How to stream ATP and WTA tennis live online in Australia
The big serves and classic rallies of the Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon return in 2021. Here is where you can watch a live stream online or on free-to-air.
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Tennis, like so many professional sports across the globe, was deeply impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As we move into 2021, it's hoped the WTA and ATP Tours can enjoy some more normalcy ahead.
The four grand slams, the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and a host of ATP and WTA 250 events are all on the schedule. Whether you prefer to follow the action on your mobile, tablet, browser or set-top box, there are multiple ways to indulge your tennis fandom.
How to watch tennis in Australia
Australian tennis fans really do need to keep sharp if they plan on watching every tournament. All tennis is split over paid and free-to-air services. It can get confusing for those trying to watch on free-to-air, because Channel 9, SBS and Channel 7 all broadcast some tennis. This is a mixture of grand slams and ATP events.
The same principle can be likened to the paid services, but not to the same extent. Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and beIN SPORTS CONNECT are your main options for grand slams and ATP/WTA tournaments.
Kayo starts from $25/month, which is $29/month cheaper than Foxtel Now and $45/month less than Foxtel iQ. So if you're not a pre-existing customer, there's a clear winner economically. The one area Foxtel iQ wins out is that it's the only broadcaster with sport in 4K content.
Then there's Fetch TV, which depending on your channel subscriptions has a potential mixture of the US Open, ATP and WTA events available.
beIN SPORTS CONNECT is another option to get a tennis fix through. It has a large contingent of overseas tennis competitions as well as a variety of WTA events. You can land a beIN SPORTS CONNECT subscription for $19.99/month.
Finally you've got Tennis TV available which says it has more than 2,000 ATP tennis matches from 63 tournaments, though it has no access to the big grand slam tournaments. Tennis TV is available for $19.99/month or $149.99 annually.
With so many options it can be tough to decide on who to take up with. Out of all of these sports streaming services you'd be best to take up Kayo's 14-day free trial. Kayo has over 50 sports available to watch, on heaps of devices, with subscriptions starting from just $25/month. See our Kayo review for a full breakdown.
Alternatively, you can also find a 14-day free trial on beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
How to watch the Australian Open
In 2019 we saw an enormous change to the broadcasting rights for the Australian Open. For the first time since 1973, Channel 7 didn't broadcast the rights as they were picked up by Channel 9. This is the case once again in 2021. Channel 9 has exclusive free-to-air and streaming rights for the Australian Open.
Some matches are on TV, but if you want to watch every match you'll have to get to know the 9Now app. It's free, although you need to sign up to Channel 9 to gain access to the live sports stream. Check out our Australian Open viewing guide for more information.
How to stream the French Open
The Australian broadcasting rights for the French Open in 2019 and 2020 were jointly held by Foxtel and SBS. SBS had some of the French Open available through the SBS On Demand app, allowing you to watch for free. Though if you were after more comprehensive coverage you needed a subscription to one of Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports.
From 2021, however, the tournament will have a new home on Nine and Stan Sport. Signing a three-year agreement to broadcast the French Open and Wimbledon, Nine and Stan Sport will be showing all the action from the red clay courts. Stan's new sports streaming arm, Stan Sport has a small amount of tennis to add to its strong rugby union coverage, which includes the Super Rugby AU competition and all Wallaby Test matches.
How to stream Wimbledon tennis championships
While it lost the Australian Open, Channel 7 still held the rights for Wimbledon until the end of 2019. The famous tournament at the All England Club was then sadly cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Now as mentioned above, Wimbledon is moving over to Nine and Stan Sport for the next three years.
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How to stream the US Open
The rights to the US Open tennis broadcast are owned by American giant ESPN. The places you can watch ESPN broadcast into Australia are through Foxtel, Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now and via Fetch. For the latter, ESPN is part of the Vibe pack and costs $6/month on top of your existing bill.
How to stream Davis Cup, Hopman Cup and Fed Cup tennis
If you want to stream the major non-grand slam tennis cup competitions, Channel 9 and the 9Now app have you covered for the Davis Cup, Hopman Cup and Fed Cup, but only for the matches that occur in Australia. For those matches that occur overseas, the rights are owned by beIN SPORTS.
This network is available in Australia via a number of broadcasters. This includes the same trio of Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports, but this time there are two extra options in Fetch TV and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
beIN channels are available on Fetch as one of its Special Interests additions. You can also subscribe directly to beIN SPORTS CONNECT. Both of these options cost $19.99/month.
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How to stream other ATP and WTA tournaments
There's plenty of non-cup, non-Open tennis to enjoy every year that impacts the ranking of the best players. The top 250 players can compete in these events, ensuring the quality of tennis is always good. These run year round and you can see the full ATP and WTA schedule here.
The big ATP/WTA tournaments that occur in Australia, such as the ATP Cup, Hobart International and Adelaide International, are all available through Channel 9 and the 9Now app.
Overseas tournaments are generally broadcast through ESPN, Fox Sports and/or beIN SPORTS.
If you're a true fan of the smaller tournaments on the tennis calendar, you may want to consider Tennis TV. Outside of Channel 9 it's the only service to have streaming of the ATP Cup. Though as we expressed at the beginning, Tennis TV says it has over 60 combined ATP and WTA tournaments.
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