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australian open logoGet ready for the start of another Grand Slam season in 2022 -- as the Australian Open kicks off in Melbourne -- on Monday, January 17,continuing through to the men's final on Sunday, January 30, 2022 (see the full US TV schedule, below)

Watch all the action as defending women's champ, Naomi Osaka, along with the men's champ, Novak Djokovic, do battle at Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park.

It all happens during a hot Australian summer — making the 'Open Down Under' a true test of speed, strength, and professional cool. As always, the 2022 Australian Open promises to have more than its fair share of excitement and drama.

NOTE:  Seven-time women’s champion, Serena Williams, announced that she would not be competing in Melbourne this year “following advice from her medical team.” Rumors were also rampant that men's champ Novak Djokovic planned to skip the 2022 Australian Open until he was given a vaccine exemption, After days of legal wrangling, it was "G'day mate!" as the unvaccinated tennis star left Australia when immigration officials denied his entry visa for the second time.

And now ... it's on with the show.

2022 Australian Open TV schedule in the US

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+ and the Tennis Channel will cover most of the action, with ESPN picking up coverage of the women's and men's finals.

Due to the time difference between the US and Australia, most matches will be televised live in the US in the wee hours of the morning with encore broadcasts scheduled for later in the day.

Just up ahead, check out the official schedule of dates, times and TV channels (all times Eastern).

Date Round Time (ET) TV
Mon, January 17, 2022 1st Round 2 - 5PM ESPN2
    7 - 11:30PM ESPN+
    11:30PM - 2AM ESPN2, ESPN+
    2 - 7AM ESPN+
Tue, January 18, 2022 1st Round 2 - 5 PM ESPN2
    7 - 9 PM ESPN+
    9 - 11:30PM ESPN2, ESPN+
    11:30PM - 7AM ESPN+
Wed, January 19, 2022 2nd Round 2 - 5 PM ESPN2
    7 - 9 PM ESPN+
    9 - 11:30PM ESPN2, ESPN+
    11:30PM - 7AM ESPN+
Thu, January 20, 2022 2nd Round 2 - 5 PM ESPN2
    7 - 9 PM ESPN+
    9 - 11:30PM ESPN2, ESPN+
    11:30PM - 7AM ESPN+
Fri, January 21, 2022 3rd Round 2 - 5 PM ESPN2
    7 - 9 PM ESPN+
    9 - 11:30PM ESPN2, ESPN+
    11:30PM - 7AM ESPN+
Sat, January 22, 2022 Round of 16 8 - 11AM ESPN2
    7 - 9 PM ESPN+
    9 - 11:30PM ESPN2, ESPN+
    11:30PM - 7AM ESPN+
Sun, January 23, 2022 Round of 16 9 - 11AM ESPN2
    4 - 5PM ABC (taped)
    7 - 9PM ESPN+
    9 - 11:30PM ESPN2, ESPN+
    11:30PM - 7AM ESPN+
Mon, January 24, 2022 Quarterfinals 2 - 5PM ESPN2
    7 - 11PM ESPN2, ESPN+
    11PM - 1AM ESPN+
    3 - 6AM ESPN+
Tue, January 25, 2022 Quarterfinals 2 - 5PM ESPN2
    7 - 9PM ESPN+
    9PM - 1AM ESPN2, ESPN+
    3 - 6AM ESPN+
Wed, January 26, 2022 Women's Semifinals 3:30 - 7:30AM ESPN, ESPN+
Thu, January 27, 2022 Mixed Doubles
8 - 10PM ESPN+
  Men's Semifinals 10:30PM – 1AM ESPN, ESPN+
  Men's Semifinals 3:30 - 6AM ESPN, ESPN+
Fri, January 28, 2022 Women's Singles Final 3:30 - 5:30AM ESPN, ESPN+
  Men's Doubles 5:30 - 7:30AM ESPN+
Sat, January 29, 2022 Women's Singles Encore
8 - 11AM ESPN
  Men's Singles Final 3:30 - 6:30AM ESPN, ESPN+
Sun, January 30, 2022 Men's Singles Encore 9AM - 1PM ESPN2
  Men's Singles Encore 6 - 10PM ESPN2

DID YOU KNOW? Australian Open fun facts

• The Australian Open is covered by more than 1,000 broadcasters worldwide reaching 45 TV channels and up to 900 million households on each day of the tournament.

• The longest tennis match happened during the Australian Open men’s final in 2012.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the two greatest men's players of the era, did battle on the court for an unbelieable five hours and 53 minutes – including an exhausting 31-shot rally - in what is considered the greatest tennis match of all time. The winner? It was Djokovic for his third straight Grand Slam title.

• Melbourne Park has three courts with retractable roofs. The special feature means that the Rod Laver Arena, the Hisense Arena and the Margaret Court Arena are immune to bad weather and play rarely falls behind schedule.

• Ken Rosewall is both the youngest and oldest man to win the Australian Open men’s championship. He won in 1953 at the age of 18 and took the title again 19 years later in 1972 at 37 years old.

• The Australian Open is the only Grand Slam to have taken place in different cities and countries. It was held in New Zealand in both 1906 and 1912, and later held in all five major Australian cities before Melbourne became its permanent home in 1972.

More about the Australian Open around the Web:

Around the Web, watch all the hot action in news reports & pictures, video clips, history, player profiles and assorted Australian Open history and trivia...

Australia Open 2022 - Here's the official site, jam-packed with news, photos and video clips of the premier tennis event including daily summary of scores, complete schedule, player profiles and interviews, history & trivia.

Slam! Sports Tennis - Australian Open - All the news that fits. Keep up to date with the latest headlines and daily feature stories on who's in and who's out.

Australian Open - Wikipedia - The online encyclopedia with historical color commentary and info on the men's and women's singles championship, Margaret Court Arena photos and information.


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