The second grand slam in the world tennis circuit is the French Open, and the 2018 edition is setting up to be 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 throughout the season.
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 compatible mobile device using the information in this guide.
2018 French Open Preview
The French Open is the second grand slam on the International Tennis calendar, and the 2018 event will prove to be a must-see championship. Rafael Nadal, despite being age 31, is playing in near career best form at the moment, winning several tournaments throughout the clay court season and thanks to that success, he has taken over as the world number one ahead of Roger Federer, who is keeping himself on ice for the equally prestigious Wimbledon Tennis tournament.
When: May 27- June 10, 2018
Where: Roland Garos, Paris, France
Serena Williams is back from giving birth and is ready to produce her best on the world stage. Of the four Grand Slams, you’d say that this one is her weakest because her power is somewhat defused on the clay, but her class is evident, as is the case with Maria Sharapova, who is gradually getting back to the regular grind of the WTA Tour after her drugs suspension. Simona Halep is the current world number one and does tend to save her best for the clay court.
French Open Live TV Times (AEST)
Sunday 27 May – Sunday 10 June
SBS Australia Live TV: 10.30pm – 4.00am daily
Fox Sports 505 LIVE TV: 7.00pm – 4.00am daily
Fox Sports 505 Replays: 9.00am – 6.00pm daily
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences.
Stream the 2018 French Open Live
SBS is this year’s French Open free to air TV provider but their broadcasts do not start until 7.00pm (AEST), nearly three hours after the action has begun. Fox Sports of Australia however, will deliver LIVE start-to-finish coverage from the opening day until the Men’s and Women’s Singles Finals, including daily TV replays for those who may have missed out.
Australian residents may wish to review the Foxtel Now 2 weeks free TV trial, which has No-lock in contract or equipment fees. Foxtel Now will televise the entire 2018 French Open online, and if you have to be out and about, you can stream the French Open live to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel App.
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French Open Men’s Singles Preview
Novak Djokovic is the intriguing one. His form has really tapered off in 2018, seeing him drop outside the top 20 for the first time in over a decade. He won his maiden French Open in 2016 and has also finished runner at two of the past four previous editions, both times losing to Nadal in four sets.
There is no denying that Rafael Nadal is the number one player in the world right now. His form throughout the year has been pretty good but he has really taken it to a new level in recent times, completely dominating the clay court season and is expected to romp home and win another title at Roland Garros.
Men’s Singles To Watch
Dominic Thiem is highly tipped by many experts to be a future Grand Slam winner but may have to wait his turn until the golden era concludes. His start to the year, most notably against Australia in the Davis Cup and Australian Open was patchy, but his recent efforts during the clay court season have been very good and is the man tipped strongly to challenge Rafa.
The best Australian chance to take out the tournament is the fiery rising star, Nick Kyrgios. The 22 year-old is better known, though not lately, for his short fuse on the court rather than his amazing natural talent, but it’s been head down bump up recently with several strong efforts in tournaments. He is a future Grand Slam winner and will be a definite threat, and you won’t have to miss a minute when watching his or your other favourite French Open matches live online.
French Open Women’s Singles Preview
Samantha Stosur is the best placed Australian to win the tournament, though she has been badly out of form for some time. When she made the French Open Final in 2010, most expected her to breeze past veteran Francesca Schiavone, but the Italian proved too good, winning in straight sets. Stosur’s favourite surface is clay, and that has been clear in the clay court season this year. Her best is probably behind her, but she is capable if things go her way.
Daria Gavrilova is the rising star of Australian and proved that last year that she can be a threat with a three-set win at Rome against world number one Simona Halep. Doubt she can win the tournament, but whoever she plays, they will be made to earn it given she is aggressive and is just a fighter who gives 110%. All told this should be a fascinating tournament, and if you’re looking to watch your favourite players you can find a good amount of this year’s French Open on free to Air.