The French Open is about to get underway in Paris and we have the details on how to stream all the action from wherever you are on the planet.
Anticipation for the second Grand Slam event of the season has reached fever pitch, with the tennis world hoping for a showdown between new world No.1 Carlos Alcaraz and the player he has just knocked off the top of the ATP Rankings, tennis legend Novak Djokovic.
With Djokovic aiming to win a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title on the Roland-Garros red clay, this is a tournament that is laced with intrigue.
There is also so much up for grabs in the women’s draw, with world No.1 Iga Swiatek facing a huge threat from big rival Arena Sabalenka, with those two seeded to meet in the final in Paris.
Streaming the action, however, can be expensive, especially if you’re in the US. Sling Orange charges $40/month, while Fubo clocks in at $79.99/month.
Thankfully, you can stream the French Open – plus Wimbledon and the US Open – for free, anywhere in the world, with ExpressVPN.
Why you need ExpressVPN to watch the French Open from anywhere
A VPN enables you to change your IP address, making it appear as if you’re in a different country. If you’re in the US but want to watch the French Open for free, just connect to a VPN server in a country where the French Open is free to stream, such as Australia (more on this later!)
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How to watch the French Open with ExpressVPN
All the big French Open matches are available for FREE through Australian platform 9Now. In fact, you can also stream Wimbledon and the US Open for free with 9Now. Normally, 9Now is only available in Australia.
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Other ways to watch the French Open
France TV is one of the official French broadcasters of the French Open and a fantastic way to watch all the matches live (with commentary in French). The public broadcaster also offers a variety of French and foreign-language films, TV series, documentaries, and live sports.
Belgium’s RTBF will broadcast the French Open live online with French commentary. The free service is also an excellent way to watch other sports such as Formula 1, MotoGP, and cycling events including the Tour de France.
The Austrian service ORF offers free streams of French Open matches with German commentary. In addition to French Open tennis, ORF is also a reliable source for MotoGP, F1, and several cycling events.
Viewers in the US can watch the tennis from Roland-Garros live via NBC’s streaming service, Peacock. Peacock’s free tier offers lots of popular TV and movies, but you’ll need to upgrade to Peacock Premium to watch the French Open and other live sports. The good news is that it offers a seven-day free trial. Click here to see the full schedule.
With Sling Orange, you can live stream most matches from the French Open via NBC or upgrade to the Sports Extra package for 10 USD extra to access the Tennis Channel. Sling has dozens of other channels for watching popular TV, movies, documentaries and more, and has apps for mobile, tablets, and smart TVs. Although Sling TV no longer offers a free trial, new customers can get 50% off.
Watch the 2023 French Open live on Eurosport, which provides live coverage of the matches.
The service offers a seven-day free trial and carries a selection of football, cycling and tennis.
Amazon Prime Video
Viewers in France can use Amazon Prime Video to stream all matches in the 10 new evening sessions. You can stream the tennis on Amazon Prime Video in your browser or through its apps for smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.
Amazon Prime Video also gives you access to thousands of TV shows, award-winning movies, and original programs on demand
Head to YouTube TV to try a 14-day free trial and watch live TV from more than 85 channels. However, YouTube TV no longer carries the Tennis Channel, meaning you’ll only be able to watch matches airing on NBC.
To watch the French Open on fuboTV, you’ll want to tune into NBC and the Tennis Channel via the Pro Plan. Note that you may need a credit card issued from the country you’re trying to sign up from (U.S., Canada, Spain).
Hulu’s live TV service includes NBC, which carries French Open matches. The service’s live TV add-on offers more than 75 channels, and also gives you access to full seasons of hit TV shows and movies on demand. Note that you will need a U.S. credit or debit card to subscribe.
TSN and RDS
Viewers in Canada can watch French Open live streams in English on TSN or choose the French commentary on RDS. TSN is also home to live coverage of ATP and WTA Tour events throughout the season. However, please note you will need a Canadian credit card to subscribe.
FAQ ABOUT THE FRENCH OPEN
What’s at stake?
The second Grand Slam title of 2023 comes on the back of the Australian Open in January and just before the Wimbledon Championships in London next month.
When is the French Open on?
The first matches will be on court at Roland-Garros on Monday May 28th, with the men’s singles final set to take place on Sunday, June 11th.
What about French Open prize money?
Equal pay for the men’s and women’s events is the norm in Grand Slam tennis tournaments so the winners of the singles will take home a mouthwatering $2,300,000. The losing finalist will collect $1,150,000. Semi-finalists will also be in the money, as they will collect $630,000.
How do the ranking points work at the French Open?
The Grand Slam events offer the biggest chance for players to collect ATP Tour and WTA Tour ranking points, with the winners of the singles collecting 2,000 points if they win in Paris.
Carlos Alcaraz is currently the world No.1 and that position may change if Novak Djokovic goes further than Alcaraz in Paris. Iga Swiatek looks secure in her position at the top of the WTA Rankings, but she is defending 2,000 ranking points after her win in Paris last year.
Who has won the most French Open titles?
Rafael Nadal holds the extraordinary record of 14 wins at the French Open. The Spaniard claimed his latest title a year ago, but there are huge doubts about his future in the game as he has been sidelined with injuries for most of 2023 and will miss this year’s event at Roland Garros.
Why is this one of the biggest tournaments of the year?
Tennis has four Grand Slam events each year – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. These ‘majors’ are the tournaments that define the legends in the game and new heroes will be crowned in Paris.