Get ready for the first Grand Slam of the season as the 2020 Australian Open begins on Monday 20 January….
Get ready for the first Grand Slam of the season as the 2020 Australian Open begins on Monday 20 January.
The best players in the world have gathered once again for what is known as the ‘Happy Slam’, with 128 men and 128 women poised to compete for the singles titles (and many more preparing to face off for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, as well as junior and wheelchair competitions).
While the terrible tragedy of the Australian bushfires has cast a literal pall over the tournament, the Australian Open is nevertheless forging ahead after raising over $4 million for relief appeals with a star-studded charity exhibition. But it’s possible that concerns about air quality could affect the performances of certain players, adding another layer of unpredictability to a fortnight that already promised plenty of intrigue.
On the men’s side, the ‘Big Three’ of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are once again the overwhelming favourites, and there are two big questions. Firstly, how will this Australian Open affect the ever-tightening race for the Grand Slam record? Federer still leads overall with 20 major titles, but Nadal is now within reach with 19 – and is back to world no. 1. Djokovic, meanwhile, has won more Australian Open titles than any other man in history: An eighth crown in 2020 would not only extend his record at Melbourne Park even further, but would see him narrow the gap on Federer and Nadal, adding to his current haul of 16 major titles.
The second big question is whether any of tennis’s rising young players can break through the Big Three to become a major champion. With no active Grand Slam champions under 30 on the men’s side, the game is crying out for younger stars to prove their credentials on the biggest stages. US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev and Nitto ATP Finals Stefanos Tsitsipas are among the leading contenders, joined by Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and rising Russian Andrey Rublev, who brings a 12-match winning streak into the tournament and joins Medvedev and Zverev in the ‘young guns’ quarter of the draw.
The women’s draw is similarly intriguing. Seven-time champion Serena Williams warmed up for the Australian Open by winning her first title since returning from maternity leave; the 23-time major winner has reached four Grand Slam finals since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, but fallen short in each one. Will the Australian Open, the last major she won (while pregnant), be the fitting scene of one of Serena’s greatest triumphs – a first Grand Slam title as a mother, and her 24th overall, tying Margaret Court’s all-time record?
Williams isn’t going to have it all her own way, however – not with defending champion Naomi Osaka, her older sister Venus and teenage phenomenon Coco Gauff, as well as the soon-to-retire Caroline Wozniacki, all in her quarter of the draw. The American is also on a potential collision course with world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty, who warmed up for her home major by claiming the title at the Adelaide International. Australia is desperate for their first homegrown singles champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978 – wil the ‘Barty Party’ last all the way to the final? Big-serving Karolina Pliskova and two-time major winner Simona Halep are among the players in the bottom half of the draw who could be a handful for Williams or Barty in the final.
It’s going to be a huge fortnight of tennis action which will see the first major champions of 2020 crowned – and you can follow all the matches live from Melbourne Park. Here’s how.
How to watch the 2020 Australian Open in the UK & Europe
Eurosport is the home of the Australian Open in UK and Europe, with matches shown live on Eurosport and Eurosport 2. There is also the Eurosport Player, which requires a subscription but can also be accessed through Amazon Prime Video. The Eurosport Player streams matches from 18 courts live and on demand.
An alternative, if you do not want to buy a subscription or are looking for a flexible interface, is to stream the Australian Open live with bet365.
Bookmakers bet365 have the rights to stream Australian Open matches live alongside live odds and in-play betting. All Australian Open matches, including qualifying, doubles, juniors and wheelchair, are streamed live via bet365 and all that is required to enjoy the tennis live is to be a bet365 customer with a funded account.
As such all you need to do to access all Australian Open streams is to go to the bet365 website, open an account and deposit £5 or more in your account. This will enable you to watch and bet on all Australian Open matches.
How to watch the Australian Open live from outside the UK or Europe
In the USA: The Australian Open is broadcast by ESPN and the Tennis Channel in the USA. You can also access the Tennis Channel Player, which will offer a live stream of the Australian Open.
In Australia: Channel Nine took over broadcasting the Australian Open live in 2019 and will be the host broadcaster for the 2020 tournament.
Australian Open Tournament Schedule
Each day at the Australian Open is split into two sessions, the day session and the night session, which are separately ticketed. The day session begins at 11am local/12am GMT and the night session at 7pm local/8am GMT until the second Wednesday of the tournament, when the night session begins at 7.30pm local/8.30am GMT.
Different halves of the draw play on alternate days. The bottom half of the men’s draw, headlined by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, and the top half of the women’s draw, including Ashleigh Barty, Serena Wiliams and Naomi Osaka, will play on Monday 20 January and every other day from then on. The top half of the men’s draw, led by Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev, and the bottom half of the women’s draw, headlined by Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep, will play on Tuesday 21 January and every other subsequent day.
The order of play for the following day’s play will be released each day by the tournament, generally around the beginning of the night session.
The final three days of the tournament only have night sessions, which makes it extremely convenient for viewers in the UK and Europe to follow the climactic matches.
Australian Open 2020
|Date – Time||Event Name||Location|
|20 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R1 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|20 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R1 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|21 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R1 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|21 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R1 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|22 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R2 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|22 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R2 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|23 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R2 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|23 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R2 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|24 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R3 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|24 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R3 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|25 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R3 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|25 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R3 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|26 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R16 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|26 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R16 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|27 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R16 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|27 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R16 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|28 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (day)||Melbourne Park|
|28 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (night)||Melbourne Park|
|29 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (day)||Melbourne Park|
|29 Jan 2020 08:30||Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (night)||Melbourne Park|
|30 Jan 2020 02:00||Women’s semifinals (day)||Melbourne Park|
|30 Jan 2020 08:30||Men’s semifinal (night)||Melbourne Park|
|31 Jan 2020 08:30||Men’s semifinal (night)||Melbourne Park|
|01 Feb 2020 08:30||Women’s final (night)||Melbourne Park|
|02 Feb 2020 08:30||Men’s final (night)||Melbourne Park|
All singles matches from all courts are available to stream live to bet365 customers with funded accounts.
Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles matches, as well as junior, legends and wheelchair doubles, are also available to watch and bet on live.