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.
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.
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)
|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|