Australian Open starts Sunday on ESPN2, Tennis Channel

The upcoming Australian Open tennis tournament will have live coverage, from first serve to championship point, on the ESPN networks and Tennis Channel.
Tennis Channel will open action from 7-9 p.m. for the first ten days of the Grand Slam tournament, adding two hours on Thursday, Jan. 17 (7-11 p.m.) and one hour on Wednesday, Jan. 23 (7-10 p.m.).
ESPN2 is the prime carrier, with added court coverage on the website ESPN3.com. ESPN will take over in the semifinal and final rounds. ESPN2 will air live coverage generally from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and continue with the Open’s night matches from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. or conclusion.
Tennis Channel will also air the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles finals live, plus the boys and girls finals. The network will televise the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals on a replay basis.
Tennis Channel will air a live pre-game show at 6 p.m. Eastern from Jan. 13-Jan. 23.
ESPN has not released its talent lineup but you can expect the usual cast of John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale and play-by-play voice Chris Fowler and host Chris McKendry, among others.
The Tennis Channel announcing team includes Jim Courier (who recently re-upped his contract for five years), Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Carillo, Paul Annacone, play-by-play voice Bill Macatee, host Brett Haber and reporter Jon Wertheim in Australia, plus Tracy Austin, Jimmy Arias and host Steve Weissman in Los Angeles.
Melbourne, Australia, is 16 hours ahead of New York time – for quick reference, add four hours to New York time and switch from AM to PM, or PM to AM. So, the Australian Open schedule is exactly like the U.S. Open time slots of 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. locally.

The daily schedule, with replay information highlighted:
Sunday, Jan. 13 – First round, 7 p.m.-Monday 7 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Monday, Jan. 14 – First round, replay 2-5 p.m. (ESPN2); 7-9 p.m. (Tennis); 9 p.m.-Tuesday 7 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Tuesday, Jan. 15 – First round, replay 2-5 p.m. (ESPN2); Second round, 7-9 p.m. (Tennis); 9 p.m.-Wednesday 7 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Wednesday, Jan. 16 – Second round, replay 2:30-5:30 p.m. (ESPN2); Second round, 7-9 p.m. (Tennis); 9 p.m.-Thursday 7 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Thursday, Jan. 17 – Second round, replay 12-3 p.m. (ESPN2); Third round, 7-11 p.m. (Tennis); 11 p.m.-Friday 7 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Friday, Jan. 18 – Third round, replay 12-3 p.m. (ESPN2); Third round, 7-9 p.m. (Tennis); 9 p.m.-Saturday 7 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Saturday, Jan. 19 – Third round, replay 9 a.m.-noon (ESPN2); Round of 16, 7-9 p.m. (Tennis); 9 p.m.-Sunday 7 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Sunday, Jan. 20 – Round of 16, replay 9-11 a.m. (ESPN2); Round of 16, 7-9 p.m. (Tennis); 9 p.m.-Monday 7 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Monday, Jan. 21 – Round of 16, replay 2-5 p.m. (ESPN2); Quarterfinals, 7-9 p.m. (Tennis); 9 p.m.-Tuesday 7 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Quarterfinals, replay 12-2:30 p.m. (ESPN2); Quarterfinals, 7-9 p.m. (Tennis); 9 p.m.-Wednesday 6 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
Wednesday, Jan. 23 – Quarterfinals, replay 2-5 p.m. (ESPN2); Women’s semifinals, 10 p.m.-Thursday 2 a.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com); men’s semifinal, Thursday 3:30-6 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes); men’s and women’s semifinals, replay Thursday 6 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tennis)
Thursday, Jan. 24 – Semifinals, replay 2-5 p.m. (ESPN2), replay 5-10 p.m. (Tennis); TBA match, women’s doubles final, 11 p.m.-Friday 2 a.m. (Tennis); Men’s semifinal No. 2, Friday 3:30-6 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes); men’s semifinal, replay Friday 6-10 a.m. (Tennis)
Friday, Jan. 25 – Men’s semifinal, replay 2-5 p.m. (ESPN2); men’s and women’s semifinals, replay 5-8:15 p.m. (Tennis); Boys and girls singles finals, 8:15 p.m.-midnight (Tennis); women’s semifinals, replay, Saturday midnight-3:30 a.m. (Tennis); Women’s final, Saturday 3:30-5:30 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes); men’s doubles final, Saturday 5:30-7:30 a.m. (Tennis)
Saturday, Jan. 26 – Women’s final, replay 9 a.m.-noon (ESPN2), replay 5-7 p.m. (Tennis); Men’s doubles final, 11 p.m.-Sunday 12:30 a.m. (Tennis); Men’s final, Sunday 3:30-6:30 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
Sunday, Jan. 27 – Men’s final, replay 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (ESPN2); replay, 5-8 p.m. (Tennis); replay, 11 p.m.-Monday 1:30 a.m. (ESPN2)

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