The first Grand Slam of the year is almost here with things getting underway on 17 January. Here, we take a look at the UK commentators and pundits for the 2022 Australian Open.
Almost all of the build up to the Australian Open this year has been dominated by Novak Djokovic’s visa drama.
The 10-day saga ended on Sunday 16 January when it was revealed that the world no.1 and defending champion was being deported from Australia, and will not play the event.
It means there’s a great chance for someone new to make a name for themselves Down Under. Meanwhile British hopefuls Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu, and Dan Evans, among others, will be looking to go all the way.
How to watch the 2022 Australian Open in the UK
Action will begin on Monday 17 January and the tournament will conclude with the men’s final on Sunday 30 January. Day sessions are set to start from midnight (GMT), while night games will begin at 8am UK time and finish around 12pm.
Games will be exclusively broadcast on discovery+, Eurosport (Sky channel 410, BT 435, Virgin 521) and the Eurosport app. A subscription for discovery+ is now £29.99 for the first year for UK users, down from £59.99.
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Who are the UK commentators and pundits for the 2022 Australian Open?
Studio presentation for the 2022 Australian Open is hosted by Alize Lim and Mats Wilander, with fellow Eurosport presenter Barbara Schett reporting live from Melbourne.
The in-game commentators at the 2022 Australian Open are Peter Marcato and Marc Lucero. They could be heard waxing lyrical about Hubert Hurkacz’s stunning diving volley in his first-round match. Other Eurosport UK tennis commentators include Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam, Nick Lester, Barry Millns, Jo Durie, Annabel Croft, Frew McMillan, Miles Maclagan, Arvind Parmar and Chris Wilkinson.
However, a number of familiar faces and UK commentators will also be appearing throughout the tournament from the Eurosport studio in London.
Former British No.1 Tim Henman will be a pundit from week two. Furthermore, the recently retired Johanna Konta, another former British No.1, will also be on duties. Other familiar faces include Mischa Zverev, brother of third seed Alex Zverev, who will also be in the studio.
Norwegian No 8 seed Casper Ruud will also be part of the media team. He will be balancing his playing duties in Australia with his media work for Eurosport.
We will see the return of ‘The Cube’ from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Discovery+ and Eurosport’s coverage will be utilising ‘The Cube’ to help broadcast the 2022 Australian Open on its channels. The Cube was heavily used during the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, uniting athletes and pundits via holograms to the studio.
The state-of-the-art technology will see players beamed into the studio, making it appear as if they’re right there next to the interviewers despite being on court in Australia. The sporting personalities will sit in a green screen area on court and appear next to the studio presenters as if they’re having a face to face conversation.
Watch how amazing the technology is below.
The Cube went down a storm during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and helps provide a safer environment as normal preparations have been disturbed due to the pandemic.