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Die-hard tennis fanatics, novice sports watchers and anyone who’s simply a fan of the legendary Serena Williams had a chance to watch her take on the U.S. Open for what she says will be her final tournament. Although Williams was eliminated last week, the tournament isn’t over yet.
After an already eventual tournament — which included Frances Tiafoe ending Raphael Nadal’s U.S. Open run and going on to become the first Black American male player to advance to the semifinals since Arthur Ashe, along with other viral moments, like Nick Kyrgios destroying his racket following his loss to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals — the U.S. Open semifinals resumed on Friday (Sept. 9).
U.S. Open matches held at Louis Armstrong Stadium and Grandstand begin at 11 a.m ET. Matches held at Arthur Ashe Stadium begin at noon. Night rounds start at 7 p.m. ET.
Friday’s schedule includes Khachanov vs. Casper Ruud in a single’s match, and the men’s doubles matchup of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury against Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof.
Tiafoe and Carlos Alcaraz will face off in the men’s singles semifinals scheduled for Friday night.
Despite advancing to the third round after defeating Anett Kontaveit in round two, Williams was eliminated from the U.S. Open after loosing a grueling matchup against Ajla Tomljanovic last week. The elimination came after Williams and her sister Venus Williams, lost their doubles match against Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka. The 23-time Grand Slam winner was honored during a special tribute after her first round win against Danka Kovinić. The tribute featured Billie Jean King, Gayle King and a video voiced by Oprah Winfrey. Williams also received multiple standing ovations during her time in this year’s tournament.
The 2022 U.S. Open returned to Flushing Meadows in Queens, NY, on Aug. 29. The two-week tournament ends Sunday (Sept. 11). Click here for the full U.S. Open schedule. Keep reading for all the ways to stream the tennis tournament without cable.
How to Watch the 2022 U.S. Open Without Cable
The 2022 U.S. Open will be available on ESPN+, ESPN and ESPN2. U.S. Open finals and semifinals matches are scheduled to stream on ESPN+ from noon ET until 7 p.m ET, depending on the date of the match.
What is ESPN+? The platform costs $9.99 a month (or $99.99 annually) to stream live sporting events like the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open, in addition to ESPN originals such as The Captain, Al Davis vs. The NFL, Vick, Be Like Water, Breakaway, Dana White’s Contender Series, the entire 30 for 30 library, PPV events, UFC Fight Night, NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA games, college basketball, golf, soccer and more.
The weekend broadcast schedule will include an encore presentation of the men’s semifinals (from 3-6 a.m. ET), wheelchair tennis, mixed doubles final, men’s and women’s singles finals, all of which will air on ESPN+ and/or ESPN. The Tennis Channel will air primetime coverage on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for the full TV schedule.
If you already have cable, you can access the U.S. Open from your TV, phone or streaming device through your cable provider or log into the ESPN app.
Not interested in joining ESPN+? No worries. You can stream ESPN programs and live sporting events through platforms that offer live television, like Sling TV, which usually starts at $35 a month. Currently, Sling is half off for the first month, giving you instant access to dozens of live channels, 50 hours of DVR recordings and multiple device streams, for less than $20.
DirecTV Stream is another option for ESPN and other cable and local channels at an affordable price, plus there’s a free trial for five days. Monthly plans start at $49.99 a month for the first two months, but only for a limited time. Hulu + Live TV, also discounted to $49.99 for a limited time, includes over 75 live and on-demand channels, plus you get Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+.