2011 Australian Open TV Schedule
by Staff | January 11th, 2011, 9:31 am

The season’s first Grand Slam, the 2011 Australian Open, gets underway on Monday in Melbourne. Here in the US, the Australian Open TV scheduled coverage begins live on Sunday via ESPN2 with Tennis Channel starting their broadcast Monday. ADHEREL

ESPN2 will air a record 124 hours of live coverage plus another 50 hours in tape delay starting 7pm ET live with first ball, first round coverage. The ESPN3.com live streaming internet site will stream 600 hours of Australian Open featuring seven courts available on demand. Both channels will have the men’s and women’s semifinals and finals live on TV and streamed on internet.

ESPN has televised the Australian Open since 1984 (there was no event in 1986), the French Open since 2002 (and 1986 – 1993), Wimbledon since 2003 and the US Open since 2009.

Last September, the network and the Australian Open reached a 10-year extension from 2012 through 2021 for broadcast rights.

The 2011 ESPN2 commentary team in Australia includes Cliff Drysdale, Dick Enberg, Chris Fowler, Chris McKendry, Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Pam Shriver, Tom Rinaldi and Patrick McEnroe. Mary Carillo is no longer with the ESPN2 tennis team.

Tennis Channel will again offer a live two hour block nearly every evening (7pm-9pm ET) from the start of play in Australia before ESPN2 takes over. Tennis Channel has about 30 hours of live match play on their two-week Australian Open schedule along with 75 hours of the daily morning show “Australian Open Today”. Their live coverage includes the singles quarterfinals, doubles championships and mixed doubles final.

The Tennis Channel talent team includes Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob, Leif Shiras and Bill Macatee.

For those outside of the USA, please check you local listings for TV coverage and Australian Open live streaming options.

Last year, Roger Federer beat Andy Murray for the men’s title. Serena Williams defeated Justine Henin for the women’s.

ESPN2 Australian Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sun, Jan 16 6:30 p.m. – 8 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Mon, Jan 17 9 p.m. – 8 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Tue, Jan 18 9 p.m. – 8 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Wed, Jan 19 11 p.m. – 8 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Thur, Jan 20 11 p.m. – 8 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Fri, Jan 21 9 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Sat, Jan 22 9 p.m. – 8 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Sun, Jan 23 7 p.m. – 8 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Round of 16
Mon, Jan 24 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Tue 3:30 – 8 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Quarterfinals
Tue, Jan 25 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Wed 3:30 – 8 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Quarterfinals
Wed, Jan 26 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. Women’s Semifinals ESPN2 LIVE, Thurs 3:30 – 6 a.m. Men’s Semifinal #1 ESPN2 LIVE
Thurs, Jan 27 3:30 – 6 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Men’s Semifinal #2
Sat, Jan 29 3 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Women’s Final
Sun, Jan. 30 3 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Men’s Final

Tennis Channel Australian Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Monday, Jan. 17, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, First Round
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7:00 – 9:00 PM PM LIVE, Second Round
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM LIVE, Second Round
Thursday, Jan. 20, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM LIVE, Third Round
Friday, Jan. 21, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, Third Round
Saturday, Jan. 22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, Round of 16
Monday, Jan. 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, Women’s Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM LIVE
Thursday, Jan. 27, 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM LIVE, Women’s Doubles Final
Saturday, Jan. 29, 5:30 AM – 7:30 AM LIVE, Men’s Doubles Final
Sunday, Jan. 30, 12:30 AM – 2:00 AM LIVE, Mixed Doubles Final

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18 Comments for 2011 Australian Open TV Schedule

queen Says:

Fab, can’t wait!:)

Skeezerweezer Says:

What is the date for the when the draw comes out?

Also to the applause for some, looks like Mary Carillo will not be working the AO. Now can they please get rid of BG’s trash talkin ways? It’s nice to have Aussie’s commentating on there own turf (DC)..makes sense.

Bring on the Shrimp on the barby! And bring me a side of Vegemite. Another Fosters please……

MMT Says:

“Bring on the Shrimp on the barby! And bring me a side of Vegemite. Another Fosters please……”

Oh Skeezer…

dari Says:

Draw comes out Friday, so in the states it will be Thursday. Not sure what time, been trying to find it, but they usually do it like 11 am ish, does that sound right to you guys?
So by bedtime Thursday in the states we should know!
I think AO radio broadcasts the draw…
I may be the only one who like brad Gilbert. After you wade through the trash he has some great things to say about strategy. Sometimes you need a little silliness to break it all up, too!
Carillo can be a rather harsh judge, and doesn’t hide her distaste of some players. A part of me will miss her though.

dari Says:

there’s pics and vids of a few players already practicing on Laver. where is mr. nadal?!

dari Says:

ok, just read rafa is down there, whew!

Melissa Says:

Carillo just never shuts up

Skeezerweezer Says:


RE: Draw…Thanks for diggin that up. I actually like Mary also, but some up here don’t. Respect. Re: BG, you can have him, lol! Respect there also….:)


Sorry, couldn’t help it. Can you tell I have Aussie roots? Good, ’cause I don’t :)


It is true, I have too much technical equipment. I need less. Time for Lunch. Another Fosters please…..

Mart Says:

Looking forward to the year’s first Grand Slam event. Go get ’em, Rafa!


dari Says:

Draw ceremony on live stream 10am Australia time Friday!
Kill em dead, Fed!

Nani Says:

What American station can we here on the Big Island catch the opening ceramonies?

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Any streams for the draw??
Dari- I also like Brad. I used to like Patrick but he’s become a real downer. Same with Carillo. Enberg and Shriver are idiots.

dAri Says:

Directly from AO: The official draw for Australian Open 2011 will take place at Melbourne Park on Friday 14 January at 10.00am. Tennis legend and former world No.1 Ivan Lendl will be involved in the draw ceremony.

The official draw will also be streamed live on http://www.australianopen.com from 10.00am.

get out your world clocks to figure out what time that will be for you!

Rankin Says:

I want Mary Carillo back !

Eva Says:

I have this fantasie of sitting behind Carillo, Navratilova and John Mcenroe at the movies and never shut up, but I have to settle for just watching all matches muted and listen to music instead, which I have done for years.

Sheen Says:

Mary Carillo talks very little compared to John McEnroe and Martina.

JulieAnn Says:

I have been to Ausi Land. THey rarely have shrimp on the barbie but the Vegemite tastes like Bovril it is great. All Americans should be forced to eat it on toast. Go FED

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