Wimbledon 2020 may have been cancelled this year but top-flight tennis is currently smash, ace and volleying its way back into our living rooms with the US Open 2020. The legendary Grand Slam tournament is going ahead at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; the action started on Monday 31st August and will run until next Sunday (13th September).
Here’s how to watch the US Open for free, from anywhere in the world…
Tennis fans in the UK and Ireland will be able to stream the US Open live on Amazon Prime Video. New subscribers can start a 30-day free trial of Prime Video and catch a US Open live stream for free! Prime Video costs £5.99 per month thereafter, while full Prime membership costs or £7.99 per month. Don’t forget to use a VPN to access the US Open when travelling outside the UK.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios all pulled out of the US Open owing to injury or pandemic concerns. Novak Djokovic didn’t seem bogged down by the controversy surrounding his resignation as president of the ATP player council ahead of the tournament, although he quickly found himself in hot water again when he was defaulted during the fourth round for accidentally hitting a linesman with a ball.
That means the US Open 2020 quarter-final will be the first Grand Slam QT without Djokovic, Federer or Nadal in it in 16 years.
Andy Murray made a fine start in his return to Grand Slam tennis after an 18-month hiatus, coming back from two sets down to claim victory over Yoshihito Nishioka in his first round, however succumbed to 15th seed Felix Auger Aliassime in the second round.
That leaves Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev as the top-seeded favourites to be crowned champion. Whoever prevails, we will be seeing a new name on the trophy this year.
As for the women’s side of the draw, all eyes are on third-seeded Serena Williams and fourth-seeded Naomi Osaka, who could well meet in the final. First, though, they have to sweep aside Tsvetana Pironkova and Shelby Rogers respectively in their quarter-final ties. It’s all to play for…
Here’s how to watch the US Open 2020 live stream for free, and catch the action from anywhere in the world…
How to watch the US Open 2020 in UK and Ireland
Amazon Prime Video has the exclusive rights to broadcast the 2020 US Open in the UK.
Already a Prime member? You’re sorted – but remember you’ll need VPN to access your account if you’re outside of the UK at the time of the US Open.
Non-Prime Video members in the UK and Ireland can watch the US Open for free using a 30-day free trial of Prime Video.
Non-Prime members can start a 30-day free trial of Prime (£7.99/month or £79/year), or Prime Video (£5.99/month) which will be enough to enjoy the whole of the US Open tennis for free.
You can cancel the free trial at any time during the 30 days. If you don’t, you be bumped on rolling monthly contract. Naturally, you can cancel Prime or Prime Video membership at any time – there’s no contract to worry about.
Free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime Video
Provided you’ve not previously subscribed to Amazon Prime Video, you can grab a free 30-day trial and live stream the US Open without paying a penny! You also enjoy blockbuster movies, thousands of TV box sets and plenty more besides.View Deal
The Prime Video app is available on most smart TVs, games consoles, Fire TV devices, Apple TV, iOS, Android and more, so you can enjoy the tennis in HD pretty much wherever you are.
Prime Video membership also includes: exclusive access to WTA (Women’s), ATP Tour (Men’s) and US Open Tennis Championships.
Want to know when a particular US Open match starts? Prime Video will publish the schedule and timings here.
How to watch the US Open 2020 from abroad
Trying to access your Amazon Prime Video account from outside the UK or Ireland –if you’re on holiday or working abroad, for example – will be a problem. Your internet service provider (Channel 9, Sky, Virgin Media, BT or Eurosport Player on Amazon Prime Video, for example) will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a UK national. This will be the same if you try to access any geo-blocked stream from around the world.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of US Open 2020 broadcasters here.
How to watch the US Open 2020 in the USA
You might think that because Amazon Prime Video has the exclusive rights to show the US Open in the UK and Ireland, the same would be true in the USA and other parts of the world.
Not so. ESPN has the exclusive rights to show the tennis in the USA.
The tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN2. Coverage is due to start at 12pm ET every day and runs until 11pm ET or later.
If you have a TV package that includes ESPN you’re good to go. You can live stream the US Open via the ESPN app, too.
If you don’t, and you don’t have cable, you can sign up to ESPN via Sling TV’s $30 per month Orange package.
How to watch the US Open 2020 in Europe
Eurosport holds the rights to broadcast the US Open 2020 in continental Europe, covering 52 countries.
Boris Becker will be beamed into the Eurosport Cube studio in London from his home in Munich to analyse the best and worst shots. The 300+ hours of live coverage from New York kicks off on Eurosport on the afternoon of Monday 31 August (CEST).
You can live stream the US Open by purchasing a monthly or annual subscription to Eurosport Player here.
US Open 2020 schedule
The US Open 2020 runs from 31 August – 13 September 2020 and it’s packed full of hard court tennis. The schedule is as follows:
August 31 – September 1: Men’s & Women’s Round 1
September 2-3: Men’s & Women’s Round 2
September 4-5: Men’s & Women’s Round 3
September 6-7: Men’s & Women’s Round of 16
September 8-9: Men’s & Women’s Quarter-finals
September 10: Women’s Semi-finals
September 11: Men’s Semi-finals
September 12: Women’s Final
September 13: Men’s Final