U.S. Open TV schedule, draw and preview


Novak Djokovic has a tough path back to the U.S. Open final. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

The main draw of the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam of the tennis season, will begin Monday and run through Sept. 8.

Last year’s men’s champion, Rafael Nadal, withdrew from the tournament to continue rehabbing his injured wrist, while the women’s two-time defending champion, Serena Williams, will be the tournament’s top seed for only the third time.

The 32-year-old Williams will face up-and-coming American Taylor Townsend in the first round. Williams, a 17-time Grand Slam winner, could play former world No. 1 and eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals. Kvitova could run into two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka in the round of 16 and meet Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals.

French Open finalist and No. 2 seed Simona Halep and fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska are on the other half of the draw. Maria Sharapova, seeded fifth, could play Halep in the quarterfinals, but has a tough matchup in the first round against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko.

(Complete women’s draw)

No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, the runner up last year to Nadal, drew a tough draw with John Isner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray all in the same quarter. He plays the first round against 22-year-old Diego Schwartzman of Argentina and could face Murray in the quarterfinals and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals.

No. 2 seed Roger Federer, who is seeking an unprecendented sixth U.S. Open title in the Open era, and fourth-seeded David Ferrer are on  the other half of the draw.  The Swiss could meet Frenchman Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals and Wimbledon semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals. Ferrer is on the same quarter of the draw as 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych.

(Complete men’s draw)

When: August 25 – September 8

Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Prize money: $3 million

Defending champions: Rafael Nadal (men’s singles) and Serena Williams (women’s singles)

TV schedule:

Date Matches Time TV
Mon. 8/25 First round 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
1 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tennis Channel
ESPN
Tue. 8/26 First round 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
1 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tennis Channel
ESPN
Wed. 8/27 Men’s first round/Women’s second round 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
1 p.m.-6 p.m.
6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tennis Channel
ESPN
ESPN2
Thu. 8/28 Second round 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
1 p.m.-6 p.m.
6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tennis Channel
ESPN
ESPN2
Fri. 8/29 Men’s second round/Women’s third round 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
1 p.m.-6 p.m.
6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tennis Channel
ESPN
ESPN2
Sat. 8/30 Third round 11 a.m.-noon
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
CBS Sports Network
CBS
CBS Sports Network
Tennis Channel
Sun. 8/31 Men’s third round/Women’s round of 16 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
CBS/CBS Sports Network
Tennis Channel
Mon. 9/1 Round of 16 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
CBS/CBS Sports Network
ESPN2
Tue. 9/2 Men’s round of 16/Women’s quarterfinals
Men’s round of 16/Various doubles matches
Men’s round of 16/Women’s quarterfinals
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
ESPN
Tennis Channel
ESPN
Wed. 9/3 Doubles/Juniors
Quarterfinals
Quarterfinals
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Noon-6 p.m.
6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tennis Channel
ESPN
ESPN2
Thu. 9/4 Doubles/Juniors
Men’s quarterfinals/doubles
Doubles exhibition
Men’s quarterfinals
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Noon-6 p.m.
7 p.m.-8 p.m.
8 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tennis Channel
ESPN
Tennis Channel
ESPN
Fri. 9/5 Mixed doubles final/Women’s singles semifinals 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. CBS
Sat. 9/6 Men’s singles semifinals/Women’s doubles final Noon-6 p.m. CBS
Sun. 9/7 Men’s doubles final
Women’s singles final
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
ESPN2
CBS
Mon. 9/8 Men’s singles final 5 p.m.-8 p.m. CBS
Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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