How to watch the Australian Open on Eurosport with BT TV: Everything you need to know about the 2019 tournament

Eurosport pundit Annabel Croft reveals her tips for success and gives her verdict on Serena Williams, Jo Konta and Andy Murray’s farewell.

The 2019 tennis year kicks off properly on January 14 with a highly anticipated Australian Open, which looks like it will be an eventful and historic tournament.

Live and exclusive on Eurosport – available on BT TV channels 412/413 – the events in Melbourne will be essential viewing as the women's tournament is wide open and an emotional Andy Murray looks to bow out of the game on a high after admitting defeat in his battle with injury.

[Read more: Tearful Andy Murray says Australian Open could be his final tournament]

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Novac Djokovic will all be hoping to take home a Grand Slam title, while British fans eyes will be on Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Kyle Edmund and of course Murray himself.

Here is everything you need to know about how to watch the 2019 Australian Open.

How to watch the Australian Open

Andy Murray

Eurosport is live and exclusive for the Australian Open, showing full live coverage from every round of the tournament.

Coverage begins on Monday, January 14 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2.

Catch all the Day 1 highlights at 1.30pm on Eurosport 1.

Dates for your diary:

Women’s Final on Saturday, January 26 at 8am on Eurosport 1

Men’s Final on Sunday, January 27 at 8am on Eurosport 1.

[Read more: Australian Open Day 2 - The highlights]

How to watch Eurosport on BT TV

Australian Open

Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 are available to BT TV customers on channel 412/413.

If you get a HD TV package, you will also get Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD on channels 435/436.

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Who are the presenters?

Matt Smith is on hosting duties and will be joined by an on-site punditry team including Annabel Croft and Pat Cash.

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Annabel Croft’s Australian Open preview

The Australian Open

Who is your favourite to win the Australian Open women's singles title and why?

It's such a difficult one to answer. There have been eight different winners in the last eight major women's events. I think now in women’s tennis all of the top 20 believe they can win a Grand Slam, and there’s less of a fear factor when playing the top players now as on any given day they’re up and down and their levels are fluctuating, but to actually pick out one player is really tricky.

Right now I would have to say Angelique Kerber, I think she’s looking really fit, motivated and sharp, but then she could also go out first round too! Pliskova is also one I would mention too, with her big serve. It does make it more exciting though. 

What does Serena Williams have to do to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title?

Serena Williams

She’s going to be super motivated, and she loves playing in Australia, but I do think it’s going to interesting to see how she is received after the controversy from the US Open final. She’s had a good lead-up to the tournament, even though the Hopman Cup was only an exhibition match. But she’s definitely not going to be short of motivation that’s for sure.

I think she’s always mentally strong, but the self-destruction we saw at the US Open was brought on by the pressure in that situation. I do think she’ll have to manage the reception she may get from the crowd if she’s to get success and claim that 24th slam, her game is there and she’s such a great champion, it’s just the other factors which will play a part which she hasn’t really had to deal with in the past.

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What are Jo Konta's chances of winning Down Under?

At the moment no one’s really sure how fit she is as she’s had the neck injury, so that will be a big factor. I thought she looked really good in her first round of the Brisbane International, against Sloane Stephens, but in the second round she looked on edge and quite frantic. I think she’s striking the ball extremely well, and listening to the things she’s saying before the tournament about trying to relax more and enjoy herself more and not get too tense, so I think that’s key really if she’s going to do well.

She clearly loves the Australian Open, she’s got a great record there, she loves the fans and the atmosphere and there’s no reason why she can’t have a really good tournament.

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What does she need to do to make the next step up?

I think she needs to work on her volleying, which I know she’s been doing with her coach and that’s something she was fully aware of. I think her calmness and mindset is also something she could improve on. So I think if she can gain control over that more that will definitely help her and give her more consistent chances for Grand Slam wins.

What are Andy Murray's chances of winning one more major?

Very difficult to say. I think having watched him in Brisbane I feel the same way as I’ve always done, in terms of his ball striking it’s breathtaking and his ability to put the ball where he wants at any point in a match is just phenomenal. The way he can control a point is outstanding. He will always have the game to win tournaments. But I don’t think he was walking particularly smoothly and I felt his movement is clearly not where he wants it to be. So I do think it’s very very tough for him and every one including fellow players want to see him back playing his best tennis.

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Australian Open - Djokovic

Has the Australian Open come too soon for him in terms of his fitness and recovery?

I know he’s spent a tremendous amount of time preparing. He’s spent time out in Philadelphia with a specialist for rehab, and I spoke to him at the O2 and he was really happy with how that had been going. But I think the proof will be whether he can get through and recover from a really tough five-setter and be able to perform at a good level in his next match. 

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What is so special about this tournament compared to the other three Slams?

Rafael Nadal

The atmosphere, everyone loves the Aussie people. They’re laid back and fun and it’s a real party atmosphere, there are people in fancy dress and it really makes people smile. It’s just a really fun atmosphere. And I think the players absolutely love it because of that laidback nature. If the weather’s good and not too hot, then it’s perfect. Australia generally has a very welcoming feel about it.
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