2013 Australian Open begins Sunday on TSN

Despite being played during the overnight hours (mostly for east coast viewers), the Australian Open — the first tennis grand slam of the year — can bring about some memorable moments and matches that are worth staying up for, as well as a reminder of what it’s like to have bright, hot sunshine ten hours a day.

Last year saw Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal play in the longest grand slam final in history, finishing in just under six hours, with Djokovic coming out on top. Victoria Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova to win her first grand slam title, though I’ll have to take Wikipedia’s word on that one, as I’ve had a long standing arrangement with myself not to watch any women’s matches until the ridiculous grunting is either done away with or punished to some extent. It didn’t used to be like this people!!

TSN, being the exclusive home of grand slam tennis in Canada, will bring viewers all the sweaty and grunt-filled action from Melbourne Park over the next two weeks, with the first ball toss coming tomorrow (Sunday) night on TSN2, with over eight hours of coverage on day one, and 110 hours in total (plus encore broadcasts during the day), culminating with the women’s final at 3am on January 26, and the men’s final the following morning.

RDS and RDS2 will have French-language broadcasts covered, and TSN.ca will stream select multi-court coverage throughout the tournament.

For fans of Ontario native Milos Raonic — who is ranked as the 14th seed — TSN or TSN2 will broadcast each one of his games, as long as the game is on a televised court. For those of you playing at home, those courts would be Rod Laver, Hisense, Margaret Court, and courts 2, 3, 6 and 8 (unless it has changed from last year).

As usual, TSN will be taking coverage from ESPN, so expect to see all the regular faces such as Darren Cahill, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver.

The full television schedule is below.

Sunday, Jan. 13
6:30 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #1 (TSN2)

Monday, Jan. 14
3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #1 (TSN2; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN)
9 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #2 (TSN)

Tuesday, Jan. 15
3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #2 (TSN; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN)
9 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #3 (TSN)

Wednesday, Jan. 16
3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #3 (TSN; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN)
11 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #4 (TSN)

Thursday, Jan. 17
3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #4 (TSN; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN)
11 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #5 (TSN)

Friday, Jan. 18
3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #5 (TSN; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN2)
9:30 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #6 (TSN2)

Saturday, Jan. 19
3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #6 (TSN2; encore at 2 p.m. ET on TSN2)
9 p.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN2)

Sunday, Jan. 20
3 a.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN2; encore at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN2)
9 p.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN)

Monday, Jan. 21
3:30 a.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN2; encore at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN)
9 p.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN)

Tuesday, Jan. 22
3:30 a.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN; encore at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN)
9 p.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN)

Wednesday, Jan. 23
3:30 a.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN; encore at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN)
10 p.m. ET – Women’s Semifinals (TSN)

Thursday, Jan. 24
3:30 a.m. ET – Men’s Semifinal #1 (TSN; encore at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN)

Friday, Jan. 25
3:30 a.m. ET – Men’s Semifinal #2 (TSN; encore at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN)

Saturday, Jan. 26
3 a.m. ET – Women’s Final (TSN; encore at 2 p.m. ET on TSN)

Sunday, Jan. 27
3:00 a.m. ET – Men’s Final (TSN; encore at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2)

*Schedule subject to change

6 thoughts on “2013 Australian Open begins Sunday on TSN

  1. There are men players who grunt also.

    • True, but it’s not as common as it is from the women, and it isn’t some high-pitch shrill that kills your ears drums.

      • If you are going to complaing about the grunting, might as well also complain about those pllayers who bounce the ball incessantly and take so much time between points, like Novak Djokovic.

  2. TSN must be anticipating good ratings for the Aussie Open; they have been advertising their coverage for over a month now. I don’t remember ever seeing that before, especially not for this Grand Slam Event that is guaranteed to have less viewers watching than the other three due to the time difference.

  3. We’ll see if/how much this sked changes with NHL back.

    • I did think about about while typing it up. I figured if anything changes, it would just be moved games from TSN to TSN2 or vice versa. If there are any changes, they will be made on the daily listings which are posted on the “Sports on Canadian TV” page, which has a link at the top of the sidebar.

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