Australian Open 2022: Where to Watch and What to Expect ?
Get ready for 2022 first Grand Slam Tournament
The year 2022 might have brought in a fresh breath of air to a lot of people, but certainly was not the same with World No.1, Novak Djokovic. Before the Australian Open 2022 even started, Nova Djokovic got well wrapped under some serious controversy. Regarding his status being unvaccinated. The news spread out that World No.1 is in search of a world record of his 21st Grand Slam title. Found himself detained over a visa dispute at the Australian Border Control. In hindsight, Djokovic tested positive for COVID 19 in December. Also, he is not vaccinated, though he was granted an exemption. But the Australian authority retracted his visa and declared him not qualified for the exemption hence, retracted his visa.
If the current situation stands as it is, then the nine-time Australian Open winner will not only be sitting this edition but shall be banned from the country for three years. So, this controversy has overshadowed every other news in the Australian Open 2022. Including the big shots, Roger Federer and Serena Williams too will be sitting out this edition.
On a much brighter side for fans, Rafael Nadal, Danil Medvedev, Ashleigh Barty, and Garbine Muguruza will be in the tournament as hungry for a trophy as ever. The tournament qualifiers are already underway, the main event starts on the 17th of January 2022 in India.
The American fans can catch the Australian Open 2022 on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Plus, the coverage starts on Sunday, January 16 at 7 P.M. ET/4 P.M. PT. For streaming services reach out to Sling TV and Fubo TV.
The British fans can watch the Australian Open 2022 on Eurosport. The coverage starts from Midnight GMT of 17th January 2022, Monday. For streaming, Discovery Plus is your go-to.
The Australian fans can catch the coverage on Monday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at local time. First-round match play begins at 11 AM. AEDT. The tournament will be televised on Channel 9.
Indian fans could watch the coverage on Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, Sony TEN 2, and Sony TEN 2 HD TV channels in India. And the live stream will be available on Sony LIV. The main draw matches start in India from 5:30 AM IST.
Monday, Jan. 17: Men’s and Women’s First Round
Tuesday, Jan. 18: Men’s and Women’s First Round
Wednesday, Jan. 19: Men’s and Women’s Second Round
Thursday, Jan. 20: Men’s and Women’s Second Round
Friday, Jan. 21: Men’s and Women’s Third Round
Saturday, Jan. 22: Men’s and Women’s Third Round
Sunday, Jan. 23: Men’s and Women’s Fourth Round
Monday, Jan. 24: Men’s and Women’s Fourth Round
Tuesday, Jan. 25: Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Jan. 26: Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals
Thursday, Jan. 27: Women’s Singles Semifinals
Friday: Jan. 28: Men’s Singles Semifinals, Mixed Doubles Final
Saturday, Jan. 29: Women’s Singles Final, Men’s Doubles Final
Sunday, Jan. 30: Men’s Singles Final, Women’s Doubles Final
What to Expect from the Australian Open 2022?
Sources say Novak Djokovic might get a late inclusion in the first round on an opening day. But the world number one is aware that he is in for a massive tournament. Djokovic is in advance warned by the talismanic Boris Becker about the crowd being intimidating whilst the tournament. Also, the rule has been passed which says, the tournament will accommodate only 50 percent crowd in a game following a strict COVID protocol.
It has been observed by the fans and the critics that the tournaments are getting quite uncertain and competitive. With the fresh breeze of young talents coming in and the ever-standing giants are in for a tussle every time a grand slam is happening. Be it the women’s or the men’s competition, the neck-to-neck tussle is what fans are eagerly waiting for. It is a given that the superstars will not let their fans down.
Danil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefano Tsitsipas, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal are all into this competition to win and prove a point. Similarly, Ashleigh Barty, Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sakkari, Naomi Osaka are all into this tussle for the title. Hence, there is no such void left for the fans to complain about. Therefore, the Australian Open 2022 is all set to start with a bang on the 17th of January 2022.