Four months later than planned, French Open tennis is here – bringing the great and good from the tennis world together (minus Roger Federer) at the Stade Roland Garros. You can watch every swipe, swing and smash with a 2020 French Open live stream no matter where in the world you are. Read on for all the details – and how you can watch the tennis absolutely FREE.
Rafael Nadal is back to defend his men’s singles title, but world No. 1 and reigning women’s singles champion Ashleigh Barty has decided not to compete because of coronavirus concerns.
2020 French Open live stream
The 2020 French Open takes place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, running for two weeks from Sunday, September 27 to Sunday, October 11. Coverage will start at 11am CEST everyday, which is 10am BST/5am ET/2am PT/7pm AEST. Full French Open tennis live streaming and TV channel details are below – including some brilliant free coverage options – and you can watch your preferred coverage from anywhere with this 100% risk-free ExpressVPN trial.
Nadal, the King of Clay, secured his 12th French Open victory at Roland Garros last year with a win over Dominic Thiem in the final. That was the third Grand Slam final of Thiem’s career and also the third Grand Slam final defeat, but the Austrian finally won his first Slam at Flushing Meadows earlier this month, and he’ll be dreaming of making it two in a row.
Novak Djokovic, remember, was thrown out of the US Open after accidentally hitting a ball at a line judge in a fit of rage, and hasn’t won the French Open since 2016. The Serb would love to lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires as the pantomime villain of the tennis world.
The women’s side of the competition has been blown wide open by the withdrawal of Barty and Naomi Osaka, and talk of Serena’s elusive record-equalling 24th Grand Slam is starting up again. Astonishingly, the last singles Slam she won was in January 2017, and while she fell short at the US Open, the quality of the opponents she faced there in Sloane Stephens, Maria Sakkari and Victoria Azarenka, should have blown away some cobwebs – and doubters. Williams turns 39 on the eve of the tournament, and what better way of silencing the critics than smashing the competition?
It’s the last Grand Slam of the year, and here’s how you can live stream all the French Open 2020 tennis action from wherever you are in the world.
How to watch a French Open live stream from outside your country
For broadcast and streaming details in tennis-mad countries like the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, just scroll down the page – everything you need to know is there, including details of who is showing it for free.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere outside your home country, you’ll soon find a problem – geo-blocking. That’s where the broadcaster prevents you from watching your usual feed from abroad. It’s a common problem for sports fans all over the world.
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Who has a free French Open tennis live stream in 2020?
Unlike with some tournaments (US Open, we’re looking at you!), tennis fans in some regions get lucky when it comes to Roland Garros. It’s free-to-air in some countries around the world.
On UK TV, you can get a free French Open live stream courtesy of ITV4 and, more specifically, its ITV Hub streaming service – available either right through your web browser or as an app for mobiles, tablets, set-top boxes, select smart TVs, consoles and more. It can be used by anyone in the UK 100% free – registration takes seconds and you only need a working email address and full UK postcode (such as SW1A 1AA for Buckingham Palace) to get streaming.
If you prefer your coverage local, then French TV has you covered, too – specifically France TV Sport. In this case, the only prerequisite is being in France – you don’t even have to register or anything!
There’s even a free way to watch the French Open in Australia – details below.
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How to watch a free French Open live stream in the UK
The 2020 French Open is being shown live in the UK on free-to-air channel ITV4 – so anyone can stream it using the channel’s ITV Hub platform.
For added on-the-go viewing convenience, it has an excellent app that’s available on nearly anything that plugs in these days – just give it a search on your device of choice.
ITV4’s French Open TV coverage starts on Sunday, September 27, and the channel is promising coverage from around 10am-8pm BST for each day of the 15-day event, which concludes on Sunday, October 11.
If you’re from the UK but not at home right now, you can get your French Open fix by grabbing a VPN.
How to live stream French Open tennis for FREE in Australia
Aussie tennis fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to tuning in to the 2020 French Open.
For starters, free-to-air SBS and SBS Viceland have got in on the action, and will be showing the tennis from 10pm-5am Aussie time each night, and that includes the final, semi-finals and quarter-finals. This means viewers can make use of the free SBS On Demand streaming service to tune in.
Kayo Sports subscribers will also be able to stream all the action live as it happens each day. A Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously, while a Kayo Sports Premium Package provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.
Needless to say, this makes it super-affordable if you share with friends, family or fellow tennis fans – plus Kayo offers a FREE trial period so you can watch some of the event for free.
If you’re away from Australia at the moment, you’ll need to go down the VPN route as set out above.
How to watch the French Open: live stream Roland Garros 2020 tennis in the US
In the US, both NBC Sports and the Tennis Channel are airing the French Open action. If you have NBC Sports on cable already, you’re all set and can watch the tennis from Roland Garros via the network’s website – just log-in with details of your TV provider.
Cord-cutters can watch NBCSN on Sling TV, where it’s available as part of the over-the-top service’s Blue bundle. You can even try a FREE Sling trial that will let you watch this week’s race without paying a penny, if you play your cards right.
If you’re outside the US right now you can always use a VPN to get access to your home coverage.
How to live stream the French Open and watch tennis online in Canada
If you get them as part of your cable deal, then you’ll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a French Open live stream.
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French Open live stream 2020: how to watch the tennis online in New Zealand
The official broadcaster for the French Open in New Zealand is Sky Sport, which costs $31.99 per month and includes channels dedicated to football, rugby, cricket and golf.
For mobile streaming, you can tune in via the Sky Go app, and if you’re away from New Zealand right now you can use a VPN to catch your home TV coverage.
What to expect from the 2020 French Open
A weather-beating retractable roof has just gone up on the Court Philippe Chatrier, the French Open’s biggest stage, and unlike the recent US Open, some fans will be allowed in to watch the Grand Slam action unfold in the flesh.
The decision to allow fans to attend the tournament is huge, and will surely give everyone involved an enormous lift. Up to 5,000 spectators will be allowed on site each day, down from the 11,500 figure that was previously planned because of rising coronavirus cases in France.
They’ll be getting up close (not too close) and personal with a who’s who of racket-wielding superstars, including Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Dominic Thiem, who won his first ever Slam this month, and wildcards Andy Murray and Eugenie Bouchard. The highest-profile absentees are Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer, both of whom are nursing injuries.
Azarenka has rewound the clock on her career and has been playing like it’s 2012, but can she do it again after a brilliant but energy-sapping late summer schedule, involving a Western & Southern Open win and a US Open final defeat? Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Sofia Kenin and Elina Svitolina will be circling.