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When does Australian Open 2022 start? Schedule, dates, how to watch on TV and live stream details



The 2022 Australian Open, the more optimistic among of us would have hoped, was supposed to be the beginning of the end of the nightmare.

With the second anniversary of the pandemic approaching, tennis’ first grand slam of the year could have been a beacon of hope, free from restrictions, tests and vaccination talk, the start of a new era.

Then the Omicron variant happened, the vaccination drive stalled, and all of a sudden Tennis Australia’s Craig Tiley was answering the same questions about quarantine and testing that he had been faced with 12 months before.

The 2022 Open does promise to be different. The state of Victoria’s vaccination rate has gone past 90 per cent and many restrictions have been lifted, although testing and masks still remain relatively commonplace.

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However, as long as players have been vaccinated – a point of continued contention – they will find life in Melbourne to be a little more like normality, even if not entirely.

There will be some changes on-court though that players cannot attribute to the pandemic. In what can only really be described as the application of common sense, the women’s semi-finals (traditionally played in Australia on the afternoon of the second Thursday) will now both be part of the Thursday night session ahead of Saturday’s final.

The men’s semi-finals, previously scheduled across Thursday and Friday’s night sessions, will now both take place on Friday, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, which as well as being fairer on the women’s game, will somewhat even out the amount of time the two finalists have to prepare for Sunday’s showdown.

Provisional tournament schedule

(All times GMT)

  • Monday 17 January: First round men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Tuesday 18 January: First round men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Wednesday 19 January: Second round men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Thursday 20 January: Second round men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Friday 21 January: Third round men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Saturday 22 January: Third round men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Sunday 23 January: Fourth round men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Monday 24 January: Fourth round men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Tuesday 25 January: Quarter-finals men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Wednesday 26 January: Quarter-finals men’s and women’s singles, play starts at midnight; night session begins at 8am
  • Thursday 27 January: Both women’s singles semi-finals, consecutively, from 8.30am
  • Friday 28 January: First men’s singles semi-final at 1am, second men’s singles semi-final at 8.30am
  • Saturday 29 January: Women’s singles final at 8.30am followed by mixed doubles final
  • Sunday 30 January: Men’s doubles final at 4am, men’s singles final at 8.30am

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