Another Australian Open Schedule Update: Monday, Jan. 24, ESPN2 Telecast Extended to Feature Madison Keys, Rafael Nadal in QFs


Another Australian Open Schedule Update: Monday, Jan. 24, ESPN2 Telecast Extended to Feature Madison Keys, Rafael Nadal in QFs


Tonight’s ESPN2 telecast of Australian Open quarterfinals coverage has been extended in order to show Madison Keys and Rafael Nadal in action.  ESPN2 will go on the air at 7 p.m. ET with a scheduled end time of 1 a.m. (was 11 p.m.).  Keys will play #4 seed Barbora Krejcikova and #6 Nadal will face #14 Denis Shapovalov.  Both matches will also be available on ESPN+, as will a simulcast of the ESPN2 production.  See grid below for the entire schedule for the remainder of the tournament.



  • No. 1 Seeds – Nine-Time Winner Novak Djokovic, Australian Ashleigh Barty – Lead the Fields 
  • Nightly Live Coverage, Semifinals and Championships on Linear Television, ESPN+ 
  • New Highlight Show on ABC Each Weekend 
  • ESPN+ – More Exclusive Hours, Matches on Show Courts & Four Quarterfinals;  Adds Simulcasts of all Linear Telecasts and Great Matches from the Past 
  • Qualifying Underway Exclusive to ESPN+ – 224 Matches Through Thursday Night 
  • All Matches, All Courts, All Days on ESPN App   

Tennis fans in North America can escape the winter for the warmth of summer down under via ESPN’s live presentation – now exclusive – of the Australian Open, tennis’ first Major of the year, starting Sunday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Live “first ball to last ball coverage” across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN3 from Melbourne will include every match from all 16 courts.  ESPN+ will offer more exclusive hours than ever, including the 3 a.m. featured matches (prime time in Australia) on ESPN+ from Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena.  In addition, for the first time, ESPN+ will offer simulcasts of all linear TV coverage, from Day One through the Championships.  The Women’s and Men’s Championships will air late on January 28 and 29, respectively, both at 3:30 a.m. with encore presentations later that day on ESPN2.  New to the schedule this year is a one-hour highlights show each weekend on ABC.    

ESPN has televised the Australian Open since 1984, ESPN’s longest uninterrupted professional sports programming relationship.      

The ESPN Tennis Team 

Coverage Highlights (ET) 


  • Live nightly telecasts, generally beginning at 9 p.m. through the quarterfinals 
  • Semifinals and Women’s and Men’s Championships, including encore presentations  
  • ESPN2 with 35 additional hours in the afternoon with action from the previous day. 


  • Exclusive coverage of all 224 matches from qualifying this week 
  • Exclusive streaming up to 12 or more courts from the start of play each night at 7 p.m. including more exclusive hours such as two quarterfinals on Monday, Jan. 24, and two on Tuesday, Jan. 25 
  • Singles, doubles (men’s, women’s, mixed), wheelchair, legends and juniors, and on-demand replays of completed matches 
  • New: Simulcasts of all ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts, from Day One through the Championships 
  • A daily highlights show posted at 11 a.m. 
  • New: On-demand replays of great matches in Australian Open history 
  • All coverage on ESPN+ will be available in both English and Spanish 


  • First-ever Australian Open coverage via new weekly one-hour highlights show, on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. 


  • All-day action from select courts 
  • On-demand replays of completed matches 

  • Extensive previews, reviews, analysis, the latest news, polls, videos and more 

ESPN Interactive TV 

  • Multi-screen mosaic on DIRECTV featuring ESPN linear feed and other TV courts, during the first seven days of the tournament.  Sam Gore will host with Luke Jensen. 

ESPN Deportes 

  • On TV, ESPN Deportes will air live the women’s and men’s semis and both Championships, which are all also on ESPN+. 
  • 30-minute pre-show leading into the Women’s and Men’s Championships 
  • Coverage every day in Spanish on ESPN+  
  • with news and information including results, recaps and chats 

ESPN and its affiliated networks around the globe 

  • Extensive coverage in Latin America (Spanish), Brazil (Portuguese) and the Caribbean (English) 
  • Star+ & ESPN Play, ESPN’s direct to consumer and broadband streaming services in the region, will also provide access to every single match from every televised court   
  • ESPN will also televise two-hour “Best of the Day” daily (Spanish only) 
  • Canada – TSN (English) and RDS (French):  comprehensive coverage on television and digital services. 

Surveying the Fields 

  • Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic, who has been dealing with a visa issue and recently won his appeal to stay in Australia and compete, has a record nine titles, including the most recent three.  He seeks to break the mark of 20 career Majors he currently shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.  His biggest challenge will be No. 2 Daniil Medvedev who denied Djokovic the Grand Slam at the US Open final in September for his first Major title.  No. 6 Rafael Nadal, the 2009 winner in Australia, also hopes to snare a record 21st Major.  Those three will be challenged by a number of players 25 and under seeking to join the club of Major winners – No. 3 Alexander Zverev (24, a finalist at the 2020 US Open), No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas (23, a finalist at last year’s French Open), No. 5 Andrey Rublev (24) and No. 7 Matteo Berrettini (25, a finalist at Wimbledon last summer). 
  • The women’s draw is again wide open – in the last 19 Majors there have been 14 different champions and seven first-time winners in the most recent 12 Majors.  Crowd favorite top-seeded Ashleigh Barty has a French Open and Wimbledon title on her resume and would love to add her country’s championship.  Defending champ Naomi Osaka, No. 13 after taking a post-US Open break, also won this event in 2019 to go with her pair of US Open crowns (2018, ‘20).  Other contenders: Aryna Sabalenka (No. 2, reached the semis in the two most recent Majors), Garbiñe Muguruza (No. 3, has won two Majors), American Sofia Kenin (No. 11, captured her one Major title down under two years ago) and Karolina Pliskova (No. 5, a two-time Major finalist).  Of course, the tennis world is anxious to see the continued progress of Emma Raducanu, the US Open winner now 19 and seeded No. 17, and American 17-year-old Coco Gauff, seeded No. 18. 


(All times are Eastern, and each day “begins” at 6 a.m. ET.  Therefore, the listing Wed., Jan. 26, at 3:30 a.m. ET is actually very late on Wednesday night.)  

Date  Time (ET)  Network(s)     Event 
Jan 16 – 30   First ball to last ball each day  ESPN+, ESPN3  LIVE  Australian Open – up to 16 courts 
Sun, Jan 16  7 – 11 p.m.   ESPN, ESPN+  LIVE  Early Round Play 
11 p.m. – 7 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Mon, Jan 17  2 – 5 p.m.  ESPN2  Same-day 
7 – 11:30 p.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
11:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.  ESPN2, ESPN+  LIVE 
2 – 7 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Tue, Jan 18  2 – 5 p.m.  ESPN2  Same-day 
7 – 9 p.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
9 – 11:30 p.m.  ESPN2, ESPN+  LIVE 
11:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Wed, Jan 19  2 – 5 p.m.  ESPN2  Same-day 
7 – 9 p.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
9 – 12:30 a.m.   ESPN2, ESPN+  LIVE 
11:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Thu, Jan 20  2 – 5 p.m.  ESPN2  Same-day 
7 – 9 p.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
9 – 11:30 p.m.  ESPN2, ESPN+  LIVE 
12:30 a.m. – 7 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Fri, Jan 21  2 – 5 p.m.  ESPN2  Same-day 
7 – 9 p.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
9 – 12:30 a.m.   ESPN2, ESPN+  LIVE 
11:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Sat, Jan 22  8 – 11 a.m.   ESPN2   Same-day 
7 – 9 p.m.  ESPN+  LIVE  Round of 16 
9 – 12:30 a.m.   ESPN2, ESPN+  LIVE 
11:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Sun, Jan 23  9 – 11 a.m.  ESPN2  Same-day 
4 – 5 p.m.  ABC  Taped  First Week Highlights 
Round of 16 
7 – 12:30 a.m.  ESPN2, ESPN+  LIVE 
11:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Mon, Jan 24  2 – 5 p.m.  ESPN2  Same-day 
7 – 1 a.m.  ESPN2, ESPN+  LIVE  Quarterfinals 
3 – 6 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Tue, Jan 25 



2 – 5 p.m.  ESPN2  Same-day 
7 – 9 p.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.   ESPN2, ESPN+  LIVE 
3 – 6 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE 
Wed, Jan 26  2 – 5 p.m.  ESPN2  Same-day 
3:30 – 7:30 a.m. 

3:25 – 6:30 a.m. 


ESPN Deportes 

LIVE  Women’s Semifinals 
Thur, Jan 27  2 – 5 p.m.   ESPN2  Encore 
8 -10 p.m.  ESPN+  LIVE  Mixed Doubles Championship 
10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

10:25 p.m. – 2 a.m. 


ESPN Deportes 

LIVE  Men’s Semifinal #1 
3:30 – 6 a.m. 

3:25 – 7 a.m. 


ESPN Deportes 

LIVE  Men’s Semifinal #2 
Fri, Jan 28  2 – 5 p.m.   ESPN2  Encore  Men’s Semifinals 
3 – 3:30 a.m.  ESPN Deportes  LIVE  Women’s Championship Pre-Show 
3:30 – 5:30 a.m. 

3:30 – 6 a.m.  


ESPN Deportes 

LIVE  Women’s Championship 
5:30 – 7:30 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE  Men’s Doubles Championship 
Sat, Jan 29  8 – 11 a.m.  ESPN2  Encore  Women’s Championship 
2 – 3 p.m.  ABC  Taped  Second Week Highlights 
11 p.m. – 1 a.m.  ESPN+  LIVE  Women’s Doubles Championship 
3 – 3:30 a.m.  ESPN Deportes  LIVE  Men’s Championship Pre-Show 
3:30 – 6:30 a.m.  

3:30 – 7:30 a.m.  


ESPN Deportes 

LIVE  Men’s Championship 
Sun, Jan 30  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  ESPN2  Encore 
6 – 10 p.m.  ESPN2  Encore 



Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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