Airdate: US Open 2023

14 days of action Live from Flushing Meadows, New York from Tuesday.

The US Open begins Live on 9GEM on Tuesday, August 29.

Nine’s exclusive broadcast will run for 14 days straight with coverage from the hard courts of Flushing Meadows, New York.

Todd Woodbridge, Jelena Dokic, Brenton Speed and Brett Phillips will provide commentary for Nine’s Wide World of Sports.

In the men’s singles, Aussie Alex de Minaur (world No.13) is up against the current top five of Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud and Holger Rune plus Greek hero Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The women’s singles title is wide open in a field featuring world No.1 Iga Świątek, Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka, Wimbledon winner Marketa Vondrousova and top 10-ranked American big names Coco Gauff and Jess Pegula. Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic will join the mix to boost herself up the rankings after injury.

A strong Australian contingent will join de Minaur and Tomljanovic in the main draw when Thanasi Kokkinakis, Jordan Thompson, Jason Kubler, Daria Saville, Max Purcell, Alexei Popyrin, Chris O’Connell and Aleksander Vukic line up along with wildcards Storm Hunter and Rinky Hijikata.

Every match will be available to stream live and ad-free only on Stan Sport with Centre court in 4K UHD. Stan Sport is also the only place you can catch all the action with replays, mini-matches and highlights available on demand. Plus Grand Slam Daily with Chris Stubbs and Wally Masur.

4 Responses

  1. Its to do with the broadcast rights. EPL and football along with other international sports command a very high broadcast right fee. As such, FTA often don’t want them because of the cost vs return (most are overnight Australian time). So subscription services get them as they can recoup some of the cost from subscriptions and potentially new ones.

    The Grand Slams are a different beast as they provide 14 days of known content. All 4 are, to varying degrees, weather protected. Its not like cricket which is rain impacted so FTA can guarantee that they will have something to show even if it is raining.

  2. All four tennis major championships are shown on free-to-air tv, but most other major sports are stuck behind a paywall. For example, only one men’s golf major and no women’s golf majors are shown. No UK premier league soccer, etc. Why does tennis get this coverage by our TV networks and other sports are excluded?

    1. This has only happened in the last few years as previously the French Open was Foxtel only and the US Open used to be on Channel 9 tape delayed before going to Foxtel as well.

      The reason why all four grand slams are on free to air is due to Stan having the rights. Nine show a portion of the action and then direct to their streaming service if you want to see anything else including the rest of the match you’ve been watching for the past hour sometimes.

    2. I don’t get the comparison. Every sport is different (brings in different revenues etc.) Ultimately it comes down who wants to pay for each of these sports. A number of years we only had 2 of the 4 majors on FTA. Now with Nine’s strategy with Stan, it gives a chance for deals like these.

      Outside of the 4 slams, you can’t even access coverage via Foxtel these days as Foxtel canned BEIN Sports. Not so great for tennis fans.

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