Novak Djokovic says he played 'one of the best matches of his life' to beat Rafa Nadal and make it to the 2021 French Open Men's Singles Final on Sunday. The legendary Grand Slam reaches its conclusion this weekend and UK fans can watch Djokovic vs Tsitsipas free on ITV Hub on Sunday. Make sure you know to watch a French Open live stream from anywhere.
Played at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris annually, the French Open attracts the world's top tennis players – although not Andy Murray this year. The Scottish champ opted to sit this one out so as not to risk injury ahead of Wimbledon. Roger Federer withdrew at the quarter-final stage to protect his recovering knee injury.
Last year's champion, Rafael Nadal, once the favourite to win a record-extending 14th French Open, was sensationally knocked out by Novak Djokovic in the semi-final. The world number three is the most successful player ever to have competed at the tournament. Another Roland-Garros crown – his 21st major title – would have seen him overtake longtime rival Roger Federer.
With Nadal and Djokovic in the same half of a Grand Slam tournament for the very first time, that left the path clear for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who came through a tough semi-final against Zverev to reach the 2021 Men's Singles Final.
The women's draw was wide open. Polish 19-year-old Iga Swiatek didn't defend her title, world number two Naomi Osaka withdrew early to preserve her mental health and Ash Barty was knocked out in the early stages. That left four first-time semi-finalists, with Barbora Krejčíková vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova set to contest the Women's Singles Final on Saturday from 2pm BST. How will lift the La Coupe des Mousquetaires?
Here's how to watch a 2021 French Open live stream for free, and catch the clay court action from anywhere in the world.
Watch the French Open 2021 in the UK and Ireland
ITV has the rights to air the 2021 French Open in its entirety on ITV4. Provided you have a TV licence, it's completely free to watch and and can be accessed by any viewer located in the UK.
The event will also be shown live on Eurosport which you can watch in both HD (channel 521 and 522) and in 4K HDR on Virgin Media (channel 205 and 999).
Not a Eurosport subscriber? You can watch the 2021 French Open tournament for £6.99 per month on Eurosport Player, or grab an annual pass for £39.99. Top tip: subscribe through Amazon Prime Video and get a free 7-day trial.
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Watch the French Open 2021 from anywhere in the world using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant French Open rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
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Watch the French Open 2021 in the USA
NBC is broadcasting full live coverage of the 2021 French Open. You'll need a cable subscription to NBC Sports, which will also allow you to stream the tennis live, via the NBC Sports app.
Don't have cable? You can stream all the action live on Peacock TV, NBC's streaming service. Peacock costs just $4.99 a month and includes thousands of movies, TV shows, kids content and other live sport.
Going to be away from the States during the tennis? Simply use a VPN to access Peacock TV from anywhere in the world, without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
The Peacock TV app is available on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, LG smart TV, Vizio TV, PS4 and Xbox One. You can also watch Peacock through your web browser.
Another option for is to watch NBC via a cable-replacement service such as Fubo TV. New subscribers get a 1-week free trial, cancel anytime. After that it's $65 a month. So, not cheap, but Fubo does get you a ton of premium channels, from ESPN to A&E.
Lastly, US fans also have the option to subscribe to Tennis Channel Plus for $110 per year. This gets you comprehensive coverage of over 100 ATP & WTA events.
Watch the French Open 2021 in Australia
Watch the French Open 2021 in Europe
Eurosport holds the rights to broadcast the French Open in continental Europe.
You can live stream the French Open by purchasing a monthly or annual subscription to Eurosport Player here.
French Open 2021 schedule
May 30th - June 1st: Round 1
June 2nd - 3rd: Round 2
June 4th - 5th: Round 3
June 6th - 7th: Round 4
June 8th -9th: Quarter-Finals
June 10th -11th: Semi-Finals
June 12th: Women’s Singles Final
June 13th: Men’s Singles Final
See Roland-Garros website for latest order of play