The decade's first tennis Grand Slam is upon us, but one look at the favorites for this year's Australian Open suggests the tournament is unlikely to signal a new era for the sport. Will the old guard reign supreme once more in Melbourne? You can watch all the tennis action unfold from absolutely anywhere in the world with our handy 2020 Australian Open live stream guide below.
Australian Open 2020 tennis - where and when
This year's Australian Open takes place at Melbourne Park in, you guessed it, Melbourne, Australia. It's running from Monday, January 20 to Sunday, February 2.
The action starts most days at 11am AEDT, that's midnight GMT, 7pm ET and 4pm PT.
The familiar names of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer head up the men's odds, while Serena Williams is the clear choice for the women's tournament - currently at ahead of upstarts (oh, and 2020 major winners in their own right) Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty.
The 108th edition of the Aussie Open sees the aforementioned Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka defending their titles.
Djokovic will be buoyed by recent success in Australia after he started in Serbia's win at the innugural ATP Cup Down Under earlier this month. Japanese ace Osaka meanwhile comes into the tournament off the back of a shock defeat to Karolina Pliskova in the semi-final's of the Brisbane International.
While showers are expected for the early part of the tournament, the bigger concern for players will be the air quality in Melbourne thanks to the ongoing bushfire tragedy in the east of the state.
Tennis fans will be hoping the haze won't impact on what looks set to be the most eagerly contested Australian Open for some time. Find out how you can live stream all the Australian Open 2020 tennis action from wherever you are in the world below.
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How to live stream Australian Open tennis for FREE Down Under
Channel 9 is once again the rights holder for live TV broadcasts of all the action from the Australian Open for 2020. So for those with access to the channel it's as easy as switching on the TV or using the app to enjoy all the action.
Not only that, but every match on every court will be streaming for free on 9Now, too. That means up to 16 live streams available at any one time.
However, if you're away from the country and still want to catch that Australian Open coverage for free on Channel 9, you'll soon find that it's restricted when overseas. The only way around this we know is to get yourself a VPN, as we explain below...
Live stream the Australian Open tennis 2020 from anywhere in the world
For your watching options in Australia, the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, we have more details below - just scroll down the page.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere outside your home country, you'll soon find a problem...geo-blocking. That's where the broadcaster prevents you from watching the feed overseas.
The best way to clear this net is to download and install a VPN (click the link if you're a bit unsure of what that is). We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with loads of devices (e.g. Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PS4) and streaming services, ranks amongst the fastest and most secure, and even has an available 30-day money back guarantee so that you can effectively try before you buy.
And don't forget that a VPN isn't just for watching tennis. From unblocking restricted sites and watching Netflix in other territories, to adding an extra layer of security for online shopping and banking, it's not hard to see why their popularity is increasing.
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How to watch the Australian Open 2020: US live stream
For US residents, the Australian Open action will be broadcast by ESPN and the Tennis Channel. That means those with access can enjoy it on TV as part of their usual subscription package.
Cord cutter? ESPN is available on a range of TV streaming services, too. Check out the list below for more information on them.
For those looking to stream, the network's subscription service ESPN+ will have a lot of coverage of the action from Melbourne, showing over 1,400 hours of action from the tournament this year, including all three doubles championships (men’s, women’s, mixed) plus the Boys’ and Girls’ Singles Championships, as well as the Wheelchair Championships. ESPN+ costs £4.99 per month and is adding an increasing amount of content to its roster - from UFC to FA Cup soccer and much more besides.
And if you have access to any of these services but find yourself outside the US this fortnight, then revert your eyes up and check out how getting a VPN could help.
- FuboTV $54.99 for the first month
- Hulu with Live TV $54.99 per month
- Sling TV starting at $30 per month
- DirecTV Now $50 per month
How to live stream Australian Open tennis in the UK
This year UK residents will be able to catch the Australian Open action via Eurosport which has secured the broadcasting rights to the tennis Grand Slam event. That means you'll need to have a subscription to enjoy everything from your TV. This can be attained via Sky, Virgin Media and TVPlayer.
For those looking to stream, there's also the option of Eurosport Player and its dedicated app. It costs £6.99 per month, or £39.99 if you commit to a whole year.
Not in the UK this fortnight? Then don't panic, as downloading and installing a VPN as described above will let you watch via the above services as if you were back in blighty.
The best ways to stream the Australian Open 2020 in Canada
In Canada the rights to all the tennis Grand Slams are owned by TSN, and the 2020 Australian Open is no exception. So that means you can access this via your TV, online or on the TSN app if you have access to the service.
Using a VPN is the way to go if you want to access an account when you're overseas.
The best way to stream the Australian Open in New Zealand
If you want to catch the action but are out of New Zealand over the fortnight, you can of course use a VPN to access Sky's coverage.
Australian Open 2020 FAQ: all you need to know
Who has won the most Australian Opens?
Novak Djokovic currently stands as the most successful men’s player at Melbourne having won the Aussie Open on seven occasions (2008, 2011–2013, 2015–2016, 2019) – that’s one more than Swiss rival Roger Federer.
Serena Williams leads the pack for women’s titles during the Open era, having also been crowed champion on seven occasions (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2017).
How much do the winners get at the 2020 Australian Open?
There’s a record prize pot of AUD$71 million in prize money up for grabs in Melbourne this year. Both the Men’s and Women’s winners this year will each pocket a tidy AUD$4,120,000.
What is the format of the Australian Open tennis?
As with all Open tournaments, Men’s matches are the best-of-five sets, while Women’s and Doubles matches are best-of-three.
Which city hosts the Australian Open tennis?
The Australian Open is played at Melbourne Park, which is located in the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct; the event moved to this site in 1988.
How have the bushfires affected this year's Australian Open?
Melbourne hasn't been as badly affected as Canberra or Sydney by the fires, however, thanks to changing winds air pollution shot up to "hazardous" levels in the week running up to the event.
While the tournament is set to go ahead as scheduled, umpires have been told to stop play if air monitoring shows it is too dangerous to continue.