According to guides to tonight’s telecast starts half an hour early with a shortened News in Sydney and Melbourne, would this be due to Djokovic semi final scheduled to start 15min earlier than last night, so Nine can get adequate pre time in? It also gets the jump on Seven’s cricket but could also backfire for those wanting the full hour news. Nine News in Sydney also lost last night for the (first time?) this tournament
There are many things to like about this year’s coverage.
But one that hasn’t been mentioned is the lack of that stupid “Live and Free” watermark clutter that sticks out like dogs on Seven. The difference was so obvious when flicking between the cricket and tennis yesterday. Thanks Nine for not giving us that pointless watermark.
The lack of live and free and after the tennis is a huge positive as well as all matches streamed at no charged at 9Now and the availability to Chromecast matches
It is also shortened news in Adelaide so it gets 30 minute pre-show into Djokovic’s semi-final (starts 7.30pm AEDT).
According to the AO website, the Djokovic match won’t begin before 7:30pm AEDT (like last night) so don’t know why they would have an 1 hour pre-game for that.
The only thing I can think of is if the women’s doubles final (featuring Sam Stosur) goes three sets, Nine might want to be able to show the conclusion of that on the main channel?
Last night started at 7:46pm, as did previous night, tonight apparently 7:30pm?
Changes to tennis coverage on Sat 26 Jan
In short - starting and finishing one hour earlier than original guides suggest.
TCN and GTV:
1300 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS PRE SHOW
1400 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS AFTERNOON
1600 DESTINATION WA
1700 NINE NEWS: FIRST AT FIVE
Check local guides.
The wording is not before 7:30pm - it doesn’t mean it will (or have to) start at exactly 7:30pm
Some of my mates are saying that AO moving to Ch9 is working like a charm, so many Aussies advancing much further and even winning just like Stosur winning Ladies Doublés.
According to AO website, the junior boys singles final is scheduled at Rod Laver Arena not before 2.30pm AEDT. Is Nine planning to show this match?
EDIT: with the early end to tonight’s men’s semi-final in which Djokovic dispatched Pouille in straight sets, Nine is now replaying this afternoon’s women’s doubles final.
Think it’s because they’re going to show the Quad Wheelchair Final featuring Dylan Alcott
Seven didn’t showed the wheelchair final last year with Alcott which caused a stir on social media
Seeing Alcott is aiming to win his 5th AO in-a-row, it’s something that should be broadcast so glad Nine are doing so
Having “earlier” on a replay looks worse than “live” on a current match IMO.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN BROADCAST SCHEDULE - Saturday 25 January
NAOMI OSAKA & PETRA KVITOVA SET FOR BATTLE IN TONIGHT’S WOMEN’S FINAL
On Nine tonight from 6.30pm, the 2019 Australian Open Women’s Final will see an exciting duel between two grand slam champions – the veteran Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic, and the rising star from Japan, Naomi Osaka .
The two players have experienced contrasting runs to tonight’s big clash. For Kvitova, the journey has been fairly smooth, with the 28-year-old not having lost a set.
Osaka, on the other hand, has been taken to three sets in three out of her six matches , including her semi-final clash against Karolina Pliskova.
Both women will be in search of a maiden Australian Open win, with the victor taking home a $4.1 million pay cheque.
In this afternoon’s coverage on Nine, Australia’s own Dylan Alcott will be on the hunt for a fifth straight AO title when he takes on American David Wagner in the Final of the Men’s Quad Wheelchair Singles
Starts 1.00pm AEDT
DYLAN ALCOTT v DAVID WAGNER
Starts 6.30pm AEDT
NAOMI OSAKA v PETRA KVITOVA
The Davis cup between Australia and Bosnia Herzegovina will be aired on Saturday 2 February at 4:30pm (AEDT) on Gem as I’ve looked on TV guide
Well this is going to rate well tonight for 9.
You don’t say
According to Ticketek website, both days of Australia v Bosnia and Herzegovina will be twilight sessions. Friday session starts at 4.30pm AEDT with 2 x Best-of-3 Set Singles. Saturday session starts at 3.30pm with 1 x Best-of-3 Set Doubles and 2 x Best-of-3 Set Reverse Singles.