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2023’s first Grand Slam is about to wrap up with the Australian Open finals this weekend.
Over the past two weeks, the women’s singles tournament has been a string of massive upsets: Of the original top 21 players, only No. 5-seeded Aryna Sabalenka remains. Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, and Caroline Garcia, among other top contenders, have all been eliminated, leaving Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina to face off against Sabalenka in the women’s final.
The men’s singles tournament has been slightly more predictable, save for the shocking early eliminations of the No. 1 and No. 2-seeded Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud. It’s now down to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the final match.
If you’re looking to watch the Australian Open finals online, you’ll need to dial in your streaming setup to watch every match live online. Read on for a full guide on how to watch the Australian Open online without cable, including a couple of ways to stream tennis games for free.
How to Watch the Australian Open Finals Online for Free With a VPN
VPNs, for the unfamiliar, let you connect to servers that are typically geo-blocked in your device’s physical location. In other words, they “trick” your device into thinking it’s in another region, letting you access all the content normally unavailable in your physical location (such as, say, different Netflix libraries or other countries’ streaming services).
To watch the Australian Open for free using a VPN, first sign up for a reliable VPN like ExpressVPN or NordVPN. Both of these are fast, secure, and easy to use, and they’ll get you access to 9Now (an Australian streaming service showing all Grand Slam matches for free).
ExpressVPN and NordVPN are also relatively inexpensive: ExpressVPN costs $12.95 a month and NordVPN costs $11.99 per month, but both have 30-day money-back guarantees that you can take advantage of once the Australian Open is over. Plus, you can bring that monthly price way down by paying more upfront, which isn’t a bad idea since you can use a VPN to watch the other Grand Slam tournaments for free later this year. Read our comparison review of the two top-rated VPNs here.
Once you’ve signed up for ExpressVPN or NordVPN, add it to your web browser and set your location to any region in Australia. Then, sign up for a free 9Now account and enjoy free Australian Open finals live streams.
How to Watch the Australian Open Finals Online: Streaming Guide
Don’t feel like using a VPN? You’ve still got plenty of options to stream the 2023 Australian Open.
U.S. coverage of the tournament is spread across ESPN’s live TV channels and ESPN+, so you’ll need to get a live TV streaming service and ESPN+ to watch the Australian Open online. Below are some of the best services, including a couple with free trials that you can use to watch the Australian Open for free.
1. Stream the Australian Open Finals on ESPN+
Both Australian Open finals matches will be shown on ESPN+, which costs $9.99 per month or $99 a year and gets you a ton of live and on-demand sports content. You can also up the value by getting the Disney Bundle, which includes subscriptions to ESPN+, Hulu, and Disney+ for $12.99 a month.
2. Stream the Australian Open Finals on fuboTV
Another way to watch the Australian Open finals matches is to get a live TV streaming service with ESPN in its channel lineup. We like fuboTV, which includes ESPN and ESPN2 in its 200+ channel package. fuboTV costs $69.99 a month, but your subscription starts with a seven-day free trial (use that window to watch Australian Open matches for free). Plus, fuboTV comes with 1000 hours of cloud DVR storage to record games shown at odd hours in the U.S.
3. Stream the Australian Open Finals on DirecTV Stream
Another great live TV streaming service with ESPN and ESPN2 is DirecTV Stream, which also starts with a free trial (five days). After the free trial, DirecTV Stream costs $69.99 a month for its Entertainment package, which includes over 75 channels. You also get unlimited cloud DVR for recording Australian Open matches.
4. Stream the Australian Open Finals on Sling
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly live TV streaming service, check out Sling. At $40 a month for the Sling Orange package, it’s more affordable than the competition, but you still get live access to ESPN as well as 30 other live channels.
When is the Australian Open Finals? 2023 Schedule
The 2023 Australian Open started on Monday, Jan. 16, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 29. However, because Melbourne is 16 hours ahead of Easter Standard time, the dates are slightly different in the U.S, and ESPN will also have replays of certain matches at better times for U.S. viewers. Here’s the schedule for the Australian Open finals (times in ET):
Sat. Jan. 28
Women’s Final at 3:30 a.m.
Sun. Jan. 29
Men’s Final at 3:30 a.m.