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.

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2012 Australian Open on TSN

The 2012 Australian Open begins Monday morning in Melbourne, Australia (Sunday evening here in Canada). The Australian Open is the first of four tennis Grand Slams in 2012. TSN will broadcast exclusive coverage of the tournament in Canada, featuring 130 hours of live coverage on TSN and TSN2. Here is a section of TSN’s press release about players to watch.

Coverage will feature Canada’s Milos Raonic, coming off a thrilling win at the Chennai Open to make his second Australian Open appearance as the tournament’s No. 23 seed.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic enters the tournament as the top seed while 2009 champion Rafael Nadal is seeded No. 2. The star-studded men’s field also includes four-time Australian Open winner Roger Federer and Andy Murray – who has lost the past two finals at the Australian Open – seeded No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

On the women’s side, top-seeded player Caroline Wozniacki continues her quest to win her first Grand Slam title. Wozniacki’s competition includes Wimbledon champion and No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova, followed by Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. Defending champion Kim Clijsters and five-time Australian Open winner Serena Williams are expected to play in the tournament despite sustaining injuries during last week’s Brisbane International.

TSN will once again use ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open. Here is a section of ESPN’s press release with information on commentators and hosts.

Cliff Drysdale – who has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in 1979 – leads the ESPN2 team. Chris Evert, who joined ESPN last year for Wimbledon and the US Open, will make her Australian Open debut. Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver return as analysts. Chris Fowler will again host and call select matches, with Chris McKendry also hosting. Tom Rinaldi will contribute features, news and interviews.

Continue after the break for the complete Australian Open on TSN and TSN2 schedule.

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