With the New Year, it is finally time for a new tennis season to begin. For those of you who do not know, the Australian Open has kicked off, returning to the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Now, if you are stuck at work or do not have access to free-to-air TV, watching the season can get a little difficult, but we have got you covered. Follow the guide below to watch the 2018 Australian Open:
When Does the Australian Open Take Place?
The Australian Open kicks off on Monday, January 15 and will wrap up within two weeks on Sunday, 28 January. The men’s draw features Stan Wawrinka, Noavk Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and the defending champion Roger Federer.
The women’s draw features Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, and Venus Williams. Day sessions will start at around 10:30 am to 6 pm with the night sessions scheduled to broadcast around 6 pm to 12:30 am.
Who is the Official Broadcaster for the Event?
Just like last year, Channel 7 has been elected as the exclusive TV broadcaster for the Australian Open. You can watch all tennis matches on the 7mate, 7two, and Channel 7 networks.
However, if you are not located in Australia and looking for a solution to watch the event overseas, refer to the list of the official broadcasters according to the region below:
|Asia Specific & Oceania||Channel 7, BTV, CCTV, FBC TV, Fox Sports, Great Sports, GRT Sports, QIY, NHK, SKY|
|Africa||SuperSport, beIN, and Eurosport|
|North America||TSN, RDS, and Tennis Channel|
|Middle East||Eurosport and beIN Sport|
|Latin America & Caribbean||ESPN International|
|Central Asia||Sony Six|
Australian Open Live Streaming
Live streaming fans can watch the Australian Open live from anywhere in the world using the listed official broadcasters. Do remember at this point that all official broadcasters are geo-restricted to their regions. This means you cannot watch India’s premier sports channel Sony Six in Malaysia or the Australian 7 Network live stream outside Australia.
While most official broadcasters in the table require a premium subscription, you can watch the Australia Open 2017 free on India’s Sony Six and Australia’s Seven Network. All you will require is a VPN service that offers a multitude of locations, which include India and Australia. By making it appear you are located within the country, you can easily bypass geo-restrictions.
How to Watch Australian Open 2018 Online
Getting access to the Australia Open 2018 live stream is not much of a hassle once you have a VPN ready to go. I tested my VPN service with both Sony Six & Seven Network, here is how to unblock & watch the Australian Open 2018 from anywhere in the world.
Unblock Australia Open 2018 on Sony Six
Sony Six is India’s premier sports streaming website, providing both PC & mobile device streaming to users with an Indian IP address. Since the service is blocked to access from outside India, you can use an Indian VPN server to watch the Australian Open 2018 live on Sony Six.
Follow our step by step guide to unblock the Sony Six live streaming service:
- Sign up to a VPN Service
- Configure VPN manually (recommended for live streaming) or download the relevant VPN service app for your device
- Connect to a VPN server in India, my IP address & location now appears in India as you can see
- Open a browser window and go to Sony Six
You should now be able to access the Sony Six website and all its features, enjoy the live streaming!
Unblock Australian Open 2018 on Seven Network
Seven Network is the official broadcaster for the Australian Open Grand Slam 2018, but is only available to Australian & New Zealand audiences. To unblock Seven Network here is what to do:
- Sign up to a VPN service
- Configure VPN manually (recommended for live streaming) or download the VPN provider’s app
- Connect to an Australian VPN server
- Open up a browser webpage and go to Seven Network
- Accept the Location Request message that comes up, click Allow
Enjoy the Australian Open 2018 live!
The Australian Open 2018 is all set to begin, as top tennis athletes arrive in Melbourne for a clash of the ages to remember. Choose a provider from our table above, unblock with our recommended solutions and watch the Australian Open live online from anywhere in the world.