This year’s French Open will get underway on Sunday as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic look to add to their impressive Grand Slam records by claiming the top prize in Paris. The ‘Big Three’ are in the same half of the draw for the first time at a major tournament, opening up a potential spot in the final for Greek hopeful Stefanos Tsitsipas or two-time runner-up Dominic Thiem.
Meanwhile, the likes of Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek will be vying for the women’s title, with the latter aiming to get her hands on the coveted trophy for the second time in as many years.
The three main showcourts at Roland Garros will be permitted to allow up to 1,000 fans to attend for the first ten days, with the number set to be increased during the latter stages of the competition.
Nadal won the last edition of the men’s singles tournament with victory over Djokovic in the final, and will be eager to seal his 14th title this time around.
His beaten opponent is also one of the favourites for this year’s crown after strolling to Australian Open glory back in February.
However, Federer appears to be facing a tough battle in progressing through the early rounds after a lengthy injury layoff kept him out of action for the vast majority of last year.
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The Swiss icon has struggled to find his best form since making his long-awaited comeback at the Qatar Open in March, and has already admitted that he has little to no chance of wrapping up his first title at Roland Garros since 2009.
“How can I think of winning the French Open? I’m just realistic that I know I will not win the French Open, and whoever thought I would or could win it is wrong,” Federer told reporters in Geneva earlier this month.
“Of course, crazier things might have happened, but I’m not so sure in the last 50 years at the French Open, somebody just rocked up at 40 years old, being out for a year and a half and just go on to just win everything straight.”
Here is everything you need to know about watching this year’s French Open.
How to watch French Open 2021
ITV will be airing live coverage of the French Open from Sunday, May 30 on ITV4, which will be completely free to watch if you have a TV licence.
John Inverdale will lead the broadcasting team, which includes former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier and Mark Petchey, who coached Andy Murray for ten months during the Brit’s formative days.
Alternatively, you can watch this year’s tournament at Roland Garros via Eurosport, who will be covering the action on a variety of platforms.
Television coverage will be available on the Eurosport channels, while matches will also be streamed online at eurosport.co.uk and on the Eurosport app.
Subscription packages start at £4.99 for one month or £39.99 for the year, but Amazon Prime customers can take advantage of a seven-day free trial of the Eurosport Player.
If you are not an Amazon Prime member, a 30-day free trial is available for UK viewers but you will be charged a £7.99 monthly fee after the trial period has ended unless it is cancelled before the due date of the first payment.
Selected betting sites will also be providing live coverage of the French Open at no additional cost.