Professional tennis is back in earnest this February, as the world’s top players including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka take to the courts of Melbourne for the 2021 Australian Open. The first Grand Slam event of the new season, it’s now in the penultimate stages of the tournament – so read on as we explain how to watch an Australian Open live stream and catch all the tennis online wherever you are right now.
Last year’s Men’s Singles champion, Djokovic, is favorite to repeat as champion in what would be a second Aussie Open three-peat for the Serbian. But he can’t take anything for granted as he looks to add to his Grand Slam tally.
Watch Australian Open: live stream 2021
Dates: Monday, February 8 – Sunday, February 21
Day session start time: 11am AEDT / 12am GMT / 7pm ET / 4pm PT / 1pm NZDT
Evening session start time: 7pm AEDT / 8am GMT / 3am ET / 12am PT / 9pm NZDT
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
FREE live stream: 9Now (Australia)
Global live streams: get ESPN on a free Sling TV trial (US) | Stream Eurosport on Sky Go (UK)
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The sport’s next generation of stars – the likes of Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev – have a golden opportunity in 2021 to establish a new pecking order as legends like Roger Federer remain sidelined due to injury.
Of these, Medvedev seems the most likely to upset the old order in the Aussie Open, but as far as fairy tales go, everyone is surely rooting for his Russian compatriot, qualifier and world no. 114 Aslan Karatsev by now? He’s shocked big guns like Diego Schwartzman and Grigor Dimitrov to become the first player int he Open Era to make it to the semi-finals on their Grand Slam debut.
Over in the Women’s Singles draw, things are arguably even more competitive. The legendary Serena Williams, still chasing her record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, has looked unstoppable at times so far, dispatching world No. 2 Simona Halep to qualify 6-3 6-3. But she faces the equally imperious Naomi Osaka for a place in the finals.
With so much at stake, the 2021 Australian Open is a tournament no tennis should miss – and no one has to. Just follow our guide below as we explain how to watch an Australian Open live stream and catch all the action online wherever you are right now.
How to watch Australian Open 2021: live stream tennis free online Down Under
Once again, Aussie tennis fans can watch all of the Australian Open action without paying a penny thanks to Channel 9, which is completely FREE to watch.
Better still, every match on every court will be available to stream – for FREE on the 9Now streaming service. All you need to do to stream the tennis is register with your email address and provide your local, Australian ZIP code (such as 3000 for Melbourne)
Play starts at 11am AEDT each morning, while the evening sessions begin at 7pm.
If you’re currently out of the country but want to catch that free Australian Open coverage on Channel 9, you’ll need to get yourself a VPN. Here’s how that works.
How to watch an Australian Open live stream from outside your country
For broadcast and streaming details in tennis-mad countries like the UK, Australia, US, Canada and New Zealand, just scroll down the page – everything you need to know is there, including details of who is showing the tennis.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere outside your home country, you’ll soon find a problem – geo-blocking. That’s where the broadcaster prevents you from watching your usual feed from abroad. It’s a common problem for sports fans all over the world. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution.
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Once you’ve chosen and installed your VPN of choice, simply open the service’s corresponding app, hit ‘choose location’, select the appropriate country and you’ll be able to watch the broadcast as if you were back at home.
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How to watch Australian Open: live stream 2021 tennis online in the US
In the US, Australian Open coverage comes courtesy of ESPN and the Tennis Channel, which also has rights to the tournament but will only be showing it on linear TV.
Both of these are cable-based services, though, so in order to watch the Australian Open online you’ll need to be a paying customer. Or have a good over-the-top streaming service that gives you access to the same channels for a fraction of the price!
Of the many and varied options, the best for tennis fans wanting to watch an Australian Open live stream is Sling TV, whose Sling Orange package features ESPN channels for just $35 a month – check out a FREE Sling TV trial or save $10 on your first month, the choice is yours.
Throw in its Sports Extra add-on for an extra $15 a month to get the Tennis Channel and more – and you’re done for just $50 a month. That’s much less than the competition and WAY less than cable!
Alternatively, fuboTV is an even more complete end-to-end cable replacement services, which offers both ESPN and the Tennis Channel as well on plans starting from $64.99 a month for over 120 channels.
New or existing subscribers to US streaming services can still access the platform of their choice from abroad, too – all you need is the help of a good VPN.
2021 Australian Open live stream: how to watch tennis online in Canada
In Canada, you can watch the Australian Open on English-language TSN or French-language RDS – but they’re premium channels that typically come with a pay TV package.
If you get them as part of your cable deal, then you’ll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to an Aussie Open live stream.
If you don’t have cable, then you can subscribe to TSN or RDS on a streaming-only basis from just CA$4.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.
Play gets started at 7pm ET/4pm PT each day, but you’ll have to be up well into the early hours to catch the evening sessions, which start at 3am ET/12am PT.
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How to live stream Australian Open 2021 tennis in the UK
Tennis fans based in the UK can watch the Australian Open action via Eurosport, which means you need to have a subscription to tune in.
Eurosport is available with basic Sky TV packages or via a Eurosport Player pass, which costs either £9.99 per month or £39.99 if you’re ready to commit to a whole year.
You’ll have to be up late to tune into the day sessions, which begin at midnight UK time, though the evening sessions get underway at the much friendlier time of 8am GMT.
Not in the UK this fortnight? Don’t panic, as downloading and installing a VPN as described above will let you tune in just as you would if you were back at home in Blighty.
How to watch Australian Open 2021 online: live stream tennis in New Zealand
Live Australian Open coverage in New Zealand comes courtesy of Sky Sport, which is available as part of a range of pay TV packages.
Subscribers can watch online using the country’s Sky Go service, while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform – where a weekly pass costs just $19.99.
Play gets underway at 1pm NZDT each day, and the evening sessions begin at 9pm.
Anyone in New Zealand from abroad or vice-versa can use the VPN route outlined earlier to access their preferred coverage just like they would at home.
Australian Open 2021 schedule and dates
- February 8 – Men’s and women’s singles first round
- February 9 – Men’s and women’s singles first round
- February 10 – Men’s and women’s singles second round
- February 11 – Men’s and women’s singles second round
- February 12 – Men’s and women’s singles third round
- February 13 – Men’s and women’s singles third round
- February 14 – Men’s and women’s singles fourth round
- February 15 – Men’s and women’s singles fourth round
- February 16 – Men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals
- February 17 – Men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals
- February 18 – Women’s semi-finals and first men’s semi-final
- February 19 – Second men’s semi-final
- February 20 – Women’s final
- February 21 – Men’s final
Who has won the most Australian Open titles?
Novak Djokovic currently stands as the most successful men’s player at Melbourne Park, having won the Aussie Open on eight occasions (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020) – that’s twice more than Swiss rival Roger Federer.
Serena Williams leads the pack for women’s titles during the Open era, having been crowned champion on seven occasions (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017).
Australian Open 2021 prize: how much do the winner’s earn?
There’s a prize pot of AUD $71.5m up for grabs in Melbourne this year. The full breakdown hasn’t yet been revealed, but both the men’s and women’s winners pocketed a tidy AUD $4,120,000 in 2020.
What is the format of the Australian Open tennis?
As with all Open tournaments, men’s matches are the best-of-five sets, while women’s and doubles matches are best-of-three.
Which city hosts the Australian Open tennis?
The Australian Open is played at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, which is located in the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct; the event moved to this site in 1988.
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