Watch Australian Open 2024 Live Free

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the 2024 tennis season. Dubbed the “Happy Slam” by Roger Federer, the tournament brings positivity and excitement to Melbourne Park every year.

The 2024 Australian Open is on the horizon and the hype is greater than ever, with fans anticipating the returns of Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, Emma Raducanu and many others! And we have all the information on how you can live stream the Melbourne major.

ESPN channels and platforms carry the most comprehensive Australian Open coverage. With the latest edition starting on Jan. 14, we’ve compiled the following guide to help you find the best ways to tune in

The Australian Open is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments and is held annually in Melbourne, Australia. It is typically the first Grand Slam tournament of the tennis calendar year. The event takes place over two weeks in January, and it attracts top tennis players from around the world.

Unfortunately, Australian Open is only available to watch in select countries outside Australia, so you might not be able to find it on a TV channel or streaming service in your area.

What channels show the Australian Open?

You can watch the Australian Open on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+, with Spanish-language coverage on ESPN Deportes.

Tennis Channel will broadcast daily highlights, analysis, and replays. There’ll also be occasional highlight shows on ABC during the tournament’s final two weekends.

2024 Australian Open schedule

The 2024 Australian Open promises thrilling encounters from every round. It starts with qualifying matches on Jan. 8 and culminates with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on Jan. 26–27.

Because of the time difference between Australia and the U.S., we recommend consulting our table below for coverage start times. You can also visit the official Australian Open Tennis Draws page for a detailed look at individual matchups.

EventDayStart time (ET)Channels
QualifyingSunday, Jan 86:00 p.m.ESPN+
QualifyingMonday, Jan 96:00 p.m.ESPN+
QualifyingTuesday, Jan 106:00 p.m.ESPN+
QualifyingWednesday, Jan 116:00 p.m.ESPN+
Singles First RoundSaturday, Jan 14TBATBA
Singles First RoundSunday, Jan 15TBATBA
Singles First RoundMonday, Jan 16TBATBA
Second RoundTuesday, Jan 17TBATBA
Second RoundWednesday, Jan 18TBATBA
Third RoundThursday, Jan 19TBATBA
Third RoundFriday, Jan 20TBATBA
Fourth RoundSaturday, Jan 21TBATBA
Fourth RoundSunday, Jan 22TBATBA
QuarterfinalsMonday, Jan 23TBATBA
QuarterfinalsTuesday, Jan 24TBATBA
Semifinals, Mix Doubles FinalWednesday, Jan 25TBATBA
SemifinalsThursday, Jan 26TBATBA
FinalsFriday, Jan 27TBATBA
FinalsSaturday, Jan 28TBATBA

How to watch the Australian Open for free online

If you want to watch the Australian Open online without paying a single cent, we have a few tips for you. Since most free VPNs can’t unblock region-restricted content, you should try using a freemium, which is a free version of a paid-for VPN.

Although a large percentage of them are limited in terms of functionality, we like ProtonVPN or Atlas VPN, as each of them gives you unlimited data, and offers decent security.

However, if you’re only planning to use a VPN for the duration of the Australian Open, you could

simply sign up for a free trial of a paid-for VPN. Each of our favorite VPNs, including NordVPN, Surfshark, and IPVanish, offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can use any of them to watch the tennis without committing to a lengthy subscription.

We strongly advise you to steer clear of free VPN providers, as most of them make money by selling customer data to third parties. Besides this, they tend to have far fewer servers, along with sluggish and unreliable speeds.

How to watch Australian Open tennis from anywhere

Whether you’re traveling abroad and want to catch up on the matches, or the tournament isn’t being shown where you are, you’ll need to use a VPN to watch the Australian Open online.

Best Australian Open TV plans

Hulu + Live TV is the ultimate TV plan for watching the Australian Open. Starting at $76.99 a month, it offers ESPN and ESPN2 alongside ESPN+ at no extra cost. The live TV streaming service is also adding Tennis Channel to its lineup starting Jan. 2024.

Hulu + Live TV will grant you access to every Grand Slam tournament and a wide range of ATP Tour, WTA Tour, and college tennis coverage.

If Hulu + Live TV is out of your price range, we recommend a standalone ESPN+ subscription. It costs $10.99 a month and carries every Australian Open match. You just won’t find much other pro tennis coverage until Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Which TV providers carry the Australian Open?

Any TV provider with the basic ESPN channels will get you Australian Open action. In the table below, we’ve compiled a list of 14 leading providers and whether they offer ESPN, ESPN2, and Tennis Channel.

ProviderPriceESPNESPN2Tennis ChannelDetails
Cox$56.00–$139.00/mo.CHECK AVAILABILITY
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DIRECTV$64.99–$154.99/mo.VIEW PLANS

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DIRECTV STREAM$69.99–$159.99/mo.VIEW PLANS

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DISH$92.99–$117.99/mo.VIEW PLANS

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Fubo$74.99–$94.99/mo.VIEW PLANS

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Hulu + Live TV$76.99–$89.99/mo.✔*VIEW PLANS

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Optimum$35.00–$125.00/mo.VIEW PLANS

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Philo$25.00/mo.VIEW PLANS

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Sling TV$40.00–$55.00/mo.VIEW PLANS

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Spectrum$59.99/mo.VIEW PLANS

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Verizon Fios$60.00–$119.00/mo.VIEW PLANS

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Vidgo$69.99–$99.99/mo.VIEW PLANS

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Xfinity$20.00–$80.00/mo.VIEW PLANS

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YouTube TV$72.99/mo.VIEW PLANS

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How to watch the Australian Open in the US

In the US, ESPN has the broadcasting rights to the 2024 Australian Open. You’ll either need ESPN on cable or a cord-cutting service. ESPN Plus is the cheapest at $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. Other good options include Sling TV ($40 per month) or FuboTV ($69.99 per month) which has a 7-day free trial. If you are outside of the US and travelling you can use ExpressVPN to connect to the USA to stream.

How to watch the Australian Open in the UK

Discovery Plus is the place to watch in the UK and EU. It costs £6.99 per month or £59.99. If you are outside of the UK and travelling you can use ExpressVPN to connect to the UK to stream.

How to watch the Australian Open in New Zealand

Australia is the best place to watch the Australian Open 2024. Not only is the timing right but every match has a free live stream on 9Now. If you are outside of Australia and travelling you can use ExpressVPN to connect to Australia to stream.

It’s Sky Sports that airs the Australian Open in New Zealand. You can watch with a subscription or use the Sky Sports Now streaming service which comes with a 7-day free trial. It’s $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month after that. If you are outside of New Zealand and travelling you can use ExpressVPN to connect to New Zealand to stream.

How to watch the Australian Open in Canada

The 2024 Australian Open is available to watch in full on TSN in Canada. If you If don’t have cable, you can subscribe to TSN on a streaming-only basis from CA$19.99 a month or $199.90 each year. If you are outside of Canada and travelling you can use ExpressVPN to connect to New Zealand to stream.