During the summer, Aussies often have two choices when it comes to what to watch on the telly – the cricket, or the tennis. But after the Australian Open – the first of the four Grand Slam events during the calendar year – is over, Aussie tennis fans still have plenty more action to look forward to in the form of the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. So, tennis fans can get their fix all your round.
But with only one of the Grand Slam tournaments played in the southern hemisphere, catching all the action can be tough for Aussie viewers without sacrificing sleep. So, where can you watch matches live, or just the replays if you’re not willing to miss your bedtime? Canstar Blue looks at where to tune into for every ace, volley and trick shot of the tennis season – and what it could cost you.
How to watch the French Open in Australia
Known as the Roland-Garros, the French Open is the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, and the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay. Played in May and June every year, you can tune into Kayo and Foxtel to catch all the clay court action.
French Open on Kayo
Offering both live coverage and on-demand replays of every match of the tournament, Kayo may be the best option for fans of the clay court who don’t want to miss a single second of the action, or those who just want to tune into the big-name matches.
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French Open on Foxtel
Similar to Kayo, Foxtel offers both live and on-demand coverage of all matches of the French Open, meaning you can watch every set, or just whenever your favourite player hits the court. Foxtel also offers additional commentary and analysis if you’re looking to get up to date with all the latest news.
How to watch Wimbledon in Australia
Often viewed as the Holy Grail in tennis circles, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is the third of the Grand Slam tournaments in the year. Played on grass, the London tournament can be caught on Kayo, Foxtel and Channel 7.
Wimbledon on Kayo
Offering live coverage and on-demand plays of all games up until the quarter finals, Kayo’s viewers will have to wait when it comes to the big games, with the semi-finals and grand final only available through delayed coverage.
Wimbledon on Foxtel
Offering both live and on-demand coverage of Wimbledon matches, Foxtel has you covered whether you’re keen to catch singles or doubles, with coverage available up until the semi-finals. If you miss your favourite player, Foxtel also offer daily replays and analysis, meaning you can get the inside scoop of the day’s events.
Wimbledon on Channel 7 & 7plus
Showcasing select matches in the early rounds, Channel 7 has the exclusive rights to the Wimbledon finals, where you’ll likely find all the big names live and direct. You can also expect additional analysis and commentary for all the big moments of the tournament, with on-demand replays also available through 7plus.
How to watch the U.S. Open in Australia
The fourth and final Grand Slam Tournament of the year, the U.S. Open takes place in New York on the blue hard court, with live coverage available on both Kayo and Foxtel.
U.S. Open on Kayo
With live and on-demand coverage available for matches throughout the tournament, Kayo may be the option for those looking to catch all the big moments of the final Grand Slam of the year.
U.S. Open on Foxtel
Available through ESPN, Foxtel has both live and on-demand coverage during the U.S. Open, with ESPN additionally providing a number of commentary and analysis programs, as well as highlights for those who either don’t have time to catch all the action, or have all the time in the world.
How to watch the Australian Open
If you can’t make it to the matches, don’t worry, there’s a few options for you to catch all the action from the comfort of your own couch, regardless if you’re looking to see every point of every set, or you’re just after the highlight reel.
Australian Open on Channel 9 & 9NOW
A free-to-air option, Channel 9 has live coverage of all the important matches, including the finals and will likely include matches with all the big names in tennis. If you can’t catch the action live, 9NOW has full match replays, as well as highlights if you don’t have the time to commit to a five-set thriller.
While it may not offer full match coverage, if you’re after all the highlights and interviews, as well as enjoy the statistics side of tennis, AusOpen.com may be the option for you, with all videos available online.
Tennis on Kayo
If you’re a fan of tennis, Kayo may be worth investigating, with coverage of men’s and women’s tennis tournaments available all year round. In addition to the coverage of the major Grand Slam tournaments, Kayo additionally shows coverage of both the Davis Cup and the Laver Cup for those after tournaments outside the Grand Slam.
If racquet sports are your thing, Kayo also has coverage of the ITTF Table Tennis tournament, as well as the PSA Squash Championships if you simply can’t wait until the next Grand Slam tournament.
- Kayo subscriptions start from $25 per month, with a 14-day free trial.
Tennis on Foxtel
Through ESPN and beIN SPORTS, Foxtel has secured live and on-demand coverage of the ATP and WTA Tours throughout the year, in addition to some of the Grand Slam tournaments. Available with Foxtel NOW and Foxtel GO, you can watch all the tennis action while out and about, while also tuning into all of Foxtel’s analysis and commentary.
- Foxtel’s Sport Pack starts from $29 per month, but can be bundled with other packs if you want a break from sports.
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