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How to watch Australian Open tennis live and free
Here's how to watch the 2023 Australian Open via your TV or streamed online for free.
In the lead-up to the 2023 Australian Open, there has been as much attention on who isn't playing the tournament as who will step foot on Melbourne Park. Big names such as Serena Williams and Roger Federer won't be there as they've retired, as has defending women's champion Ash Barty. Former 2-time winner Naomi Osaka also withdrew. Venus Williams, Australian Ajla Tomljanovic and current men's world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz had to withdraw due to injury.
However, the 2023 Australian Open will welcome back 9-time winner Novak Djokovic following his visa being denied last year after he'd already landed in Melbourne and was sent straight back home. Defending champion Rafael Nadal will be back too, as Djokovic looks to equal Nadal's Grand Slam title record and Nadal looks to edge further ahead. Others to note in the men's draw include 2022 finalist Daniil Medvedev, world number 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas and American Taylor Fritz, who recently won the United Cup with his team.
The top 10 players of women's tennis will all be at the Australian Open in 2023, including number 1 Iga Świątek and number 5 Aryna Sabalenka, who recently won the Adelaide International. Last year's finalist and world number 14 Danielle Collins also returns.
Leading the charge for the Aussies will be Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur in the men's draw. Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis will also be back to defend their men's doubles title.
When is the Australian Open?
This year's tournament is being held from 16–29 January at Melbourne Park in Victoria.
How to watch or live stream the Australian Open
There are 2 ways to watch the 2023 Australian Open – via paid subscription service Stan Sport or for free via the Nine Network.
This will be the case until 2029, after Nine extended their deal for broadcasting the Australian Open in November 2022.
What channel has the Australian Open on free-to-air TV?
When it comes to watching on free-to-air TV, the Nine Network will be utilising both the main Channel 9 and 9Gem channels to broadcast Australian Open matches. It's worth noting that only having 2 channels available to broadcast the tennis means not every match will be shown on traditional TV, but for 2023, they're claiming to deliver 276 hours of coverage. So that's still plenty of tennis action on free-to-air TV.
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Stream the Australian Open on 9Now
9Now will allow you to watch every match in HD, live and on demand.
You need to sign up to 9Now in order to stream the Australian Open, but that process is free.
The only problem with 9Now is that it isn't a specialist sports broadcaster, plus it also features ads. So unlike say Kayo Sports, which has special features like SplitView allowing you to watch 4 sports at once, with 9Now you'll be limited to a single match at a time. However, 9Now does feature a start-over button, which allows you to watch from the start of each session if you miss the beginning.
If you want to stream the Australian Open without ads, you'll need Stan Sport.
Stream the Australian Open on Stan Sport
Streaming platform Stan Sport will also have access to every single match at the Australian Open.
The sports streaming service has every Australian Open match live, on-demand and ad-free. Matches on centre court will be in 4K. For more information on pricing, its free trial and more, check out our guide to Stan Sport.
How to watch other tennis tournaments during the year
While Stan Sport and the Nine Network screen the Australian Open and the other grand slam tournaments, you can access plenty of world-class tennis action elsewhere all year round.
beIN SPORTS CONNECT is a good option to get a tennis fix. It has a large contingent of overseas ATP and WTA events as well as the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup. You can land a beIN SPORTS CONNECT subscription for $14.99 a month. It also has a 14-day free trial for new customers.
Then there's Fetch TV, which depending on your channel subscriptions has a potential mixture of the ATP and WTA events available. You must be subscribed to the beIN SPORTS Pack though, which costs $19.99 a month on top of your existing Fetch TV subscription.
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