2020 US Open: Schedule, how to watch, news, scores, analysis

Osaka defeats Azarenka, securing second US Open title (2:00)

Naomi Osaka comes back to defeat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 and secure her second US Open title and third Grand Slam title. (2:00)

Professional tennis returned to one of its biggest stages after a long hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic. There were no spectators after more than 700,000 attended last year. Serena Williams' quest for her elusive 24th Grand Slam title to tie Margaret Court ended with a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals. In the women's final, Naomi Osaka rallied for a three-set win over Azarenka to capture her second US Open title.

On the men's side, Dominic Thiem bounced back after losing the two opening sets, taking down Alexander Zverev 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) for his first Grand Slam title. Here's all you need to know about the second Grand Slam of 2020, including results and analysis from the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.

2020 US Open schedule and coverage

How to watch the US Open

ESPN is presenting the US Open for the 12th consecutive year -- and the sixth year as exclusive domestic media partner -- providing live coverage. Don't have ESPN? Click here to subscribe to ESPN+.

Listings in global territories:

  • Australia: ESPN

  • Canada: TSN, RDS

  • Caribbean: ESPN

  • Europe: EuroSport

  • India: Star Sports

  • Japan: WOWOW

  • Latin America: ESPN

  • North Africa/Middle East: BeIN Sport

  • United Kingdom: EuroSport and Prime Video

  • United States: ESPN and Tennis Channel

  • Southeast Asia: Fox Sports Asia

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: SuperSport

US Open men's final: Thiem holds off Zverev


Thiem outlasts Zverev in five-set thriller to win US Open

Dominic Thiem secures the deciding point to win the US Open men's final over Alexander Zverev.

  • Peter Bodo: Dominic Thiem fell two sets behind but patiently tracked down and outlasted his friend and rival Alexander Zverev to win his first Grand Slam title in his fourth attempt in a major final. Read

  • Bodo: Neither Rafael Nadal nor Novak Djokovic is around to stop Dominic Thiem in a major final this time. But the three-time Grand Slam finalist can't underestimate first-timer Alexander Zverev at the US Open. Read

  • Bodo: Novak Djokovic's departure via default has given Alexander Zverev the chance to finally break through and become the first newly minted Grand Slam champion in six years. Read

US Open women's final: Osaka tops Azarenka


When asked about her masks, Osaka turns it around: 'What message did you get?'

After winning the US Open women's final, Naomi Osaka is asked what message she wanted to share by wearing masks bearing names of Black victims of racial injustice and police brutality.

  • D'Arcy Maine: Naomi Osaka set two goals during the coronavirus hiatus: Win the US Open and call attention to racial injustice. She achieved both in a big way with her comeback victory on Saturday. Read

  • Soraya Nadia McDonald: Naomi Osaka made sure Black lives mattered at the US Open . Read

  • Bodo: Naomi Osaka lost the first set but remained calm, cool and collected as she found a way to bounce back against Victoria Azarenka and win the US Open women's title. Read

  • Social reaction: Everyone from LeBron James to Billie Jean King saluted Naomi Osaka for her stunning comeback to win Saturday's US Open women's final. Read

  • Maine: Naomi Osaka found her voice and is speaking out against injustice. Victoria Azarenka found serenity and with it, success. Each is searching for a third major title when they meet for the US Open championship Saturday. Read

  • Maine: With all the strange circumstances around this year's US Open, it might have been Serena Williams' best chance to make history. Now it's back to the drawing board. Next up, Paris. Read

  • Maine: Naomi Osaka has seven masks -- the number of matches it takes to win the US Open -- to honor victims of racial injustice, and she is determined to wear each one. Read

US Open Week 2


Serena advances to US Open semifinals

Serena Williams wins a hard-fought battle against Tsvetana Pironkova to advance to the US Open semifinals.

  • Maine: For Serena Williams, it isn't about how she starts. It's about how she finishes. But she knows that to win her record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, she will have to stop the slow starts. Read

  • Maine: Surging American Jennifer Brady is aiming to become the first tennis player to take down US Open favorite Naomi Osaka in a major semifinal. Read

  • Bodo: No Canadian man has ever reached the US Open semifinals, but Denis Shapovalov might have the right mindset and the skill to be the first. Read

  • Maine: American Shelby Rogers is excited, but not surprised, to advance to her first US Open quarterfinals after eight previous attempts. Read

  • Roundtable: What does Serena need to do to win her 24th major title, and how did Novak Djokovic's default change the game? Our experts offer prose and predictions for the final week of the US Open. Read

  • Maine: Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Tsvetana Pironkova are balancing motherhood with tennis as all three advanced to the US Open quarterfinals. Read

  • Bodo: Dominic Thiem has made major strides the past few years, but a Grand Slam championship has continued to elude the 27-year-old Austrian. Read

  • Maine: After working her way up the tennis rankings, 25-year-old Jennifer Brady has become one of the hottest players since the season restarted. Read

Djokovic defaulted from US Open


World No. 1 Djokovic defaults after hitting line judge

Novak Djokovic hits a line judge with a ball, defaulting and sending opponent Pablo Carreno Busta to the quarterfinal.

  • Bodo: Novak Djokovic arrived in New York hoping to revive his reputation. Instead, the top seed left the US Open with a default after inadvertently striking a line judge with ball smacked in anger in the round of 16. Read

  • Bodo: What is a default? What rules did Novak Djokovic break that caused the top-ranked player's removal from the US Open? What are other notable occasions of the default being used? Read

  • Maine: The rules are the rules, or at least that's what many former and current tennis players said after top-seeded Novak Djokovic was defaulted from his fourth-round match at the US Open. Read

  • Jeremy Willis: Novak Djokovic was ousted from the US Open for breaking a rule. He's not the only player to see refs and rule-breaking change a championship. Read

US Open Week 1


Serena takes down Stephens in three-set duel

Serena Williams drops the first set, but is able to recover and take down Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

  • Maine: Without a crowd to lift her, Serena Williams relied on her intensity to rally past Sloane Stephens after losing the first set of their third-round matchup. Read

  • Bodo: Giovanni Bartocci, owner and chef of Matteo Berrettini's favorite New York City restaurant, isn't allowing coronavirus protocols to keep him from cheering on his favorite player. Read

  • Maine: Serena Williams owns a 5-1 record over Sloane Stephens, but with a fourth-round ticket on the line at the US Open, history shows anything is possible. Read

  • Maine: No. 1 Karolina Pliskova was among four of the top 10 seeds to lose in the second round, opening up the 2020 US Open women's draw to more surprises. Read

  • Bodo: The rule requiring tennis players to handle their own towels because of COVID-19 health protocols is unpopular and, to many, even problematic. Read

  • Maine: It's quite a different look for the US Open this year. But despite the restrictions and the circumstances, players are seemingly making the best of it. Read

  • Maine: With many top players opting out, heavy restrictions and the absence of fans, the US Open looks dramatically different this year. But despite it all, there will be no shortage of fun on the doubles court. Read

  • Maine: With no fans or outside distractions, Serena Williams can keep her focus on tennis as she once again sets out to tie Margaret Court's Grand Slam record. Read

  • Maine: Coco Gauff didn't have the extra support she often does as she lost for the first time in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. Read

  • Bodo: The lack of fans might be the most conspicuous element players and viewers must adjust to during the 2020 US Open, but it's just one of the changes of this remarkable Grand Slam. Read

  • Bodo: No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic has no pressing need to prove anything on the tennis court. But he does come into the US Open in need of some image rehabilitation. Read

US Open previews


Serena's Grand Slam timeline heading into the US Open

As Serena Williams attempts to win her 24th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open, look back at some of her notable accomplishments along the way.

  • Maine: American Robin Montgomery, at 15 the youngest in the US Open main draw, is hopeful of becoming the next Coco Gauff by making a run in her first major. Read

  • Experts' picks: Novak Djokovic looks unstoppable, but the women's field is divided between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. And don't forget the young players who could make some noise in New York. Read

  • Bill Connelly: The bizarre 2020 sporting landscape continues Monday as the US Open kicks off as the second Grand Slam of the year. There are several opt-outs, but the tennis field features a lot of talent. Read

  • Bodo: Grand Slam title No. 24 has eluded Serena Williams eight straight times, but this US Open without fans will be unlike any other major. Read

  • Bodo: Don't look for empty seats at the fan-less US Open; what happens on the court will be central to the Grand Slam viewing experience. Read

  • Maine: Stacey Allaster, the first woman to be named director of the US Open, has a particularly tough assignment -- ensuring the protocols will allow for a safe and successful event in New York, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in America. Read

  • Maine: After a long break from professional tennis because of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the game's biggest names have finally made their way to Queens. Read