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Sports fans know that cord cutting isn't quite as easy when you're committed to following your favorite teams, athletes, and competitions. While move and television lovers can still get all of their content on-demand through services like Netflix or HBO, there are precious few reliable ways to get live sports without having to shell out big bucks to the cable companies.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream tennis:

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That's why we've put together so many “How to Watch” guides over the years! We're helping our fellow cord cutters and sports fans to track down the best streaming services and work-arounds for following their favorite leagues and sports. This time around, we're focusing on tennis. As always, we'll cover OTT services, cable alternatives, and free over-the-air TV.

How to watch tennis online and over the air

Craving tennis? Then you'll need to find ways to watch channels like ESPN (the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and Australian Open), NBC and NBCSN (the French Open), and, of course, the Tennis Channel. We can help you do that.

Your best options include live TV streaming services, or skinny bundles. We'll kick off our list with those, but we'll go on to talk about free over-the-air TV, sports- and tennis-specific streaming services, and more. Let's do this!

Stream tennis for free with Hulu

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Hulu's live TV streaming service, Hulu + Live TV, includes live feeds of ESPN, ESPN2, and NBCSN, plus live local access to NBC in select markets. Hulu with Live TV also includes full access to the on-demand side of Hulu's streaming service. For more on what we think of the service, read our FuboTV review. You can test out Hulu + Live TV for free for a week by clicking on the link below.

Stream tennis for free with fuboTV

Free Trial

fuboTV is missing ESPN channels, but it does offer NBC (select markets) and NBCSN, which means its an option for the French Open. Check out fuboTV's free trial by clicking the link below. You can read our review of fuboTV here.

Stream tennis with Sling TV

Try It

Sling TV offers two base bundles and lots of add-on “Extras.” You'll need both base bundles in order to get ESPN- and NBC-owned channels in the same bundle. Once you do, you'll have ESPN, ESPN 2, and NBCSN. Add “Sports Extra” to get your hands on Tennis Channel, too. You can sign up for Sling TV by clicking on the link in this section. If you're not quite ready for that yet, try reading our Sling TV review.

YouTube TV

Google's skinny bundle service will give you just about all of the tennis you can handle: you'll get ESPN, ESPN 2, NBC (select markets), NBCSN, and Tennis Channel. Try out YouTube TV for free by clicking on the link in this section and signing up for the service's free trial offer. For our take on the service, check out our YouTube TV review.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T TV Now‘s most channel selection will give you ESPN, ESPN 2, NBC (select markets), and NBCSN. This service is AT&T's skinny bundle. It was formerly known as DirecTV Now.

Free over-the-air TV

If you live in an area with access to over-the-air broadcasts, you can get a small amount of tennis coverage for free with an antenna. ABC rebroadcasts Wimbledon matches in prime time. NBC will show some French Open match rebroadcasts and the semifinals and finals live. You'll get some really top-notch tennis for free over the air!

Stream tennis on ESPN+

Try It

ESPN+ offers its subscribers access of live and on-demand sports content. That content includes tennis matches and tennis-related documentary content.

TennisTV

TennisTV is the official streaming service for the ATP World Tour and WTA. You'll only get the minor tournaments, so this is primarily an option for die-hard tennis fanatics. Still, the smaller ATP and WTA tournaments feature plenty of international stars getting in their reps between the four majors, and the quality of play is really quite good. Some events will be blacked out in the United States.

Individual tournament streaming sites and apps

Many of tennis' biggest tournaments have begun to offer their own standalone streaming services on their official websites. It's worth looking for an app or website before each of the major tournaments. Scroll down to the bottom of this guide for a tournament-by-tournament breakdown of your streaming options for the four tennis majors, or check the tournament's website if you're interested in streaming a smaller competition. Blackouts, of course, vary by tournament.

Tournament-by-tournament tips for streaming tennis

In this section, we'll tackle tennis' four major tournaments one at a time.

Australian Open

ESPN has the rights to the Australian open, so look for skinny bundles that include ESPN: Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV are both good bets. The Australian Open also has its own streaming service, AO TV Live, which offers live streaming in some regions.

French Open

NBC, NBCSN, and Tennis Channel all air French Open matches. Look for a skinny bundle that includes those networks, and don't forget about free over-the-air TV!

Wimbledon Championships

ESPN has the rights to Wimbledon matches, so skinny bundles with ESPN included are your keys to full coverage. ABC sometimes has coverage, too; you might be able to get ABC for free over the air with an antenna.

US Open

ESPN has the US Open, so get Hulu + Live TV or another skinny bundle that includes an ESPN live stream.

Can I watch tennis without cable on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast?

If you use a streaming device or streaming platform like Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast, then you're probably wondering if you can use it to watch tennis online without cable. Good news: you can!

Roku users can use Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Fire TV fans have Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV as their options.

Apple TV users have access to apps for Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Chromecast is supported by apps for Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Android TV users can choose between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each also work with iOS and Android mobile devices.

Your streaming devices are also likely to support various other apps for watching tennis. The ATP Tennis TV service we talked about above works on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, iOS, and Android, as well as on PCs and Macs.

8 thoughts on “How to Watch Tennis Without Cable

  1. Avatar Steve Taylor says:

    TennisTV isn’t minor tournaments at all, it shows the Masters Series (under the Grand Slams) and the 500s which have all the top ATP players like Federer, Djokovic and Nadal – it has WTA too, Sharapova and Serena. And the live streams are top quality. I have subscribed since it launched and it’s an excellent service for tennis fans.

    1. Avatar Stephen Lovely says:

      Thanks for your comment, Steve! I didn’t mean to disparage the ATP and WTA. I was just trying to distinguish between their tournaments and the four majors.

    2. Avatar Carol says:

      I subscribe to Tennis TV and there’s no coverage of WTA! It’s ATP only and they don’t show doubles.

  2. Avatar Bob says:

    Very helpful – but an update is sorely needed owing to developments in the last 18 months.

  3. Avatar Dennis Delaney says:

    I have Roku, the Tennis Channel only shows ATP, why? I want to view WTA!

  4. Avatar Alfred says:

    I am thoroughly confused. How can this article not highlight Tennis Channel Plus?!?

  5. Avatar Mike N. says:

    Apparently Tennis Channel Plus requires a Tennis Channel subscription through your TV provider????

    1. Avatar Alfred says:

      Yeah, interesting. Tennis Channel Plus doesn’t require a TV provider if you want to watch live matches or access any of their on-demand content. Anyone can subscribe directly on the site. If you want to watch the full, live 24/7 broadcast channel then you do need a TV provider. And it turns out that there are some live events that are only on the Broadcast channel. So it looks like subscription-only Tennis Channel Plus is an alternative, with the exception that there will be some live events that are blocked without a TV provider. I guess the reality of how good or bad that model works is in the details. I don’t have Tennis Channel Plus but have always thought I could cut the cord completely and get all my tennis through Plus and you have highlighted that I wouldn’t get absolutely everything in that case.

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