Tennis is back on Down Under.
The Grand Slam season begins in full on 8 February, with the Australian Open pushed back from its normal mid-January start time as tournament and government officials arranged for players to safely arrive from around the world to nearly COVID-free Australia.
As many as 72 players endured two weeks of no practice in strict quarantine due to positive coronavirus cases on their flights (while others were allowed to safely practice), but with a week of warm-up events on 1 Feb., the best in the sport are set to compete for the coveted crown.
Eight-time champion Novak Djokovic looks to successfully defend his title, as American Sofia Kenin is the defending champion on the women’s side. Olympic champions Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Venus Williams also feature, as do Osaka Naomi, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Ashleigh Barty and more.
Here is your full guide as to how to watch the Australian Open in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, and India. You can find a full international broadcast partner list on the Australian Open website, and keep up to date with the biggest stories from the tournament on OlympicChannel.Com as well.
The tournament runs 8-22 February.
Where to watch Australian Open 2021: U.S., Canada, U.K.
For fans in the U.K., the action lives on Eurosport.
Where to watch Australian Open 2021: Japan, Australia, India
Wowow will cover the tournament for Japanese fans, as Osaka (pictured above) goes for her fourth major title, having previously won the event in 2019. Rio 2016 bronze medallist Nishikori Kei is also a national hope for Japan.
Channel 9 and its subsequent platforms cover the tournament, with Grand Slam champions Jim Courier and Todd Woodbridge, as well as Athens 2004 bronze medallist Alicia Molik featuring in commentary for the host country.
Sony Six carries the tennis for fans in India.
Where to watch Australian Open 2021: Live streams and broadcast TV coverage for other countries
There is also a full international broadcast partner list on the Australian Open website, with details of broadcasting and online live streams for other countries not listed above.