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How to watch the French Open 2021 from anywhere

It’s time to pick up your tennis racket for one of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments – the Roland-Garros 2021 French Open. Sports fans can watch this tournament on various TV stations and streaming platforms around the world. But if you’re in the wrong country to watch your chosen match, you might find the event is geo-restricted.

Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way to make sure you can watch every single match in the 2021 French Open, from anywhere in the world. All you have to do is download a VPN. If you’re new to VPNs, don’t worry. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about using a VPN to watch the 2021 French Open.

Quick guide to watch a French Open 2021 online

  1. Find a reliable VPN with a selection of servers around the world. We recommend NordVPN, now 72% OFF!
  2. Download and install NordVPN on your desktop computer or mobile device.
  3. Log in to your VPN, search for a server in the country of your chosen broadcast (for instance America).
  4. Go to NBC Sports, Hulu With Live TV, or YouTube TV and enjoy the match.

Wherever you may live in the world, you can bypass all geo-restrictions and watch any broadcast of the French Open with the help of a VPN. The best thing - VPNs are actually really easy to use and take just a few minutes to set up.

  • Qualifying rounds: Monday 24 to Friday 28 May, 2021
  • Main draw: Sunday 30 May to Sunday 13 June, 2021
  • Location: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France Source

How can I watch the French Open from anywhere in the world?

The French Open will be broadcast all over the world on a range of different channels and streaming services, like ESPN and NBC Sports. But if you’re not actually in the country of the broadcast you want to watch, you might find you're locked out.

For instance, say you’re in the UK and want to watch a US broadcast, if you try to log on to a streaming site on your laptop you’ll most likely find you’re locked out due to geo-restrictions. This is where a VPN comes in.

Whether you want to watch an American, Australian, French, Russian or UK broadcast of the 2021 French Open, a VPN will let you watch any broadcast from anywhere in the world. Here’s how to watch the French Open from anywhere:

French Open logo

How to watch the US broadcast of the French Open

The French Open 2021 will be broadcast in America on a range of channels and streaming sites, such as NBC, Sling TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV and Peacock TV. But if you’re not actually in the US, you’ll need to use a VPN to watch the event. Here’s how to access the matches in a few easy steps.

  1. Choose a fast VPN with a good selection of servers in the US. We recommend NordVPN.
  2. Download your chosen VPN and follow the simple set up instructions.
  3. Launch your VPN and find an American server to connect to.
  4. Log in to SlingTV, Peacock or NBC Sports and start watching some tennis.

How to watch the UK broadcast of the French Open

Brits love tennis, and this year’s UK broadcasting rights for the Roland-Garros French Open 2021 have gone to ITV, one of the UK’s biggest TV channels. ITV will be showing a selection of French Open matches on ITV and ITV4, which you can watch online on the ITV Hub.

However, if you’re not actually in the UK you’ll need to hide your IP address with a VPN to get access. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Pick a good VPN with a selection of fast servers in the UK. We recommend NordVPN for streaming.
  2. Download the VPN onto your device. NordVPN works on desktop and mobile devices.
  3. Open up your VPN and connect to a UK server.
  4. Visit the ITV Hub online and watch the French Open.

How to watch the Australian broadcast of the French Open

The 2021 French Open will be shown in Australia on Fox Sports. And if you want to watch the matches online, you can do so via the Fox Sports online streaming site.

However, if you’re not in Australia, you might find you’re blocked from accessing the Fox Sports site.

But you can get around this very easily. All you need is a VPN to mask your IP address and you’ll be all set to watch the 2021 French Open. Just follow these simple steps.

  1. Get a VPN that’s great for streaming with a range of servers.
  2. Install your chosen VPN onto your device.
  3. Open up the VPN, find a fast server in Australia, and connect.
  4. Head over www.foxsports.com.au, put the French Open on and watch some tennis.

How to watch the Russian broadcast of the French Open

Russia will be showing the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament on Eurosport. If you want to watch matches online, you can do so on the Eurosport Player. However, if you’re not in Russia (or Europe) you will need to get around geo-restrictions.

Not to worry, you can do that easily by hiding your IP address with a VPN. These four easy steps will have you watching tennis in no time.

  1. Select a strong VPN with global servers and fast speeds.
  2. Download, install, and run your VPN.
  3. Pick a Russian server and connect.
  4. Go to Eurosport Player and put the French Open on.
French Open streaming

How to watch the European broadcast of the French Open

Tennis is hugely popular throughout Europe. Whether you’re in Spain, Germany, Poland or Holland, you can watch the French Open 2021 on Eurosport or stream it on the online Eurosport Player.

But if you want to watch Eurosport from somewhere outside of Europe, you might not be able to access it due to geo-restrictions. Unless you download a reliable VPN to mask your IP address. Sounds tricky? It's actually very easy, here’s all you need to do.

  1. Look for a VPN that’s known for speed, reliability and lots of servers, like NordVPN or SurfShark.
  2. Download the VPN to your device and follow the installation steps.
  3. Run the VPN and connect to a server anywhere in Europe.
  4. Log in to Eurosport Player and watch the 2021 French Open.

How to watch the French broadcast of the French Open

France is home to the red clay courts of the Roland-Garros tournament, and you can watch the French Open 2021 on France TV, on television or online. Want to watch the French broadcast from anywhere else in the world? You’ll need to get past the channel’s geo-restrictions, which you can do very easily with a VPN. CyberNews shows you how.

  1. Get a VPN with servers in France and good speeds for streaming.
  2. VPN chosen, download it to your device.
  3. Open the VPN app and connect to a French server.
  4. Go to France TV online and cheer on your favorite tennis player.

How to watch French Open on your devices

Even if you know which server to connect to, you might still have some issues installing the VPN program itself. I've selected some device types which are go-to picks when you want to watch some sports. You can also check our recommended VPNs for them:


Smart TV

French Open on your phone

All of the workarounds for the French Open involve a VPN, so to take advantage of it, you'll have to install it on your phone. How to do it will depend entirely on whether it's an Android or iPhone.

For Android

  1. Head to the Play Store from your main screen.
  2. Type the name of the VPN into the search bar (currently, NordVPN is our top Android choice)
  3. Tap Install and wait till the setup completes.
  4. Launch the app and log in.

For iPhone

  1. Head to Apple's App Store
  2. Type in VPN's name in the search bar (we recommend NordVPN)
  3. Click on its icon and tap Get
  4. The app will download and install
  5. Launch the app and log in

French Open via SmartTV

If your TV supports Android apps, you can install VPN as if you were using an Android phone. The guide will be the same: go to Play Store, find the VPN app (NordVPN supports smarts TVs), and install it. It can be more tricky if your TV runs on Tizen OS, then you'll have to set up a VPN on your router or use the Android box.

Why do I need a VPN to watch the French Open?

Television channels, streaming services and broadcasters usually secure the rights to show big sporting events, like the 2021 French Open through exclusive licensing agreements.

But with so many licensing agreements in place, TV channels and streaming sites are usually only available in their specific country. So if, for example,you try and log on to a US online streaming service from another country, you’ll end up with an error message telling you this channel is not accessible from your current location.

Screenshot of error message on Peacock

Websites can tell where you’re visiting from by checking your IP address, which shows the country you’re in, and that’s how you can be blocked from a website. This is known as geo-restriction.

Luckily, you can easily get around geo-restrictions and watch whatever TV channel or streaming site you want, from anywhere in the world, by using a VPN.

When you set up a VPN on your computer, laptop or mobile device, you can then hide your actual IP address by choosing to go through a different server anywhere in the world. For instance, pick a server that’s in the US, and all American websites will see your IP address as an American location and give you access to their services and content.

How to choose a VPN for accessing geo-restricted content

When you’re choosing a VPN for streaming online content, there’s a few features to look out for:

  • Reliability - you want a top-quality VPN that keeps itself hidden from content providers and broadcasters
  • Versatility - a VPN that has a wide range of servers around the world will get you access to all the content you could want to watch
  • Speed - a fast VPN is essential for streaming, so you get the best viewing experience. This is especially important for a fast-paced sport like tennis
  • Platforms - a VPN that has apps for both desktop computers and mobile devices is best. Then you can watch on all your devices

If you pick the right VPN, you will easily be able to watch anything you want on any channel, from anywhere in the world. And that includes all the action from the 2021 French Open.

Where can I watch the French Open for free?

You can watch the French Open for free on a variety of online TV channels from broadcasters around the world, such as ITV, NBC and France TV. However, if you’re attempting to access their online sites from a different country, you won’t be able to watch due to geo-restrictions.

The easy solution is to get a VPN, as it will hide your IP address and let you access the content of any website anywhere in the world. And while good VPNs usually cost a small monthly fee to use, most come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. So if you only want to use the service to watch the French Open 2021, you can get your first payment refunded when the tennis tournament is over.

Rafael Nadal in action

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