Tennis Channel’s Live 2019 Australian Open Match Schedule
(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)
Date Time (ET) Event
Monday, Jan. 14 7 p.m.-9 p.m. First-Round Action
Tuesday, Jan. 15 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Second-Round Action
Wednesday, Jan. 16 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Second-Round Action
Thursday, Jan. 17 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Third-Round Action
Friday, Jan. 18 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Third-Round Action
Saturday, Jan. 19 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Round-of-16 Action
Sunday, Jan. 20 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Round-of-16 Action
Monday, Jan. 21 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Quarterfinals
Tuesday, Jan. 22 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Jan. 23 7 p.m.-10 p.m. TBA Doubles Match
Thursday, Jan. 24 11 p.m.-2 a.m. TBA Match and
Women’s Doubles Final
Friday, Jan. 25 8:15 p.m.-12 a.m. Boys’ and Girls’ Singles Finals
Saturday, Jan. 26 5:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.; Men’s Doubles Final
11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mixed-Doubles Final
Tennis Channel’s Australian Open encore match coverage includes same-day replays each day of the tournament. The network’s encore schedule of the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals, as follows (ET):
Thursday, Jan. 24 – 6 a.m.-2 p.m.: men’s and women’s semifinals;
5 p.m.-10 p.m.: men’s and women’s semifinals
Friday, Jan. 25 – 6 a.m.-10 a.m.: men’s semifinal;
5 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.: men’s and women’s semifinals;
12 a.m.-3:30 a.m.: women’s semifinal
Saturday, Jan. 26 – 5 p.m.-7 p.m.: women’s final
Sunday, Jan. 27 – 5 p.m.-8 p.m.: men’s final
Tennis Channel has agreed to a five-year extension with Hall of Famer Jim Courier that will run through 2023. Courier first appeared on the network as an analyst at the 2011 US Open and has since expanded his role to include all four Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open and other appearances in studio and on-site. Tennis Channel’s Australian Open action begins Sunday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. ET, and runs for two weeks, ending Jan. 27.
“I’m privileged to continue working with all of my colleagues at Tennis Channel on the biggest events in tennis,” said Courier. “The Australian Open is a very special place for me and I love coming back to Melbourne each year to kick off the season.”
This year will be the network’s 12th straight year of live coverage of the Australian Open. Like last year, the network will have 13 consecutive days of live matches from the season’s first Grand Slam. Tennis Channel will have nearly 35 hours of live coverage from down under.
Along with its live coverage for the first 13 days of the event, the network will have a live lead-in show, studio analysis and daily encore matches. Tennis Channel will have nearly 200 total hours from Australia.
Monday, Jan. 14, will kick off 10 straight days of live primetime Australian Open matches beginning at 7 p.m. ET (complete schedule follows). Tennis Channel’s coverage of men’s and women’s singles play extends from the first day through the quarterfinals. The network will also have men’s, women’s and mixed-doubles action, including the final for all three. Along with matches from the professionals in Melbourne, Tennis Channel will have the finals for the boy’s and girl’s junior championships. The men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals will be on the network via same-day encore presentations. Tennis Channel has shown all five of the tournament’s finals – men’s and women’s singles and double, and mixed doubles – since its first year at the event in 2008.
Tennis Channel will have nearly 200 hours of encore match coverage, with multi-hour blocks most days of the event. Encore blocks typically begin each morning at 7 a.m. ET. Please see www.tennischannel.com for a complete schedule of all encore match coverage.
Tennis Channel Live at the Australian Open, the network’s lead-in show, premieres Sunday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. ET. A new episode will run most nights of the tournament (in the United States – morning in Australia) of the tournament, and offer viewers analysis of what happened the previous day, with a look at that night’s upcoming matches. Veteran broadcaster Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) once again serves as host alongside analysts and Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova (@Martina) and Courier, as well as Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim), Sport’s Illustrated’s executive editor and senior writer. The team will break down ongoing tournament stories along with guest interviews, special reports and features. The show is set to air nightly from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 13-Wednesday Jan. 23, with the final episode at 10 p.m.-11 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 24.
The opening edition of Tennis Channel Live at the Australian Open will shift coverage between Haber, Navratilova, Courier and Wertheim in Australia and the network’s Los Angeles studio with host Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman), Hall of Famer Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin), and former World No. 5 Jimmy Arias (@ariastennis).
Tennis Channel and ESPN’s ongoing Grand Slam alliance includes the Australian Open and gives viewers near round-the-clock tournament enjoyment from Melbourne. Each network utilizes its own commentators during its respective coverage and cross-promotes the combined ESPN-Tennis Channel television offerings.
Australian Open On-Air Talent
Celebrated sportscaster and journalist Mary Carillo will return for her third Australian Open with Tennis Channel in 2019. Carillo, known for her signature style and humor, was recently inducted to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, on Dec. 11, 2018.
One of the sport’s most decorated champions, Navratilova returns for her 12th Australian Open for Tennis Channel. She won 59 Grand Slam titles through singles, doubles and mixed doubles, good for second most all-time between men and women, 12 of which were won in Australia in all three disciplines.
Navratilova will be joined by fellow Hall of Famers and Australian Open champions Courier and Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76). Courier was the first American man to win the Australian open in back-to-back years, in 1992-93. Davenport experienced tremendous success at the Australian Open as well, reaching eight finals in both singles and doubles and winning the singles title in 2000. Courier will be a part of the Tennis Channel Live at the Australian Open roster, with Davenport providing match commentary during the network’s two-week coverage.
Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) returns to Melbourne for the network and is the legendary former coach of two of tennis’ all-time greats in Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, with Sampras winning the 1997 title under his tutelage. As a player, Annacone won the 1985 Australian Open doubles title with David Wheaton.
With the inclusion of Austin and Arias in Los Angeles, Tennis Channel’s lineup of former players that are a part of the network’s Australian Open coverage won a combined 16 Australian Open championships and 75 major titles.
Veteran broadcaster Bill Macatee (@BMacatee), is back in Australia for his 12th year on Tennis Channel – joining Navratilova as part of the network’s coverage each year it has been in Melbourne – continuing his role as lead broadcaster in 2019. Haber, who serves as a host and announcer throughout the year on the network, will again host Tennis Channel Live at the Australian Open, and work as a play-by-play announcer for various matches throughout the two-week event. Wertheim will be Tennis Channel’s on-site tournament reporter for his seventh consecutive Australian Open with the network. Considered one of the sport’s preeminent journalists, his weekly column is thought to be a must read for all tennis fans (https://www.si.com/author/jon-wertheim).
Tennis Channel will continue to feature a robust lineup of exclusive digital content on www.tennis.com, www.baseline.tennis.com, www.tennischannel.com as well as on the network’s social media channels. This includes exclusive stories and behind-the-scenes content from Tennis Channel’s talent that is only available online and not on television.
The week before the tournament’s main draw, Australian Open qualifiers will be live on Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus. Coverage begins Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel Plus is found on Tennis Channel’s app, which is available to all Apple and Android users as well as Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Roku owners, regardless of whether or not they subscribe to Tennis Channel.