Australian Open 2023: when does it start and how to watch on UK TV


Novak Djokovic begins his quest for a record-extending 10th Australian Open title against Roberto Carballés Baena, while top seed Iga Swiatek meets Jule Niemeier, following the draw for the first major of the year on Thursday.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will be looking for his first win of 2023 when he takes on Britain’s Jack Draper in his opener as the Spanish top seed looks to emerge from an injury-plagued 2022 and shaky start to the new season.

Second seed Casper Ruud – twice second in the grand slam tournament last year – plays Tomas Machac.

Andy Murray plays Matteo Berrettini while fifth seed Andrey Rublev meets wild card Dominic Thiem in other first round matches.

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Swiatek, who has largely dominated the women’s game following the retirement last year of Australia’s Ash Barty following her Melbourne Park triumph, will begin her bid for a fourth major with a potentially tricky clash against Germany’s Niemeier.

The Pole can face seventh seed Coco Gauff in the quarterfinals and third seed Jessica Pegula in the semifinals.

Women’s World No. 2 Ons Jabeur begins her latest attempt to become the first Arab player to claim a major singles title when she plays Tamara Zidansek. Tunisian Jabeur finished second at Wimbledon and the US Open last year.

Sofia Kenin and Victoria Azarenka will face two former champions in the opening round.

When is the Australian Open?

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

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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 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.

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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