US Open 2020 live stream: how to watch the tennis for free

Wimbledon 2020 is cancelled but top-flight tennis will smash, ace and volley its way back into our living rooms with the US Open 2020. The legendary Grand Slam tournament will go ahead at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; the action starts on Monday 31st August and runs until 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 have all pulled out of the US Open owing to pandemic concerns. Instead, tennis fans will be treated world No 1 Novak Djokovic vs Damir Džumhur in the first round on Monday.

Former world No 1 Andy Murray will play Yoshihito Nishioka (a tough tie, so it should be a cracker), while Brits Johanna Konta and Heather Watson will face off on the women’s side of the draw.

Plus, Czech superstar Karolina Pliskova will be in action against Anhelina Kalinina. The former world No 1 tennis player has said she would prefer to play the US Open in front of an empty stadium than not at all.

But after months without any tour-level competitive tennis, anything could happen, especially without the raucous New York crowd. Plenty of lower seeds will now fancy their chances of an upset this year, so don’t miss a minute of the action. We could have a new name on the trophies.

Here’s how to watch the US Open 2020 live stream for free, and catch the action from anywhere in the world…

US Open 2020 live stream: how to watch the tennis for free

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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.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

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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

US Open 2020 live stream: how to watch the tennis for free

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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.

Hulu carries ESPN and ESPN2 for $55 per month Or you could sign up to YouTube TV, which carries ESPN and ESPN2 but costs $65 per month.

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

US Open 2020 live stream: how to watch the tennis for free

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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