The 2019 US Open: When is it, who are the defending champions, TV channels, prize money

US Open Flushing Meadows

The final Grand Slam of the 2019 tennis season, the US Open, is just around the corner and we give you a quick lowdown of the important things to remember.

When does the US Open take place this year?
The 139th edition of the United States Open Tennis Championships (that’s the official name) kicks off on Monday, August 26 with the first match set to start at 11am (16:00 BST). It will culminate on Sunday, September 8 with the men’s final set to take place at 16:00 (21:00 BST).

Where does the US Open take place?
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City, has hosted the hard-court tournament since 1978.
Flushing Meadows US Open

The venue has 22 outdoor courts with Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and Court 17 the four show courts.

Arthur Ashe can host 23,771 people, which makes it the largest tennis stadium in the world, while Louis Armstrong has 14,061 seats, the Grandstand can host 8,125 people and Court 17 has a seating capacity of 2,800.

Who are the defending champions?
Novak Djokovic won his third US Open title when he defeated Juan Martin del Potro in a three-set final while Naomi Osaka claimed her maiden Grand Slam title with a two-set win over 23-time major winner Serena Williams in a controversial final.

The title was Djokovic’s 14th Grand Slam at the time while Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a major.

American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock won the men’s doubles title, Australian Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe from the US claimed the women’s doubles trophy while American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Great Britain’s Jamie Murray are the defending mixed doubles champions.

What about the seeds for this year’s event?
The men’s and women’s seeds are based on the August 19 ATP World Tour and WTA Tour world rankings.

That means the defending champions will head into the tournament as the top seeds as Djokovic is top of the men’s rankings and Osaka just about held onto top spot in the women’s rankings.
Naomi Osaka

When is the draw for the 2019 US Open take place?
This year’s draw will take place on Thursday, 22 August, at 12pm (17:00 BST).

Which TV channels will broadcast the tournament?
Amazon Prime Video will air the US Open in the United Kingdom and Ireland while Eurosport is the exclusive broadcast partner in Europe.
Camera at the tennis

As for the United States itself, ESPN is the official broadcaster while Tennis Channel will also be live at Flushing Meadows.

What is the daily schedule of play?
Matches usually start at 11am (16:00 BST) with the night sessions kicking off at 19:00 (0:00 BST). Both the men’s and women’s finals are scheduled for 16:00 (21:00 BST).

What is the prize money?
The US Open will once again be the richest Grand Slam in terms of prize money as a record $57 million (£45.5 million) will be paid out over the next fortnight. The men’s and women’s singles winners at Flushing Meadows will each walk away with a cheque of $3,850,000.

Round Men’s singles Women’s singles Men’s doubles Women’s doubles Mixed doubles
Winners $3,85m $3,85m $740,000 $740,000 $160,000
$1,9m $1,9m $370,000 $370,000 $76,000
Semi-finalists $960,000 $960,000 $175,000 $175,000 $38,000
Quarter-finalists $500,000 $500,000 $91,000 $91,00 $19,975
Fourth round $280,000 $280,000 $50,000 $50,000 $11,400
Third round $163,000 $163,000 $30,000 $30,000 $5,900
Second round $100,000 $100,000 $17,000 $17,000
First round $58,000 $58,000

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