How to Watch the Australian Open Live Stream (2021)

Don't miss the first Grand Slam of the year!

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year, and you can catch every moment of the midsummer hardcourt action from the Southern Hemisphere without ever turning on your television. With seven rounds contested over two weeks in late January and early February on the hardcourts of Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, the Australian Open tennis tournament is typically the most highly attended Grand Slam event each year.

How to Watch the Australian Open

ESPN has the the broadcast rights for the Australian Open, 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.

Schedule Overview

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand in his men's singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 02, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
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How to Stream the Australian Open From ESPN

Cable and satellite subscribers have the option to stream the Australian Open through the ESPN website or the WatchESPN app instead of watching on a television. The official ESPN site allows subscribers to watch free streams and previously recorded content that was originally on 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 WatchESPN.com when the Australian Open is on the air. Locate the player that is labeled Australian Open and select the Play button.

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  2. Select your cable or satellite provider.

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  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.

What 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 other 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 plan if all you care about is the Australian Open, since it includes 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 gives access to 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 some type of 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.

Streaming the Australian Open on Mobile, Streaming Device and Consoles

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, then 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:

Watching the Australian Open With a VPN

Most of the streaming services that provide access to the Australian Open are geo-locked, meaning you can only access them if you are located in a specific physical location. If you find yourself outside of that specified area, you'll have trouble using these options to stream the Australian Open.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are designed primarily with security in mind, but they can also be used to spoof your physical location and access streaming services that wouldn't be available otherwise.