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The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam to hit the screens in 2023. The flagship tennis tournament in the Southern Hemisphere begins in mid-January for two weeks of high-class action.
Major stars of the game will descend on Melbourne Park for a title bid. That includes nine-time winner Novak Djokovic who comes in from the cold after not participating last year, which opened the door for a second Australian Open title for Rafael Nadal.
To catch the battle for the latest Men’s title at the Australian Open and to see who sweeps up the vacant Women’s title after last year’s winner Ashleigh Barty retired, here we take a look at how to watch the 2023 Australian Open live.
Where can you watch the Australian Open live? That will of course depend on your location. If you are wondering ‘where can I watch the Australian Open’ then we have a list of all the details right here.
When is the 2023 Australian Open?
The start date for the 2023 Australian Open is January 16th. The two-week event will draw to its conclusion with the Women’s Final on January 28th and the Men’s Final on January 29th.
With 128 players taking part in the first round of both the Men’s and Women’s singles events, plus all the action from the Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Wheelchair events, there is a lot of tennis broadcasting coming up.
How to watch the Australian Open live from the UK
The main broadcaster of the Australian Open 2023 in the UK is Eurosport. They will have action from Melbourne Park on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 for the duration of the tournament. Eurosport can be viewed on your TV through a streaming device or their app.
Eurosport Player does require a subscription or a yearly pass for their tennis streaming. It’s accessible on the web, mobile, SmartTV, Chromecast and AirPlay and includes live and On-demand streaming of all of its channels.
A Eurosport pass costs £39.99 per year or can be put on a monthly subscription. Free trials may be available.
Alternative Australian Open Viewing Option
Another streaming service, Discovery+ will give access to Australian Open live matches in 2023. The Entertainment and Sports plan on the Discovery Plus platform will get you to live tennis streams from the Australian Open.
Discovery+ has apps for smart TVs and mobile devices. There is usually a free trial offer going to start with and then there are a couple of tiered options for monthly subscriptions. It’s £4.99 per month with ads and £6.99 per month without ads.
Live Australian Open Tennis Streams at Betting Sites
There is a good third option as well for Australian Open live streams 2023. That is through a streaming service provided by leading bookmakers like bet365. They have a wonderful live service and the streams are free to watch.
Any bet365 account holder (you can be a new customer and still have access) just has to have some funds in the account to access streams. The minimum deposit at bet365 is £10. That’s enough to get you access to a feast of Australian Open live streams.
Alternatively, if you have placed a bet in the preceding 24 hours before a match that you want to stream, then that works too. Bet365 live streams can be watched through their main website or via their app.
There are a lot of very good betting sites with live streams. Among the most highly recommended ones, there is Unibet, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, Paddy Power and Betfair.
Do I Need A VPN?
For UK viewers watching through either Europort or Discovery+, there is no need for a VPN because of geolocation rights for any Australian Open live stream. VPN services can help with privacy and security while online, however. They are worth checking into for that reason.
What About US Streams?
For any US readers wondering what Australian Open live stream options are available, then ESPN will be the destination. ESPN has a lot of streaming channels and it’s going to need a subscription to their services to get the tennis action.
There are different ways to do this. A straight subscription for the streaming service ESPN+ costs around $10 per month, or there is a yearly option at $100. ESPN will be showing Australian Open live stream matches on ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and the main ESPN channel where the Australian Open Finals will be shown.
Cable packages may already include ESPN. Other streaming services like FuboTV, Hulu, YouTube and Sling have packages where ESPN can be added on if not included already. So there are plenty of options to weigh here. National broadcaster ABC will have highlights of the 2023 Australian Open.
Who Is Playing At The 2023 Australian Open?
Plenty of the game’s major stars are in attendance in this year’s draws. On the men’s side, it is Novak Djokovic who is the strong favourite with bookmakers to win the title. He is the record holder at the Australian Open.
The Serbian already has 9 Australian Open titles under his belt. Had he not had Visa issues last year for entry to Australia, he may well have hit double figures by now. Will that happen this year?
Other major contenders in the men’s draw to watch out for in the Australian Open live action are Daniil Medvedev and Rafal Nadal. Medvedev has knocked on the door in Melbourne for the last two years. He lost the 2021 Final to Djokovic and then last year’s to Nadal, despite being 2-0 up.
The favourite for the women’s title is Iga Swiatek, the current world number one. The Polish player had a phenomenal 2022, winning the Wimbledon and US Open titles. She also produced an astonishing 37-match winning record on the WTA last year.
Swiatek’s 2022 bid at the Australian Open was ended at the semi-final stage, but she’s the big front-runner twelve months on. Other contenders to watch out for in Australian Open live matches are Aryna Sabalneka, Ons Jabeur and Cori Gauff.
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