Spring is slowly turning to summer, May is preparing to depart, and the blue skies are clearing – all of which means one thing: it’s time for the French Open once again. Yes, the Grand Slam season is heading back to Roland Garros for another fortnight of smashing clay court action.
In 2018, Andy Murray and Roger Federer may be sitting out, but a resurgent Rafael Nadal will be aiming for an 11th victory, with competition from Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic – and not to forget Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who has just broken into the world top 20 for the first time.
Serena William is competing in her first Grand Slam since her daughter’s birth last year, but will be facing stern competition from last year’s winner Jelena Ostapenko, as well as Simona Halep, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.
With the tournament starts on Sunday 27th May – and running through to 10th June – the biggest question on our lips is whether Rafa will reign once more, but how to watch the tennis online in the UK.
Here are your options:
ITV 4 (Free)
ITV once again has the exclusive free-to-view TV rights for live coverage of the French Open, with John Inverdale leading a team that includes 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, 2013 Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli, four-time Grand Slam victor Jim Courier and Andy Murray’s former coach, Mark Petchey. ITV’s coverage will offer live broadcasts of each day’s play throughout the tournament, broadcast on ITV 4 – and both singles finals broadcast in ITV 1.
You can live stream ITV 4’s coverage on ITV Hub, including highlights and pre-tournament and post-tournament analysis.
Eurosport Player (From £9.99)
Eurosport has the premium telly rights to the French Open, and will also be offering live coverage of the whole tournament. Unlike ITV, though, Eurosport spans its coverage across 16 bonus channels, which means you can follow up to 16 courts live and on-demand.
Eurosport is available on Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV. Don’t have pay-TV? You can also stream Eurosport’s comprehensive coverage with the contract-free Eurosport Player, which hosts all the live streams with multiple camera angles, alongside match stats and an immersive video player allows you to keep up with the action on all the other courts while watching the match of your choice.
A Month Pass costs £9.99 per month, which gives access to all Eurosport Player content for 30 days. An Annual Tennis Pass costs £39.99 (a one-off, annual, upfront fee), which includes both French Open and Australian Open tennis tournaments, alongside access to all Eurosport Player content, with a five-day free trial available.
TV Player PLUS (From £5.99)
You can also access Eurosport through TV Player PLUS, a streaming service that offers premium TV without a contract for £5.99 a month. Channels included are Syfy, Comedy Central, History HD, Discovery Channel, Crime + Investigation, Eurosport 1 and 2 and National Geographic, and more.