After working through all the hurdles and the uncertainty that come with putting on a global sporting event during a pandemic, the 2021 Australian Open is finally set to begin. Not only will it be the first Grand Slam of the year, but also the first global sporting event with crowds contested anywhere in the world for many months.
Airing from Monday, February 8 until Sunday, February 21, the tournament will be broadcast live and free on Nine and 9Gem.
Games will also be available on 9Now on-demand, making sure that viewers are able to watch every point of every match on every court, ensuring Australians get the best tennis experience available, anytime, anywhere, on a device of their choosing.
Hosting the Australian Open on Nine will be James Bracey, Rebecca Maddern, and Tony Jones, while over on 9Gem, Alicia Loxley, Seb Costello, and Sam McClure will host the broadcast.
Commentating throughout the tournament will be Jim Courier, Todd Woodbridge, Lleyton Hewitt, Jelena Dokic, Sam Smith, Alicia Molik, Dylan Alcott, Sam Groth, Casey Dellacqua, and Tom Rehn.
Further off-court reporting will be provided by Clint Stanaway, Lauren Phillips, Madeline Slattery, Shane Crawford, and Danika Mason.
The Australian Open on Nine and 9Gem:
Starts 11.00am AEDT Monday February 8
Corentin Moutet (Fra) V John Millman (Aus)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) V Naomi Osaka (Jpn) 
Alex Bolt (Aus) V Norbert Gombos (Svk)
Laura Siegemund (Ger) V Serena Williams (Usa) 
Misaki Doi (Jpn) V Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus)
Dominic Thiem (Aut)  V Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz)
Marcos Giron (Usa) V Alexander Zverev (Ger) 
Ayrna Sabalenka (Blr)  V Viktoria Kuzmova (Svk)
Starts 7.00pm AEDT Monday February 8
Frederico Ferreira Silva (Por) V Nick Kyrgios (Aus)
Lizette Cabrera (Aus) V Simona Halep (Rou) 
Dennis Shapovalov (Can)  V Jannik Sinner (Ita)
Novak Djokovic (Srb)  V Jeremy Chardy (Fra)