The second grand slam on the world tennis circuit is the French Open, and the 2019 edition is shaping up as one of the best in recent times. All eyes will be on Rafael Nadal as he looks to continue his masterclass on the clay court, which has seen him win eleven titles at Roland Garros, while Simona Halep will head in as favourite on the women’s side of the draw.
So be sure not to miss a minute of this top shelf clay court action when watching every match live on your big screen TV, or streaming the rivalries to a mobile device using the information in this guide.
2019 French Open TV Preview
The French Open is the second Grand Slam on the International Tennis calendar, and the 2019 event will, as always, be a must-watch event. Rafael Nadal, despite being just a month away from turning 33, is still the world’s number two ranked player, and as the winner of the past two French Open’s he will head in as comfortable favourite. World number one Novak Djokovic might be his biggest threat, even if the Serb has typically struggled to outperform Nadal on clay, while world number five Dominic Thiem has shown a penchant for the surface with three consecutive appearances in the semi-finals at this event, and will be tough to beat.
When: May 26- June 9, 2019
Where: Roland Garos, Paris, France
On the women’s side of the event, things are looking much more open. Simona Halep is the runaway favourite, the world number three having won here last year and made the final the year before, but there is no standout in terms of her nearest competition – instead, there is plenty. Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova, as the world’s number one and two players respectively, are expected to go deep into the tournament, while 37-year-old Serena Williams, despite having only won three times here – a number which pales in comparison to her seven Australian Open’s, seven Wimbledon’s and six US Open’s but is still enough to have her equal fourth for most French Open titles in the Open Era – is well and truly back and ready to compete.
French Open Live Daily TV Fixtures (AEST)
Sunday 26 May – Sunday 9 June
|Channel / Event||Time||Day|
|SBS of Australia Live TV||10.30pm – 4.00am||Daily|
|Fox Sports 505 (Foxtel / Kayo) LIVE TV||7.00pm – 5.00am||Daily|
|Fox Sports 505 (Foxtel / Kayo) Replays||9.00am – 6.00pm||Daily|
Men’s and Women’s Finals Live TV Times (AEST)
|Women’s Semi-finals LIVE||Thursday 6 June||No sooner than 11.00pm (AEST)|
|Men’s Semi-finals (Day) LIVE||Friday 7 June||No sooner than 8.50pm (AEST)|
|Men’s Semi-finals (Eve) LIVE||Friday 7 June||No sooner than 11.30pm (AEST)|
|Women’s Finals LIVE||Saturday 8 June||No sooner than 11.00pm (AEST)|
|Men’s Finals LIVE||Sunday 9 June||No sooner than 11.00pm (AEST)|
*Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Please note that the listed French Open TV schedule is subject to change based on weather and other factors, and therefore could vary from day-to-day.
Stream the 2019 French Open Live
SBS is this year’s French Open free to air TV provider but their broadcasts do not start until 10.30pm (AEST), nearly three hours after play has begun, and their daily highlights run for less than an hour. Fox Sports of Australia (Foxtel/Kayo) however, will deliver LIVE start-to-finish coverage from the opening day until the Men’s and Women’s Singles Finals, including daily tennis TV replays for those who may have missed out.
Australian residents may wish to review the Foxtel Now 10 days free TV trial, which has No-lock in contract or equipment fees. Foxtel Now will televise the entire 2019 French Open online, and if you have to be out and about, you can conveniently stream the French Open live to eligible mobile devices within just minutes of getting started. Alternatively, Kayo Sports will be delivering the exact same coverage, and currently have a 14 days trial offering.
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French Open Men’s Singles TV Preview
Rafael Nadal is a player the likes of which we’ve never seen before, and may never see again. Part of the extraordinary era of the Big Three – which has seen him, Federer and Djokovic become the three most successful players ever at Grand Slams – he has made his living on clay, where he has won 11 of his 17 major titles. As a reference, the next highest in the Open Era is Bjorn Borg with six French Open wins. Though he is now well into his 30s, Nadal is still the best player in the world on clay, and will be expecting to win his 12th title here this year.
Dominic Thiem made a major career breakthrough at this event in 2016, when he made a semi-final as a 22-year-old. 2017 saw him repeat that effort, before he went one better and made the final last year – though he was comprehensively beaten in that match by Nadal. The number five ranked player in the world, Thiem has performed significantly better at Roland Garros than at any other Grand Slam, and is a genuine chance to claim his first major victory here this year.
Men’s Singles Players To Watch
At just 22 years of age and as the world’s number four ranked player, Alexander Zverev might be the best young talent on the ATP Tour. So far, however, his Grand Slam performances have failed to live up to the hype – he has only once reached a Grand Slam quarter final once. That occasion, however, was at Roland Garros in 2018, a fact which will give him confidence in his ability to go deep into this tournament.
From an Australian perspective, the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios is the best chance to compete in the men’s draw. Few have ever doubted his ability, but Kyrgios’ temperament and at times bizarre on-court behaviour have earned him plenty of criticism. Typically, he has struggled at Roland Garros, but if he can get his mind in the right place he has the ability to beat most players in the world, regardless of the surface, and you won’t have to miss a minute of his tournament when watching French Open matches live online.
French Open Women’s Singles TV Preview
Simona Halep might stand at just 5’6″, but her aggressive baseline style of play packs a serious punch. She won her first ever Grand Slam here last year after two unsuccessful finals appearances in 2014 and 2017, and at 27 years of age appears to be in the prime of her career and ready to add to her tally of major titles. Heading into this tournament as the comfortable favourite, it would surprise if her name isn’t around late in the second week.
Australian Ashleigh Barty has been playing in Grand Slam events since the age of just 15. Now 23-years-old, the last couple of years have seen her progress from participating in Grand Slams to competing in them, and at the Australian Open earlier this year she reached her first ever Quarter Final. Roland Garros hasn’t typically been a happy hunting ground for Barty, but her drastic improvement in the past year or two leaves her well-placed to put in a career-best performance this year, and if you’re looking to watch her and your other favourite players you can find a lot of this year’s French Open on free to Air.
How to Stream the French Open in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on the cost of a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the French Open, and how can you maximise their use? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Google Chromecast Ultra version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to HD. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video or on demand replays including Kayo Sports. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile.
Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming Roland Garros and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching, fuss-free. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.