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The U.S. Open Tennis Championships continue to look and feel a little bit different during the pandemic, with qualifying matches for tennis fans' largest sporting event completely devoid of spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions, per reports. Plus, some of the game's most decorated veteran athletes — including Serena and Venus Williams, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal — have all withdrawn from competition due to personal injuries.
But tennis enthusiasts will be able to catch nearly all of this week's competition from home and can expect show-stopping performances from the likes of former champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, both fresh off their 2020 Olympics matches in Japan.
The U.S. Open Championships kicks off on Monday, August 30 and will pack in multiple matches each day through Sunday, September 12. While attendance is much different than years past, some fans will indeed be in the stands for the Men's and Women's semifinals and final events taking place at the end of next week — you can view a full schedule of all of the 25+ U.S. Open matches right here.
How can I stream the 2021 U.S. Open Championship tennis matches?
Of course, the matches will all be televised live as they unfold. While there isn't exactly a free option to watch U.S. Open matches from home, those who are on the hunt for a cheap way to enjoy the event can sign up for a Hulu subscription. The streaming service grants you access to ESPN, which will broadcast all of this year's U.S. Open tennis matches live — and Hulu provides a one-month free trial you can opt into. Of course, another option is to download the U.S. Open app to see scores in real time and watch match highlights as they become available.
Anyone with access to ESPN via live television or cable services can catch every single match broadcasted in real time. If you don't have a cable subscription, you can stream tennis matches through ESPN+, which offers membership plans starting at $6.99 a month with no cancellation fees. The membership is certainly a must for any diehard sports fan, as you'll get access to year-round programming and live broadcasting for soccer, baseball, golf, football and more.
The ESPN+ app is compatible with devices including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Xbox/Playstation, meaning you can stream all matches on your television. Plus, you can also view programming on your mobile phone, as the service is available on iOS and Android devices. Plus, those who already subscribe to what's known as the Disney Bundle, either through a mobile provider or other means, will be delighted to learn they have access to ESPN+.
Another way to catch all of the most important matches is to sign up for Sling's Orange plan, which starts at $10 for your first month. This streaming service package grants you access to ESPN and more than 30 other cable channels. The plan is charged $35 monthly after your first month, and Sling is available on all major streaming devices.
If you're planning on watching from your computer, an alternative option is YouTubeTV, which will grant you access to the 2021 U.S. Open at a promotional price; $54.99 for the first three months. This streaming service provides access to over 85 channels in your local area, ESPN included.
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