A viewers guide to the Australian Open

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (left) signs a television camera after a match at last year's Australian Open. TV coverage in 2011 will be as exhaustive as ever. (AP)

You've printed your men's and women's draw sheets. You've read our predictions and you've made your own. Now what? Here are seven ways to follow the season's first Grand Slam, which begins Sunday night (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).


Clip and save the complete TV schedule. The Australian Open is an insomniac's paradise in the United States, with the majority of matches airing live overnight on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD. Cliff Drysdale and Dick Enberg will lead match coverage, with Chris Fowler and Chris McKendry hosting. Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert and Patrick McEnroe return as analysts, and Pam Shriver will work as a courtside and studio reporter.

Tennis Channel will air nearly 30 live match hours with commentators Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport, plus the daily morning highlight show Australian Open Today (at 8 a.m. ET).


ESPN3.com will stream 600 hours of live match action, with seven courts available on demand.


Join the conversation on Twitter. The tournament's official hashtag is #AusOpen. Track it to see who's tweeting what about the tennis. Follow @SIOpenSource for the latest news, analysis and scuttlebutt from Melbourne. And don't miss SI.com's list of the 20 must-follow tennis people on Twitter.


Watch the latest highlights and press conferences on the tournament's official YouTube channel.


"Like" the Open on Facebook to receive the latest updates in your news feed.


When you're away from a TV and a computer, the relatively bare-bones iPhone app is the best way to stay current with the scores. Non-iPhone users can log on to the tourney's excellent mobile site.


There's also an iPad app ($4.99, demo below), which combines an electronic version of the 86-page Australian Open program with real-time match results, photos, videos, ticket information, Foursquare check-ins and the best tweets from players, celebrities and fans.