• World number one Novak Djokovic is seeking his third US Open title.
  • 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro handed wild card.

The last Grand Slam of the year kicks-off in New York with the 2016 US Open starting on 29 August. Djokovic is the defending champion in the men's singles, while Flavia Pennetta is the defending women's champion. The Italian, however, retired following her triumph at Flushing Meadows last year and will not be there to defend her title.

Where to watch live

The coverage starts at 4pm BST, with live coverage during the course of the tournament being provided by British Eurosport 1 & 2 and Sky Sports in the UK. Regular updates and live scores are also available on the US Open's official website.

Below is a list of broadcasters providing coverage from across the world.

Men's singles

World number one Novak Djokovic is the defending champion and will be one of the favourites to lift the crown as he seeks his third title at Flushing Meadows. Andy Murray will be his main challenger and is currently the in-form player after he claimed his second Olympic gold medal. Five-time US Open champion Roger Federer is absent owing to injury, which makes the Briton the second seed. Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic are seeded three, four and five respectively.

Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro has been handed a wild card for the US Open Getty

Juan Martin del Potro, who shocked the world by beating Federer in the 2009 US Open final, has been handed a wild card for the tournament as he looks to restart his career after missing almost the entirety of the 2014 and 2015 seasons with a wrist injury. He looks to be back in form following his run to the final at the Olympics beating Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal along the way.

1. Novak Djokovic vs Jerzy Janowicz

2. Andy Murray vs Lukas Rosol

3. Stan Waawrinka vs Fernando Verdasco

4. Rafael Nadal vs Denis Istomin

5. Milos Raonic vs Dustin Brown

Women's singles

Serena Williams will return to Flushing Meadows as the top seed as she looks to become the first woman to reach 23 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era. Margaret Court is the leader in the all-time list with 24 Grand Slam titles, and Williams can claim second spot and overtake Steffi Graf, with whom she is tied on 22 slams at the moment.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams is seeking her 23rd singles Grand Slam title that will take her just one behind all-time leader Margaret Court Getty

The American has lost two Grand Slam finals this year at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, but triumphed at Wimbledon before suffering an early loss in her quest for an Olympic gold in the tennis singles event. Garbine Muguruza, who beat Williams at the French Open is seeded three, while her conqueror at the Australian Open Angelique Kerber is seeded two.

1. Serena Williams vs Ekaterina Makarova

2. Anglique Kerber vs Polona Hercog

3. Garbine Muguruza vs Elise Mertens

4. Agnieszka Radwanska vs Jessica Pegula

5. Simona Halep vs Kirsten Flipkens

US Open broadcasters list

United KingomSkySports (extensive coverage) & British EuroSport (only main-court match)
USAESPN (exclusive rights in the US and will broadcast through all platforms including mobile/online streams)
AustraliaFoxSports (exclusive rights from 2013 to 2016)
Canada TSN (English coverage), RDS (French coverage)
Most European CountriesEuroSport 1 & 2 (Eurosport will continue to broadcast US Open and many countries, list will be published closer to US open start dates)
Middle-eastbeIN Sports (available in all middle-easter countries and in some parts of north africa
MexicoSky Mexico (to have live coverage of US open in Mexico and some neighbour north american countries like Panama, Puerto Rico etc)
SpainEuroSport (Usual coverage on EuroSport with spanish commentary)
South AmericaESPN (ESPN Latin covers all four grand slams live on TV in most South American countries except Brazil)
BrazilSporTV (selected matches) also available on ESPN Latin America
South AfricaSuperSports
RussiaNTV+ & EuroSports
FranceEuroSports (EuroSport set to continue their coverage of US open with in France as they enter last year of their current deal)
GermanyEuroSports (Available on EuroSport 360 and the current rights deal run through 2017)
JapanWowow (exclusive rights in Japan for US Open)
New ZealandSKY NZ (Sky has tv rights contract with three of the grand slams including US Open. Only Wimbledon is broadcasted on TVNZ)