The corona pandemic has of course also caused major postponements in the tennis world. Wimbledon has been canceled, whether the US Open can take place at the end of August as planned, is still not clear and the Grand Slam tournament in Paris, the French Open 2020, has been postponed several times. Now the most prestigious tennis tournament on the European continent, the French Open, is scheduled to start on September 27, 2020. Will there be spectators at the French Open in Roland Garros? Do stars like Nadal, Federer or Kerber refrain from participating in the largest tennis tournament in France? We bring light into the dark, tell you where you can watch the French Open live on free TV and who the favorites are according to the betting odds.
- Qualification of the French Open starts on September 21, 2020
- The main round of French open 2020 starts on September 27, 2020
- Defending champion for men: Rafael Nadal
- Spectators probably admitted to the French Open 2020
- TV: Eurosport broadcasts on free TV, DAZN streams the French Open live
French Open: Start now on September 27, 2020
The French Open usually take place in May each year. But what is normal in Corona year 2020? The start of the French Open was of course postponed – and that several times. Initially, the new schedule for the French Open was scheduled for mid-September, but it would have collided with another major event in France that was also postponed: the Tour de France. Now the yellow felt ball will be thrown over the sand in Roland Garros from September 27th, with qualification already starting on September 21st. The men’s final of the French Open is scheduled for Sunday, October 11th, the women’s final should take place the day before on October 10th, as usual.
New roof at Roland Garros makes it possible to reschedule
At the beginning of October it can be quite fresh and rainy in Paris. This should no longer be a problem, because at the end of 2019 a sliding roof was installed at least over the Court Philippe-Chatrier. This means that one of three stadiums in Roland Garros is currently prepared for bad weather. Incidentally, there are two such covered arenas in Wimbledon and at the US Open, and even three at the Australian Open. And it could be worth it, because last year a complete tournament day fell victim to the rain. The second semifinals for men between Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic also suffered from the stormy weather, so the match dragged on for two days.
Nadal vs Djokovic at the French Open: only one rules on sand
Who should actually conquer this Rafael Nadal? The Mallorcan has already won the French Open twelve times – an absolute record in Roland Garros. The 34-year-old has always won the French Open since 2005, with three exceptions: 2009 (Roger Federer), 2015 (Stan Wawrinka), 2016 (Novak Djokovic). Last year Nadal won the most famous clay court tournament, then in the final against Austrian Dominic Thiem after four sets. The tennis world had bet on a dream final of the French Open Nadal vs Djokovic, but the Austrian prevailed against the Serb in the semifinals. Roger Federer failed in the semifinals in 2019 to Nadal. By the way: The Spaniard even holds the best value for the highest victory rate on clay courts with 91.79 percent. Will the duel Nadal vs Djokovic again in 2020? Even today, experts rave about what may be the best tennis game ever played on a hard court: the semi-finals of the French Open 2013 between Nadal and the Djoker.
French Open 2020 with spectators? That is the state
In fact, the organizers of the French Open are confident that they can host the tournament in front of spectators. How many tickets will go on sale for the French Open 2020 is not yet known. In recent years, up to 500,000 spectators have flocked to the facility in the west of downtown Paris. What is certain, however, is that twelve spots at Roland Garros will be floodlit for the first time, as darkness is expected shortly before 8 p.m. in autumn.
French Open 2020 live on German free TV
As in previous years, all games of the French Open from Eurosport will be broadcast live on German TV in 2020. The French Open can be seen live on Free TV on Eurosport 1 and on Pay TV on Eurosport 2, as well as on the Eurosport player as a live stream. The Eurosport player can be purchased for one year and costs 4.99 euros per month (a month can be booked for 6.99 euros). The Eurosport Player can also be booked and accessed via the Amazon Prime account. In addition, the streaming platform DAZN will report on the French Open, with the signal being taken over by Eurosport.
French Open 2020: Betting odds
As mentioned above, Rafael Nadal is once again the clear favorite. To win the French Open 2020 is quoted with a 2.1 at Tipster. Dominic Thiem follows, last year’s finalist gets a 4.2 on the overall victory at the French Open. Novak Djokovic got a 3.8, while Germany’s best tennis professional, Alexander Zverev, has the 100 odd for overall win at the French Open 2020.
We hope you enjoy watching the French Open and have a knack for your bets!