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US Open Prime Time Day Four: Djokovic, Sharapova on Ashe; Monfils-Nishikori, Wozniacki on Armstrong


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·         Federer, Keys, Kvitova and Kerber Headline the Afternoon Action

·         Wednesday on ESPN+:  Kyrgios, Osaka, Bouchard, Goffin-Haase, Tiafoe-Di Minaur, Ostapenko-Townsend and Mike Bryan/Jack Sock in Doubles


Thursday’s US Open prime-time doubleheader of second round matches on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET in Arthur Ashe Stadium has 13-time Major champion #6 Novak Djokovic squaring off with American Tennys Sandgren, the surprise Australian Open quarterfinalist before five-time Major champion Maria Sharapova plays Sorana Cirstea.  At the same time, Louis Armstrong Stadium will see Gael Monfils take on #21 Kei Nishikori followed by #2 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Lesia Tsurenko.

On ESPN (noon – 7 p.m.), second round daytime matches on Ashe, Armstrong and the Grandstand Court include:

  • 20-time Major winner #2 Roger Federer vs. Benoit Paire
  • #14 Madison Keys, the finalist a year ago, vs. fellow American Bernada Pera
  • #4 Sascha Zverev vs. Nicolas Mahut
  • #4 Angelique Kerber, the 2016 winner, vs. Johanna Larsson
  • #5 Petra Kvitova, a two-time champion of Wimbledon, vs. Yafan Wang
  • #7 Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion, vs. Hubert Hurkacz (not before 5 p.m.)

A number of big names will play on ESPN+, the new direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN.  Starting at 11 a.m., key players in action include:

  • #30 Nick Kyrgios vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  • #20 Naomi Osaka, the 20-year old who won Indian Wells this spring, vs. Julia Klushko
  • Canadian Genie Bouchard, the Wimbledon finalist four years ago, vs. Marketa Vondrousova
  • #10 David Goffin vs. Robin Haase
  • Americans Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Townsend (vs. #10 Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open winner) and the doubles team of Mike Bryan and Jack Sock

ESPN has exclusive live action of the US Open with 130 hours on television and 1,300 more streaming live on the ESPN app via ESPN+ and ESPN3.  The daily action from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will culminate with the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 8, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 9, both at 4 p.m.


ESPN & the 2018 US Open

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Aug 27 – Sep 5 11 a.m. US Open – up to 16 courts ESPN+


Thur Aug 30 Noon US Open Second Round ESPN
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN2