France TV is no longer the only broadcaster of Roland Garros in 2022. We tell you where, when and how to follow the Grand Slam tournament this year?
Like last year, the Roland Garros tournament will also be broadcast on Amazon Prime and not just France Television (and Eurosport). Prime Video indeed holds the exclusive rights (until 2023) to all the matches of the 10 new evening sessions or “Night Session” (which begin on May 23, 9:00 p.m.) from the first Monday of the main draw, as well as than all the matches of the Simonne-Mathieu court (which begin on May 22). Evening matches are a selection of the best single matches of the day. Prime Video also owns the exclusive shared rights to broadcast the semi-finals and the men’s singles and doubles and women’s singles and doubles finals, as well as the mixed doubles final. Also note that from May 16 to 20, 2022, you will be able to watch the matches of the two best courts during the qualifying week, broadcast in HD and commented.
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Most of the matches remain on France Television
Historical broadcaster of the tournament on clay, and despite the arrival of Amazon in dance, France Television retains most of the broadcasting of Roland Garros matches. Traditionally broadcast from 2 p.m. on France 2. The public television group is giving a little extra this year by broadcasting the first matches from 11 a.m. on France 4. Formerly broadcast only on the internet via France TV Sport, they are therefore now entitled to a proper TV broadcasting.
As usual, we switch to France 2 at 1:55 p.m. for the rest of the day. France 2 broadcasts the men’s and women’s matches all afternoon depending on the importance of the matches, logically prioritizing French players and seeded players. At the end of the day, France TV operates a new switch to France 3 around 7:55 p.m. For the weekend it will be slightly different for the schedules, but the principle remains the same. Also note that if you want to follow a particular match in its entirety in case France TV does not do so, you can see them on the France TV Sport site which broadcasts them in full in streaming.
We summarize the broadcasts of France television:
- Morning matches (from 11 a.m.): France 4
- Afternoon matches (from 1:55 p.m.): France 2
- End of the day (from 7:55 p.m.): France 3 until the end of the matches in progress
- In streaming: France TV Sport, broadcast of all matches in full except for exceptions
- Exception: matches played on the Simonne Matthieu court, night sessions
Amazon Prime Video: an increasingly important device
Do I have to pay extra to watch Roland-Garros on Prime Video?
Amazon Prime members residing in Metropolitan France and Monaco can watch Roland-Garros on Prime Video at no additional cost. Customers who are not Amazon Prime members can start a free 30-day trial for the event (€49/year or €5.99/month).
Only customers subscribing to Prime Video in Andorra and overseas departments, regions and communities (DROM-COM), with the exception of Saint-Barthélémy, can watch Roland-Garros on Prime Video at no additional cost. Non-Prime Video customers can start a 7-day free trial ($5.99 or $5.99 per month depending on where you live).
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New matches on Prime Video
As we said in the introduction, Amazon will broadcast the famous “Night Session” of Roland Garros. Unlike the other three Grand Slams, Roland Garros was one of the last tournaments to not have night sessions (Wimbledon does not offer any either). The Night Session match starts at 9 p.m. strictly speaking and this year there will be 10 of them throughout the tournament. And it’s not a game on the cheap, the tournament being calculated for certain seeds to play in the evening.
Your subscription to Amazon Prime Video will also be profitable during the day since it will also be the exclusive broadcaster of matches taking place on the Simonne Matthieu court where men’s and women’s singles are played. The antenna will be taken from 10:45 in the morning. As for the evenings, the “Prime Time” will begin at 8:15 p.m. for a recap of the day, exclusive interviews and the analysis of several journalists and speakers. The match is then broadcast live and commented until its end, before a final debrief.
Tennis on Prime Video, what does it change for the viewer?
Streaming matches on Amazon doesn’t change much from traditional TV at first glance, you put on the match and watch it live the same way you would on TV. That being said, Prime Video already has the advantage of a clear presentation and easily accessible replays as well. You can also resume a match from the beginning very easily if you wish, which is not classic TV. Some boxes offer live control, but it is usually not possible to go back before the moment when you started watching the channel.
Prime Video also offers a very interesting feature called X-Ray. The latter allows you to display at any time a large amount of information on the match and the players with, for example, biographies and their prize list. You will also find the statistics of the match, which will necessarily appeal to melted numbers. It’s a pretty nice plus when you like tennis, where the statistics are legion.
We recap the broadcasts on Amazon Prime
- Start of the broadcast at 10:45 a.m.
- Exclusive broadcaster of matches played on the Simonne Matthieu course
- 10 “Night Session” during the fortnight including 2 quarter-finals
- On-air at 8:15 p.m., start of the match at 9 p.m.
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