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Australian Open 2012: guide

Updated: Next month Seven uses both primary and multichannels to deliver most of the Aussie Open live to most cities.

The Australian Open returns to Seven on January 16th.

Seven will start its primetime coverage at 7pm each night in week one, and 7.30pm in week two. Many matches in will be live on either Seven or 7TWO.

Correction: In cities such as Perth viewers will have the choice of either live on 7TWO or replayed on Seven.

In addition Seven will broadcast the Brisbane International and APIA International in Sydney, as well as the AAMI Kooyong Classic in Melbourne all on 7TWO.

Seven’s “summer of tennis” will be headed by Johanna Griggs, Matt White and Hamish McLachlan with Bruce McAvaney in the commentary chair and commentary from Jim Courier, John Newcombe and former Sam Smith.

Joining them in the Channel 7 commentary box will be Todd Woodbridge, Henri Leconte, Nicole Bradtke, Rennae Stubbs, Sandy Roberts, John Fitzgerald, Roger Rasheed, Allan Stone, Geoff Masters and Kerryn Pratt.

Lleyton Hewitt also returns to commentate the 2012 Australian Open.

MONDAY JANUARY 16 – FRIDAY JANUARY 20
11am – 6pm LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne on Channel 7
10am – 6pm LIVE in Brisbane on Channel 7
10.30am – 6pm LIVE in Adelaide on Channel 7
8am – 6pm LIVE in Perth on Channel 7
6pm – 7pm LIVE in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth LIVE on 7TWO
7pm – 12.30am COP LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne on Channel 7
7pm – 11.30pm COP in Brisbane on Channel 7
7pm – 12am COP in Adelaide on Channel 7
7pm – 9.30pm COP in Perth on Channel 7

SATURDAY JANUARY 21 & SUNDAY JANUARY 22
11am – 6pm LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne on Channel 7
10am – 6pm LIVE in Brisbane on Channel 7
10.30am – 6pm LIVE in Adelaide on Channel 7
8am – 6pm LIVE in Perth on Channel 7
6pm – 6.30pm LIVE in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth LIVE on 7TWO
6.30pm – 12.30am COP LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne on Channel 7
6.30pm – 11.30pm COP in Brisbane on Channel 7
6.30pm – 12pm COP in Adelaide on Channel 7
6.30pm – 9.30pm COP in Perth on Channel 7

MONDAY JANUARY 23 – THURSDAY JANUARY 26
11am – 6pm LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne on Channel 7
10am – 6pm LIVE in Brisbane on Channel 7
10.30am – 6pm LIVE in Adelaide on Channel 7
8am – 6pm LIVE in Perth on Channel 7
6pm – 7.30pm LIVE in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth LIVE on 7TWO
7.30pm – 12.30am COP LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne on Channel 7
7.30pm – 11.30pm COP in Brisbane on Channel 7
7.30pm – 12am COP in Adelaide on Channel 7
7.30pm – 9.30pm COP in Perth on Channel 7

FRIDAY JANUARY 27
3pm – 6pm LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne
2pm – 6pm LIVE in Brisbane
2.30pm – 6pm LIVE in Adelaide
12pm – 6pm LIVE in Perth
6pm – 7.30pm LIVE in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth LIVE on 7TWO
7.30pm – 10.30pm LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne
7.30pm – 9.30pm in Brisbane
7.30pm – 10pm in Adelaide
7.30pm – 7.30pm in Perth

SATURDAY JANUARY 28 (WOMEN’S FINAL)
6.30pm – 10.30pm COP LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne
6.30pm – 9.30pm COP LIVE in Brisbane
7pm – 10pm COP LIVE in Adelaide
4.30pm – 7.30pm COP in Perth

SUNDAY JANUARY 29 (MEN’S FINAL)
4pm – 6pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm COP LIVE in Sydney and Melbourne
3pm – 5pm, 6.30pm 10.30pm COP LIVE in Brisbane
3.30pm – 5.30pm, 7pm – 10pm COP LIVE in Adelaide
1pm – 3pm, 4.30pm – 7.30pm COP LIVE in Perth

COP = Close of Play

Update: Seven will continue to broadcast the AO in Perth until 9.30pm Live (unless play finishes before 9.30 local time.

49 Responses

  1. So just to clarify will we get the night session’s live in Adelaide on 7two or will it still be a 30 minute Delay Need some clarity according to that release it is still a 30 minute delay. Could you give us some more info cheers David Knox

  2. Yeah I agree with Matt….why would channel 7’s coverage finish at 9.30pm in Perth (11.30 in Brisbane, 12.30am in Melbourne) if it wasnt showing the evening session live? 2 hours wouldnt be enough time to show the full (delayed) evening session….we need some clarification!

  3. it will still be a rubbish coverage as always. mega wall will be used even though no one can access it. they’ll bring out the same personalities to pratt on about the same rubbish. nothing has changed with them

  4. This is wonderful! No wonder Seven will have the best sports coverage on free-to-air television as well as the best free-to-air tennis coverage, not only the Australian Open but also the Brisbane and APIA Internationals, the Kooyong Classic and Winbledon!

    January is the best month if you want to catch all the tennis action on TV. Why miss an hour of Australian Open action when you can still see it on 7TWO from 6pm to 7pm?

    And don’t forget that Seven will bring you more AFL coverage showing four games each round plus all finals games including the Grand Final live. This will be the best AFL coverage on free-to-air since Seven lost its broadcasting rights to Nine and Ten in 2002.

  5. Why are some of you stating the night sessions are live in all states?

    The release clearly states it is only live in Sydney and Melbourne.

    The night sessions are also not being shown live on 7Two

    eg

    7.30pm – 12.30am COP Live in Sydney and Melbourne on Channel 7
    7.30pm – 11.30pm COP in Brisbane on Channel 7
    7.30pm – 12am COP in Adelaide on Channel 7
    7.30pm – 9.30pm COP in Perth on Channel 7

  6. Great news….I’m so glad channel seven have realised live sport all over Australia is essential! Started last year with their wimbledon coverage (which was great) and now live evening sessions on 7Two….fantastic!

  7. Love that i’m seeing the word Live a lot. Well done Seven. But what on earth is their fascination with Hamish McLachlan. He is absolutely terrible. Bad at hosting AFL Game Day, and now they’ve signed him up to commentate AFL, and the tennis….Please enough of him Seven. Same with Roger Rasheed. I simply refuse to watch a game he is commentating. It’s nauseating.

  8. Hmmm, with the times for Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide suggest they are showing it live in primetime this year all states.

    Looking forward to the extra coverage on 7Two especially with the lead up tournament seeming to have more coverage.

  9. Thanks Seven,could have used 7 Mate to give us HD but No it’s actually broadcasted in HD,as Foxtel show it in HD and I also assume the rest of the world gets the HD feed that’s why a lot of people purchased HD displays to watch content in SD and you wonder why FTA shoots itself in the foot each time sport is aired on FTA

  10. So i am confused does this mean that if the afternoon tennis runs over time they will show it on 7two but they will not be putting live night tennis sessions on their again this is a disgrace can someone clarify. According to that it is For Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth

  11. Matt: Brisbane’s in the same boat, but will likely see 1hr-1 & 1/2 hrs of rerun content on the main channel (the same stuff that’s on 7Two during the news) every night during the Australian Open, except for the two finals.

    The lead-in tournaments moving to 7Two is the best news out of this, something that should have happened in 2010: as the lead-in events, aren’t on the anti-siphoning list.

  12. @ Sammo Sam Smith was the number 1 English women and ranked at 55 at her peak in 1998 before injuries pretty much ended her career. Sure she was not the number 1 player in the world but she calls the match instead of repeating the same stories about the same players like Tracy Austin. She is with Eurosport year round so she knows the players inside out and actually is relevant to the sport.

    Looking forward again to the coverage on Fox Sports in HD with John Mcenroe calling in Australia again.

  13. This good news for Perth viewers it won’t be Delayed exceptions are Women’s Final. AAMI Kooyong Classic, Medibank International, Brisbane International will Live and Exclusively seen on 7TWO. Well done Channel Seven this is how you use Multi-Channels.

  14. sam smith is terrible- who is she ? once ranked 450 in 1990?? where is tracy austin or pam shriver ..someone who has credentials….and could acutally play the game- same could be said of kerryn Pratt etc

  15. I don’t understand how coverage is going to be live in Adelaide from 6pm-7pm on 7two, then dealyed on 7 from 7pm? Are they going to repeat half an hour of play at 7pm that was just shown on 7two? Surely if the coverage switches from 7two to 7, it’ll be live?

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