The US Open 2014 tennis tournament starts live on Monday and Tuesday with the first round from Flushing and the tournament is on TV and streaming live from ESPN and the Tennis Channel on WatchESPN starting past noon and the top names in this tournament are Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murry as the last major tourney of the year begins.
Serena Williams opens her US Open title defense after winning the Western & Southern Open and she has her first matchup with a tough opponent in fellow American Taylor Townsend. Williams won last year on the women's side, while Rafael Nadal won on the men's side, but he will not be participating, as he is dealing with a wrist injury and will be out. Williams has won 17 slams in her career and now she will face off against a teenage upstart as she tries to defend her
Roger Federer comes in as the second seed and Novak Djokovic is the first seed with Nadal out and those two players now can face off in the final. Dojo has the chance to matchup with Wawrinka, who won the Aussie Open this year, while Fed could end up playing against David Ferrer later in the tournament. Williams is looking to win her third straight title here and this is the final chance for players to pick up a major title on the schedule.
Serena Williams has the top seed in the US Open tournament on the women's side and she is in over Simona Halep. The top four seeds include Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska with Li Na out, while Sharapova is fifth and she could end up playing against Williams in the quarters, while Azarenka is low after dealing with injuries during the season. Federer was moved up in the rankings due to Nadal being out with an injury and Murray is in as the eighth seed and it comes after he won the title in 2012.
Djokovic won the tournament in 2011 and lost previously to Nadal and Murray in back to back years and now he has the chance to get back into the final again. The US Open tennis schedule starts up on August 25 on Monday with coverage beginning at 11 am and the Tennis Channel will be splitting coverage with ESPN. Tennis Channel starts early in the day and then things continue with ESPN and WatchESPN later in the day.
Nadal said he was disappointed to miss out on the US Open and defending his title, but he was not healthy and wanted to make sure that his wrist healed up. Nadal is ranked second and while he won't be able to defend his title this year, he should be fine to start the season next year and will likely get the chance to get things going in 2015 when the US Open returns, but that obviously is a long way away.