Hopefully you got plenty of rest during the holidays because the Australian Open is fast approaching, and there is little sleep to be had during the two weeks of the year’s first Grand Slam.
If you love tennis, and don’t mind missing out on some sleep, the 17-hour time difference from Houston to Melbourne should be no problem. Luckily, Tennis Channel and ESPN are combining to bring you all the action from Australia.
Play begins at 6 pm on Sunday, January 14, and concludes with the final at 2:30 am on Sunday, January 28. Tennis Channel will open coverage on most days, then hand off to ESPN for all the overnight action.
If you’re the type that happens to value your sleep, both Tennis Channel and ESPN will offer replays during our normal waking hours.
Tennis Channel will have live coverage at the Australian Open for the 11th straight year. This year Tennis Channel has added an additional day of live coverage, giving the network 13 straight days of live matches. In all, Tennis Channel will air nearly 200 hours of Australian Open coverage. The network’s on-air talent team includes Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova, Jim Courier and Lindsay Davenport, as well as renowned broadcasters Bill Macatee and Mary Carillo, among others.
ESPN2 will present daily, marathon, prime-time and overnight telecasts from Melbourne through the women’s semifinals; later action airs on ESPN. ESPN3 streaming on the ESPN App will kick off each day with the first match of each court at 7 p.m. ET (the first 13 days of play). It will also present live the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championships and the finals of the boys and girls divisions and of the legends and wheelchair competitions.
A brief look at the broadcast schedule can be found here and we’ll update this page and our social media sites with more complete broadcast schedules as they are made available.