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Watch US Open tennis live: How to stream online in Australia

The second grand slam tournament of a tennis season decimated by coronavirus is finally here. Here's how to watch the 2020 US Open live.

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When Novak Djokovic lifted his record eighth Australian Open trophy and 17th grand slam title overall on 2 February this year, the sports world was still ticking along as usual and an exciting year of tennis loomed. Just over a month later, coronavirus had wreaked havoc on global sport, even for a naturally social-distancing sport like tennis.

Tournaments scheduled from March through July were cancelled, including Wimbledon, which wasn't held for the first time since World War II. Yet the US Open confirmed in June it was going ahead as scheduled. It will be held without fans and with reduced prize money. It will also be missing a number of the world's top players.

Being on the US's east coast, there will be some early starts for tennis fans in Australia. Thankfully, Kayo Sports offers full replays and highlights packages of all the big matches.

When is the US Open?

The 2020 US Open is going ahead as planned from 31 August to 13 September. 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. Fans can watch US Open tennis on TV or live stream matches via Foxtel, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV and SBS. However, SBS coverage differs compared to the other broadcasters. Read on for the full breakdown.

Watch the US Open on SBS

SBS will broadcast the biggest matches of the 2020 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 2020 US Open with Kayo Sports have plenty of unique features to enjoy. Besides daily live coverage, Kayo will feature a load of bonus content. There will be a nightly highlights show from 8:30pm AEST, a "Best of the Day" replay, key matches and highlights available 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.

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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.

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When are the men's and women's US Open finals?

The men's US Open final will take place Monday 14 September, from 6am AEST. The women's US Open final is scheduled for Sunday 13 September, also from 6am 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 Novak Djokovic has opted to compete, along with American superstar Serena Williams, an eye-popping number of top players have withdrawn. Defending champion Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils and Australia's Nick Kyrgios are all skipping the event in New York.

Continuing his comeback from injury, Andy Murray will compete, alongside Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, the latter coming off defeat to Nadal in last year's final.

On the women's side, 6 of the world's top 10 won't be playing, including Australia's world number 1 Ash Barty, second-ranked Simona Halep and defending champion Bianca Andreescu.

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