How to watch every Aussie on Day 1 of the Australian Open: Full TV and live streaming guide, start times, courts, opponents
The 2024 Australian Open is the gem in the crown of the summer of tennis down under, with all the world’s best players congregating at Melbourne Park for a fortnight of thrills, spills and glory to the victors.
As always, the hometown heroes will be the focus to begin proceedings, with a host of Australians having successfully qualified to the main draw, and with varying chances of making a deep run at the tournament or even taking home the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup or Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup themselves.
Here at The Roar, we’ve got you covered for every Aussie match at the Australian Open this summer: updated daily, we’ll bring you what time their matches start, the court they’re playing on, and their upcoming opponents.
Here is our ultimate guide to watching every Australian match at the 2024 Australian Open.
Day 1 order of play (all times AEDT)
Please note that for the first time, the first round of the 2024 Australian Open will be spread across three days, from Sunday January 14 to Tuesday January 16, to allow organisers breathing space in case of rain or other weather interference.
11am, first match on court: Men’s singles, Adam Walton (WC) vs Matteo Arnaldi (ITA), Kia Arena
1pm (approx.), second on court: Men’s singles, Dane Sweeny (Q) vs Francisco Cerundolo (22) (ARG), John Cain Arena
3:30pm (approx., earliest start time), third on court: Men’s singles, Chris O’Connell vs Cristian Garin (CHI), Court 3
5pm (approx., earliest start time), fourth on court: Men’s singles, Jason Kubler (WC) vs Daniel Elahi Galan (COL), Kia Arena
Just four Aussies of the 21 (15 men and six women) who made it to the singles main draw are in action on Day 1 of the tournament.
It has already been announced that the top half of the men’s draw and bottom half of the women’s draw will be played across Sunday and Monday, with the other side on Monday and Tuesday.
That means a host of other Australians, including world No.10 Alex de Minaur and the in-form Daria Saville, are guaranteed to be on Day 2 (Monday), though start times and courts for matches are yet to be confirmed.
As for Day 1, qualifier Dane Sweeny – who is making his main draw debut after a remarkable comeback win when qualifier opponent Zizou Bergs suffered cramps mid-match – faces a tough challenge against 22nd seed Francisco Cerundolo on John Cain Arena, in the only match for an Australian on one of the three major courts on Sunday.
Jason Kubler, who made it to the second round of last year’s Australian Open, will hope to repeat the effort against Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan; while Chris O’Connell, who made it to the quarter-finals of the Adelaide International, will hope his good form continues against 2022 Wimbledon quarter-finalist Cristian Garin, who lost that match to Nick Kyrgios.
Please note that listed matches’ start times will depend on the length of preceding matches where specified, and are unlikely to start at precisely the slated time.
How to watch Aussies at the Australian Open on TV
As it has been since 2019, the Nine Network are the sole host broadcaster of the 2024 Australian Open.
Beginning from 11am every day, they will show two matches live and free on television – one on their main channel (9 or 90 for HD), and one on secondary channel 9Gem (93 or 95 for HD).
They will run matches on both channels until play ends for the evening, though Channel 9 will break for the news from 6-7pm in every timezone, with tertiary channel 9GO (99) to broadcast in that hour. Please note unlike 9 and 9Gem, there is no high definition channel option for 9GO.
Australians are expected to feature prominently on the coverage in the early rounds, and it’s expected the majority of Aussies will have at least some of their game broadcast on TV.
However, Nine are prone to regularly shifting between games, especially during the afternoon, so there is no guarantee you will be able to watch a full match.
How to live Aussies at the Australian Open on your device of choice
If you can’t get to a TV, or the Aussie you want isn’t being shown, you still have a few options to catch the matches you’re keenest on.
Your best bet is to purchase a Stan Sport subscription.
As it has been for the past three tournaments, Stan, Nine’s partner streaming service, will stream every single Australian Open match – singles, doubles, mixed doubles and all – on their platform.
That means whatever match you fancy is just a click away. Simply head to the link above, sign up, head to the ‘Tennis’ section in the ‘Sport’ sub-category, and find the match you want.
Stan Sport will also provide full match replays for every game, as well as extended and mini highlights packages shortly after they finish, so you don’t need to miss a moment wherever you are.
Please note Stan do not offer Stan Sport as a separate purchase; you will need to buy Stan first, for as little as $10 a month, and then purchase the sport add-on for $15 a month extra. You can then cancel anytime, should you wish to end your subscription straight after the Australian Open ends.
Your second option is Nine’s official streaming platform, 9now.
Like with Stan Sport, every court will be streamed live on 9Now, meaning you can catch any match you want – so long as it’s still going. However, replays will not be available, while there is no rewind option to catch up on all the best moments.