The US Open returns to Sky Sports activities on Monday, August 28 with the promise to offer followers dwell protection of the Grand Slam like by no means earlier than.
Sky welcomes tennis again to its channels this 12 months with the US Open being one of the vital prestigious Grand Slam tournaments, including to the prevailing sports activities portfolio and reaffirming the broadcaster as the house of dwell sport within the UK & Eire.
The ultimate days in August will mark the beginning of the ultimate Grand Slam of 2023, because the excursions head to the US Open. We ask the important thing questions forward of this 12 months’s event at Flushing Meadows.
So the US Open is again on Sky Sports activities. How will you watch it?
Sky Sports activities has entry to all particular person court docket feeds and can broadcast a minimal of 135 hours of competitors all through the two-week Grand Slam event.
Sky Sports activities subscribers on Sky Glass, Sky Stream, Sky Q, and the Sky Sports activities app will be capable to watch all courts for the primary time on Sky Sports activities.
Throughout Sky Sports activities’ linear channels and on Sky Sports activities digital and social channels, tennis followers can take pleasure in intensive protection, together with each the boys’s and ladies’s tournaments, alongside respective doubles, blended doubles, juniors, and wheelchair competitions.
When does protection begin and who’re the specialists?
Protection begins on August 28 and shall be fronted by Gigi Salmon.
An all-star line-up of tennis specialists will be a part of her together with Martina Navratilova, Tim Henman, Johanna Konta, Feliciano Lopez, Marion Bartoli, Jordanne Whiley, Laura Robson, Jamie Murray, Karthi Gnanasegaram, Emma Paton, with commentator Jonathan Overend.
Who’re the Brits in motion?
A number of Brits are set to compete on this 12 months’s fundamental draw, with Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, 2012 champion Andy Murray, Jack Draper, Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage all set to function within the singles.
Final 12 months’s males’s wheelchair singles champion Alfie Hewett will return to the court docket that noticed him be topped a three-time US Open champion, whereas doubles star Joe Salisbury could have his sights on the silverware as soon as once more as he’ll bid to defend his title alongside America’s Rajeev Ram. Qualifiers and wild playing cards are but to be introduced.
On a optimistic be aware, 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu and future star Jack Draper ought to quickly return after lacking Wimbledon by means of harm.
Is Djokovic again and who else is enjoying?
Three-time US Open champion Novak Djokovic missed out on enjoying in New York final 12 months as a result of his vaccine standing, however coverage modified earlier this 12 months that means the Serb shall be allowed to make his return.
The 36-year-old has not performed in America since dropping to Daniil Medvedev within the 2021 US Open ultimate however he returns realizing that victory at Flushing Meadows would hand him a twenty fourth main title which might equal Margaret Courtroom’s all-time singles mark.
Defending champion and newly topped Wimbledon winner Carlos Alcaraz is more likely to be handed prime billing on the event together with Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
No 1 Iga Swiatek will head the ladies’s subject with Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina and reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova, whereas Elina Svitolina and the returning Caroline Wozniacki make up a robust subject.
What floor is the US Open performed on?
The US Open is performed on an acrylic onerous court docket with Laykold turning into the brand new court docket floor provider on the 2020 event. Acrylic is the layers on prime of a concrete or asphalt basis with the courts enjoying medium-fast to quick relying on circumstances.
Arthur Ashe stadium is how massive?
The primary present court docket on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart is Arthur Ashe which honours the primary black US Open champion and is the most important tennis stadium in world with a capability of 23,771.
Louis Armstrong, which was remodelled 5 years in the past, holds 14,061 spectators, and Courtroom 17, holds as much as 3,000 followers.
Courtroom 17 carries the nickname « The Pit » as a result of the enjoying floor itself is eight ft under sea stage.
The rest we have to look out for?
Sure, when the US Open is on the celebrities come out to play.
From Jon Bon Jovi, Rick Astley, Debbie Gibson, Jerry Seinfeld, Anne Hathaway, Jason Biggs, Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Spike Lee, Christie Brinkley, Anna Wintour, Matthew Perry, the Jonas brothers, Insurgent Wilson, Lindsey Vonn, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller.
There’s additionally the self-proclaimed ‘King of Cheer’ Cameron Hughes, who dances within the aisle of the highest row of Arthur Ashe throughout changeovers, high-stepping and helicoptering his T-shirt over his head.
And let’s not overlook ‘superfan’, Megan Fortunate. She went viral together with her beer-drinking moments in New York. Can she make it a beer-chugging hat-trick this 12 months?