Anyone for tennis? The world’s top players are about to compete for the French Open 2020 at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris. Rafael Nadal will be going for a 13th French Open title, while Serena Williams will attempt to bag her 24th Grand Slam. Want to watch every second of the French Open 2020 for free? Here’s how to stream it online and on your mobile, without paying a penny.
Tennis fans in the UK and Ireland can watch the 2020 French Open free. All the action will be shown live on ITV4 and streamed live on the ITV Hub. Not in the UK at the time of the tennis? Don’t forget you can use a VPN to access the French Open if you’re travelling outside the UK.
The French Open 2020 usually gets underway on the fourth Sunday in May but 2020 has been no ordinary year. For a long while, it looked like the Paris-based tournament would become yet another casualty of the covid-19 pandemic but – praise be to the tennis gods! – the 124th French Open is now back on! Here’s everything you need to know…
The Paris-based tournament is set to smash, volley and ace its way back onto our TV screens on 27th September – 11th October. Accessing a live stream is easy – we’ll explain how to find the best TV coverage and live stream below. You can view a provisional schedule here.
Reigning French Open champion Rafa Nadal will be looking to pick up another clay crown this year, but 2019 women’s singles Ashleigh Barty won’t be lifting her second Grand Slam tennis title. The world number one has pulled out citing coronavirus fears.
Novak Djokovic is expected to show his face, following his US Open disqualification for striking a line judge with the ball. Scottish superstar Andy Murray should also be in the field, having been given a wild card. Murray, a French Open finalist back in 2016, has not appeared at the Roland-Garros event since losing to Stan Wawrinka way back in 2017.
There’s bad news for Naomi Osaka fans, though. This year’s US Open champion has been forced to pull out after suffering a hamstring injury.
Most spectators will be watching from the comfort of home but a limited number of fans will be granted tickets. Court Philippe Chatrier, for example, holds more than 15,000 fans but capacity will be limited to just 5,000 during this year’s French Open.
Here’s how to watch the French Open 2020 live stream for free, and catch the action from anywhere in the world…
How to watch the French Open 2020 in UK and Ireland
ITV will broadcast Roland Garros 2020 (aka The French Open) in its entirety on ITV4. Fans will be treated to 15 days of coverage (and approx 10 hours per day).
Provided you have a TV license, it’s completely free to view and can be accessed by any viewer in located in the UK.
Remember you’ll need VPN to access your ITV account if you’re outside of the UK at the time of the French Open.
The event will also be shown live on Eurosport at eurosport.co.uk. Not a Eurosport subscriber? You can watch the entire French Open tournament for £6.99 per month on Eurosport Player, or grab an annual pass for £39.99. The latter includes a ton of sports coverage including the Tour de France.
How to watch the French Open 2020 from abroad
Trying to access ITV4 or the ITV Hub from outside the UK or Ireland – if you’re on holiday or working abroad, for example – will be a major problem. Your internet service provider (Channel 9, Sky, Virgin Media, BT or Eurosport Player on Amazon Prime Video, for example) will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a UK national and have paid for a TV license. This will be the same if you try to access any geo-blocked stream from around the world.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of French Open broadcasters here.
How to watch the French Open 2020 in the USA
NBC will broadcast full live coverage of the French Open 2020. You’ll need a cable subscription to NBC Sports, which will also allow you to stream the tennis live, via the NBC Sports app.
If you don’t have cable and don’t want it, you can watch NBC Sports via Sling TV’s $30 per month Orange package.
Alternatively, US fans also have the option to subscribe to Tennis Channel Plus for $110 per year. This gets you 4,500 live and on-demand matches from over 100 ATP & WTA events including coverage of up to 12 courts at the Roland-Garros.
How to watch the French Open 2020 in Europe
Eurosport holds the rights to broadcast the French Open in continental Europe.
You can live stream the French Open by purchasing a monthly or annual subscription to Eurosport Player here.
French tennis fans can also see the action by tuning into France TV Sport.
French Open 2020 schedule
21st – 26th Sept: Qualifying
27th – 29th Sept: First Round
30th Sept – 1st Oct: Second Round
2nd -3rd Oct: Third Round
4th – 5th Oct: Fourth Round
6th – 7th Oct: Quarter Finals
8th – 9th Oct: Semi-Finals
10th Oct: Ladies Final
11th Oct: Men’s Final
See Roland-Garros‘ website for the latest order of play.