When is the draw, will Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic play, streaming and TV channels, prize money
The last Grand Slam of 2022, the US Open, is fast approaching and we have all the information you need ahead of the major hard-court tournament in New York.
When is the US Open 2022?
The main draw matches of the 142nd edition of the US Open will begin on Monday August 29 with the women’s final scheduled for Saturday September 10 and the men’s final on Sunday September 11.
What about the venue for the end-of-season Grand Slam?
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York has hosted the last Grand Slam of the season since 1978.
The spectacular arena has 22 outdoor courts with Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and Court 17, the site’s four courts. Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong installed retractable roofs.
Arthur Ashe seats 23,771, making it the largest tennis stadium in the world, while Louis Armstrong seats 14,053, the grandstand seats 8,125 and Court 17 has a capacity of 2,800.
About the defending champions…
Daniil Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title last year and he did it in spectacular style as he ousted world number 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the final. He also denied Djokovic the chance to become only the second man after Rod Laver to win a calendar Grand Slam in the Open Era.
A new name has also been added to the list of Women’s Grand Slam winners as Emma Raducanu produced a fairy tale run, winning 10 matches in a row without dropping a set to lift the trophy aged just 18. The British teenager also became the first qualifier – male or female – to win a major, beating Leylah Fernandez 6–4, 6–3 in the final.
American Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain won the men’s doubles and Australia’s Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai of China were crowned champions in the women’s doubles. Salisbury doubled as they also won the mixed doubles alongside Desirae Krawczyk of the United States.
Who will miss the US Open 2022?
Let’s start with the easy part, as the top female tennis players will all be in attendance at Flushing Meadows, as none of the top players will miss out due to injury, health and safety protocols, and more.
It’s a bit more complicated on the men’s side, but both Roger Federer and Gael Monfils have been confirmed to be out through injury.
World No. 2 Alexander Zverev’s name remains on the entry list as it stands but it is highly doubtful he will play as he hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury at Roland Garros in June.
Then there’s Novak Djokovic, as the 21-time Grand Slam is also still in the main draw list, but the current mandate from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that foreigners who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 are not allowed. to enter the United States.
There is a major BUT because the regulations could change in the coming days.
US Open waiting game continues for Novak Djokovic
What about the seeds for this year’s event?
Again, it all depends on whether Zverev and Djokovic play.
As it stands, world number 1 Daniil Medvedev is the number one seed and he is followed by Zverev, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Djokovic, Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie and Hubert Hurkacz.
Britain’s No.2 Dan Evans is No.22 (but he could move up to No.20 if Zverev and Djokovic don’t feature) with Nick Kyrgios at No.25.
The women’s ranking is straightforward as world number 1 Iga Swiatek heads the pack and she is followed by Anett Kontaveit, Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka, Simona Halep, Jessica Pegula, Garbine Muguruza and Daria Kasatkina.
Defending champion Emma Raducanu is seeded 11th with Coco Gauff 12th and last year’s runner-up Leylah Fernandez 14th.
Protected rankings and wildcards
After missing last year’s event due to injury, tennis great and six-time champion Serena Williams will be making her 21st main draw appearance and her last at Flushing Meadows.
This will be one of the big stories at the US Open 2022 with Williams announcing ahead of the tournament that she will “evolve away from tennis” in the coming months. Although she mentioned in her ‘goodbye’ post that she’s not 100% sure about her fitness.
Williams used his protected rating of 16 to play and Karolina Muchova (22) and Nadia Podoroska (39) also entered the same way.
On the men’s side, man of the moment Borna Coric (he won the Western & Southern Open), former US Open champion Stan Wawrinka and Briton Kyle Edmund are also in the main draw thanks to their protected ranking .
As for wildcards, it features another great with Venus Williams also returning after missing out on the 2021 edition. Australian Open 2021 winner Sofia Kenin also received a wildcard. 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem and Americans JJ Wolff and Ben Shelton also received wildcards.
When do the qualifications take place?
Qualifying will begin on Tuesday August 23 and end on Friday August 25. Sixteen men and 16 women will reserve their place in the main draw while those just short will go to the group of lucky losers.
Some of the big names in the men’s qualifying draw include American Jack Sock, Romanian Jack Sock and Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco while the British flag will be flown by Ryan Peniston and Liam Broady.
The French Kristina Mladenovic, the Italian Sara Errani, vice-champion of France 2012, and the Briton Katie Boulter take part in the draw for the women’s qualifications.
Speaking of the main board…
The main draw will take place on Thursday, August 25 and is usually scheduled around 12:00 p.m. New York time (5:00 p.m. BST).
What is the daily game schedule?
Day sessions start at 11:00 a.m. local time (4:00 p.m. BST) and night sessions start at 7:00 p.m. (00:00 a.m. BST). Play will start an hour later from the quarter-finals (2:00 p.m. local time and 5:00 p.m. BST) while the men’s and women’s finals will take place at 4:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. BST).
Which television channels will broadcast the tournament?
Amazon Prime is your go-to streaming service for the US Open 2022 in the UK and Ireland and it will also show selected qualifying matches. discovery+ and Eurosport will broadcast the action from Flushing Meadows in Europe.
You can sign up for an Amazon Prime membership for £7.99 a month and you can get a similar deal with Eurosport.
For those in the UK, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will have commentary.
ESPN has an $825 million contract with the USTA to broadcast the US Open in the United States and they are now in the eighth year of that deal. Meanwhile, Tennis Channel will feature daily US Open previews and extensive match reminder programming.
TSN and RDS in Canada cover Canada, WOWOW owns the rights in Japan, beIN Sports will broadcast the event in the Middle East and North Africa; ESPN International in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America and Oceania.
Nine Network has secured exclusive rights for Australia and it will be available on Stan Sport while SuperSport will cover Sub-Saharan Africa. This means that you will be able to stream US Open matches on Stan Sport.
What about the prize money?
The total prize money for the US Open has crossed the $60m (about £50.7m) mark, a comfortable increase from last year’s $57.5m (48, £7 million).