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Australian Open

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Australian Open 2021: UK TV Times, Live Stream, Schedule, Location

  • 01/01/2021

  • Australian Open

Expect thrills, spills and world-class tennis – the first Grand Slam event of the 2021 season is right around the corner. Get ready for the 109th staging of the Australian Open and find out everything you need to know about this year’s competition.

When is the Australian Open?

The main draw for this year’s event will kick off on Monday 8 February and will run for two weeks, until Sunday 21 February.

The Australian Open wheelchair tennis competition begins on Sunday 14 February and will come to a close on Wednesday 17 February.

Where is the Australian Open 2021 being held?

After hosting its qualifying event in Abu Dhabi earlier in January, the Australian Open returns once again to Melbourne Park this year. The historic venue has played host to some of the greatest moments in the sport and it’s legendary Rod Laver Arena, remains one of the most iconic courts on the planet.

The arena officially opened in January 1988 as the National Tennis Centre at Flinders Park, but was later renamed after one of Australia’s greatest tennis stars and a former three-time Australian Open champion, Rod Laver, in January 2000.

With a capacity of just under 15,000 seated fans, the stadium is the crown jewel amongst many other iconic courts at the Australian Open, such as the John Cain Arena and the Margret Court Arena.

Which British players will be competing in the Australian Open 2021?

This year’s Australian Open will see 17 British players challenge for the coveted Grand Slam title in the singles, doubles and wheelchair events.

British No.1 Johanna Konta returns to action in Melbourne at the tournament where she made her first Grand Slam semi-final back in 2016. Konta is joined by Heather Watson, Katie Boulter and Grand Slam main draw debutant Francesca Jones in a strong women’s singles field.

Meanwhile, fellow British No.1 Dan Evans will be looking to build on his excellent 2020 season, which saw him rise to a career high of No. 28 in the world. After an impressive semi-final run at Delray Beach in January, Cameron Norrie is also set to compete in the men’s singles draw.

Joe Salisbury, the 2020 Australian Open men’s doubles champion, will be aiming to defend his title with partner Rajeev Ram. Jamie Murray, Neal Skupski, Ken Skupski, Jonny O’Mara, Dominic Inglot and Luke Bambridge will also represent Great Britain in the men’s doubles draw.

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid will hope to reclaim their wheelchair doubles title and will both be hot favourites to compete in the singles draw. Andy Lapthorne, who is a five time doubles champion at the Australian Grand Slam, will also be targeting more glory in Melbourne this year. Flying the flag for Great Britain in the women's draw is Lucy Shuker, who has reached the doubles finals in Melbourne twice in her career, back in 2010 and 2013.

When will the first matches of the Australian Open 2021 start?

The first matches will take place on Monday 8 February. With Melbourne being 11 hours ahead of UK time, opening round matches will start around midnight with the final matches of each day continuing into the late hours of the morning.

When is the draw for the Australian Open 2021?

The main draw will take place on Friday 5 February at 6:00pm local time and 7:00am in the UK.

How to watch and live stream the Australian Open 2021 in the UK

UK coverage of the Australian Open 2021 will be broadcast live on Eurosport.

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