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While the 2021 Australian Open was delayed until February because of the pandemic, in 2022, the Australian Open is back in January (where it belongs). As the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, this one is a must-see for tennis fans. Will this be the tournament where one of the big three finally breaks the 20 Grand Slam count tie? There's only one way to find out.

While the pre-tournament drama was pretty intense (we're looking at you Novak Djokovic), you don't have to have cable to serve up all this great Australian Open action. In this guide, we'll show you how to stream Australian Open 2022 without cable using one of the various livestreaming services available to you.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the Australian Open:

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When is the 2022 Australian Open and Where Can You Watch It?

Australian Open 2022 is going on right now! Don't miss a second by checking out these broadcast details:

  • When: January 16th to 30th
  • Where: Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia
  • Where to watch: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Plus, and the Tennis Channel

Naomi Osaka will be returning to Melbourne to defend the women’s title she won in 2021. Osaka is presumably the favorite to defend her title in 2022, but she’s also coming off a four-month break from tennis. So if she’s rusty, you can expect challengers to pounce, especially from U.S. Open sensation Emma Raducanu.

On the men's side, the situation is a bit murkier. Officially, the defending men's champion, Novak Djokovic, will not be competing in this year's tournament. For a quick recap, here's what happened in the Djokovic saga:

Timeline of Djokovic and Australian Open Entry

  1. November 19, 2021: Australian Open requests all participants to the vaccinated.
  2. December 16, 2021: Novak Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19.
  3. December 22, 2021: Djokovic test negative for COVID-19.
  4. December 30, 2021: Djokovic receives a medical exemption for the Australian Open from the tournament directors.
  5. January 5, 2022: Djokovic is detained upon arrival in Melbourne by border control.
  6. January 6, 2022: Djokovic's visa is revoked by the Australian government, and he is placed in detention.
  7. January 10, 2022: Djokovic's visa is reinstated after winning an appeal of his cancellation.
  8. January 11, 2022: Australian Open officials list Djokovic as the top seed for the tournament.
  9. January 14, 2022: Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his ministerial discretion to revoke Djokovic's visa once more.
  10. January 16, 2022: Djokovic's appeal is denied in Australian Federal Court, and he is deported from Australia.

Without Djokovic playing, the field is wide open to several challengers, including Daniil Medvedev, Denis Shapovalov, and 2009 winner of the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal. While these titans of tennis are playing, the Australian Open will be without some other big names, such as Serena Williams and Roger Federer.

How to Watch the Australian Open 2022 Without Cable

The action at the Australian Open will be spread out a little bit, but if you want the biggest events, you’ll want to focus on getting an ESPN livestream. The following list will tell you how to do that, and it will also tell you how to get the Tennis Channel. ESPN Plus is kind of its own thing, and we’ll talk about that too.

Stream Australian Open 2022 With DIRECTV STREAM

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In our DIRECTV Stream review, we like DIRECTV Stream in part because of its massive channel selection. Tennis fans will be happy to find out that selection includes ESPN. So if you subscribe to DIRECTV Stream, you’ll be able to watch Australian Open 2022.

Stream Australian Open 2022 With Hulu + Live TV

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Hulu likes to hire football and basketball stars to show up in its ads, but it also offers plenty of tennis as well. That’s because ESPN is part of the standard Hulu + Live TV subscription.

Stream Australian Open 2022 With fuboTV

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Strange as it may seem, fuboTV hasn’t always offered the ESPN family of networks. But the worldwide leader in sports has been a part of the fuboTV channel list since 2020, and that’s great news for fans of the Australian Open. And if you want the Tennis Channel, you can get it as an add-on with your fuboTV subscription.

Stream Australian Open 2022 With Sling TV

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The Australian Open time difference is going to be really rough for American fans, unless, of course, you’re naturally a night owl. But whether you watch live or just use a DVR, you can watch it with a Sling TV subscription. ESPN is included in the Sling Orange package, and you can add Tennis Channel if you throw in the Sports Extra package for another $11 a month.

Stream Australian Open 2022 With ESPN Plus

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ESPN Plus operates separately from the traditional ESPN channel. In other words, you can’t use ESPN Plus to pull up a livestream of ESPN or ESPN2. You can, however, use ESPN Plus to catch some Australian Open action in 2022. Our ESPN Plus review has more information on what to expect with this service.

YouTube TV

The final item on our list is YouTube TV. This live streaming service owned by Google includes access to ESPN and much more. Find out exactly which channels you can watch by heading to the YouTube TV channel list.

Can I Watch Australian Open 2022 on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

If you’re going to wake up early (or maybe just never go to sleep) to watch some of the bigger matches at the Australian Open, why not do it on another device besides your TV? You can watch the action live in all sorts of ways. We’ve got the scoop in the chart below:

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web/
browser
DIRECTV STREAM Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
fuboTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ESPN Plus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YouTube TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

More to Watch for Sports Fans

Now you know how to watch Australian Open 2022 without cable, but what will you do after the winners are crowned in late January? If you also like winter sports like figure skating and hockey, there’s good news: The Winter Olympics are slated to kick off in early February. You can find out all the details in our guide to watching the Winter Olympics without cable. The time zone difference will also be very inconvenient for most Americans, but if you’ve already watched tennis matches in Australia, you should be able to handle snowboarding events in China.

Maybe you're a diehard tennis fan, and you want to see more than just the Grand Slams. If you are, slide over to our guide on how to watch tennis without cable any time of the year. That way, no matter if it's a Challenger event or an ATP 1000, you can stay tuned in and keep up with your favorite tennis players all year long.

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