US Open 2018: How can I watch grand slam? When is the draw, plus latest odds and predictions

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Amazon Prime have exclusive UK rights to the US Open - AFP
Amazon Prime have exclusive UK rights to the US Open - AFP

What is it?

It's the final grand slam of the year, the US Open in New York.

When is it?

It begins on Monday, August 27 and runs until Sunday September 9.

How can I watch it?

Amazon won exclusive UK rights to show coverage of the US Open earlier this year. Subscribers of its Prime service, which costs £79 a year and includes access to the streaming of music, films and TV shows plus free deliveries from Amazon items, will be able to watch every match live throughout the fortnight. 

Who will front their coverage?

The Tennis Podcast co-host Catherine Whitaker will present Amazon's coverage and is joined by existing presenters Greg Rusedski and Daniela Hantuchova. Former professionals Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier and Mark Petchey will also be panelists.

Prime’s multi-stream coverage will air between 4pm-4am BST each day throughout the duration of the tournament.

<span>The draw for the US Open will take place on Friday, August 24</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
The draw for the US Open will take place on Friday, August 24 Credit: Getty Images

When is the draw for the tournament?

The draw will take place on Thursday, August 23 at 7pm UK time.

Anything else significant about this year's major?

Yes. This year the US Open is celebrating its 50th anniversary. American singer Kelly Clarkson will headline the opening night ceremony which takes place inside Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the evening session on Monday, August 27.

Shania Twain, Phil Collins and Lenny Kravitz are some of the star names who have previously headlined the opening night ceremonies. 

<span>Kelly Clarkson will perform at this year's opening ceremony</span> <span>Credit: AP </span>
Kelly Clarkson will perform at this year's opening ceremony Credit: AP

What else is new?

The new Louis Armstrong Stadium is finished and ready for its debut. The revamp marks the end of a five-year £472m transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows.

It has a retractable roof which means both show courts will be able to stage matches during inclement weather. 

The shot clock

A serve clock and warm-up clock will also be rolled out at the US Open with the aim of increasing the pace of play. 

Players will have 25 seconds to begin the service motion, although a chair umpire has the ability to pause the countdown. The time will begin once the umpire has announced the score of the previous point. 

Players will also have one minute from arriving on court before they have to line up at the net for the coin-toss.

A five-minute clock will begin shortly after to start the warm-up period. At the end of the time lapse, players must be ready to line up to start the match.

What are the latest odds?

Novak Djokovic, fresh from his Wimbledon triumph, is favourite to win a third US Open title. Defending champion Rafael Nadal is second favourite with the bookmakers.

Latest men's odds:

Novak Djokovic 3/1

Rafael Nadal 4/1

Roger Federer 9/2

Alexander Zverev 9/1

Juan Martin del Potro 12/1

Serena Williams is the front-runner to clinch a first grand slam since becoming a mother in the women's draw. Wimbledon champion, Angelique Kerber, is second favourite. Sloane Stephens, who is defending her title in New York is 12/1.

Latest women's odds:

Serena Williams 6/1

Angelique Kerber 15/2

Simona Halep 9/1

Sloane Stephens 12/1

Elina Svitlona 16/1

What is our prediction?

Rafael Nadal has been in stunning form this year with a record of 40-3. He backed up his 11th French Open title with a sensational run to the Wimbledon semi-finals and has switched to the hard courts with ease, scooping a 33rd Masters title in Toronto last weekend. We believe the Spaniard will defend his title in New York to collect his 18th slam title.

Simona Halep struggled to adapt from clay to grass after winning the French Open to suffer a third-round loss at Wimbledon, but the world No 1 was back to her battling best to scoop the Rogers Cup title last weekend. We're confident she will win a second major next month at Flushing Meadows.

 

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