Apart from tournaments beginning right after New Year’s eve, the tennis show really starts in mid-January, along with the Australian Open.
What’s new at AO 2020?
The first major change this year is related to the money the winners will take home. Prizes increased by over 13% compared to 2019. Here’s an example: for playing in the first round (R128), each player will receive $ 90,000, and the winner in both competitions will receive $ 4,120,000. We are talking about Australian dollars, but a simple currency exchange shows that $ 90,000 AUD is around $ 62,000 USD.
Like last year, the organizers decided to increase the prizes for the starting rounds (qualifications and the first two rounds), precisely to help young athletes better manage their expenses in the circuit.
How to watch Australian Open 2020 live?
You can watch the Australian Open live on TV or online. For TV stations, the best choices are Eurosport (Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa), beInSports (Middle East, Africa), Fox Sports, Sony, ESPN (Asia Pacific and Oceania), ESPN (Latin America, North America).
To stream online the Australian Open 2020, you can choose between Eurosport Player and Bet365.
For Bet365 live streaming info, please check below. To see the full list of TV broadcasters, please click here.
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Who is playing at the AO 2020?
So far, it seems that all the great players in the world will participate, in one way or another, in the first Grand Slam of the year. The big surprise comes from Caroline Wozniacki, who will play her last tournament in Melbourne before retiring. Before AO, Caroline will play doubles with no one other than Serena Williams and it is very likely that the couple will continue to play in Melbourne.
In the singles competition, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will be present at the start of the men’s tournament. In the women’s tournament, likewise, the big favorites will dispute the title. A big pressure will be on Ashleigh Barty, who will try to capitalize on the advantage of playing at home and win the second Grand Slam tournament of her career.