How to watch the 2019 French Open online

The 2019 French Open (sometimes called the Roland-Garros tournament as it’s held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris) will begin on May 20 and finish on June 9. With the world’s best tennis players going head-to-head in three weeks of singles, doubles, and mixed doubles play, there’s a lot to be excited about. You don’t have to be there in person, though; below, we’ll explain how to live stream the entire French Open from the comfort of your own home.

It’s important to note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. Major sporting events like the French Open are often available on shady streaming sites, but we strongly advise against using these. To begin with, the video is often laggy and pixelated. There’s also always a chance that the stream will suddenly be taken offline for copyright violation, so you might not even see who wins a particular match. With so many legitimate, free ways to watch, there’s nothing to gain by using unauthorized, unreliable streams.

Most of the services below are geo-restricted, meaning you’ll need a VPN to access them abroad.

How to watch the 2019 French Open abroad with a VPN

VPNs can be confusing at first but they actually make it very simple to unblock region-locked services from abroad. Just follow the steps below to stream the French Open anywhere:

First, choose the right VPN. We recommend using ExpressVPN although NordVPN and CyberGhost are two low-cost alternatives which are well worth your time.

  1. Next, install the VPN software. There will be several different versions so make sure to get the appropriate one for your device.
  2. Decide which of the platforms below you’d like to use.
  3. Connect to one of your VPN’s servers in the relevant country. For example, you’d need a British server to watch ITV abroad or a US server to unblock NBC.
  4. Try playing a video on your chosen service. It should start almost immediately but if not, clear your browser’s cookies and cache, then reload the page.

The 2019 French Open will be shown live, so it’s important you make sure your VPN works well in advance. This approach ensures that if you run into any difficulty, you’ll still have time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team without missing the beginning of a match.

How to stream the 2019 Roland-Garros for free on UK TV

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This entire tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4, which means you can stream all of the action online using the ITV Hub. The first day’s coverage will begin at 10AM BST (2AM PST/ 5AM EST), and will be added to ITV’s on-demand library shortly after it finishes airing.

This service is completely free-to-use, however you will have to create an account before you can watch anything. Registration is very simple, although you will be asked for a British postal code. Don’t panic: this isn’t used to determine your location and any English postcode will work. Note that if you’re in Scotland or using a Scottish VPN server, you’ll be prompted to use the STV Player instead; this platform is functionally identical to the ITV Hub, but requires you to create a separate account.

Under British law, you need a TV License to watch online live streams if they’re simultaneously being shown on TV. While the ITV Hub occasionally shows a popup alerting users of this fact, it doesn’t actually check to see if you have one or not, and effectively uses an honor system.

ITV Hub is only available in the UK, so you’ll need a VPN to access it overseas. Still looking for a VPN? Why not take advantage of ExpressVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee? If you’re unsatisfied or only need a VPN for a short time, you can simply cancel to claim a full refund.

Where else can I live stream the French Open online?

The 2019 French Open will be shown in over a dozen countries worldwide, so it’s pretty simple to watch regardless of where you are. Below, we’ll let you know which networks are showing the Roland-Garros tournament in your area.

US

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American fans can watch this event live on NBC Sports and the Tennis Channel. To watch directly on NBC Sports, you’ll need an NBC Sports Gold account. If you’re only interested in watching the French Open, this service is a poor choice given that its plans are fairly expensive and limit you to streaming a single sport. However, several internet TV services including fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue all include NBC Sports. All of them offer a free trial, so it’s technically possible to watch the French Open for free in the US.

If your cable TV package includes the Tennis Channel, you can sign in and start streaming at no added cost. Don’t have cable? You could sign up to Tennis Channel Plus, but this costs $99.99 USD per year, and there’s no monthly subscription option.

Instead, the easiest way to watch is with Sling TV’s Blue plan. This costs $20 per month ($15 for the base subscription plus an additional $5 for the sports pack), but it gives you access to both the Tennis Channel and NBC Sports.

All of the streaming platforms above are geo-blocked and only available in the US. As such, you’ll have to connect to an American VPN server to use them abroad.

Canada

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Canada has two French Open broadcasters: RDS for French-language coverage and TSN for English. Both services allow you to watch online for free by signing in with your cable provider details (assuming your package includes the required channel).

You can also sign up for RDS Direct or TSN Direct if you don’t have cable. Whichever service you choose, you can expect to pay $4.99 CAD for a daily pass or $19.99 for a month-long subscription. Unfortunately, neither RDS nor TSN offers a free trial.

As TSN and RDS are region-locked, you’ll have to either be in Canada or connected to a Canadian VPN server to watch them online.

France

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France.TV will show every match of the French Open live, free of charge, from 11AM CEST. This platform doesn’t even require you to create an account, so it’s ideal for those looking to stream the 2019 Roland-Garros as easily as possible. By default, the commentary for most programming is in French but you can change this to English if you’d prefer.

This streaming service is only available in France. French users who are currently abroad can still access it by connecting to a French VPN server.

Australia

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Fox Sports is Australia’s official French Open broadcaster, but it’s also allowing SBS to show these games for free. SBS’s website doesn’t actually offer any live streaming content, but you can watch SBS on Freeview. There’s no need to register and nothing to pay, so this is by far the easiest way for most people to stream the 2019 Roland-Garros.

If you’d prefer to watch on Fox Sports, you can. Existing Foxtel and Optus customers can log into the Foxtel Go or Fetch TV apps and start streaming immediately. You could also pay AU$40 per month for Foxtel Now’s sports channel pack, but this isn’t necessary since the French Open is being broadcast free elsewhere.

Freeview, Foxtel Go, and Fetch TV can only be viewed from inside Australia. To use them from other countries, you’ll need a VPN.

Middle East & North Africa

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BeIN Sports has exclusive rights to broadcast the French Open across the Middle East and North Africa. This service costs $10 USD per month and includes a one-week free trial. beiN Sports is known for providing commentary in several different languages, and while this hasn’t been confirmed yet for the French Open, there’s no reason to suspect otherwise.

This service is available in several countries, but will only show Roland-Garros in MENA countries. If you’re outside of this region, you’ll need a VPN to watch.

Other locations

Don’t worry if we didn’t mention your country above; the French Open tennis tournament is being shown in too many regions to address individually. The official Roland-Garros site provides an exhaustive list of international broadcasters, so you should be able to find a way to watch no matter where you are in the world.

How does the French Open work?

The French Open format is identical to that of the other Grand Slam tournaments. The only real differences are tiebreakers are still used and that players compete exclusively on clay courts, which means the ball will bounce higher and limit the effectiveness of power-servers. There’s also a new rules in effect that gives players just 25 seconds before serving. The French Open is also the only Grand Slam tournament that does not use Hawk-Eye or Shot Spot review technology for players who want to challenge line calls.

The tournament begins with the qualifying stages. This year, 104 men and 108 women are eligible, and will play a series of games until only 16 remain in each group. Of course, some of the highest-ranking players (such as Rafael Nadal) are accepted automatically, without the need to qualify. From here, it gets much simpler: the players with the most points after each round progress, and the others are eliminated from the competition. This continues until only one remains. This player is then named the French Open Champion and takes home €2,300,000 (roughly $2,580,000) in prize money.

French Open 2019: full schedule

DateEventTime
May 20Qualifying - Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 21Qualifying - Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 22Qualifying - Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 23Qualifying - Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 24Qualifying - Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles4 AM EST / 9 AM GMT+1
May 25RG Kid's Day - Charity Day, Exhibition Matches6 AM EST / 11 AM GMT+1
May 261st Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 271st Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 281st Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 292nd Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's & Mixed Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 302nd Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's, Landies' & Mixed Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
May 313rd Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's & Ladies' Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 13rd Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's, Ladies' & Mixed Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 24th Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's & Ladies' Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 34th Round - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Gentlemen's, Ladies' & Mixed Doubles5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 41/4 Finals - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Juniors, & Legends' Trophy5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 51/4 Finals - Ladies' & Gentlemen's Singles, Mixed Doubles, Juniors, & Legends' Trophy5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 61/2 Finals - Mixed Doubles Final, Gentlemen's Doubles, Legends' Trophy, Juniors, & Wheelchair Tournament5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 71/2 Finals - Gentlemen's Singles, Ladies' Doubles, Juniors, Legends' Trophy, & Wheelchair Tournament5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 8Ladies' Final - Gentlmen's Doubles Final, Ladies' Legends' Trophy, Single & Doubles Juniors Final, Wheelchair Tournament Final5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1
June 9Gentlemen's Final - Ladies' Doubles, Gentlemen's Final, Gentlemen's Legends' Trophy Finals,5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT+1

Which players should I look out for?

Rafael Nadal isn’t called the “King of Clay” for no reason. He’s won the French Open 11 times previously, and is the current favorite to take the championship this year. However, he put in a poor showing at the Australian Open in January, so players like Thiem and Djokovic will be looking to capitalize. Federer could be a real threat too: he’s making his return to clay after knee problems forced him to take a three-year hiatus from hard surfaces.

Simona Halep has consistently placed in the top three in recent years, despite frequent losses to the world’s number one, Naomi Osaka. Osaka has historically struggled on clay though, so Halep may well have a chance this time around. Then there’s Serena Williams: undeterred by the tournament’s new dress code, she’s hoping for her first French Open win since 2015. One thing’s for sure: whoever wins, this promises to be a hard-fought tournament that won’t soon be forgotten.