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How To Watch the Australian Open 2024

Ace your TV setup and never miss a moment when the Australian Open comes to ESPN this January.

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the 2024 tennis season. Dubbed the “Happy Slam” by Roger Federer, the tournament brings positivity and excitement to Melbourne Park every year.

ESPN channels and platforms carry the most comprehensive Australian Open coverage. With the latest edition starting on Jan. 14, we’ve compiled the following guide to help you find the best ways to tune in.

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What channels show the Australian Open?

You can watch the Australian Open on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+, with Spanish-language coverage on ESPN Deportes.

Tennis Channel will broadcast daily highlights, analysis, and replays. There’ll also be occasional highlight shows on ABC during the tournament’s final two weekends.

Pro tip: Tennis fans can listen to the Australian Open through ESPN Radio on SiriusXM and online via AO Radio.

2024 Australian Open schedule

The 2024 Australian Open promises thrilling encounters from every round. It starts with qualifying matches on Jan. 7 and culminates with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on Jan. 26–27.

Because of the time difference between Australia and the U.S., we recommend consulting our table below for coverage start times. However, it’s important to note that day sessions start in primetime (usually 7:00 p.m. ET), and night sessions start around 3:00 a.m. ET.

You can also visit the official Australian Open Tennis Draws page for a detailed look at individual matchups.

Event Day Start time (ET) Channels
Qualifying Sunday, Jan 7 6:00 p.m. ESPN+
Qualifying Monday, Jan 8 6:00 p.m. ESPN+
Qualifying Tuesday, Jan 9 6:00 p.m. ESPN+
Qualifying Wednesday, Jan 10 7:00 p.m. ESPN+
Singles First Round Saturday, Jan 13 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Singles First Round Sunday, Jan 14 7:00 p.m. ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN2
Singles First Round Monday, Jan 15 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Second Round Tuesday, Jan 16 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Second Round Wednesday, Jan 17 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Third Round Thursday, Jan 18 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN, ESPN2
Third Round Friday, Jan 19 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Round of 16 Saturday, Jan 20 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Round of 16 Sunday, Jan 21 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Quarterfinals Monday, Jan 22 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Quarterfinals Tuesday, Jan 23 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN
Semifinals Wednesday, Jan 24 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN
Semifinals, Mix Doubles Final Thursday, Jan 25 8:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN
Finals Friday, Jan 26 8:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN
Finals Saturday, Jan 27 3:30 a.m. ESPN+, ESPN
Finals Sunday, Jan 28 3:30 a.m. ESPN+, ESPN

Data effective as of post date. Start times don’t include encore presentations.

Best Australian Open TV plans

Hulu + Live TV is the ultimate TV plan for watching the Australian Open. Starting at $76.99 a month, it offers ESPN and ESPN2 alongside ESPN+ at no extra cost. The live TV streaming service also added Tennis Channel to its Sports Add-on ($9.99 a month) on Jan. 11, 2024.

Hulu + Live TV with the Sports Add-on will grant you access to every Grand Slam tournament and a wide range of ATP Tour, WTA Tour, and college tennis coverage.

If Hulu + Live TV is out of your price range, we recommend a standalone ESPN+ subscription. It costs $10.99 a month and carries every Australian Open match. You just won’t find much other pro tennis coverage until Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Which TV providers carry the Australian Open?

Any TV provider with the basic ESPN channels will get you Australian Open action. In the table below, we’ve compiled a list of 14 leading providers and whether they offer ESPN, ESPN2, and Tennis Channel.

Provider Price ESPN ESPN2 Tennis Channel* Details
Cox $61.00–$146.00/mo.
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DIRECTV $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DISH $84.99–$114.99/mo. View plans

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Fubo $32.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Hulu + Live TV $76.99–$89.99/mo. View plans

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Optimum $35.00–$125.00/mo. View plans

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Philo $25.00/mo. View plans

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Sling TV $40.00–$55.00/mo. View plans

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Spectrum $64.99/mo. View plans

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Verizon Fios $69.00–$129.00/mo. View plans

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Vidgo $69.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Xfinity $20.00–$80.00/mo. View plans

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YouTube TV $72.99/mo. View plans

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Data effective as of post date.
*May require a higher-tier plan or add-on package.

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How to watch the Australian Open for free

You can watch ABC’s Australian Open recap shows for free using an over-the-air antenna. But a free live TV streaming trial is the only way to watch live matches without paying.

Fubo offers a solid seven-day free trial for all its base plans. We recommend starting a free trial with Fubo’s Elite plan or higher to get Tennis Channel with ESPN and ESPN2. Just be sure to cancel before the trial ends.

How to watch the Australian Open FAQ

What date does the Australian Open start?

The 2024 Australian Open for U.S. viewers starts on Saturday, Jan. 13. However, the qualifying competition begins on Sunday, Jan. 7.

Where can I stream the Australian Open?

You can stream every match of the Australian Open in the U.S. on ESPN+. Any live TV streaming service that offers ESPN and ESPN2 will also get you match coverage.

Can I watch the Australian Open on YouTube TV?

Yes, you can watch the Australian Open on YouTube TV via ESPN and ESPN2. You can also get Tennis Channel’s extra coverage through YouTube TV’s Sports Plus add-on.

Does DIRECTV have expanded coverage of the Australian Open?

No, DIRECTV no longer shows the Australian Open on a mix channel. ESPN now owns the rights to expanded coverage, which it streams primarily on ESPN+.

Methodology

Our sports experts researched and tested the best ways to watch the Australian Open. We examined the linear TV networks and digital platforms showing the tournament. With that information, we determined our viewing recommendations—emphasizing channel lineups, pricing, and ease of use.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

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