The Australian Open starts in just a week’s time and promises to be a cracker, with Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber defending their titles, and no less than seven Brits in the main draw. Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a hit.
Top British players Andy Murray and Johanna Konta are pretty much guaranteed coverage on Eurosport 1 and 2 but at grand slams, especially in the early stages, there can be two or three Brits playing matches at the same time. To make sure you see your favourites – Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Naomi Broady, Heather Watson and Aljaz Bedene are also in the main draw – you’re going to need to get Eurosport Player.
Not only does Eurosport Player give you Eurosport 1 and 2, but during the Australian Open there are streams of up to 16 courts in play, with live rewind and on-demand videos, and you can use it across multiple devices.
The standard price for Eurosport Player changed for 2017 and is £59.99 for a year’s subscription, but until the end of January, they are offering the whole year for £19.99. I think this is more than worth the money, even if you already get Eurosport 1 and 2 through your television package, and they’re not paying me to tell you this – here’s why.
You can watch Eurosport on your computer, connected TV app, and on mobile devices simultaneously, so you can double- and even triple-screen the action in your lounge, or take it with you when you go out.
Ahead of the AO, this week, Eurosport Player has live coverage of the World Tennis Challenge from Adelaide and ATP event in Sydney – where Evans and Edmund are playing. There is also coverage of the qualifying from Melbourne from Wednesday, giving you the chance to see Laura Robson and Tara Moore in action.
Eurosport will also have multi-court coverage of the French Open and US Open later in the year as well as a full programme across their two channels. ITV offers just one channel from Roland Garros, and the US Open is exclusive to Eurosport.
Also this year, Eurosport have coverage of seven more ATP and five WTA events, including the British Grass court season leading up to Wimbledon (full list of events below).
There are daily highlights of Wimbledon, and live coverage of the two finals, should you want something different to the BBC.
All in all, we think this is well worth the £19.99 so make sure you don’t miss a moment.
The Australian Open starts at 0:00 on the morning of Monday 16 January. The women’s final is on Saturday 28 January at 8:30, and the men’s final on Sunday 29 January at 8:00.
ATP events on Eurosport in 2017: (Brisbane and Doha last week), Sydney, Estoril, Istambul, Geneva, Stuttgart, Queen’s (non-exclusive), Eastbourne, St Petersburg.
WTA events on Eurosport in 2017: Nuremburg, Birmingham, Eastbourne (non-exclusive), Linz, Luxembourg.