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2018 Australian Open Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks

The Australian Open, tennis’ first major tournament of the year, will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and streaming on the ESPN app beginning Sunday, Jan. 14. There’ll be more than 100 hours of television plus 1,400 hours of streaming of tournament coverage, culminating with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on January 27 and 28, respectively, both at 3:30 a.m. ET.

ESPN’s tennis announcers, analysts and studio hosts for the Australian Open are (in alphabetical order by their last name): Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chrissie Evert, Chris Fowler, Brad Gilbert, Jason Goodall, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Chris McKendry, Patrick Mouratoglou, Pam Shriver, and Rennae Stubbs.

ESPN.com’s Digital Serve video and daily global reports and analysis from contributors Jerry Bembry and Matt Wilansky. Peter Bodo will add to the depth of coverage from stateside. ESPN Interactive TV will present a six-screen mosaic on DIRECTV featuring the ESPN/Tennis Channel linear feed and five TV courts, during the first seven days of the tournament. Sam Gore will host, joined on the set by Mardy Fish, Luke Jensen and appearances from the ESPN TV commentator roster.

Without new mom and newly married Serena Williams to defend the title she won a year ago (while pregnant, the world learned later) – not to mention two-time champ Victoria Azarenka who is not travelling to Australia – the women’s field for the Australian Open is wide open.

On the men’s side, 36-year old Roger Federer and 31-year old Rafael Nadal aim to reappear in the final like last year (Federer ultimately won that tournament) but those hampered or shortened by injury in 2017 — including Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Juan Martin del Potro, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori — look to rebound to challenge for titles and the top ranking.

The following are the Australian Open tennis events including dates, start times, and TV networks. All times Eastern.

All Courts (up to 16), all day plus Spanish-language coverage
Sunday, Jan. 14 7 p.m. – Friday Jan. 26 on ESPN3 (live)

2017 Australian Open Men’s Championship: Federer vs. Nadal
Sunday, Jan. 14 5-7 p.m. on ESPN2 (encore)

Early Round Play on ESPN2


Live telecasts
Sunday, Jan. 14 7 p.m.-7 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 15-Wednesday, Jan. 17 9 p.m.-7 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18 11 p.m.-7 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 19 9 p.m.-7 a.m.

Featured matches on ESPN2
Sunday, Jan. 14
[13] Sloane Stephens vs. Zhang Shuai (7 p.m.)
[7] Jelena Ostapenko vs. Francesca Schiavone (7 p.m.)
[5] Venus Williams vs. Belinda Bencic (9 p.m.)
Timea Babos vs. [10] CoCo Vandeweghe (9 p.m.)
Matthew Ebden vs. [16] John Isner (9 p.m.)
[3] Grigor Dimitrov vs. Dennis Novak (11 p.m.)
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Denis Shapovalov (11 p.m.)
Samantha Stosur vs. Monica Puig (11:30 p.m.)

Monday, Jan. 15 – Women’s Singles
Mihaela Buzarnescu vs. [2] Caroline Wozniacki (3 a.m.)
Daria Gavrilova vs. Irina Falconi (5:30 a.m.)
[21] Angelique Kerber vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam (9 p.m.)
Tatjana Maria vs. Maria Sharapova (9 p.m.)
Qiang Wang vs. [17] Madison Keys (9:30 p.m.)
[1] Simona Halep vs. Destanee Aiava (11:30 p.m.)
Andrea Petkovic vs. [27] Petra Kvitova (11:30 p.m.)

Monday, Jan. 15 – Men’s Singles
Yuichi Sugita vs. [8] Jack Sock (1:30 a.m.)
[1] Rafael Nadal vs. Victor Estrella Burgos (3 a.m.)
[17 Nick Kyrgios vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva (3 a.m.)
Kevin King vs. [15] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5 a.m.)
[5] Dominic Thiem vs. Guido Pella (12 p.m.)
[13] Sam Querrey vs. Feliciano Lopez (8:30 p.m.)
Thomas Fabbiano vs. [4] Alexander Zverev (8:30 p.m.)
Steve Johnson vs. Denis Kudla (10:30 p.m.)
Ricardas Berankis vs. [9] Stan Wawrinka (10:30 p.m.)
[14] Novak Djokovic vs. Donald Young (11 p.m.)

Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Women’s Singles
[3] Garbine Muguruza vs. Jessika Ponchet (3 a.m.)

Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Men’s Singles
[19] Tomas Berdych vs. Alex de Minaur (2:45 a.m.)
Aljaz Bedene vs. [2] Roger Federer (3 a.m.)
Frances Tiafoe vs. [12] Juan Martin del Potro (4:30 a.m.)

Same-Day encore telecasts
Tuesday, Jan. 16-Friday, Jan. 19 2-5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20 9 a.m.-noon


Round of 16 on ESPN2

Live telecasts
Saturday, Jan. 20-Sunday, Jan. 21 9 p.m.-7 a.m.

Same-Day encore telecasts
Sunday, Jan. 21 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 22 2-5 p.m.


Quarterfinals on ESPN2

Live telecasts
Monday, Jan. 22 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Late Monday, Jan. 22 3-6 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Late Tuesday, Jan. 23 3:30-6 a.m.

Same-Day encore telecasts
Tuesday, Jan. 23 2-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 24 2-5 p.m.

Women’s Semifinals
Wednesday, Jan. 24 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live, ESPN2)

Men’s Semifinals


Live telecasts
Late Wednesday, Jan. 24 3:30-6 a.m. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
Late Thursday, Jan. 25 3:30-6 a.m. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)

Same-Day encore telecasts
Thursday, Jan. 25-Friday, Jan. 26 1-5 p.m. (ESPN2)


Boys’ and Girls’ Championships
Friday, Jan. 26 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live, ESPN3)

Mixed Doubles Semifinals
Friday, Jan. 26 11 p.m. (Live, ESPN3)

Women’s Doubles Championship
Friday, Jan. 26 11 p.m. (Live, ESPN3)

Women’s Championship
Late Friday, Jan. 26 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Live, ESPN/ESPN Deportes)

Men’s Doubles Championship
Late Friday, Jan. 26 5:30 a.m. (Live, ESPN3)

Women’s Championship
Saturday, Jan. 27 9 a.m.-noon (Encore, ESPN2)

Mixed Doubles Championship
Late Saturday, Jan. 27 12-2 a.m. (Live, ESPN3)

Men’s Championship
Late Saturday, Jan. 27 3:30-6:30 a.m. (Live, ESPN/ESPN Deportes)

Men’s Championship
Sunday, Jan. 28 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Encore, ESPN2)

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