Two of the 2020 French Open’s feel-good stories converge today, as world no. 54 Iga Swiatek – conqueror of Simona Halep – meets world no. 131 Nadia Podoroska, who beat No. 3 seed Elina Svitolina to become the first qualifier in 21 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final. We’ll show you how to live stream Swiatek vs Podoroska for FREE at the French Open, no matter where you are.
WTA tennis has taught us to always expect the unexpected, but this is something else entirely. Podoroska was ranked outside the top 300 last year, and hasn’t even played in a Grand Slam tournament since the 2016 US Open (when she was eliminated in the first round). What she’s done in Paris has been nothing short of remarkable.
Iga Swiatek vs Nadia Podoroska live stream
Swiatek and Podoroska are first on Court Philippe Chatrier today and the start time is set for 3pm local time / 2pm BST. If you’re based in the UK, the great news is that you can watch the match for free on ITV4 and the ITV website – and you can watch if you’re abroad with a VPN. We explain how below.
The 23-year-old Argentine has done things the hard way. Having flirted with retirement in 2017 due to a wrist injury, with financial struggles following, she’s spent 2020 building up her experience and confidence in the smaller tournaments and has 43 wins under her belt this year.
On the other side of the net is another player who’s been doing extraordinary things in Paris. 19-year-old Iga Swiatek knocked out tournament favourite Simona Halep in the fourth round, before calling time on the Martina Trevisan fairy tale.
Swiatek is the first Pole to reach the French Open semi-finals since Jadwiga Jedrzejowska all the way back in 1939. Nobody has had an answer to her power, and she’s yet to drop a set in Paris so far – in either of the singles and doubles competitions.
Even if you’re not familiar with the names, you won’t want to miss a Swiatek vs Podoroska live stream. So keep reading to discover options for watching absolutely free, and where else you can catch French Open tennis.
Who has a free French Open tennis live stream?
Some regions get lucky when it comes to Roland Garros where it’s free-to-air.
On UK TV, you can get a free French Open live stream courtesy of ITV4 and, more specifically, its ITV Hub streaming service – available either right through your web browser or as an app for mobiles, tablets, set-top boxes, select smart TVs, consoles and more.
If you prefer your coverage local, then French TV has you covered, too – specifically France TV Sport.
How to live stream Swiatek vs Podoroska from outside your country
For broadcast and streaming details in tennis-mad countries like the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, we have all the information you need on this page.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere outside your home country, you’ll soon find a problem – geo-blocking. That’s where the broadcaster prevents you from watching your usual feed from abroad. It’s a common problem for sports fans all over the world. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution in the form of a VPN.
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How to watch Swiatek vs Podoroska for FREE in the UK
The 2020 French Open is being shown live in the UK on free-to-air channel ITV4 – so anyone can stream it using the channel’s ITV Hub platform. You can expect to see Swiatek and Podoroska on court from 2pm today.
You can also watch ITV’s tennis coverage online and on the ITV Hub app, which is pretty much available on every mobile and streaming device available (but not PS4 unfortunately).
If you’re from the UK but not at home right now, you can get your French Open fix by grabbing a VPN.
How to live stream Swiatek vs Podoroska in Australia
Swiatek vs Podoroska will be shown for FREE in Australia, too. Tune into SBS from midnight and then wait for Iga and Nadia to take the court. Viewers can also make use of the free SBS On Demand streaming service to tune in.
Kayo Sports subscribers will also be able to stream all the action live as it happens each day. A Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously, while a Kayo Sports Premium Package provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.
Needless to say, this makes it super-affordable if you share with friends, family or fellow tennis fans – plus Kayo offers a FREE trial period so you can watch some of the event for free.
If you’re away from Australia at the moment, you’ll need to go down the VPN route as set out above.
How to watch Swiatek vs Podoroska at Roland Garros in the US
This most unexpected of semi-final match-ups is likely to start at around 9am ET / 6am PT.
Both NBC Sports and the Tennis Channel are airing the French Open action. If you have NBC Sports on cable already, you’re all set and can watch the tennis from Roland Garros via the network’s website – just log-in with details of your TV provider.
Cord-cutters can watch NBCSN on Sling TV, where it’s available as part of the over-the-top service’s Blue bundle. You can even try a FREE Sling trial that will let you watch without paying a penny, if you play your cards right.
If you’re outside the US right now you can always use a VPN to get access to your home coverage.
How to live stream the French Open and watch tennis online in Canada
If you get them as part of your cable deal, then you’ll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a French Open live stream.
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French Open live stream 2020: how to watch the tennis online in New Zealand
The official broadcaster for the French Open in New Zealand is Sky Sport, which costs $31.99 per month and includes channels dedicated to football, rugby, cricket and golf.
For mobile streaming, you can tune in via the Sky Go app, and if you’re away from New Zealand right now you can use a VPN to catch your home TV coverage.