Players to watch, and how to watch them, at the US Open

The US Open, the last tennis Grand Slam of the year, begins Monday in Flushing Meadows, New York, and will conclude on September 11 with the men’s final.

players to watch

Serena Williams: How far can Williams go in what is expected to be his last tournament? He has played just four games since July 2021, losing three. She opens Monday night against Danka Kovinic (6 p.m., ESPN). She also plans to play doubles with her sister Venus at the Open.

Simona Halep: Few women are playing better right now than Halep, who is 19-2 since the French Open. But injuries, which derailed her 2021 season, forced her to withdraw from two American hard court events this month.

Emma Raducanu: Last year’s surprise champion as an 18-year-old qualifier, Raducanu has risen to No. 11 but hasn’t won a tournament since and hasn’t advanced past the second round of any Grand Slam tournament this year.

Daniil Medvedev: With Novak Djokovic unable to enter the US because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19, Medvedev, the No. 1 ranking and last year’s champion, is the favorite on the men’s side.

Rafael Nadal: The No. 2 seed in New York, Nadal, 36, who won the Australian and French Opens this year, withdrew from his Wimbledon semifinal in July with an abdominal injury and has played just one match since.

Nick Kyrgios: The volatile 27-year-old Australian is playing the best tennis of his career after reaching the Wimbledon final in July. But he has a big hurdle in the draw: he is in the same room as Medvedev.

television schedule

The games will air live on ESPN+ beginning at 10 a.m. daily through September 7.

August 29: 11 a.m., ESPN; 6 p.m., ESPN, ESPN2

August 30th: 6 p.m. ESPN, ESPN2

August 31: 11 a.m., ESPN; 6 p.m., ESPN2

September 1st: 11 a.m. ESPN; 5 p.m. ESPN2

September 2: 11 a.m., ESPN; 5 p.m., ESPN2

September 3: 10am, ESPN2

4th of September: 10am, ESPN; 6 p.m., ESPN2

September 5: 10am, ESPN; 6 p.m., ESPN2

September 6: Singles quarterfinals, 11 am, ESPN; 6 p.m., ESPN

September 7th: Singles quarterfinals, 11 am, ESPN; 6 p.m., ESPN

September 8th: Women’s semifinals, 6 p.m., ESPN

September 9: men’s doubles final, 11 am, ESPN2; men’s semifinals, 2 p.m., ESPN, and 6 p.m., ESPN

September, 10th: Mixed Doubles Final, 11 am, ESPN+; women’s singles final, 3 p.m. ESPN

11 of September: women’s doubles final, noon, ESPN; men’s singles final, 3 p.m., ESPN

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