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Watch US Open tennis live: How to stream online in Australia
The final grand slam tournament of the tennis season is here. Here's how to watch the US Open live.
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As we head into the final major tournament of the tennis season, Novak Djokovic is within touching distance of some extremely rare air at Flushing Meadows.
If Djokovic can lift this year's US Open, he will become just the third man in history to win all 4 grand slams in a calendar year, having scooped the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the French Open. It would also take him to 21 total major titles, moving him one clear of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time list.
On the women's side, Australia's world number 1 Ash Barty is chasing her second major of the year and third overall. She is also well on track to end the year as the world's top-ranked female, another tremendous achievement.
A year after crowds were absent at the US Open, the stands should be full to watch the action on the blue hard courts. Attendees must show proof of vaccination. This is how you can tune in at home.
When is the US Open?
The 2021 US Open is being held from 31 August to 13 September (AEST). Held at the Billie Jean Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, Arthur Ashe Stadium will again be the venue for the finals.
How to watch or live stream the US Open
The entire tournament from the first round onwards will be broadcast in Australia by ESPN. That means you have a variety of options for tuning in, including Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV. If you are happy just with the later stages of the tournament, you can get action from the quarter-finals onwards on free-to-air broadcaster SBS.
Read on for the full breakdown.
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Watch the US Open on SBS
SBS will broadcast the biggest matches of the 2021 US Open, so you can watch the last few matches for free. They're available either on TV or via live streaming on SBS On-Demand. The network will broadcast every men's and women's singles quarter-final, semi-final and both finals.
If you want to enjoy daily coverage from every day of the tournament, you'll need to go with one of the other options featured above.
Live stream the US Open on Kayo Sports
Fans who decide to live stream the 2021 US Open with Kayo Sports have plenty of unique special features to enjoy. Besides daily live coverage, Kayo will feature a load of bonus content. There will be a highlights throughout each day when the live action has finished, a "Best of the Day" replay, key matches on demand and more.
A Basic Kayo subscription costs $25 a month and allows you to watch on 2 screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports 3 simultaneous streams for $35 a month. Either way, you'll have access to the platform's entire library of content, which features over 50 sports.
Best of all, new subscribers get a 14-day free trial. This means you can watch the entire tournament for free.
Kayo also comes with versatile features to make sports streaming as seamless as possible. Users can take advantage of SplitView to watch up to four videos on the same screen, or enable the No Spoilers setting to hide scores when you're running late. Key Moments go right to the action that matters or enjoy a Kayo Mini, a condensed version of a match which delivers all the good parts in under 20 minutes. You can read our Kayo Sports review to find out more on all the other great features.
The service is available via the web for PC and Mac, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
Watch the US Open on Foxtel iQ
Since ESPN offers daily coverage of the US Open, fans can tune in on TV with a Foxtel iQ subscription that includes the Sports HD channel pack. You can watch on TV or stream content to your mobile device or laptop with Foxtel GO or the ESPN app. Both are free with your Sports HD pack ($25 a month) through Foxtel. You have to sign up for the Foxtel Plus package ($49 a month), blowing the total monthly bill out to $74 a month.
Subscribers do get a shiny iQ4, the advanced set-top box that lets you enjoy 4K content and record live TV. Keep an eye out for Foxtel iQ deals – you may be able to save big on installation fees or score a discount.
Live stream the US Open via Foxtel Now
You can also stream the US Open with Foxtel Now, the streaming platform that allows you to watch Foxtel channels live via the Internet. You will need the Sport pack, priced at $29 a month, on top of the basic Essentials pack, which is $25 a month. As a result, you'll pay at least $54 a month to watch sports content on Foxtel Now.
The streaming service is compatible with PCs and Macs, or you can download the app on your tablet or smartphone. You can also watch on TV with Telstra TV, select Sony Android TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, PS4 or the Foxtel Now box. New subscribers get a 10-day free trial.
Watch the US Open on Fetch TV
ESPN is also available on Fetch, as part of the Vibe channel pack. The pack costs only $6 a month, but the total price of your subscription will depend on whether you buy your Fetch box outright or get it through a broadband provider.
Related: How to stream tennis guide
When are the men's and women's US Open finals?
The men's US Open final will take place Monday 13 September, from 5am AEST. The women's US Open final is scheduled for Sunday 12 September, also from 5am AEST.
Who is playing in this year's tournament?
The better question here might be who's not playing? While men's world number one Djokovic in competing, an eye-popping number of top players have withdrawn. Nadal, Federer and Serena Williams are all missing, just for starters.
Dominic Thiem, the defending champion, is also missing. Venus Williams is joining her sister on the sidelines. Naomi Osaka is making a welcome return to grand slam tennis in New York and will provide a stern challenge to Barty et al.
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