Tennis: US Open 2019

Preview

Following his epic Wimbledon victory and winning 4 of the past 5 Grand slam titles, Novak Djokovic remains the favourite for this year’s US Open.
New York generally suits the Serb’s style of play. He can quickly soak up pressure on the fast hard courts and then use his athleticism to fight his way to victory. He is always at his best during the Grand Slams, where he brings a higher level of intensity throughout the tournament.

 

Roger Federer got to the final of Wimbledon beating Nadal in the semi-final. He was within one point from lifting the title in a final against Djokovic that lasted for more than four hours. No one will disagree that Federer still has the class to win the US Open but will his age allow him to lift the title once more?
Rafa Nadal has struggled many times to stay fit during hard court tournaments, and that will be his primary concern at this year’s US Open. If he’s healthy, no-one will doubt his ability to win, having claimed the Montreal Open a few weeks ago. With 3 US Open titles already, the Roland Garros winner is a contender for the title. But can he remain fit for the entire duration and seven potential 5 set matches?  The Spaniard had to retire during the second set of his semi-final at the US Open against Juan Martin del Potro.
Outside the “big three,” Daniil Medvedev is the most apparent in-from player having just won in Cincinnati beating Novak Djokovic in the process. However, he’s yet to prove himself over the Grand slam length of the tournament and will likely eliminate two of the ‘big three’ to lift his first Grand Slam title.


Other players, Zverev, Stefanos, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Tsitsipas and Karen Khachanov, are all undoubtedly potential winners. But how far can they go in the last Grand Slam of the year? US Open is another opportunity for them to prove their strength at the big stage after they failed to impress at Wimbledon.
Reigning US Open champion and world number one Naomi Osaka has struggled to keep up with the form that led her to victory over Serena Williams in the final of 2018 and then winning the Australian Open title. However, the Japanese remains as world number one and will go into this year’s tournament as number one seed.
Ashleigh Barty, the world no.2, won her first Grand slam title on the clay at the French Open but could not keep up with the form at Wimbledon when many had expected her to reach the final.
The main focus of attention of this year’s completion will be on Serena Williams and Cori Gauff. 37-year-old Serena Williams will hope to win the title once more at her home championships. Williams has won 6 titles at the US Open and, if fit and motivated, will be hard to beat.
15-year-old Cori Gauff. Will be another focus of attention after an impressive run at Wimbledon where she managed to win through qualifying, then beat Venus Williams in the first round. She lost to eventual winner Simona Halep. Many believe she will become the woman to take over the reins from veteran Serena Williams.
Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, and Elina Svitolina could all easily win the title and carry the trophy back to Europe.



TV Fixture
Monday, 26 August 

Time @ ET

START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
Noon 6:00p ESPN First round
6:00p 11:00p ESPN2
Tuesday, 27 August 
START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
Noon 11:00p ESPN First round
Wednesday, 28 August
START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
Noon 11:00p ESPN Second round
Thursday, 29 August
START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
Noon 6:00p ESPN Second round
6:00p 11:00p ESPN2
Friday, 30 August
START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
Noon 6:00p ESPN Third round
6:00p 11:00p ESPN2
Saturday 31 August
START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
11:00a 11:00p ESPN2 Third round
Sunday, 1 September
START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
11:00a 7:00p ESPN Round of 16
7:00p 11:00p ESPN2
Monday, 2 September
START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
11:00a 11:00p ESPN2 Round of 16
Tuesday, September 3
START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
Noon 6:00p ESPN Quarterfinals
7:00p 11:00p ESPN
Wednesday, 4 September
START END NET ROUND
11:00a end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
Noon 6:00p ESPN Quarterfinals
7:00p 11:00p ESPN
Thursday, 5 September
START END NET ROUND
Noon end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
7:00p 11:00p ESPN Women’s semis
Friday, 6 September
START END NET ROUND
Noon end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
Noon 2:00p ESPN2 Men’s doubles final
4:00p 11:00p ESPN Men’s semis
Saturday, 7 September
START END NET ROUND
Noon end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
Noon 2:00p ESPN3 Mixed doubles final
4:00p 7:00p ESPN Women’s final
Sunday, 8 September
START END NET ROUND
Noon end of play ESPN+
ESPN3
Various matches
1:00p 3:00p ESPN2 Women’s doubles final
4:00p 7:00p ESPN Men’s final

Author: Cossy

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