How to watch the French Open live stream in Australia
The French Open is back in its usual time slot and ready to roll at Roland Garros. Here's your viewing guide to the clay court grand slam.
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Following last year's delayed tournament due to the pandemic, the French Open is back in its usual timeslot in 2021. Australia's Ash Barty didn't return to Paris to defend her 2019 crown last year, but she is back in the field and the world No.1 is in top form.
On the men's side, Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal won a 13th French Open title last year, moving him level with great rival Roger Federer with an equal-record 20 grand slam singles titles in total.
Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka won the men's and women's singles at the Australian Open in January. Osaka has already courted controversy by stating she won't conduct post-match press conferences at Roland Garros. It adds just a little more spice to the red clay and this is how you can watch the second tennis major of 2021.
How to watch the 2021 French Open
This year the French Open is being streamed on Stan for the first time through its sports service, Stan Sport. Predominantly showing a wide variety of rugby union competitions, Stan Sport also has the rights to the Australian Open, Wimbledon and French Open tennis grand slams.
Previously broadcast by SBS, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports, the year's second major is now on Stan Sport. The platform is showing every match live and on demand. You can also get select matches of the tournament on Channel 9 and on 9Gem.
How to watch the French Open live on free-to-air TV
As mentioned, Channel 9 is using it main channel and 9Gem as support for Stan Sport during the tournament. The coverage will begin on Gem at 6:30pm AEST before switching over the main channel later in the evening. So if you are a casual fan, free-to-air should suffice for your French Open needs.
Watch more tennis on Kayo Sports
American broadcaster ESPN holds the rights to the US Open, which means you can catch the action on a range of services, including Kayo. Kayo also gives you access to beIN SPORTS CONNECT, more on that below, which broadcasts a range of the ATP/WTA 1000 and ATP/WTA 500 tournaments, among others.
It also stands out for its unique viewing features. This includes SplitView (watch up to four channels at once), a picture-in-picture mode, No Spoilers, a Key Moments timeline and more. Kayo Minis, a short highlights package of matches, are also available for a range of sports.
After the trial period, Kayo Sports will set you back $25 a month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you 3 screens. You can see our detailed Kayo review for more information.
Stream tennis on beIN SPORTS
Sports network beIN SPORTS has its own streaming service, beIN SPORTS CONNECT. On top of a range of tennis tournaments, it also has major football leagues like La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Carabao Cup. It also has other sports like the world-class Six Nations rugby tournament.
The platform provides access to all three beIN SPORTS channels and costs $19.99 per month or $179.99 per year. There is a 14-day free trial for both plans. You can access beIN SPORTS CONNECT via computers and mobile devices.
Watch tennis on Foxtel Now
Foxtel subscribers can access the US Open through Foxtel Now, the pay TV giant's digital streaming service. You have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack, which costs $54 a month in total.
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