How to Legally Watch Tennis Online: Live Streaming Guide

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2016 is poised to start off with a bang in the tennis world. There are many great tournaments slated for the beginning of the year, including the Australian Open. And the action continues throughout the year as the sports superstars, from Serena Williams to Rafael Nadal, showcase their talents in tournaments throughout the season. If you’re a fan, you don’t want to miss a moment of the action, so you’ll be glad to know there are now legal ways to watch tennis online without cable.

The days when CBS was the exclusive home to watch live tennis tournaments have long come and gone. On September 8, 2014, Tennis on CBS concluded their 46-year run after being opposed to paying the hefty expenses to keep the airings of tennis tournaments on their network. This forced tennis fans to use cable, the most expensive option to watch live tennis matches. As of late, cable bills have significantly increased in price with the majority of users paying upwards of $100 a month. Thankfully there are low-cost alternatives to watching live tennis so you can put a stop to the outrages expenses of cable bills.  

Today, there are several ways you can watch tennis online, without the need for cable. If you’d like to catch the major tennis events (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open) or if you’d like to watch your favorite tennis player throughout the season, we’ll reveal the best methods to enjoy tennis live streaming without cable. 


Sling TV Offers a Great Way to Watch Tennis Online

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There is a variety of online streaming choices, but one of the superlatives is Sling TV.

Originated in early 2015 by Dish Network, Sling TV (review) is a live streaming service that provides subscribers (US only) access to over 20 channels in its basic package, including an ESPN live stream, ESPN2, ESPN3 (through the WatchESPN app) and much more in it’s $20 a month, no contract, basic package plan.  With the ESPN empire, you get complete and exclusive coverage of Wimbledon, French Open, US Open, and The Championships.  It’s a great way to enjoy tennis live streaming on all your devices.

In addition, subscribers will receive access to advanced coverage of the French Open, US Open, American ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, US Open Series, and the American WTP Premier.

When using ESPN3, you’ll need to log into WatchESPN by using Sling TV credentials.  This presents you access to the live airing of the ATP World Finals and WTA Tour Championship on ESPN3. ESPN3 also streams any tennis events airing on ABC, offering a good way to watch tennis online.

Sling TV empowers users to enjoy tennis streaming on your TV with a streaming device (Roku, Chromecast, Xbox, etc), mobile devices, or computer.  Sling TV is currently offering a limited-time deal that enables you to receive half off a Roku 3 streaming player or a Roku 2 for free if you prepay 3 months of service. It’s a great deal that pays for itself and lets you enjoy tennis live streaming on your TV all throughout the season.

Still not convinced? Sling has you covered with a free 7-day trial.

Tennis Channel Plus Offers Live Matches and Replays

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Calling all die-hard tennis fans! The Tennis Channel released its own streaming app last year called Tennis Channel Plus. This streaming app offers over 650 live events, including live matches of more than 45 tournaments during the year with the French Open incorporated. Not only that, the subscription service has more than 1000 hours of content accessible on demand, making it a perfect fit for tennis lovers.

Tennis Channel Plus subscribers will have the benefit of being able to use the Tennis Channel Everywhere app on iOS, Android, Roku, and Apple TV devices. A yearly subscription plan of Tennis Channel Plus is $69.99 and can be purchased in the app by paying only $6 a month. To purchase the Tennis Channel Plus app, visit here.

Remember, the Tennis Channel Plus app is not a live stream of the Tennis Channel. Instead, it’s a standalone app that offers exclusive bonus coverage of tennis events and matches that you can’t find on the Tennis Channel.  

Use an Antenna for NBC & ABC Tennis Coverage

For over-the-air users, NBC is your go-to network. NBC offers French Open coverage and is the exclusive live network for the Men’s and Women’s Finals. During the French Open, NBC occasionally provides free and live coverage of the tournament to all antenna users. Mohu Leaf, a lightweight and stylish design, is an option for people that don’t possess an antenna.  

To restate, your antenna will ONLY get you limited coverage of the beginning rounds of the French Open and Women’s and Men’s Finals through the NBC broadcast and seldomly on ABC.   


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