Tennis Channel begins Australian Open coverage on 14 January
Louise Duffy | 07-01-2013
The Tennis Channel's sixth year of televising the Australian Open will begin on 14 January. The network will show more than 30 hours of live match telecasts during the two-week competition again this year, with more than 180 hours of dedicated tournament coverage.
In addition to 10 consecutive nights of live prime-time matches, Tennis Channel viewers will be able to tune in throughout the competition for encore match coverage and tournament analysis.
New for 2013 is a revamped format for daily highlights and repeat-match show Australian Open Today. Previously a single programming block that ran once in the morning and again each afternoon, this year's version will feature two daily editions, one dedicated to the tournament's most recent day session and one to the most recent night session. This nearly doubles the amount of first-run Australian Open Today programming, from 41 hours in 2012 to an estimated 72 hours in 2013.
In 2008, when Tennis Channel began carrying the Australian Open, it became the first US TV network to show all five Australian Open finals: mixed doubles and men's and women's singles and doubles - a pattern it has repeated each January. The network's live schedule begins with first-round play and continues through the singles quarter finals, wrapping with the men's and women's doubles finals and mixed doubles championship. Same-day men's and women's singles finals encores round out the other two finals, and Tennis Channel will air same-day men's and women's singles semi final encores as well.
The tournament is part of Tennis Channel's ongoing Grand Slam alliance with ESPN, which offers audiences a near round-the-clock tournament experience at tennis' major events. ESPN is producing all Australian Open coverage for both networks, which will cross-promote each other, with each channel using its own commentators.