BeIN Sports’ coverage will be supported by commentary from seasoned professionals, including retired Moroccan champion Karim Alami, and Kuwaiti tennis player Adel Al-Shatti, among others.
BeIN Media Group, and its flagship sports channel beIN Sports, will broadcast live and exclusive coverage of the 111th edition of the Australian Open 2023 across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Tennis enthusiasts across 24 countries in the region can tune in from the opening round on Monday, January 16 to the finals on Sunday, January 29 where fans can look forward to more than 40 hours of live action daily, broadcast across four channels in both Arabic and English.
BeIN Sports 5, the dedicated tennis channel for the tournament, will showcase the men’s pre-finals, semi-finals, and finals from the Road Laver Arena, with both Arabic and English commentary. Meanwhile, beIN Sports 6 and 7 will broadcast from the Margaret Court Arena and John Cain Arena, respectively. BeIN Sports 2 English will air a world feed with commentary in English, ensuring comprehensive coverage of all the matches.
BeIN Sports’ coverage will be supported by commentary from seasoned professionals, including retired Moroccan champion Karim Alami, who was previously ranked 25th in the world, Kuwaiti tennis player Adel Al-Shatti, Selima Sfar, the second highest-ranked female Tunisian tennis player, former Moroccan player Anass Lamrani and sports commentator Chadi Souaiby.
To complement the live coverage, fans can also watch a variety of supporting and behind-the-scenes documentaries, previews, and daily highlights, starting with a pre-tournament documentary in Arabic on Saturday, January 14. From January 16, 14 daily highlights episodes in English will be aired, each 26 minutes long, providing mini-matches and daily updates.
Highlight programming includes one-hour studio discussions, such as a pre-tournament programme at 10 pm MECCA on January 14, a preview of the Women’s Semi-final at 10 am MECCA on January 26, a preview of the Men’s Semi-final at 5 am MECCA on January 27, pre- and post-match analysis of the Women’s final at 10 am MECCA on January 28, and pre-and post-match analysis of the Men’s final at 10 am MECCA on January 29. The studio discussions will be hosted by Areej Sleem, a presenter and resident tennis expert at beIN.
The 111th edition of the Grand Slam tournament, featuring the world’s top-ranked players, boasts the largest prize pool in the tournament’s history, with over AUD $100m up for grabs.
BeIN Sports has been the home of tennis in the region for years. The global sports broadcaster has been providing coverage of the Australian Open since 2005, in addition to Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and US Open – as well as many Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and a number of Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments.