View Full Version : How do European fans manage to watch AO?

Jan 8th, 2008, 11:41 PM
If the matches start at 10am in Melbourne, it is 11pm or midnight in Europe. By the way Europe wakes up, it is already 4-5-6pmin Melbourne and the majority matches are over. It really sux.

Jan 8th, 2008, 11:44 PM
Well, just not sleeping :p Usually those days I sleep in the dining room, where I have the TV with Satellite to watch Eurosport. Then, I see OOP, and Im waking when my faves are playing :p

Jan 8th, 2008, 11:46 PM
how do you work/study next day?

Jan 8th, 2008, 11:47 PM
we Europeans don't need much sleep :)

Jan 8th, 2008, 11:49 PM
Eastern time for America is great for Tennis :D

AO 7pm-3am
FO 6am-12pm
Wimby 7am-1pm?
US Open 11am-12am


the only bad thing is 3:30am for night matches at AO :tape:

Jan 8th, 2008, 11:50 PM
I just stay up late:)

Vlad Tepes
Jan 8th, 2008, 11:50 PM
Matches start at 2 a.m. over here and it sure ain't easy, especially as I always have my winter exams in this period. Nevertheless, it's part of the charm of the AO and I've grown to like the scheduling over the years :D

Jan 8th, 2008, 11:55 PM
I walk around like a zombie for 2 weeks and usually end up ill for a week after :)

Jan 8th, 2008, 11:58 PM
Just go to sleep earlier, around 8pm, then wake up at 1am, and that's it! I don't need much sleep, and am alright to go to work these days!

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:00 AM
I rarely come home from work before 9pm ;)

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:03 AM
easily....I don't watch it and chek the score when I get up :lol:

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:05 AM
Skip university: who needs a degree? :D

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:05 AM
I start work at different times, but I will start it at 6pm cet during Australian Open. So I will get up at 5pm, leave to work at 5.30, and then go to sleep at at least 10 am next day. Devotion for tennis is just too much for me at times :p

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:08 AM
We Europeans are made of sturdy stuff:

Stay up all night, -20 outside, pitch black.

Grab a cat-nap if, first up we have Olivier Rochus first round encounter :help:

or a full-on siesta if it's a 4am, 3rd round - 4-hour A-Rod boreathon :tape:

A kind-off 2 week sleep-deprived jet-lagged wilderness, with full commentary from Mats Willander -
that takes a month of steady recovery. :lol:

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:09 AM
Well, just not sleeping :p Usually those days I sleep in the dining room, where I have the TV with Satellite to watch Eurosport. Then, I see OOP, and Im waking when my faves are playing :p

yap, that and the tv in my bedroom at times. :)

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:14 AM
I get up early or go to bed very late.....

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:14 AM
i never sleep during AO :D

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:16 AM
The same way we Australians mahage during the other slams. Count yourselves lucky.

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:59 AM
i remember 2 years ago i messed up my biological clock by watching the oz open through the night, going to college at 9am with no sleep getting home at 5pm, going to bed waking up at 11.30pm and start the cycle again. i've got smater over time, if its a shit match i'll take my alarm downstairs with me and set it to go off every couple of hours so i get a nap during shit matches. i make food while mats willander rambles on about federer and how he would have tried to beat him (im assuming he would have just tried to bore him to death as thats what he does to me), when theres a decent match on if it womens i pray its sam smith and simon reed, if its men simon reed and anybody but chris 'fabulous, sitting besides former world #5, (and all his other usualy annoying sayings)' bradnam.

Jan 9th, 2008, 01:13 AM
sleeping during useless classes can help to recover after a big night of tennis.:o

Jan 9th, 2008, 01:53 AM
Year back I userly work at shifts and was working nights (but not in January) , so I got use to stay up all night. Now and then I will sleep when no tennis was on. The Aussie time night match is good 9:30am here, so you can sleep during boring mens 5 setters ;)

Jan 9th, 2008, 01:55 AM
The same way we Australians mahage during the other slams. Count yourselves lucky.

yeah that is so true :lol:

Jan 9th, 2008, 01:55 AM
Europeans are very lucky with the Slams time zones.
The Australians, aren't AT ALL.

Jan 9th, 2008, 02:00 AM
I watch the AO now since like 1996, it was over years the only tourney i followed, I just love it to stay up that long. I can sleep whenever I want, so i just have a nap when I come back from uni and stuff like that.

Jan 9th, 2008, 02:41 AM
we got a thing called TV here as well ;) :lol:

Jan 9th, 2008, 02:52 AM
Eastern time for America is great for Tennis :D

AO 7pm-3am
FO 6am-12pm
Wimby 7am-1pm?
US Open 11am-12am


the only bad thing is 3:30am for night matches at AO :tape:It is:bounce:.

Jan 9th, 2008, 03:56 AM
I change my daily routine and I go to sleep earlier an wake up for matches... sometimes it's not possible though. :lol:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 9th, 2008, 04:13 AM
It's a hard time with work.
I only stay/wake up for Ana's matches. Hopefully they are on a good time.

Jan 9th, 2008, 05:13 AM
I usually wake up around 4 am and watch some matches then I go to school where everyone's sleepy and i'm kinda not by that time :D School is not a best place for sleep so that's why I don't wake up earlier.

Jan 9th, 2008, 05:30 AM
OMG you poor people :p

We only have to do that 3 times a year!....if its shown on T.V

Jan 9th, 2008, 05:35 AM
OMG you poor people :p

We only have to do that 3 times a year!....if its shown on T.V

True that :lol:

Jan 9th, 2008, 06:49 AM
Eastern time for America is great for Tennis :D

AO 7pm-3am
FO 6am-12pm
Wimby 7am-1pm?
US Open 11am-12am


the only bad thing is 3:30am for night matches at AO :tape:

Well, at least you're better off than mine....

AO 9 am - 8pm (most matches are during working time :()
FO 6 pm - 5 am
Wimby 7 pm - 6 am
USO 11 pm - 10 am (the worst one of all... need to select matches)

Jan 9th, 2008, 07:02 AM
here is timezones for us in EastCoast of Australia
AO: 11am - 6pm; 7:30pm - 12:00am
RG: 7pm - 4am (or something like that)
Wim: 9pm - 4am (or something like that)
US: 1am - 12pm

Jan 9th, 2008, 07:53 AM
That's great for me
But in Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open
I won't sleep
It's time for the European to become sleepy!!

Jan 9th, 2008, 07:56 AM
I am one of the more fortunate to be able to turn my schedule around. Sleeping during the daytime and wide awake when the matches are on. :)

Jan 9th, 2008, 08:17 AM
Well this year I can't really... I have a lot of work to do and when I'm not at school I'll be doing school work. :o

I guess I can watch some very early in the morning though.

Jan 9th, 2008, 09:02 AM
OMG you poor people :p

We only have to do that 3 times a year!....if its shown on T.V
True that... we don't even get RG coverage!!!!

And only US coverage from the semis onwards.

ie. we do what the Europeans and Americans are doing twice a year, and then every other time, we're doing that but with online scoreboards rather than TV :p

Jan 9th, 2008, 09:04 AM
I set the alarm clock to wake up when my faves play. I usually stay up all night if i dont have to go to the uni the next day :bounce:

Jan 9th, 2008, 09:07 AM
Well, I do not SEE most of the matches, mostly due to exams... because I'm not at home and don't have a tv that time.

In january: exams => AO (and because the matches begin here somewhat around midnight, I need my sleep to study well and make my exams)
In may/june: exams => RG, Wimbledon, but these matches are during day time, so: live scores! :D
And if you didn't do well in those periods, you have to redo your exams in august/september => US Open

But hey, I don't complain, the 2 european slams are quite easy to follow! ;)

Jan 9th, 2008, 10:29 AM
go to bed early like 10:30pm and wake up early too like 5:30am or stay up till 2:30am and wake up at 9am...depend of the matches.

Last year when I wake up early at 5:30am to watch Lena losing to Vaidisova, next match was Robredo vs Gasquet and I fall asleep during that match to wake up 45 minutes later...:lol:

Jan 9th, 2008, 10:43 AM
I only going to see the nightmatches live when i get home from work..I have to sleep when they show the early matches:o

Jan 9th, 2008, 10:53 AM
I have work so its like im european i dont get to see matches till 5-6 pm hahahaha lol :p

those damn Aussies

Jan 9th, 2008, 10:56 AM
have any of you people heard of a video/ dvd/ hard drive recorder, record it overnight, watch it when you wake up withought listenign to the news or looking up the scores. I do this all the time being in australia all other grandslams are overnight for us. Thing is its also more exciting cause u can fast forward the first few games of each set to get to the interesting bits :p

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:48 AM
This 2 weeks are very entertaining for me :tape: :o
I watch tennis from 1 a.m to 1 p.m. then I sleep to 10 p.m and I look horrible but I 'm happy that I saw so many good matches ;)
P.S. This year I'm lucky bec I have winter holiday during the Ao :banana:

Jan 9th, 2008, 11:56 AM
When I was at highschool the winter break some years was exactly during AO, this year it's also during AO, with that difference that I'm not at highschool anymore :lol: Luckily, I only start on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the morning so during the rest of the days I'll be able to watch some matches during the night and before the noon :)
Oh and I'll change my room for one with the TV, I don't want to wake the whole family up by going downstairs :lol:

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:04 PM
I have exam period this week and next week. So,I will miss the Australian open first week. But generally I get up at 1.00 cet with joy and watch tennis. Sometime after TV is starting to watch me,but I am watching my faves match :)))

martin white
Jan 9th, 2008, 12:05 PM
im an aussie,when wimby ,fo and uso are on,we only get fo and uso on pay tv here,luckily my folks have,i watch and stay up until they throw me out!:penjoy ao 2008 guys!

Jan 9th, 2008, 12:24 PM
some students just have examination period at this time ;)
so watch & learn all night long ;)
then a zombie at the exam :tape:

Jan 9th, 2008, 02:21 PM
Why to make such a big deal?

I have a hard-drive recorder (with 20 hours memory stick), so I record it and when I am coming home in the late afternoon, I can watch it. The good thing about it, I can skip uninteresting matches (especially mens matches).

By the way I am european and have the same problem with european tournaments. In european spring/fall season, coverage often starts in the early afternoon (around 1 o clock) and I am ususally coming home around 6 o clock in the evening. So I am really happy about the existence of hard-drive recorder.

I can only recommend it to you.

Jan 9th, 2008, 03:01 PM
Just stay up all night, but for last years I have broke my foot at same time as AO so I can do this and as on time I have broke my toe!:bounce:

Jan 9th, 2008, 03:07 PM
Depends when my faves play. Last year was awful, had to stay awake all night + exams :sobbing:

Jan 9th, 2008, 04:10 PM
easily....I don't watch it and chek the score when I get up :lol:

same for me :lol:

Jan 9th, 2008, 04:20 PM
if there is really an intesting match, i sleep 3 hours and then stand up and maybe go to sleep again after the match. hopefully the matches will be interesting again like Serena vs Shahar last year.

Meteor Shower
Jan 9th, 2008, 04:27 PM
^ watching Shahar-Serena 3AM-6AM :hearts:
if Shahar would have won it would be x 10000 more fun too :o

Jan 9th, 2008, 04:28 PM
my phone rings when my faves are playing,expecilally Serena :D
i love to watch her and Venus play at AO
after that i am off to sleep

Jan 9th, 2008, 04:30 PM
Depends if I have to go at university the morning or not. In the first case I can't watch any match, in the second case I have 2 choices:

1) I watch the matches from 1am (11 am in Melbourne) till 4 or 5 am and then I sleep the morning.

2) I sleep during the night and then when I get up at 8 or 9 am I can watch live the matches of the night session.

Usually I had to choose the 1) because Nastya's matches were always during the morning or early afternoon in Australia. :tape:

Jan 9th, 2008, 04:38 PM
if i have to sleep or go to school i let my dvd recorder record the whole 12 hours :lol: then I will delete the matches i dont want to see :p

but if I manage to be awake I will watch matches of my favs :)

Jan 9th, 2008, 05:48 PM
we are quite lucky...i shall try but i just won't be able to...
AUSTRALIANS...you have my sympathy after January! lol

Jan 9th, 2008, 07:16 PM
Mostly I wake up only for Venus and Serena matches, the rest I am recording and watching when I came back from work.

Jan 9th, 2008, 07:21 PM
we just dont go to bed or we wake up early...also u can record matches or just watch a few the following day...eurosport shows games on repeat...or replay?u get the point lol

Jan 9th, 2008, 07:37 PM
It's nightmare....take example of my schedule tonight:

now it is 21:25 pm, in 22:00 I will try to sleep.
03:15: I will wake up to follow Henin-Ivanovic and Vaidisova-Kuznetsova. I will try to sleep 20 minutes between the matches.
06:30-07:00: end of the matches. I will try to sleep 2 hours and than I will start my day. of course, in the rest of the day I will be like Zombie.

this is easy night. when the AO will start it will be totally hell: the matches start in 02:00 AM and will finish around 13:00 PM and I want to follow all the tournament. this is impossible mission, so I follow the matches from my bed with the leptop, and try to sleep for 20 minutes, get update, and another 20 minutes of rest except for important matches or in crucial points of matches when I'm going to the TV. This is not ideal, but it is the only way to be human....

Jan 9th, 2008, 10:18 PM
How do European fans manage to watch AO?

I tape it and watch some in the evening, FFWDing over nearly all the men's matches. It's not difficult to keep myself unaware of the scores until I have time to watch the previous night's tape now that tennis never makes it to the news.

Jan 9th, 2008, 10:24 PM
Heres my tip as soon as I get in from work at 6pm I have tea then go to sleep and wake up at 1am watch the tennis on Eurosport then go back to sleep for a few hours then get up and go to work!

While at work i drink shit loads of coffee and try not to speak to anyone incase lack of sleep causes me to snap at anyone lol :)

And I do this for 2 weeks straight then sleep like a baby for another week to catch up on all my lost sleep :)


Jan 9th, 2008, 10:28 PM
I actually love to watch tennis in the night, I turn on my TV, fall asleep and if I awake I'll watch a bit, if it's boring I fall asleep again and so on ;)
hate to follow livescores though