Australian Open 2023: when does it start and how to watch day one on TV in the UK

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Emma Raducanu looked mobile and free of ankle pain during her Friday practice session at the Rod Laver Arena as she ramped up preparations for her Australian Open campaign.

The former US Open champion, 20, had hoped to play on Tuesday but was robbed of extra recovery time when the schedule was released. The British No. 1 is in a race against time to recover from a suspected grade 1 ankle strain caused by a fall during a match in Auckland last week.

Raducanu’s first-round tie against Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch – one place higher than her ranked 74 in the world – will take place in the early hours of Monday morning for British fans, scheduled first at the 1573 Arena from 11am local time (midnight). on Sunday evening). in the United Kingdom).

Later that day, compatriot Jack Draper, 21, will attempt to knock out top seed and reigning champion Rafael Nadal.

They head to Rod Laver Arena in the afternoon session, which kicks off at 4.30pm Melbourne time (3.30am in the UK) in the biggest game of Draper’s career. Nadal is on form, with one win from his last seven games, while Draper – who made his top 40 debut in the rankings on Monday – took a pair of impressive wins at the Adelaide International 2 this week to reach the semi-finals. .

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When is the Australian Open?

The tournament starts on Monday January 16 in Melbourne Park and ends on Sunday January 29.

How to watch the Australian Open 2023 on TV

In the UK, Eurosport has the rights to broadcast live action from Melbourne and will feature 250 hours of live coverage starring Alize Lim, Mats Wilander and Tim Henman alongside Barbara Schett and Laura Robson. John McEnroe will be from New York, while Alex Corretja (Spain), Justine Henin (France), Boris Becker (Germany) and Roberta Vinci (Italy) will be part of Eurosport’s local coverage.

To watch on Discovery+, an Entertainment & Sport pass costs £6.99/month or £59.99/year. In the US, the tournament will be broadcast on ESPN.

What are the other main matches on Days 1 and 2?

Draper v Nadal (see above) is followed by the top women’s seed Iga Swiatekopening the night session on the main show court against the quarterfinalist from Wimbledon, Germany Jules Niemeier.

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British Cameron Norrie, Harriet Dart and Kyle Edmund their tournaments also start on Monday. Eleventh seed Norrie faces wildcard French teen Luca Van Asschewhile Dart plays 32nd seed Jill Teichman from Switzerland. Former Australian Open semifinalist Edmund – who continues his slow comeback from a string of knee injuries – has a tough job in the Italian league. Jannick Sinnerthe 15th seed in Melbourne to whom he lost in straight sets last week.

An even greater challenge awaits Andy Murray on Tuesday, as a former Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini stands in his way. Seeded 13th, Italian Berrettini defeated Murray in four sets in the third round of the US Open last September and is one of the strongest servers on tour. UK number 2 Danny Evans also plays against number 90 on Tuesdays Facundo Bagnis from Argentina.

Novak Djokovic Also starts his first campaign in Melbourne since 2021 on Tuesday, against Spain’s number 75 Roberto Carballes Baena. He has had the best possible preparation for the first major of the year, winning the Adelaide International 1 last week, but has struggled with a hamstring injury in recent days.

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Fellow Wimbledon finalist Nick KyrgiosMelbourne’s biggest homegrown draw this year is up against Russia’s Roman Safiullin.

What is the Australian Open prize money?

The Australian Open’s total prize pool is $76.5 million, up 3.4 percent from 2022. The singles champions each take home $2.975 million, so just over £2.47 million.

Who are the defending champions?

Ashleigh Barty defeated Danielle Collins to end a 44-year drought for the home country by winning the 2022 women’s title.

Rafael Nadal fought back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev to win his 21st grand slam title.

What are the latest opportunities?

Men’s Singles:

  • Novak Djokovic 15/16
  • Daniel Medvedev 6/1
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas 16/1
  • Nick Kyrgios 35/2
  • Rafael Nadal 37/2

Women’s Singles:

  • Iga Swiatek 12/5
  • Aryna Sabalenka 9/1
  • Caroline Garcia 12/1
  • Jessica Pegula 12/1
  • Our Jabour 14/1

The odds are correct as of January 12