The US Open Tennis Championship is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year. If you have not been able to witness the live event on television over the last few years, get ready! Cancel your evening plans because, this year, you will be able to watch the event from the comfort of your own home. How? Why through Kodi of course! In this article, we will tell all about the US Open and how you can watch it at home via Kodi. But before we move on, let’s delve a bit deeper into the game itself.
The US Open
The US Open will be held in New York City in the United States at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The championship is one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, being called the US National Championship back in the day. Its first singles were played in 1881. The annual event will begin on the 27th of August lasting until the 9th of September. The event will include five events: the men’s singles, the women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubled and mixed doubles. Events for senior, junior and wheelchair-bound players are also held.
The venue of the US Open has been the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center since 1978. The venue has twenty-two courts; it covers an area of 46.5 acres excluding the 11-acre park adjoining it. Its three tennis stadiums are among the world’s largest and one of the stadiums, the Arthur Ashe Stadium has a capacity of 23,200.
What makes the US Open standout, in particular, is the fact that it is the final tennis championship that comprises of the Grand Slam (includes the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and finally, the US Open) and winning the Grand Slam is every tennis player’s dream. This is due to the fact that the events combined offer the most ranking points so for serious professionals, these events can significantly improve their world ranking.
Why you need a VPN to watch the US Open on Kodi
If you’re paying for cable or satellite you don’t need to have a VPN in place, however, if you’re streaming online, then it’s definitely worth the investment. VPN stands for virtual private network and it is a bridge between two networks, ensuring that no outsider can get access to the data between them. By utilizing a VPN, you are basically shielding yourself from outside investigation as it protects your online presence and prevents the development of a pattern of your online whereabouts. With the help of the right VPN, you can make sure that there’s no digital trace or history of what you do online being recorded. This anonymity is especially important in today’s world as ISPs have taken to throttling and otherwise slowing down the connections for their streaming customers.
A commercial VPN like Shellfire VPN has other benefits too though. The second reason to consider a VPN is to help bypass geographic restrictions. Often content providers restrict access to a specific region or location. With a VPN, it’s a simple matter to select one of the servers in a country where the content is available and then connect to that server. When you’re connected the VPN server will mask your originating IP address and give you a new one that will grant you access to the content.
Add-ons on Kodi for the US Open
For the US Open, there are a bunch of different add-ons available on Kodi. Kodi has a list of “official” add-ons which usually includes a list of known cable TV channels as well as a list of “unofficial” add-ons which- even though are a little bit harder to install than the official ones- offer a wider range & variety when it comes to finding the right streaming channel for the sport of your choice. Lucky for you, we have a list of the three best add-ons that you can use on Kodi to view the US Open. This list includes two official add-ons and one unofficial.
NBC Sports Live Extra
First one up on our list is the NBC Sports Live Extra as being one of the U. S’s largest broadcasting channels, it caters to a very large audience, so it makes sure to cover every major sporting event of the year. While not all of its viewers will be big on tennis, a significant portion will still be interested in the sport and considering the fact that the US Open’s one of the major tennis events of the year, it will definitely be showing the US Open. You can get this add-on from the official Kodi repository and if you’re not in the US, you should check out this post to understand how to stream NBC content remotely.
CBC is Canada’s public sports broadcasting channels so you’ll definitely have access to the US Open so that Canadians throughout the country will be able to watch one of the biggest tennis events of the year. Despite what you might think, Canadians are not all about Hockey! You can access CBC Sports by using a VPN with a Canadian IP. CBC Sports is also available on the official Kodi repository and similar to NBC, if you’re not in Canada, check out this detailed post on how you can access CBC from outside the country.
Last but not the least, we suggest using the unofficial add-on, SportsDevil to view the US Open as it is one of the most trusted unofficial add-ons available on Kodi and, to be fair, everywhere else. The reason why we’re specifically recommending this add-on over any other is because of the way it is structured. SportsDevil is nicely divided into various sections that contain live streams for virtually every sporting category out there. That means, within the add-on itself, you will be able to access different broadcasts about different sports like tennis. Apart from that, it has a channel by channel live broadcasting option as well which you should definitely take advantage of. Check out our detailed post on SportsDevil for install instructions.
As you can see, these three add-ons are perfect for viewing the US Open. With them, you can easily watch the tournament from your house live no less, all thanks to Kodi. There are more add-ons on there that offer a detail of content which you can watch online. Hope this article was helpful!