If you’re a Tennis fan then the Roland Garros French Open is one of the most exciting tournaments of the year and you’ll definitely want to watch. In this guide I’m going to show you how you can watch for free in any country in the world.
Around the world the French Open has a varying level of coverage. In some countries it’s shown on expensive ‘cable only’ channels, in others it’s shown on free to air TV and in some countries it’s not shown at all.
If you’re in a country where it isn’t shown or where it’s only shown on cable channels then you can be left disappointed.
What if I was to tell you that you can tap into the completely free streams from other countries? The good news is, you can and below I’ll show you how.
The French Open on free TV
In both the UK and Australia the French Open is being shown completely for free on the TV channels ITV and SBS respectively.
Both of these services have online streaming available known as ITV Hub and SBS On Demand.
They are however restricted to viewing from within the UK and Australia only but with the use of a VPN app you can avoid those blocks and watch for free anywhere in the world.
A VPN is an app that protects your online privacy AND allows you to disguise your location so you can appear somewhere else in the world.
You’ve got two choices for watching, either on the British coverage on ITV Hub or the Australian coverage on SBS On Demand. It’s best to choose the one physically nearest to you for speed reasons.
If you’re in Spain for example you should watch the British ITV Hub coverage, if you’re in Thailand you should watch the Australian SBS On Demand coverage. Although you can alternate between the two.
First you’ll need to get yourself a VPN app.
How to get a VPN for the French Open
Getting a VPN service is really easy and the great news is they’re really cheap. A 1-month account which is enough for watching the entire French Open tournament will cost under US $10 and the can be as cheap as $5 if you sign up for longer.
Follow the steps below to get a VPN.
- Head over to the VPN provider NordVPN by clicking here and sign up for their service. You can also sign up for ExpressVPN who do the same job but they are slightly more expensive.
- Go to the VPN Apps section of the website and download the correct app for your device type. They support Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. It’s also possible to use on other devices too but you’ll need to follow their manual set-up guides.
- Install the app and when installation is complete open it. You’ll be prompted to login with the account details you created when you signed up.
Now you’ve got the VPN app from NordVPN you need to choose which stream you want to watch on. Remember, you can swap between the two and use either depending on your preference.
Watch the French Open on the UK’s ITV Hub
To watch the British coverage of the French Open you’ll need to select the United Kingdom on the world map on the NordVPN app.
When you click on it, it should automatically connect for you but if not you’ll need to press the Connect button which looks like a large ‘On’ power switch.
Once it’s connected you can visit the ITV Hub website. You’ll need to create an account and be required to enter a UK Post Code, you can use any. A few examples you can use are TA6 7HR, RM1 4JR, ML3 7QQ and L4 0RD.
You can then press the Live TV option and watch the French Open: Roland Garros in any country in the world.
Watch the French Open on Australia’s SBS On Demand
If you prefer to watch the Australian coverage of the French Open then you’ll need to select Australia on the map on the NordVPN app.
It should connect automatically when you click on Australia but if not just hit the Connect button. It only takes a few seconds to get connected.
Once it’s connected you should head over to the SBS On Demand page. You’ll now be able to watch live coverage of the French Open in any country.
Using a phone or tablet to watch
It’s easiest to watch the French Open on a computer or laptop because you don’t need any additional apps to watch, apart from the VPN app.
If you want to watch the French Open on your phone or tablet then you may be required to download the app for the TV service to watch. For example the ITV Hub app for UK coverage or the SBS On Demand app for Australian coverage.
If you’re outside either country you may not be able to install these directly from your app store although you should first try.
If you can’t then follow the steps below.
- Go to the Settings and Security section on your device.
- Search for and enable the option to install apps from unknown sources. If you don’t have this option then you can skip this step.
- Open the web-browser on your mobile device.
- For ITV Hub enter this web URL: https://apkpure.com/itv-hub/air.ITVMobilePlayer and for SBS On Demand enter this web URL: https://apkpure.com/sbs-on-demand/com.sbs.ondemand.android.
- Download the app and then go to the Downloads section of your mobile or tablet device and click on and install the app.
If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad then unfortunately the process is a little more difficult and you should follow this guide to install apps not intended for your country.
Recap How to watch French Open: Roland Garros
You can watch the French Open online even if it’s not available in your country or it’s only being shown on cable channels you don’t have access to.
To do this you’ll need to get yourself a VPN app from NordVPN which allows you to alter your location. You can get one by clicking the orange button below.
When you’ve got it you should then connect to either the UK or Australia where you can watch live coverage of the French Open on ITV Hub or SBS On Demand.