on ESPN3 on the US Open website and using ESPN’s own streaming service, ESPN+.
Who Won The 2018 US Open?
One of the greatest ever US Open players won the men’s singles in 2018. Novak Djokovic defeated the gifted Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the final to lift his third title in Flushing Meadows.
Serena Williams, another of the all-time greats, lost the 2018 women’s final to youngster Naomi Osaka. Osaka’s triumph shocked the sports betting world as she won her first career Grand Slam.
The 21-year-old went on to make it back-to-back Slams in Melbourne earlier this year. The final, despite the wonderful Osaka story, will be best remembered for Williams’ controversial row with the umpire.
Williams was penalised for her outburst, and the New York crowd booed her during the trophy presentation, somewhat taking the shine off a magical moment for Osaka.
Djokovic and Osaka will both be at the 2019 US Open looking to defend their titles, while Andy Murray is set to continue his return.
Murray is back in singles action for the first time since hip surgery in Cincinnati, but is yet to decide whether he will play in the 2019 US Open.
US Open 2019: Betting
Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lead the men’s singles betting. Djokovic is the 5/4 favourite to build on his Wimbledon success and make it three out of four Grand Slams in the calendar year.
Nadal and Federer are barely separated in the betting, sitting at 9/2 and 5/1 respectively. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are, as always, way ahead of the rest of the pack.
Alexander Zverev has the next lowest odds, and he’s out at 22/1. Realistic challengers for the big three are hard to pick out.
While there’s talent out there, like Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas, none of them have shown enough to suggest they can beat one of – let along two of – the big three in a Grand Slam fortnight.
The top of the women’s betting is similarly predictable. Serena Williams is the 4/1 favourite, but her US Open is in doubt after retiring from the Rogers Cup final with injury.
Williams hasn’t won a title in 2019 – even if she can get back to full fitness, the women’s draw is wide open. Reigning champion Osaka regained the number one spot recently and will attract some backing at 10/1 to defend her title.
19-year-old Bianca Andreescu benefited from Williams’ Rogers Cup retirement after playing brilliant tennis on the way to the final. The teenager is an interesting bet at 17/1.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*