How to watch Australian Open tennis live and for free

Here's how to watch the 2021 Australian Open tennis. You can watch via TV or online for free.

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The 2021 tennis season is here and, like so many other sports, it has a different look due to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, after intense quarantine periods, the very best players from the ATP and WTA Tours are ready for the Australian Open.

On the men's side, world No.1 Novak Djokovic is back to defend his title. Rafael Nadal and last year's beaten finalist Dominic Thiem lead the contingent trying to dethrone him. Sadly Roger Federer couldn't make the trip due to injury.

Australia's Ash Barty will again be under immense home-town pressure. The top-ranked Aussie would love nothing more than to add her home title to her 2019 French Open crown. Standing in Barty's way will be a raft of top prospects, including Serena Williams, who is still searching for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title.

But enough with the talking, let's get to the watching. Where can you live stream the Australian Open?

How to watch the Australian Open

Channel 9 is again the host broadcaster of the Australian Open. The network will show the Australian Open not just on free-to-air TV, but also online via 9Now.

Watch Australian Open on TV

When it comes to watching on free-to-air, Channel 9 will be utilising both Nine and Gem channels to show Australian Open matches. It's worth noting that only having two channels available to broadcast the tennis means not every match will be shown.

Stream Australian Open online

9Now is the real home of the Australian Open, as it will have access to every single court. So if your favourite tennis player isn't one of the big names, they'll likely be bumped to a smaller court which is likely to be shunned for TV, meaning you'll have to watch via 9Now.

You need to sign up to 9Now in order to stream live tennis, but that process is free. And 9Now offers all four of Channel 9's broadcasts in one spot. So that's Nine, Nine Gem, Nine Go and Nine Life. It's available on just about every format, too.

You can get it through mobiles and tablets (so iOS and Android) and through your PC or Mac via any browser. You can also stream it to your TV via Apple TV, Chromecast, Telstra TV, Fetch TV, Freeview Plus or a PS4 video game console. A native app can also be found on recent model Sony, LG, Samsung and Android TVs.

The only problem with 9Now is that it isn't a specialist sports broadcaster. So unlike Kayo Sports, which has special features like SplitView allowing you to watch four sports at once, with the Nine Network you'll be limited to a single match at at time.

Name Product Details Service type Simultaneous streams Free trial? Price What's next?
9NOW
9NOW

9NOW

  • Service type

    Catch-up
  • Free trial?

    No
  • Price

    Free
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Catch-up
1
No
Free
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Where to stream more tennis in 2021

Once the Australian Open has crowned its champions, tennis fans can begin looking forward to other events. Unfortunately, the broadcast landscape for all the other tennis tournaments through the year isn't as clear-cut.

We have a detailed article breaking down how to watch all the year's tennis, but long story short, your most comprehensive option is Kayo Sports which has over 50 sports. It also offers a 14-day free trial for new users.

Kayo Sports offers the best bang for buck in general, but it also showcases Fox Sports, ESPN and beIN SPORTS channels. They're all streamed alongside some sports-specific special features to pretty much every major device. As these channels between them cover the majority of the year's tennis, you're unlikely to miss much with this option.

Name Product Simultaneous streams Max video quality Free Trial Period Monthly price
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic
2
HD
14 days
$25
Kayo Sports Premium
Kayo Sports Premium
3
HD
14 days
$35
7PLUS
7PLUS
1
HD
Free
$0
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack
2
HD
10 days
$54
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