The Australian Open is the first grand slam of the year and is always hotly anticipated by tennis fans as they get to see top tennis stars like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal after the long winter break.
This article will look at who has the Ireland/UK streaming rights to the Australian Open in 2023 and will show you how you can get access to live coverage of the 2023 tournament.
How to Watch the 2023 Australian Open in Ireland and the UK
In September 2021, Eurosport announced that Discovery+ had won exclusive rights to broadcast the Australian Open across Europe starting in 2022 and running until 2031.
This means that if you want to stream the Australian Open live in 2023 in Ireland and the UK then you are going to need to be subscribed to Discovery+.
It currently costs €/£6.99 per month to sign up for the Entertainment and Sport package which includes access to live coverage of the 2022 Australian Open.
You also have the option of signing up for a year for £29.99 for the first year if you are from the UK and for €69.99 per year if you are from Ireland.
The 50% discount on the first year appears to be only for UK subscribers at the moment.
If you just want to watch tennis on Discovery+, then the cheapest option probably is to sign up for a month at a time whenever there is a big tournament that Discovery+ has the streaming rights to e.g. Australian Open, French Open, and the Laver Cup.
2023 Australian Open Discovery+ Schedule
|Day 1||16th January 2023||1st round|
|Day 2||17th January 2023||1st round|
|Day 3||18th January 2023||2nd round|
|Day 4||19th January 2023||2nd round|
|Day 5||20th January 2023||3rd round|
|Day 6||21st January 2023||3rd round|
|Day 7||22nd January 2023||4th Round|
|Day 8||23rd January 2023||4th Round|
|Day 9||24th January 2023||Quarterfinals|
|Day 10||25th January 2023||Quarterfinals|
|Day 11||26th January 2023||Ladies’ Semifinals|
|Day 12||27th January 2023||Gentlemen’s semifinals|
|Day 13||28th January 2023||Ladies’ final|
|Day 14||29th January 2023||Gentlemen’s final|
The above schedule is based on the 2023 tournament being run from the 16th to the 29th of January 2023. These dates have yet to be confirmed by tournament organizers.
The official Discovery+/Eurosport’s Live schedule for the 2023 Australian Open has also not been released yet.
The best way to see when the Australian Open will be on is to keep an eye on the Eurosport streaming schedule.
2022 Australian Open Discovery+ Coverage FAQ
What Presenters will be on Discovery+’s coverage of the 2023 Australian Open?
Discovery+/Eurosport’s coverage of the 2022 Australian Open was led by Barbara Schett-Eagle and Mats Wilander. It is likely it will be the same presenters in 2023. The popular highlights program “Game Schett and Mats” is also likely to make a return for the 2023 tournament.
Will qualifying for the Australian Open in 2023 be streamed on Discovery+/Eurosport
Qualifying for the Australian Open in 2022 was streamed on Discovery+/Eurosport so it is likely it will also be streamed for the 2023 tournament.
What Commentators will be on Discovery+’s coverage of the 2023 Australian Open?
A full list of commentators hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the likes of Matt Smith, Richard Vaughan, Virginia Wade, Catherine Whitaker, Boris Becker, Chris Bowers, Chris Bradnam, Naomi Broady, Andrew Castle, Pat Cash, Matt Chilton, Kim Clijsters, Annabel Croft, Jo Durie, Adam Fielder, Paul Hand, Miles Maclagan, Marion Bartoli, John McEnroe, David Mercer, Arvind Parmer, Simon Reed, and Greg Rusedski have all provided commentary for Eurosport in the past.
Is the Eurosport Player included in a Discovery+ subscription?
Subscribers to the Entertainment and Sports Package on Discovery+ will get access to everything on the Eurosport Player.
How can I watch the Australian Open in the US?
If you are based in the US then your best option to watch the Australian Open online is to use ESPN as they allow tennis fans to stream matches at ESPN.com or on the ESPN app.