With worldwide tennis attention turning to Melbourne, FOX SPORTS will ensure viewers retain the best seat in the house with LIVE and extensive coverage of the popular Grand Slam.
The focus of FOX SPORTS LIVE coverage from Day 1 to Day 8 will be the feature matches on Hisense Arena. In addition to the feature matches, viewers will be able to choose between THREE additional matches via FOX SPORTS Viewer’s Choice which will be available from Day 1 to Day 6. The televised courts will include Margaret Court Arena, Show Court 2 and Show Court 3, while there will be a fourth option for viewers offering interviews and vision from press conferences. All LIVE action on Day 1 through to Day 8 will screen on FOX SPORTS 2HD & FOX SPORTS 2.
FOX SPORTS will provide viewers with more than 200 hours of tennis from the Australian Open, including 88 hours of LIVE action, along with replayed coverage of all Rod Laver Arena matches throughout the 14 days of competition.
Bringing viewers all the action from Melbourne Park will be the expert FOX SPORTS commentary team led by one of the game’s best analysts, Wally Masur, who said: “The Australian Open is synonymous with summer and the players love competing in Melbourne. I think that we have some very exciting tennis to look forward to.
“Our home Slam has a knack for producing a surprise result or two and I can’t wait for all the action to get underway on FOX SPORTS”, said Masur.
Former Wimbledon champion and Australian Open runner-up Pat Cash will make his FOX SPORTS commentary debut where he will be joined by the man most famously remembered as one half of “The Woodies”, Mark Woodforde, who won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles in his career, including two Australian Open titles.
Former players Wayne Arthurs, Nicole Pratt, Louise Pleming, Scott Draper, Peter Tramacchi and Josh Eagle, as well as Ryan Phelan, Adam Peacock, Lee Furlong, Nick McArdle, Dwayne Russell, Greg Clark and Mark Braybrook will round out FOX SPORTS commentary team.
As the best players in the world battle it out on the court, FOX SPORTS will ensure fans witness all the big moments, complemented by FOX SPORTS NEWS and Australia’s leading general sports website, foxsports.com.au.
FOX SPORTS NEWS reporters Sarah Jones and Chris Stubbs will deliver viewers Melbourne Park’s biggest stories with a number of live crosses each day throughout the tournament, while foxsports.com.au will feature a daily live blog as well as forums and reports involving the FOX SPORTS commentary team. In lead-up to the tournament, the FOX SPORTS website will also be streaming the four days of final Qualifying for the Australian Open from Wednesday, 12 January to Saturday, 14 January.
FOX SPORTS VIEW, FOX SPORTS new iPad application, which is already the top paid sports iPad app, will also feature news highlights throughout the tournament.
FOX SPORTS coverage of the 2011 Australian Open Tennis Championships is available to FOXTEL and AUSTAR subscribers.