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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 movie 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 like tennis without having to shell out big bucks to the cable companies.

This struggle is even more real when you're trying to find tennis. It seems like around the world people are streaming tennis with ease, while in the U.S., finding tennis to watch can be a bit more difficult. However, we put together this guide on how to watch tennis to help you find your favorite players and matches, whether you like Nadal, Federer, Serena, Agassi, or anyone in between. Read on to find out how to catch all the major tournaments without a cable subscription.

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

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$69.99 – $139.99 65+ None

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$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$64.99 – $79.99 220+ 7 days

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$35 – $50 30+ – 130+ 3 days

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Stream Tennis With DIRECTV STREAM

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DIRECTV STREAM's channel selection will give you ESPN, ESPN2, NBC (select markets), and NBCSN. The DIRECTV STREAM streaming service is one of the best ways to catch every serve, dropshot, and slice the tennis world has to offer.

Stream Tennis on ESPN Plus

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ESPN Plus is more than a location just for on-demand boxing, football, and talking heads. It also is a great service for finding tennis events, especially grand slams. As an added bonus, you can even find replays of some of the greatest matches of all time here.

Stream Tennis With Hulu + Live TV

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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 Hulu + Live TV review.

Stream Tennis With fuboTV

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Cable alternative fuboTV finally got ESPN channels in 2020, which gives you more options for watching tennis when you’re scouting skinny bundles. This service also offers NBC (select markets) and NBCSN, which means it's an option for the French Open. For more on this service, check out our review of fuboTV.

Stream Tennis With Sling TV

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Live TV ”skinny bundle” Sling TV offers two base bundles and lots of add-on “Extras.” Sling Orange offers ESPN and ESPN2, while Sling Blue offers NBCSN and (in a few markets) NBC. You can pick one base bundle or get both. Add “Sports Extra” to get your hands on the Tennis Channel. If you're not quite ready to sign up yet, that’s OK. Feel free to read our Sling TV review in the meantime.

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.

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!

Peacock

Peacock is a streaming video service from NBC that includes on-demand content as well as live broadcasts of shows and events. Peacock covers portions of the French Open, and even had exclusive matches in 2021. Peacock puts its tennis matches will air on the free tier rather than the paid one, which is a nice bonus.

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.

Tips for Streaming Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments

Want to catch the major tennis tournaments of the year? Check out these tips for watching the grand slams:

Australian Open

You can find the Australian Open on ESPN, ESPN Plus, and the Tennis Channel. Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV are both good bets for ESPN, as is fuboTV and Sling. But if you get Sling, make sure to get the Sling Orange package, as that’s the one that includes ESPN. The Tennis Channel is also available as an add-on on both fuboTV and Sling.

French Open

NBC, Peacock, and the Tennis Channel all air French Open matches. You can watch NBC over-the-air with an antenna, or you can find it on live TV streaming services like Hulu + Live TV. To watch them on Peacock, you’ll need to spring for the paid tier, Peacock Premium.

Wimbledon Championships

ESPN has the rights to Wimbledon matches, so live TV streaming bundles with ESPN and ESPN2 included are your keys to full coverage. You can also find some events on ESPN Plus.

US Open

The ESPN family also has the rights to the U.S. Open, so the story here is similar to Wimbledon: You’ll want ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Plus, or all of the above to catch all the action from the 2022 U.S. Open. So you’ll want to get Hulu + Live TV or another skinny bundle that includes livestreams from these two ESPN networks.

Can I Watch Tennis 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 Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web/
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DIRECTV STREAM Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
ESPN Plus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
fuboTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YouTube TV No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

More to Watch for Fans of Tennis

If you like tennis, you probably like other sports with big finales as well. One of the great things about watching tennis is watching a thrilling finals matchup. That’s true of other sports as well, luckily, and we’re here to tell you how to watch as many of them as possible. From the Super Bowl in February to the NBA Finals in June, there’s a championship event for just about every season.

If you want even rarer sporting moments, look for events that only happen once every few years. For instance, the 2022 Winter Olympics are sure to be unique (for reasons both good and bad). Our guide to watching the 2022 Winter Olympics without cable can tell you how to catch the most important moments.

13 thoughts on “How to Watch Tennis Without Cable in 2022

  1. 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. 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. 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. Bob says:

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

  3. Dennis Delaney says:

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

  4. Alfred says:

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

  5. Mike N. says:

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

    1. 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.

  6. Bob says:

    User-supplied updates: TennisTV.com has some men’s stuff. It doesn’t have WTA. The men’s doubles video is very limited but does have some ATP matches from 2020-2021.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m confused, I’ve attempted to sign up for the tennis channel, but I can’t get it with YouTubeTV, but I can’t get it without a cable service?

    1. Jerry says:

      YouTubeTV dropped the Tennis Channel. So, we (charter subscribers to YouTubeTV) have now dropped YouTubeTV for fuboTV, which has the Tennis Channel. We did not want to switch, but, unfortunately, YouTubeTV sucks a little more with every change/update…

  8. Kelly Franklin says:

    When YoutubeTV stopped carrying the Tennis Channel, we switched to Sling. BUT IT SUCKS. Getting local channels was a chore, and getting ability to record them cost extra $$$$ and an add-on device. We got “TV Anywhere” which Sling said was the premium solution and it is awful. Lookingn here now (Sept. 21) because we’ve hit “the last straw” with this system. If you want a streaming service with good ability to record local broadcast shows as well as the “cable” networks included, don’t use SLING!

    1. Lane Garett says:

      Fubo.tv is your solution.

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