Australian Open • Tennis • Rafael Nadal • Novak Djokovic - How to Watch the 2023 Australian Open

 After the controversial start to the Australian Open last year, surrounded by Novak Djokovic's exile, Rafael Nadal finally won the men's singles tournament-and he will return this year to defend his title and to win his 23rd Grand Slam title.

How to Watch the 2023 Australian Open

Here is everything you need to know about this year's Australian Open - and how to watch in the US.

When does the Australian Open start?

The Open begins in Melbourne on Sunday, January 15, and ends on Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, with the women's and men's singles finals, respectively. Qualifying starts on Monday, January 9, but has already been wrapped up.

Is Novak Djokovic allowed to play?

Yes, Djokovic will play and is the favorite to win. He has been in Australia since the beginning of the year, playing warm-up tournaments. The Serbian player lifted his visa ban in November.

"I can say that it was different coming to Australia this year than any other year, of course, because of the events of 12 months ago, but at the same time, 12 months is also quite a long time," Djokovic said. I'm looking forward to coming because I always play very well and probably my best tennis throughout my career on Australian soil, so I arrived early ... Do you remember when I came to Australia?

How to Watch the 2023 Australian Open

The tournament is broadcast on ESPN in the United States, originally on ESPN2, except for the first day of the game, the semifinals and finals, which will be published on ESPN. You can also watch all matches on ESPN+, ESPN's streaming platform.

Since there is a 16-hour difference between the east coast of the United States and Australia, the dates below are not consistent with the tournament dates in Australia. The live schedule for the broadcast is as follows:

Round 1 aired on ESPN on Sunday, January 15, at 7 p.m. Eastern. At 11 a.m., Eastern coverage switches to ESPN 2. On Monday, January 16, coverage begins at 11: 30 a.m. Eastern on ESPN 2.

Round 2 breaths of air Tuesdays, January 17, and Wednesdays, January 18, at 9 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

Round 3 breaths of air on Thursday, January 19, and Friday, January 20, at 9 a.m. Eastern on ESPN2

Round 16 is Saturday, January 21, at 8 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday, January 22, at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN 2.

The quarterfinals air Monday, January 23, and Tuesday, January 24, at 9 p.m. ESPN East.

Semifinals: the women's semifinals are held January 26 at 3: 30 a.m. Eastern and the men's semifinals are also held January 26, but start in the evening, at 10: 30 a.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Finals: the women's final is held on January 28 at 3: 30 a.m. Eastern and the men's final is born on January 29 at 3: 30 a.m. Eastern during ESPN.

All matches (including at 3 am Eastern! It will be broadcast on ESPN + 

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