Australian Open 2022 – how to watch the finals online in the UK

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The Australian Open 2022 is reaching its finals, but the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year has already been front and centre of headlines around the world as a result of Novak Djokovic’s visa saga.

Djokovic’s attempt to appeal against the decision to cancel his visa was dismissed on Sunday (January 16), and he then left Australia. The men’s singles tournament got underway without the reigning champion.

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However, talk quickly turned to the action on court, and while the likes of reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu, Sir Andy Murray and defending women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka may have said a slightly earlier farewell to the tournament than they would have hoped, there’s still plenty of interesting stories going into the finals.

Reigning Wimbledon champion and current world number one Ash Barty is the first Australian woman to reach the final since 1980. Ash will play Danielle Collins, who is competing in her first major Grand Slam tennis final.

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In the men’s singles competition, Rafael Nadal makes his sixth appearance, and is on the verge of making history.

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If he wins the tournament this weekend, he will secure a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title, putting him ahead of Djokovic and Roger Federer (who was unable to play as he continues his recovery from knee surgery) as the most successful men’s player in the Open Era. However, he’s only ever won the Australian Open final once before, in 2009.

Rafa will be playing reigning US Open men’s singles champion Daniil Medvedev on Sunday (January 30). Here’s more on how you can watch the closing days of the tournament.

Australian Open tennis 2022 – how to watch in the UK

You may remember in previous years that the Australian Open was available to watch via Eurosport Player in the UK. In 2022, you’ll find coverage on the Discovery+ streaming service.

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There are a couple of ways to access coverage. You can either go direct via Discovery+ or, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get the Discovery+ Entertainment & Sport Prime Video Channel for £6.99 per month. This is broadcasting the Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 coverage live, as well as on demand.

You’ll also be able to find coverage of sports including cycling, motorsport’s World Endurance Championship and World Touring Car Cup, plus the FIM world motocross championship.

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The Discovery+ Entertainment and Sport package also includes channels like Discovery, TLC, ID and Animal Planet, as well as a load of Discovery+ original programming.

As for timings, there’s a handy coverage schedule here. The women’s singles final on Saturday, January 29 and the men’s singles final on Sunday, January 30 will start broadcasting just after 8am UK time.

Note that if you want to watch Discovery+ online as a Prime Video Channel, rather than signing up direct, then you’ll need to sign up to Amazon Prime Video first, which has a 30-day free trial if you sign up with a unique email address.

If you’ve already used up your 30-day free trial, you can get Amazon Prime for £7.99 a month, getting extras including free next-day delivery and access to Prime Video’s ever-expanding library of original movies and TV show.

Australian Open tennis 2022 – how to watch in the US

If you’re in the US, then ESPN has the TV rights to the Australian Open. If you don’t have (or don’t want) cable or satellite, then you can also watch via sports streaming service ESPN+, priced at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.

If you’re looking to save on a broad range of entertainment and sports content, then the Disney Bundle gives US customers access to Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for $13.99 per month.

Meanwhile, streaming service Sling TV‘s ‘Orange’ tier, priced at $35 per month, also has ESPN. New customers can try the service with a three-day free trial. (Note that Sling TV is only available to customers in the US and Puerto Rico.)

Taking the time difference into account, coverage of the daytime sessions in the US will start at around 7pm ET/4pm PT.

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