The first weekend of a Grand Slam is what generally separates the contenders from the pretenders. It’s often referred to as moving weekend. By the time all the barbecues are turned off on Monday night, the women will be down to the quarterfinalists and the men to 16 players.
Labor Day weekend provides a full four days of coverage beginning on Friday. The Tennis Channel will have coverage with Breakfast at the Open from 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Eastern. That will be followed by US Open live at 1030 a.m.
The men’s second- and women’s third-round coverage on Friday will begin at 11 a.m. ET on the Tennis Channel. It will have full coverage until 2 p.m. ET. ESPN2 picks up its coverage at 1 p.m. ET. After 2 p.m., the Tennis Channel will only televise matches from the Grandstand and Courts 11, 13 and 17 only. That coverage will continue until 7 p.m. ET.
Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadiums should be rocking with some marquee matchups after a week full of mostly blowouts on the stadium courts.
ESPN2’s day coverage continues until 7 p.m. ET. From there they continue televising the Open with “Primetime at the Open.” Prime time is scheduled from 7 p.m.-11 p.m., but it will depend on the length of the matches.
US Open tonight wraps up the day’s coverage with highlights interviews and complete replays of the matches from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.
Friday’s schedule kicks off with rising American Varvara Lepchenko against defending women’s champion Samantha Stosur on Ashe. Heavy favorites Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova follow on court next. One day after announcing his retirement, Andy Roddick will take to center court to face Aussie Bernard Tomic. Women’s No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka and No. 28 seed Jie Zheng of China will follow them.
Na Li of China and 18-year-old British star Laura Robson are the first match on Friday on Armstrong, and they will be followed by Juan Martin Del Potro against Ryan Harrison, and Jarkko Nieminen and John Isner. Serena and Venus Williams will play a doubles match of the day on Armstrong to wrap up the matches there.
The outer courts feature David Ferrer and Petra Kvitova playing on the grandstand.
ESPN3 and the US Open’s official site offer live streaming action. ESPN3, also known as Watch ESPN require a subscription, but USOpen.Org is free. The streaming video is available throughout the tournament whenever any matches are taking place.
The Tennis Channel begins its Saturday third-round coverage at 6 a.m. ET with Breakfast at the Open. That will continue until 11 a.m. ET. The CBS Sports Network will have its own hour preview show Today at the US Open at 10 a.m. ET. CBS Sports coverage will begin at 11 a.m. ET and continue until 6 p.m. CBS will begin televising at noon ET until 6 p.m.
Its coverage could pick up late if the Notre Dame-Navy game runs long. That is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon ET.
With college football beginning this weekend, the Tennis Channel will handle the prime-time duties Saturday night. Its coverage is from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Eastern. That will be followed by the US Open tonight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. ET.
The upper half of the men’s draw will play on Saturday. The schedule hasn’t been announced yet. The highlighted matches will include Roger Federer against Fernando Verdasco, Mardy Fish vs Gilles Simon and Andy Murray against Feliciano Lopez. Americans Jack Sock, Sam Querrey and James Blake will also play Saturday.
The two best women's matches of the day should be American Sloane Stephens against former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic against second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. Serena Williams will also play.
The Sunday and Monday matches will see the winners from Friday and Saturday take to the courts.
Sunday begins with Breakfast at the US Open taking over after US Open tonight ends. It will air from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. CBS and the CBS Sports Network begin their coverage of the men’s third and women’s fourth round at 11 a.m. ET. They will be on the air until 6 p.m. ET.
The Tennis Channel will once again provide weekend prime-time coverage on Sunday. It will televise the women’s fourth round and men’s third from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. ET. US Tonight will once again air from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. ET.
Monday begins with Breakfast at the Open airing from 6 a.m.-11 a.m. ET. CBS Sports Network will air Live at the Open from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. ET. CBS and the CBS Sports Network will have live coverage of the round of 16 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will air prime time at the US Open from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. ET. The Tennis Channel wraps up the holiday weekend with US Open Tonight from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. ET.