How to Watch the Australian Open Live Stream (2023)

Don't miss the first Grand Slam of the year

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. You can catch every moment of the midsummer hardcourt action from the Southern Hemisphere without ever turning on your television.

Schedule Overview

First Round: January 14, 2023

Finals: January 29-30, 2023

Location: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia

Stream: WatchESPN

How to Watch the Australian Open

ESPN has the Australian Open's broadcast rights, so cable and satellite subscribers can stream through the official ESPN site. If you've cut the cord, you can stream matches through services like Hulu With Live TV and YouTube TV.

To stream the Australian Open, you need a computer, dedicated streaming device or phone, a high-speed internet connection, and the right television streaming app.

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada hits a backhand against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during day 10 of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Which Streaming Services Include the Australian Open?

While cable and satellite subscribers are free to stream the entire Australian Open through WatchESPN, cord-cutters have other options. If you've cut the cord, the best way to catch the Australian Open is to try out a television streaming service that includes ESPN.

ESPN+ subscribers can catch a limited amount of the action through ESPN+.

Television streaming services work the same as cable services, in that they allow you to watch live television. The only difference is that you stream it on your internet-connected computer, phone, or another compatible streaming device. So, if you have a television streaming service that includes ESPN, you can use it to stream the Australian Open.

Since you need ESPN to stream the Australian Open, it's important to select a streaming service that includes it. These are the most popular streaming services that give you access to the Australian Open:

  • Sling TV: Choose the Sling Orange or Orange & Blue plan if all you care about is the Australian Open since they include ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3. Check out the Orange & Blue plan for even more channels.
  • YouTube TV: This service includes both ESPN and ESPN2 with the base plan.
  • Hulu with Live TV: This service includes ESPN and ESPN2, and there are no confusing plans or add-ons to deal with.
  • DirecTV Now: ESPN and ESPN2 are both included in every plan, but this is a pretty expensive option.

All of these services provide a free trial, so pick your favorite, and you can start watching the Australian Open for free. Try a one-month free trial of Hulu, for instance.

How to Stream the Australian Open From ESPN

Cable and satellite subscribers can stream the Australian Open through the ESPN website or the WatchESPN app instead of watching on television. The official ESPN site allows subscribers to watch free streams and previously recorded content from ESPN.

To use WatchESPN on a Windows, macOS, or Linux computer or laptop, you need a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You also need a high-speed internet connection and access to the login credentials for a cable or satellite television subscription.

Here's how to stream the Australian Open through WatchESPN:

  1. Go to when the Australian Open is on the air. Locate the player that is labeled Australian Open and select the Play button.

    A screenshot of ESPN.
  2. Select your cable or satellite provider.

    A screenshot of ESPN.
  3. Log into your cable or satellite account and then select Sign In, Log in, or Continue.

    A screenshot of a television provider login page for WatchESPN.

    The login page you see will vary depending on your provider, but you will always have to enter your cable or satellite account email and password to log in.

  4. If the Australian Open video doesn't automatically open after you log in, try returning to the ESPN website and clicking the Play button again.

Watch the Australian Open on Consoles, Mobile, and Streaming Devices

The WatchESPN website works best on laptops and desktop computers, but you can still access the service from your phone, tablet, gaming console, and streaming devices like Roku and Apple TV. For that to work, you have to download and install the ESPN app on your device.

This option only works if you have a cable or satellite subscription. If you don't, but you still want to stream the Australian Open on the go, you have to subscribe to a streaming service and then check out their mobile app.

Here are the apps you'll need to stream the Australian Open through WatchESPN:

  • How do I stream the US Open?

    To stream the US Open, like most sporting events, you'll need to subscribe to ESPN. If you aren't sure how that works, check out our How to Watch the US Open article and it'll step you through getting it all set up.

  • How do I stream the French Open?

    NBC and the Tennis Channel own the broadcast rights to the French Open in the United States. You'll need to subscribe to NBC in one way or another. Our article on How to Watch the French Open covers all the details.

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