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When is the 2022 Australian Open? Times, dates, TV channel

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to the crowd after his match against Bernard Tomic of Australia (not pictured) in the second round of the Miami Open at Miami Open Tennis Complex.
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After being postponed to February for the first time in history earlier in 2021, the Australian Open is finally back to its regular schedule. Some of tennis' biggest and brightest stars will meet in Melbourne for a chance to take home one of the sport's biggest trophies.

The defending Aussie Open champ, Novak Djokovic, is now in serious doubt to retain his title. Djokovic, the world's No. 1-ranked men's player, was denied entry into Australia following concerns over an erroneous visa application and insufficient evidence to support his medical-exemption to remain unvaccinated. All players and staff participating in the tournament must be vaccinated, so Djokovic is now almost certainly barred from competing this year given his visa rejection.

Sadly for tennis fans, Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have withdrawn from the Open this year. Still, dozens of huge names will be making an appearance down under.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Australian Open.

When is the 2022 Australian Open?

For TV viewers in the U.S., the 2022 Australian Open runs from Monday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 local time. On the east coast of the United States, the tournament will run one day earlier due to a time difference, from Sunday the 16th through the early morning of the 30th.

The first matches will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 16 (11 a.m. on Jan. 17 local time). With the exception of opening day, every day through the Round of 16 will follow the same schedule. Each day will be broken up into two sessions, with the latter beginning at 7 p.m. local time.

 

Quarterfinal matches start at Jan. 25-26. The women’s semifinals are on Tuesday, Jan. 26. before the men's semifinals on the same day and the following day, Wednesday Jan. 27.

The women's doubles final and men's singles final on Jan. 30. The women’s singles final and men’s doubles final are scheduled for Jan. 29. 

Have any players tested positive for COVID-19?

Rafael Nadal, winner of one Australian Open and a record-tying 20 total grand slams, tested positive for COVID earlier in December. Now, though, he is doing better and should be ready to suit up in Melbourne come tournament time. The big COVID story entering the tournament was the play status of Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic was an early favorite to win the tournament, as he's done a record nine times in his career. However, now that Djokovic is almost guaranteed to miss this year's open, the field is wide open. Following Djokovic on the world ranking is Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who lost to Djokovic in the Australian Open final last year.

ATP men’s rankings ahead of 2022 Australian Open (Top 25):

Player, country (ATP world ranking as of Dec. 31)

  1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia -- likely disqualified, visa
  2. Daniil Medvedev, Russia
  3. Alexander Zverev, Germany
  4. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
  5. Andrey Rublev, Russia
  6. Rafael Nadal, Spain
  7. Matteo Berrettini, Italy
  8. Casper Ruud, Norway
  9. Hubert Hurkacz, Poland
  10. Jannik Sinner, Italy
  11. Felix Auger-Aliassimie, Canada
  12. Cameron Norrie, Great Britain
  13. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina
  14. Denis Shapovalov, Canada
  15. Dominic Thiem, Austria
  16. Roger Federer, Switzerland – Withdrew
  17. Cristian Garin, Chile
  18. Aslan Karatsev, Russia
  19. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
  20. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain
  21. Gael Monfils, France
  22. Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia
  23. Taylor Fritz, USA
  24. John Isner, USA
  25. Daniel Evans, Great Britain

WTA women’s rankings ahead of 2022 Australian Open (Top 25):

Player, country (WTA world ranking as of Dec. 31)

  1. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
  2. Aryna Sabalenka, Bulgaria
  3. Garbine Muguruza, Spain
  4. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
  5. Barbora Krejcikova, Czech Republic
  6. Maria Sakkari, Greece
  7. Anett Kontaveit, Estonia
  8. Paula Badosa, Spain
  9. Iga Swiatek, Poland
  10. Ons Jabeur, Tunisia
  11. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
  12. Sofia Kenin, USA
  13. Naomi Osaka, Japan
  14. Elena Rybakina, Kazakhstan
  15. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
  16. Angelique Kerber, Germany
  17. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
  18. Jessica Pegula, USA
  19. Emma Raducanu, Great Britain
  20. Simona Halep, Romania
  21. Elise Mertens, Belgium
  22. Cori Gauff, USA
  23. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland
  24. Leylah Fernandez, Canada
  25. Jennifer Brady, USA

2022 Australian Open Singles Draws

Australian Open Men's Singles Draws:

The 2021 Australian Open men’s singles draws have not yet been announced. However, when they are made available, you can check them out here.

Australian Open Women's Singles Draws:

The 2021 Australian Open women’s singles draws have not yet been announced. However, when they are made available, you can check them out here.

What is the 2022 Australian Open tournament schedule?

The 2022 Australian Open will have three weeks of on-the-court action. The generic schedule is as follows:

-Sunday, Jan. 16: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round

-Monday, Jan. 17: 2:30 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round

-Monday, Jan. 17: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round

-Tuesday, Jan. 18: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round

-Tuesday, Jan. 18: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round

-Wednesday, Jan. 19: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round

-Wednesday, Jan. 19: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round

-Thursday, Jan. 20: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round

-Thursday, Jan. 20: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round

-Friday, Jan, 21: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round

-Friday, Jan. 21: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round

-Saturday, Jan. 22: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round

-Saturday, Jan. 22: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Fourth Round

-Sunday, Jan. 23: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Fourth Round

-Sunday, Jan. 23: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Fourth Round

-Monday, Jan. 24: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Fourth Round

-Monday, Jan. 24: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals

-Tuesday, Jan. 25: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals

-Tuesday, Jan. 25: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals

-Wednesday, Jan. 26: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals

 

-Thursday, Jan. 27: 3:30 a.m. ET: Women’s Semifinals

-Thursday, Jan. 27: 8:00 p.m. ET: Mixed Doubles Final,

-Thursday, Jan 27: not before 10:30 p.m. ET: Men’s Singles Semifinals

-Friday, Jan. 28: 8:00 p.nm ET: Women's Singles Final

-Saturday, Jan. 29: 3:30 a.m. ET: Men's Doubles Final

-Saturday, Jan. 29: 11:00 p.m. ET: Women's Doubles Final

-Sunday, Jan. 30: 3:30 a.m. ET: Men's Singles Final

How to watch the 2022 Australian Open Tournament

The 2022 Australian Open will be broadcast on ESPN and the Tennis Channel. Streaming will also be available on ESPN.com and through the ESPN app.