The French Open is here and there’s every chance Rafael Nadal will win his 12th title at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris which has been mostly rebuilt since last year. The women’s title is far less certain, so there’s every reason to tune in. For those who aren’t going to be there in Paris with tickets, here’s how to watch the tournament live and for free on just about any device, anywhere in the world.
In the UK, ITV is broadcasting coverage – and will continue to do so until at least 2021 – so you can can tune into ITV 4 and see the full 140 hours of tennis over the next fortnight.
When is the French Open?
The tournament starts on Sunday 26 May and runs through to Sunday 9 June. The womens’ final is on Saturday 8 June.
ITV4’s coverage is presented by John Inverdale and begins at 9.30am and runs all day for 11 hours. For the rest of the fortnight with a couple of exceptions, it will begin at 10am daily and end at 8.30pm.
Unfortunately ITV4 isn’t available in HD on Freeview (it’s in standard definition on channel 24), so you can only watch in HD live on TV if you have Sky or Virgin.
Remember that you need a TV Licence to watch live on TV or online, or even on catch-up.
French Open live stream
ITV 4 also has a dedicated website for the French Open with all the latest news and videos.
The Roland-Garros will also be shown on Eurosport and Eurosport Player. But access is not free: you need to subscribe directly to watch on Eurosport Player, which costs £4.99 per month, or have the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels included in your TV package with Sky, Virgin or BT.
To see the schedule, see Eurosport’s website.
How to watch ITV 4 outside the UK
It’s still possible to watch for free on ITV even if you’re not in the UK when the French Open is on. However, because the website and app will block access you’ll need to use a VPN service and connect to a UK server.
ITV requires you to have an account to watch content, so sign up with a valid UK postcode before things kick off on Sunday to make it quicker and easier when you’re away.
Official Roland-Garros app
It doesn’t allow you to watch live: it lets you see scores and stats in real-time, and seems to be designed for people who are at the tournament wanting to manage tickets on their phone and even order food.