It’s Roland around again – the French Open – one of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is getting underway in the Hexagon (France, if that wasn’t clear enough). Second best to only Wimbledon in terms of prestige, the French Open is serving up fierce competition with no love lost. Taking place on the traditional clay courts, the Roland Garros is set to get underway for another year, but how can you watch it in Australia? Find out in this Canstar Blue guide.
How to watch the French Open
Channel 9 and Stan Sport will be the exclusive broadcasters of the French Open in Australia, offering live and on-demand coverage of matches, as well as highlights and talk shows.
Watch the French Open on Channel 9
Channel 9 secured the broadcasting rights for the French Open, offering live and on-demand coverage through its multiple free-to-air channels, including Channel Nine, 9Go and 9GEM. Check your local guides for match times.
Watch the French Open on Stan Sport
Stan Sport will offer ad-free coverage of every match from every court of the French Open, both live and on-demand. Stan Sport will cost an additional $10 per month, but is only available to purchase alongside a Stan subscription, meaning it will cost you upwards of $20 per month to catch the sporting action, depending on which Stan plan you sign up to.
When is the French Open?
The French Open starts on May 30, 2021, and concludes on June 13, 2021, with Qualifiers starting on May 24, 2021. Games will take place in the early evening until early morning for Australian viewers – a small win for the night owls.
French Open 2021 schedule
If you’re keen to catch the French Open action, here’s a rundown of the 2021 competition schedule:
- Round 1: May 30 – June 1
- Round 2: June 2 – June 3
- Round 3: June 4 – June 5
- Round 4: June 6 – June 7
- Quarter Finals: June 8 – June 9
- Semi-Finals: June 10 – June 11
- Women’s Singles Final: June 12
- Men’s Singles Final: June 13
Who are the main contenders in the French Open this year?
As always, the cream of the crop will be facing off in the Roland Garros. But Australian fans will be disappointed (or pleased, depending on how you view him) to hear that Nick Kyrgios won’t be touching down in France. Not to fear though – we have a saving grace who might just take out the title in the competition. Find out more about the top contenders in the French Open this year:
The Men’s Competition
For the men’s competition, Novak Djokovic continues to reign supreme at number one seed, with Daniil Medvedev breathing down his neck at the number two spot. 39-year-old Roger Federer has slipped down to number eight in the rankings, whereas perennial rival (and King of the Clay Court) Rafael Nadal takes number three seed in the rankings. Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas take out seed four and five respectively, with the latter doing so at just 22 years old.
The Women’s Competition
In the women’s competition, Australian Ash Barty is perched at the top spot, beating out Japanese powerhouse Naomi Osaka. Serena Williams finds herself at an uncharacteristic number eight seed, despite taking a clean sweep of Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019, with Romanian Simona Halep finding herself at number three in the rankings. Whoever you’re barracking for in this edition of the French Open, it will be a spectacle to witness tennis’ biggest names vying for top spot.
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