On Monday (January 15), one of the world's biggest tennis events - the Australian Open - returns to the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. If you're stuck at work when it's all happening or don't have access to free-to-air TV for whatever reason, we have you covered! Here's how to watch the 2018 Australian Open from your desk or on your mobile phone for free.
When is the Australian Open on?
The Australian Open kicks off Monday, January 15. The event wraps up two weeks later on Sunday, 28 January.
There will be day sessions that run from around 10.30am to 6pm (AEDT) and night sessions that are scheduled to run from around 6pm to as late as 12.30am (AEDT).
What channel is the Australian Open on?
Channel 7 is the exclusive TV broadcaster for the Australian Open. The tennis tournament will be shown across Channel 7, 7Two and 7mate channels.
Where is the Australian Open held?
One again, the event will be held at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria.
Where can I watch the Australian Open from overseas?
Tennis Australia has released a neat guide of the times and the channels the Australian Open will be broadcasted all around the world: Click here to download the PDF.
How long do Australian Open matches go for?
Given the nature of the sport, it's uncertain how long each of the games will run for. Hard-fought matches can run significantly overtime - such as the 2012 Men's Singles clash between Djokovic and Nadal which lasted an astonishing 5 hours 53 minutes. The draws will be released on the Australian Open official website on Friday, 13 January.
How can you watch the Australian Open online for free?
Channel 7 will be livestreaming the Australian Open on its 7Tennis website. You will be able to select which matches to tune into. In fact, if you want to get your tennis fix in early, the website is currently streaming the 2018 APIA Sydney International.
You can log onto the 7Tennis website on your desktop and mobile device through any browser to start streaming for free. The minimum requirements are as follows:
- You must be located in Australia and be over the age of 15, or otherwise have a parent's permission to use the service.
- You must be using a supported device and for optimal streaming we recommend a minimum internet data speed of at least 3Mbps or above.
Naturally, streaming costs lots of data so it's best to eschew cellular networks for Wi-Fi whenever possible.
It's also important to note that there will be ads that run during the livestreams. You could sign up for a 7Tennis premium account to see less commercial content, but you can't avoid it completely.
Watching the Australian Open through the Freeview FV mobile app
If, for whatever reason, the 7Tennis website isn't working for you, an alternative way to watch is through the Freeview FV mobile app, which streams free-to-air TV content to mobile devices for free. We've put together an extensive guide on how to use the app here.