Watch the 2017 French Open live with a VPN

Published: Feb 7, 2016

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The French Open is the only grand slam tournament in professional tennis played on a clay surface. That makes it one of the toughest tournaments to win for top-seeded hard court players aiming to collect all four titles.

Expect early knockouts, surprising upsets, and much more excitement for the 2016 single knockout tournament.

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Why use a VPN to stream the French Open?

A VPN lets you route your Internet connection and all its associated traffic through a server in the country of your choice.

On top of that, you get an added layer of security with minimal speed loss.

With a VPN you can watch the French Open in all its glory!

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How to watch the 2016 French Open with a VPN

The 2015 French Open ended in a tremendous upset of the number one ranked Novak Djokovic by Swiss clay court specialist and one-handed backhand master Stan Wawrinka.

What surprises does Roland Garros have in store for 2016? If you’ve got a VPN, you can catch every stroke online.

In the UK, ITV holds all the broadcasting rights for the entire tournament. Watching online is free via ITV Player, no subscription required. To stream the 2016 French Open on ITV Player abroad from outside the UK, follow these instructions:

To stream the 2016 French Open on ITV Player abroad from outside the UK, follow these instructions:

  1. Sign up for an ExpressVPN account.
  2. Install ExpressVPN on any device that you want to watch the 2016 French Open on.
  3. Connect to a VPN server location in the United Kingdom.
  4. Head to the ITV Player website or download the ITV Player app on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, game console, smart TV or set-top box.
  5. Register for an account. This will require you input a UK postal code. You can look one up here or just input “CH3 5PA” (no quotation marks).
  6. Navigate to the French Open live stream and watch the tournament as it happens!

(Note that ITV Player might alert you that the live stream is restricted even if you’ve set your VPN to a UK server.)

If this happens, you need to clear your cookies. Do so either in your browser settings or by using an extension/plugin like EditThisCookie.

Other ways to stream

Depending on your preference, there are a couple other ways to catch the matches this year.

In the US, it looks very likely that NBC will take over all broadcasting rights of the 2016 French Open. For the last few years, ESPN broadcasted some morning matches from the earlier rounds while NBC got the prime time and final matches. ESPN this year announced it will discontinue its coverage of the French Open, which puts the ball entirely in NBC’s court.

If you have a cable or satellite subscription in the US, you can watch for free online using the NBC Live Sports Extra app or website. Just input the same username and password that you would use to pay your bill online.

The rest of Europe is in a similar situation. Those without either a cable/satellite subscription or Eurosport Player subscription will need a VPN to watch the 2016 French Open. Otherwise, all the live streams will be geo-locked.

Don’t get left out

The first round of the 2016 French Open is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 22. The final match for women’s singles will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 4. The men’s championship round starts the following day, June 5 at 11 a.m.

Don’t get left out on watching one of the most exciting competitions in tennis. Get ExpressVPN now and catch all the action in Paris from the comfort of your screen. We’re rooting for a rematch between Djokovic and Wawrinka in the final round!

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