How to Watch the 2023 Australian Open

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After a controversial start to the Australian Open last year surrounding the deportation of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal eventually clinched the men's singles tournament—and he'll be back this year looking to defend his title, and to win his 23rd Grand Slam title.

Here, everything you need to know about this year's Australian Open—and how to watch in the United States.

When does the Australian Open start?

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

Is Novak Djokovic allowed to play?

Yes, Djokovic will be playing and is a favorite to win. He has been in Australia since the start of the year, playing the warm-up tournaments. The Serbian player had his visa ban overturned in November.

"I can say it was different coming into Australia this year than any other year, certainly, because of the events 12 months ago, but at the same time, 12 months is quite a long time as well," Djokovic said. "Already it’s behind me, I’ve moved on. 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 came in early ... I don’t actually recall when I came that early to Australia.

How to watch the 2023 Australian Open:

The tournament is broadcast on ESPN in the U.S., airing mainly on ESPN2, except the first day of the tournament, plus the semifinals and finals, which will be broadcast on ESPN. You can also watch all the matches on ESPN+, ESPN's streaming platform.

As there's a 16 hour difference between the eastern coast of the U.S. and Australia, the dates below don't exactly line up with the dates of the tournament in Australia. The live schedule for broadcast is as follows:

Round 1 airs Sunday, January 15 at 7 p.m. eastern on ESPN. At 11 p.m. eastern, coverage switches to ESPN2. On Monday, January 16, coverage starts at 11:30 p.m. eastern on ESPN2.

Round 2 airs Tuesday, January 17 and Wednesday, January 18 at 9 p.m. eastern on ESPN2.

Round 3 airs Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20 at 9 p.m. eastern on ESPN2.

Round of 16 airs Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m. eastern and Sunday, January 22, at 7 p.m. eastern on ESPN2.

Quarterfinals air Monday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 24 at 9 p.m. eastern on ESPN.

Semifinals: The women's semis take place January 26 at 3:30 a.m. eastern, and men's semis also take place January 26, but in the evening, starting at 10:30 p.m. eastern, on ESPN.

Finals: The women's finals take place January 28 at 3:30 a.m. eastern, and men's finals take place January 29, time 3:30 a.m. eastern on ESPN.

All matches (including ones at 3 a.m. eastern!) will air on ESPN+.

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