Still reeling from Rafa and Roger's epic semi-final slug-fest at Wimbledon last month? And the fifth-set tie break that saw Novak Djokovic crowned king of Centre Court for the fifth time? Fear not, the 2019 US Open tennis tournament is guaranteed to have you worked up into a frenzy yet again.
It's another momentous one: should crowd favourite Roger Federer win his sixth US Open men’s singles championship (and his first since 2008), he will become the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era, at the ripe old age of 38.
And it's not just R-Feds we're expecting, all the big hitters are set to return to New York in a bid to trounce last year’s champions, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka.
Serena Williams will doubtless look to atone for her defeat against Osaka in the 2018 final, and Andy Murray, her Wimbledon mixed doubles partner, is expected to put in another strong doubles performance following his quick recovery from hip surgery back in January.
If you're anything like the What Hi-Fi? team, you'll be desperate to stay on top of the action. Don't worry, you've come to the right place. Here's all the information on when, where and how to watch the US Open tennis action, whether you want to live stream online or enjoy at home on your TV.
When and where is the US Open 2019?
The first round of the US Open commences on Monday 26th August 2019.
The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Sunday 8th September 2019 with the Women’s Doubles Final and the Men’s Singles Final.
The venue for the US Open is the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, USA.
The Flushing Meadows complex is home to 22 tennis courts. Last year, the new Louis Armstrong Stadium was opened for the US Open and, with a maximum capacity of 14,000 seats, it's the second largest venue in the complex.
If you're planning on being in town, you can buy tickets now for either the 11am (afternoon session) or 7pm (evening session) matches from US Open official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster, but for the rest of us, we'll need our TVs, laptops, tablets or phones to get a piece of the action.
Remember: 11am in New York (EDT) means 4pm in the UK (BST) or 5pm in most of Europe (CEST).
How to watch the US Open in the UK
Quick answer: Amazon Prime Video. Still have that Amazon Prime account you set up ahead of the 48-hour bargain bonanza known as Amazon Prime Day, back in July? You might want to hold onto it; your £7.99 per month guarantees exclusive live streaming of the US Open in the UK.
Amazon holds complete and total broadcasting rights to the US Open until 2023, and will even dip its toes into the Premier League market too, airing 20 games per season between 2019 and 2022.
New Amazon customers can get a 30-day free trial with full access to live US Open match coverage – as well as free one-day delivery on thousands of items across Amazon.
How to watch the US Open in the USA
Viewers in the US will be able to watch US Open coverage on ESPN. Matches can also be streamed through ESPN3 on the US Open website, and on ESPN+.
ESPN is presenting the 2019 US Open for the 11th consecutive year, and its fifth year as exclusive partner. ESPN's networks will showcase first-to-last-ball coverage throughout the tournament, with nearly 140 hours on TV on ESPN and ESPN2, and plans to offer an additional "digital grounds pass" for tennis fans, with more than 1,300 hours of coverage from all 16 courts, streaming live across ESPN3, ESPN+ and the ESPN App.
Additionally, ESPNEWS and ESPN+ will team up to deliver exclusive coverage of this year's qualifying tournament (from Monday 19th August to Friday 23rd August), as well as coverage of US Open Fan Week activities taking place around the grounds. ABC will also broadcast Arthur Ashe Kids' Day on Sunday 25th August.
The Tennis Channel will deliver daily US Open preview and highlight shows, too.
How to watch the US Open abroad using a VPN
Attempting to access either UK or US streams from abroad is an issue. These services know your location – yes, even if you're on a UK laptop, watching via your UK Amazon Prime Video account, just, you know, in another country. It's all based on your IP address, and unfortunately the services will automatically block your access.
Is there anything you can do? Why, yes! But you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to help you out. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted, and the services and servers you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing.
VPNs are as handy for online banking as they are for trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location aren't really supposed to do. So, whether you want to watch Roger Federer attempting to become the oldest Grand Slam winner in the Open era, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, they’re well worth investing in.
There are many VPN providers out there but, as always, some more secure and reliable than others. We’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:
Which costs as little as £2.29 per month and features 24/7 assistance, or
Has a free 3 month trial (which should be long enough for all but the most outrageous of getaways) and brings VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, TVs, laptops and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets.
Once you’ve selected a provider, all you need do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use, and get down to the serious business of watching tennis.
Troubleshooting advice: 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. Aces!
And there we have it. With so many ways to tune in for free (or nearly free) there's no reason to miss a single moment of live tennis – who needs sleep, right?! We're sure it's going to be a belter of a tournament and we can't wait to see who will walk away from Arthur Ashe Court – the last major of the year – with the spoils.