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Australian Open all hours

Philip Bernie Philip Bernie | 16:02 UK time, Thursday, 15 January 2009

It's that time of year again when Britain wonders if it can produce a male Grand Slam champion for the first time in 73 years.

The Australian Open starts in the early hours of Monday morning and Andy Murray is favourite to win according to many bookiesafter a fantastic finish to the end of last season and claiming the first ATP title of the year in Doha.

In doing so he beat former World number one and three-time Australian Open Champion, Roger Federer, for the fourth time in their last five matches. Perhaps crucially, Murray`s last defeat to Roger came in his first Grand Slam Final - the US Open 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.

Murray is in great form - as he was at this stage last year - but it is hoped he learned a lot from last year's surprise first round defeat to Tsonga, who then made it all the way to the final. He should be prepared for an "in form" outsider this year, but I am confident he should do better than his performance in 2007 too - an epic, marathon defeat in the fourth round to Rafael Nadal.

Andy Murray serves, Qatar, 2009

The great news is that BBC One and BBC Two have bought in to the great buzz and the real possibility that Andy Murray could go all the way in 2009, by announcing that all of his matches will be shown live on terrestrial TV.

The time and channel for these programmes is dependent on the order of play which is drawn up at the end of each day's play in Australia. This will then be publicised through all BBC outlets - online/radio/television - as soon as the information is available, so we will do our best to make sure you know when he is playing.

There will be live simultaneous streaming of the Murray matches on the red button and web or you can listen to the action via Radio Five Live or Radio 5 Live Sports Xtra.

Beyond the Murray factor, there will be extensive coverage of the rest of the championship across the BBC. TV coverage will be available every morning from 0830 on the red button as well as online.

Radio 5 Live Sports Xtra will also carry live coverage from 0830, and both Radio 5 Live and the web will keep you informed of all the stories. Chris Bailey, John Lloyd and Sam Smith will lead the TV team with Jonathan Overend, Alastair Eykyn and David Law delivering radio commentary live from Australia.

The men's final will be shown live on Sunday 1 February from 0830 on BBC Two, and will be live on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

Andy Murray will be the sole British representative in the men's draw after Alex Bogdanovic's defeat in his second round qualifying match but two British women have gained direct entry - Anne Keothavong and Melanie South - so good luck to them.

Qualification for the women is still in progress so at the time of writing it is hoped Elena Baltacha, Katie O`Brien and Georgie Stoop might make it to the main draw too.

The women's final will be live on the red button, and on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, from 0830 on Saturday 31 January, and highlights will also be shown from 1300-1400 on BBC One.

I hope you enjoy the tournament, and our coverage, and of course do tell us what you think about both!


  • Comment number 1.

    it's great to hear that BBC have coverage of his matches! Can you clairfy that all of Andy matches in Grand Slams will be on BBC even the US Open that is covered by SkySports?

  • Comment number 2.

    I will watch it all on British Eurosport hehe.

  • Comment number 3.

    Excellent blog Philip.

    I always enjoy the Australian Open, bar Wimbledon its my favourite grand slam and the night sessions are timed ideally for the UK.

    I also pleased to see the Women's Final will be played in the night session this year also.

    And I'm also very pleased with the commentary team. It had been reported in the press that John Lloyd would be leaving the BBC, he is the best of the co-commentators used on tennis so I'm pleased he will still be part of the team.

    Its always nice to hear from Chris Bailey as well since his move down under.

    stephen post #1, sorry I think Philip was only referring to Andy Murray's matches in the Australian Open, as you point out Sky Sports have the US Open rights so the BBC would not be able to show them.

  • Comment number 4.

    You realise you've doomed him to a first round defeat now you're promoting him to BBC1/2.

    Rather than just disrupting the schedules to air his matches though wouldn't it have been better to have BBCi's (sorry, "BBC Press your Red BUtton - no, not that one, that's the off switch!") coverage on BBC1 or BBC2 every morning for the two weeks rather than hidden behind the red button. I'm sure the Beeb could survive a couple of weeks without Bargain Hunt and To Buy or Not to Buy!

  • Comment number 5.

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  • Comment number 6.

    Welcome news - a real shame you're not showing the HD feed on BBC HD though!

    Let's hope you do that for Roland Garros??


  • Comment number 7.

    On BBC2 every day next week, from 8.30am to 11am, every children's programme is a repeat.

    An opportunity to get children interested in tennis?

  • Comment number 8.

    I appreciate that there is going to be a lot of coverage of the Australian Open over the next fortinght - for that well done BBC.

    However considering that the BBC do have the rights could someone explain why there is not daily coverage on terrestrial tv for at least an hour, as is the case with the snooker this week. Even better a round up show perhaps every evening to inform viewers what is going on in the rest of the tournament. It only needs to be about half an hour.

    At the moment I still feel the tournament is being a bit hidden away on the red button.

  • Comment number 9.

    Regarding Steveo77's comments, I think it would be great if the Australian Open was on BBC One or Two, as I'm a tennis nut. However, I'm not sure there would be enough demand for it (although I hope there would!). I am fine with it being on the Red Button, but I believe if that's the case, there should be TV adverts for it, so that people actually know that it's on the Red Button. Also, it would be good to have 'pop-up' text to say it's on. As far as I know, there have never been TV adverts for any BBCi coverage. Adverts = more viewers = possibility of promoting it to BBC One/Two.

  • Comment number 10.

    Two questions about the BBC's Australian Open coverage:

    1. If the start- and finish-times for Murray's matches on BBC 1/2 are predefined, and he hasn't started by the start-time, or if he finishes before the finish-time, will another live match (or highlights) on his (or any other) court be televised? This was known to happen occasionally in the Henman-days.

    2. Is there any chance of Keothavong v Chakvetadze, South v Bartoli, or any other women's matches that won't be on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session being televised?

    I would appreciate official answers to these questions, as they will determine how much sleep I get over the coming fortnight!

  • Comment number 11.

    Aussie Open is a great event and agree should be shown fully on BBC1 or 2 over the 2 weeks, but even saying that most of us now have either red button or internet access so we can all easily choose to watch by flicking Red or turning on the beeb site when we want to.
    I also agree more adverts for the event and a highlights show in the evening even tho there is a feed on the Red button too.
    But I'll be watching best I can during the 2 weeks to hopefully see a British Winner but the threat of the sack from work will stop me watching during the day :-(

  • Comment number 12.

    This doesn't quite make up for all the popular sport coverage the BBC isn't broadcasting but I suppose it helps.

  • Comment number 13.

    Will the event be shown live fully? i want to see as much tennis as possible... not just murray matches. There are fantasic matches out there that i would like to watch during the night. Watching it via the internet for me would be too much in the way.

  • Comment number 14.

    I think the BBC are missing a major point just televising the Murray Matches.
    As someone else has pointed out, will we be able to see the British Women espcially Anna and Mel.
    But this being the BBC, they wont.
    Still having it on the red button is completely stupid...can we have a highlights programe as well?
    Im sure John Inverdale can have something to do while there is no 6 Nations Rugger or domestic rugger so why no highlights untill the weekend with Sue?

  • Comment number 15.

    Really excited about murrays chances and well chuffed that bbc is showing his matches. Can anyone tell me if Laura Robson will be flying the flag in the juniors and if so will there be any coverage of her matches or is she still injured?

  • Comment number 16.

    are you going to be showing any of the womens matches cuz i seen at lest 1 of them on a show court on the first day?

  • Comment number 17.

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  • Comment number 18.

    Great to see that the BBC will be showing plenty of the Aussie Open. However unless I have misread are Beeb only showing the night sessions live. Why can't there be any coverage of the day sessions?

  • Comment number 19.

    you should show the matches on bbc1/2 instead:( they air at midnight onwards, not like there's anything good on then, just repeats.

    also why arent murray's matches on BBCHD? and only highlights instead of full matches on red button, that just sucks, i want to watch all the matches not a few highlights and some murray matches. very disappointed, wish sky bought the rights then we'd be able to watch tennis properly then.

    also no womens final be aired, WHAT THE HELL! i want to watch that!

    yours sincerely,

    a disgruntled tennis fan.

  • Comment number 20.

    A couple of points:

    Firstly, can you add a direct link to the Tennis text pages on the (blue) menu please, rather than viewers having to go through the sport home page.

    And secondly, the score graphic is so much better bottom left (as the Aussie's have done in recent years) and far less intrusive than the BBC's preferred option of top left. Could this be looked into for the summer?

    And while we're talking tennis, anyone know who is taking over the sponsorship for the Stella Artois Champs at Queens?

  • Comment number 21.

    Brekkie, the Queen's tournament is now the AEGON Championship, while the new combined ATP/WTA tournament at Eastbourne the following week will be the AEGON International.

    Speaking of which, Philip, have the BBC retained the rights to the new-look Eastbourne event?

    PS. I echo the calls for a daily early-evening Australian Open highlights show on BBC2 - even just for the second week, as has been done in the past!

  • Comment number 22.

    Can someone clarify that BBCi will be showing live coverage of the Rod Laver Arena Night Session tomorrow and not just a repeat of Murray, as this is the coverage that was promised?I am aware Murray's mathces will be looped after the night session but I am concerned about the Live coverage promised by the BBC.

  • Comment number 23.

    Just dropping in to Philip's blog to confirm that the first Murray match - against Andrei Pavel - will be live tonight (Monday) on BBC Two from 2350.

  • Comment number 24.

    I am confused. They said that coverage would be on the red button. I presumed that to be channel 105. I recorded this channel only to find nothing on it.
    Come on BBC what channel is it on so I can record when at work? I suspect it is 301 ? please help !

  • Comment number 25.

    The BBC Sport interactive coverage is always on 301 and 302 on Freeview, never on 105.

  • Comment number 26.

    In response to some of the above questions:

    1. The tennis was on Freeview-channel 301 on Monday, so that's the better guess for timer-record (but beware a possible switch to 302, especially at the weekends).

    2. The BBC doesn't show the day-sessions (with the exception of Murray's matches) because it is unwilling to pay for matches that are played in the middle of the night. The women's semi-finals were televised (recorded, not live) in 2006, but not 2007 or 2008 - please bring them back!

    3. My understanding is that Laura Robson's participation in the Girls' Singles is doubtful due to a stomach-injury, but it would be interesting to see whether the BBC would televise the final if she were to reach it!

    4. Eastbourne was mentioned on the "Tennis on the BBC" web-page a couple of weeks ago, but has since disappeared, which makes me pessimistic that it will be televised. Could we please have official confirmation on whether it will be televised or not, and if so, which days of the tournament will be televised?

  • Comment number 27.

    We are concentrating our efforts and resources on the Australian Open at the times, and with the matches, where we believe there will be most interest.

    So all Andy Murray's matches will be live on either BBC 1 or BBC2, as well as 5 Live or 5 Live Sports Extra, and also streamed live on the BBC website.

    We are then also dedicating our resource on the night time session in Melbourne, as this conincides with the morning in the UK, where we feel there will be by far the most chance of a substantial number of viewers and listeners being able to access the coverage.

    Going through the night on the red button would incur considerable expense to bring the pictures from Australia, in return for a very small audience - and we do always need to make sure that we spend our money sensibly, to achieve the maximum return.

    Philip Bernie

  • Comment number 28.

    I've just watched the sports bulletin on the BBC News Channel, delayed so that the presenters could look at pictures of Washington in the dark and have a giggle.

    The tennis coverage started and stopped with Andy Murray. Sean Fletcher seems to think that we, the viewers, are not interested in tennis matches featuring two foreigners; he adopted the same attitude on "Sportsday" last night.

    What's wrong with the BBC News Channel telling us about tennis matches involving foreign players? They still find time to recycle
    the previous night's showbiz news and suck up to Barack Obama!

  • Comment number 29.

    From what I understand tomorrow morning the BBC will be screening recorded coverage of Novak Djokovic and (dull as Henman) Federer rather than live coverage? Any particular reason?

    Also, outside of the BBC's control and all in hindsight but it's a shame the Gonzalez/Hewitt game wasn't scheduled for prime time Australia considering it's about the only one that hasn't been one sided so far. I think it's perhaps time the number of seeds in grand slams was slashed back down to 16 so the first couple of rounds weren't always such one sided affairs.

    And thanks sportsblogger for the news on AEGON - just doesn't have the same ring, does it! I guess the familar red will be ditched too - AEGON seem to favour a rather bland blue on their website.

  • Comment number 30.

    "The BBC Sport interactive coverage is always on 301 and 302 on Freeview, never on 105."

    Thats fair enough.
    But instead of going on about the 'red button" why not say 301/302. I don't know about you , but on my freeview the 'red button' is an actual channel - 105.

  • Comment number 31.

    Update! As Wednesday's order of play sees some of the top matches being played in the early hours of the morning UK time, we have taken the decision to broadcast live on the red button during this time, although I should stress that this is a one-off.

    We will be offering live coverage of Jeremy Chardy v Novak Djokovic, followed by Roger Federer v Evgeny Korolev. We do not have an exact start time, as these are the second and third matches on court. Both matches will then be replayed fron 0830 on the web and red button.

    Many thanks
    BBC Sport's Matt Millington

  • Comment number 32.

    I am writing to express my disappointment in the strongest possible terms about the ongoing decisions to show repeats of Australian Open Men's Singles matches on BBCi at 08:30 GMT on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st January 2009 - instead of live coverage of the Women's Singles matches at these times.

    Just before the Australian Open began, the BBC promised live coverage of the Rod Laver Arena evening-sessions at these times, so the decisions to renege on this promise are completely unfair to fans who take their annual leave to watch the BBC's coverage primarily for women's tennis.

    The decision to show repeats of Chardy v Djokovic and Korolev v Federer at 08:30 GMT overrides the Women's Singles match between Jelena Dokic and Anna Chakvetadze, which I (and no doubt many others) had had my heart set on watching since the draw was made. The players and the order-of-play committee have kept up their end of the bargain - please now keep up your end.

    There's really no excuse for these reprehensible decisions. Fans who want to watch the men's matches from the Australian day-session have the opportunity to watch them live on BBCi during the night, or to watch one of the endless repeats on BBCi (both before 08:30 GMT, and after live coverage of the evening-session).

    Please be reasonable tomorrow, and do not let down fans of women's tennis by reneging on the BBC's promise to show live coverage of the Rod Laver Arena evening-session. Dokic and Chakvetadze are two of the most talented and attractive stars of the women's game, and we have been waiting since Wimbledon 2004 to see Dokic on the BBC.

  • Comment number 33.

    Matt Millington, PLEASE could you broadcast the Women's final, semi-finals would be great too, would be much better live on BBC2 for those 3 games. Maybe you could some matches not live eg 9am-3pm or something, show federrer, nadal, ivanovic matches etc, i'm sure it would be alot cheaper to air non-live as most people wont be watching midnight onwards.

    Could we not have the murray matches on BBCHD? Even if they arent live, you could show them 3pm-6pm or so. BBC seem to think uk are only interested in wimbledon, that really isnt true:( As for foreign players we love them, all the best players are foreign, murray is only world number 4, there are no other good uk players.

    Is it me or did there used to be 3 or 4 BBCi sports channels, seems like on 301 and 302 now, when did this change? gives us less choice of matches to watch which is a shame:(

    Will you be posting what time murray matches are on in here as tv guides dont have them listed on BBC1/2 at all like last night, luckily i saw the post in here about it being on at 11.50pm, if i didnt read it here i wouldnt have known at all, wasnt even on bbc sport website. Surely you can make a webpage in the bbc sport tennis section with times and channels of murray matches and update it when information about them changes, would be very helpful.


  • Comment number 34.

    "But instead of going on about the 'red button" why not say 301/302. I don't know about you , but on my freeview the 'red button' is an actual channel - 105."

    And on my Sky box it isn't either of those things ... 105 being Channel 5 and 301/302 being Sky movies.

    It would appear that which channel corresponds to "the red button" varies from Freeview box to Freeview box, so safer for the BBC to simply quote "the red button" rather than attempt to list all the possibilities, surely.

  • Comment number 35.

    I hate this "BBC Red Button" nonsense - BBCi was a much better brand and by the time the BBC had decided to axe it, everyone knew exactly what it was.

    BBC Sport on Freeview is usually on 301, but occassionally 302 hence why it's not been quoted.

    And the fact today you've covered a couple of overnight matches shows if you wanted too you could cover one or two overnight games to show after the live session in the morning. It doesn't even have to be with BBC commentary - surely there is a world feed the BBC can dip into.

  • Comment number 36.

    Can someone please explain the reasons why repeats of Australian open men's singles matches were shown on BBCi in the morning on Tue 20th and Wed 21st Jan, instead of live coverage of the matches at these times.

    I'm sure I read on the website that live interactove coverage was promised just before the tournament began, so why have you changed your minds?

    I'm referring to the Wednesday morning in particular, when the women's singles match between Jelena Dokic (who is now rarely seen on TV) and Anna Chakvetadze was missed, which turned out to be a high-quality and emotional three-set second round encounter.

    Fans had every opportunity to watch the highlights you showed at the other times advertised. Do you think we might just get what we've been promised in future? After all, it's only a few hours each day. There's really no reason for to pay my licence fee otherwise.

    I think I might invest in Eurosport and watch it that way in future.

    Not very happy at all,


  • Comment number 37.

    Philip Bernie:
    That is good news the Australian Open will have coverage on the BBC Platforms...

    ~Dennis Junior~

  • Comment number 38.

    If any man can show any just cause why Jelena Dokic v Caroline Wozniacki (first on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session on Friday) may not be televised by the BBC, let him speak now or forever hold his peace!

  • Comment number 39.

    First of all, thanks for the coverage that is provided, and which is appreciated. The broadcasts on non-Murray days have been great.

    I'm a bit confused, though, as to why the Murray v Granollers was shown on both BBC 2 and the Red Button. Couldn't another match have been shown at that time? It's bad enough that the BBC has deemed this tournament the Murray Open, when he isn't the defending champion or even top seed. But you compound this by seemingly ignoring almost every other tennis match that is being played. I was pleasantly surprised to see Venus v Suarez Navarro, until I realised that it was only being shown because Murray was on next.

    As much as I would like a British champion, I don't think the BBC needs to adopt such a tubthumping approach, even if it feels the need to justify its coverage in the first place. Please don't continue to lump all of the viewers together by assuming we're only interested in one player. By all means, show Murray on the main BBC channels, but if possible please use the Red Button for a few of the other matches.

  • Comment number 40.

    Suárez Navarro v Williams was televised because the BBC had promised live coverage of all the Rod Laver Arena evening-sessions, although I have no doubt that if Murray's match had been in the day-session, the BBC would have shown a replay of that instead!

    I appreciate that the BBC showed live Baltacha v Mauresmo at midnight, although it would be nice if this had been advertised more prominently beforehand. It gives me hope for more women's tennis on the BBC during future Australian Opens in the Laura Robson years!

  • Comment number 41.

    Re 28.

    Further to a previous moan about the sports presenter Sean Fletcher.

    The tennis report scheduled for 10.45 on the BBC News Channel has been kicked into touch so he can talk about Barack Obama!

  • Comment number 42.

    I've just heard about the BBC's plans for the Saturday 08:30 GMT coverage.

    Why can't you show the Rod Laver Arena evening-session (Stosur v Dementieva) on the Red Button if you're showing Murray v Melzer live on BBC 1/2 too?

    It is clear from the above comments that a significant percentage of BBC-viewers - let's say 50% for the sake of argument - would prefer to watch the women, so please give us that choice instead of wasting two channels on the same match.

  • Comment number 43.

    To defend the BBC (yes, I do want something) I think they've only got one commentary team out there.

    And now that thing I want - if you do insist on repeating coverage throughout the day on the red button, can you please remove the annoying green "R". You don't have it on delayed coverage of any other sport, so why should tennis be different?

  • Comment number 44.

    Having a limited number of commentators is no excuse for wasting two channels on the same match. I would be perfectly happy to watch matches without commentary, as is sometimes the case with obscure Wimbledon-matches (doubles and juniors) on the Red Button.

    The "R" sign is essential to distinguish recorded coverage from live coverage, and MUST NOT be got rid of, lest people should panic.

    One other thing: could the BBC please get someone who is well-versed in pronunciation of players' names to read out the results-lists? It's usually Chris Bailey who does this, and he makes numerous annoying mistakes!

    Sam Smith usually does a better job of pronouncing players' names, but I have yet to hear a British commentator correctly pronounce "Zvonareva" or "Safarova" (these names have diacritical marks that determine the pronunciation, but I had to take them out because this site can't handle diacritical marks, as I found out after posting Comment #40).

  • Comment number 45.

    Not at all impressed that the BBC's Saturday coverage did not include so much as a point of women's tennis (the Dokic v Wozniacki handshake was nice, but does not count as a point) - either on the Red Button, BBC 2's live coverage, or in BBC 1's highlights-package.

    Now that the women are earning equal prize-money at the Majors, they should have equal TV-coverage too!

    I am delighted that the BBC plans to show Dokic v Kleybanova on the Red Button from 08:30 GMT on Sunday morning!

  • Comment number 46.

    Can the commentators please stop moaning about how late it is! OK, it may not be ideal for them, the player or the crowd (though they seem to be loving it), but it's perfect for us here in the UK on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Beats Bowls and Ice Skating anyday!

  • Comment number 47.

    A quick update: live tennis coverage will be on BBC Two from 4am on Monday - with Murray v Verdasco due sometime after then and probably continuing into the breakfast period. It will also be on 5 Live Sports Extra and this website.

    The coverage is proving popular: the peak TV audience for Andy Murray on Saturday morning was 1.2m, so thanks to everyone who's been tuning in.

  • Comment number 48.

    So in the likely scenario that Murray v Verdasco will not have started by 04:00 GMT, what will BBC 2 show in the meantime? Live women's tennis from the Hisense Arena? Live tennis from the Rod Laver Arena? A recording of Robson v McHale?

  • Comment number 49.

    Roger Mosey, yes tennis is indeed popular, 1.2m viewers for such late/early times is very high indeed just wish some of the other matches could be aired on BBC2, 301 is only 544x576 resolution and lower bitrate looks way worse than BBC2 airings:(

    from midnight till about 4am or so on BBC2 on monday there is just news programmes from uk and u.s, those air on BBC News and CNBC so there's no point in putting them on BBC2 as there are dedicated channels for news, have tennis matches on instead im sure you could even hire tim henman for free to comentate, he's rich enough.

    Really hope you put live tennis on at 4am until murray comes on.

    If we are waiting up until 4am you should put tennis on red button from midnight till 4am too so we can watch tennis whilst we wait for murray.

  • Comment number 50.

    Murray's loss is a judgement on the BBC for showing repeats of his matches instead of live tennis from the Rod Laver Arena evening-session as promised.

    Now let's put that nonsense behind us and concentrate on the serious part of the tournament: the Women's Singles, with live coverage on the Red Button of Dokic v Safina from 08:30 GMT on Tuesday.

    Let me put in an early request for the BBC to cover the women's semi-finals in Thursday's day-session. These were shown recorded in 2006, but not televised at all by the BBC in 2007-2008. That's just not acceptable for the semi-finals of a Major.

  • Comment number 51.

    Andrew - Dokic v Safina is planned for the red button at 0830 on Tuesday, yes. That should be followed by Roger Federer's quarter-final match.

  • Comment number 52.

    Why did FOUR BBC sports reporters (Matt Gooderick, Nick Hope, Olly Foster and James Munro) queue up to sit in front of a monitor and have a pop at Andy Murray?

    And why could none of them manage a report on the other singles matches (eg Blake v Tsonga on the Red Button)?

  • Comment number 53.

    So the Aussie's finally see sense and move the women's final to the night session, making it a rather UK friendly 8.30am on Saturday - yet you only offer highlights at 1pm.

    There is no reason why Breakfast couldn't be cut short and Saturday Kitchen be pushed back to screen it live - and in these days it's live that matters.

  • Comment number 54.

    The women's final will be live on BBC Red Button, although that's not much use to analogue-only viewers. Why can't it be live on BBC 1 or BBC 2?

    I'm very disappointed that the BBC hasn't announced plans to show the women's semi-finals either live from 02:30 GMT on Thursday morning, or recorded after the evening-session (as in 2006, but not 2007-2008).

    After making an exception to show Federer and Djokovic's second-round matches in the day-session of Wednesday 21st January, not to do so for the women's semi-finals is just plain sexist.

    It's time to put the "vera" back in "coverage"!

  • Comment number 55.

    I don't usually have much time for women's tennis but the few matches you've shown this time have really delivered.

    The men's tournament meanwhile has been rather disappointing from our point of view as due to the scheduling we've often been left with fairly tedious one sided affairs involving Federer and Nadal.

  • Comment number 56.

    The Girls' Singles final is on Rod Laver Arena from 02:00 GMT, and has British interest in the form of Laura Robson. Will the BBC televise this match, live or recorded?

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  • Comment number 59.

    its a disgrace this isnt on BBC2, i have to watch the final in rubbish 544x576 quality instead of 720x576. You'd have got loads of viewers, matched started at 8.45am on sat morning, perfect time for ppl to watch!

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  • Comment number 61.

    Not impressed that BBC 2 didn't stay for the presentation-ceremony. I was only just lucky to switch over to Freeview 302 in time to catch Federer bursting into tears when he tried to make his speech! I hope the bit I missed will be in the repeat...

  • Comment number 62.

    i missed the presentation ceremony as i recorded BBC2, i'm FURIOUS! i saw some of the ceremony on 302. The match has been repeated yet as i missed the first 20mins, instead of you replayed the womens final twice in a row! replay the mens final instead!

    also why is there some sort of musical choir on 301, why not tennis repeats? 302 is snowboarding.

    i'm seriously annoyed, that and the fact that no final on BBCHD nor superbowl on BBCHD. I feel let down by our flagship broadcaster!

    Please repeat the ENTIRE match including the players walking out into the stadium and practising for 10mins, the whole match AND presentation ceremony, i want to record it to my harddrive for archival.

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  • Comment number 64.

    meant to say the match *hasn't* been repeated yet, please re-air it on BBC2 late at night or on 301. Maybe even on BBCHD.

    why are tennis repeats not including the walk outs and 5mins practise, you learn alot from the commentators talking about their performance this year and see their stats etc, instead the repeats start off with the player serving which is rubbish! No interviews post match are shown either.


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