Following Roger Federer’s triumphant success at last year’s competition, the Australian Tennis Open returns to Melbourne on January 15th. With plenty of action taking place across the various courts, fans can count on endless entertainment up until the final on January 28th.
While watching the Australian Open live stream will be easy enough for the Aussies, with full coverage being shown on Channel Seven, those elsewhere in the world will need to sign up to a couple of services to stream it online. So, to help out you international fans, I’ve put together a handy guide on how to watch the Australian Tennis Open wherever you are in the world.
To get started, you’ll need to get yourself signed up to a VPN.
What’s a VPN and Why Do I Need One?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service which allows you to access the internet through a provider in a separate location. Allowing you to browse the web as though you were in a different country, a VPN is the best way to access content which is exclusive to a given region.
Therefore, the reason you’ll need a VPN to watch the Australian Open live is that you’ll need to trick websites into thinking your device is accessing them from Australia.
Sounds Good – Where Do I Sign Up?
To help you select the best VPN out of the many providers available, I’ve rounded up a selection of the most trusted ones here. However, if you don’t want to read a review below is a selection of services with features and prices.
With each offering reasonably priced subscriptions, and being fit for the purpose of watching the Australian Open live, signing up to one of these shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes.
What’s more, each of these VPN services will run on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Plus, most have apps that work on the PS4, Xbox One X, S, iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, streaming sticks like Chromecast, Roku, and the Amazon Firestick are supported.
I’m Signed Up! What Next?
Having assessed your chosen VPN and selected Australia (or coverage in another country) as your location, you’ll need to find a site to watch it on.
As of writing this article, I know of the following sites:
- ausopen.com – starting from round one
- bet365.com – You will need to sign up to stream
- FirstRowSports.TV – Video quality isn’t great, make sure you install an Ad blocker and VPN for your security
- LiveTV.sx – Do not use without a vpn!
Once you’re there, you’ll be able to watch all of the coverage in real time, enjoying all of the extra features which are exclusive to Australian web users. Compatible devices these day’s range from Windows computers, Macs, iOS phones and iPads. To Android smartphones and tablets, plus streaming sticks like the Roku, Firestick, Chromecast, and even Smart tvs.
How to watch Australian tennis open Live?
Sure, if you need to recap the above, here it is:
- Sign up to a well-trusted VPN provider
- Select Australia as your preferred location
- Head to www.2017.ausopen.com once the competition has started
As easy as 1,2,3, you can be sure of watching the Australian Tennis Open wherever you are in the world. If after reading the above, you still have questions, get in touch via the comments section below.