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Wimbledon 2023: How to Watch a Free Tennis Livestream

The world's best tennis players descend on south-west London once more for the sport's most prestigious grass court tournament.

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Novak Djokovic and Elena Rybakina will be out to defend their titles on the hallowed grass courts of the All England Club, as the world's best players get set for two weeks of top-tier tennis at Wimbledon 2023.

The third grand slam tournament of the year could see a changing of the guard, with bright young stars such as 20-year-old World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and Italy's Jannik Sinner hoping to unseat Djokovic in the men's tournament.

Poland's Iga Świątek and Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka are, meanwhile, both strongly backed to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish -- the women's tournament trophy -- for the first time.

Below, we'll outline the best live TV streaming services to use to watch Wimbledon live wherever you are in the world.

Side on image of Elise Mertens of Belguim and Shuai Zhang of China and Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova both of the Czech Republic in action during the Ladies doubles Finals at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship
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Wimbledon 2023: Where and when is it?

Wimbledon 2023 takes place between Monday, July 3, and Sunday, July 16, at the iconic All England Club in south-west London. Play usually begins at 11 a.m. BST local time each morning (6 a.m. ET, 3 a.m. PT in the US and Canada, and 8 p.m. AEST in Australia), continuing through the afternoon and sometimes well into the evenings.

A full schedule for this year's event can be found further down.

How to watch Wimbledon 2023 online from anywhere using a VPN

If you find yourself unable to view Wimbledon locally, you may need a different way to watch the world's greatest grass-court tennis players -- that's where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, and it's also a great idea if you're traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. Most VPNs, like our Editors' Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.

Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Australia, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you're streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.

Looking for other options? Be sure to check out some of the other great VPN deals taking place right now.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It's normally $13 per month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% plus get three months of access for free -- the equivalent of $6.67 per month -- if you get an annual subscription.

Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Livestream Wimbledon 2023 in the US

Linear TV coverage of Wimbledon this year will be split across ESPN (which, crucially, is showing both the men's and women's finals), ESPN 2 and ESPN 3/ABC. However, for tennis fans in the US, the best way to watch the tournament will be via ESPN Plus, with the streaming service providing the most comprehensive coverage across the two weeks of the tournament. 

ESPN's standalone streaming service costs $10 a month or $100 for an annual subscription. Read our ESPN Plus review.

Sling TV's $40-a-month Orange plan includes ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN 3. You can see which local channels you get hereRead our Sling TV review.

YouTube TV costs $73 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN 2 and ABC. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local network affiliates are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.

DirecTV Stream's basic $75-a-month package includes ESPN, ESPN 2 and ABC. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our DirecTV Stream review.

Fubo costs $75 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN 2 and ABC. Click here to see which local channels you get. Read our Fubo review.

Most live TV streaming services offer a free trial or discounts during the first month and allow you to cancel anytime. All require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live TV streaming services guide.

Livestream Wimbledon 2023 in the UK for free

Tennis fans in the UK will be delighted to hear that the BBC is once again showing the entire tournament across free-to-air channels BBC One, BBC Two and the Red Button.

That also means you can livestream all the action from the green sward of SW19 on BBC iPlayer

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BBC iPlayer has dedicated apps available for Android and Apple mobile devices, as well as a vast array of smart TVs and streaming boxes, all you need is a valid UK TV license to stream the tournament.

Stream Wimbledon 2023 in Australia for free

Tennis fans Down Under can watch comprehensive live coverage of Wimbledon on free-to-air channel 9Gem. That also means you'll be able to watch the action online via the network's streaming service 9Now.

For dedicated tennis fans, pay-TV service Stan Sport is livestreaming every match on every court, ad-free.

Channel 9's streaming service 9Now is free to use for viewers in Australia, with dedicated apps for Android and Apple devices, as well as Amazon Fire, plus a wide range of smart TVs.

Stan Sport will set you back AU$10 per month (on top of a AU$10 Stan subscription), but the streaming service is currently offering a seven-day free trial.

A subscription will also give you access to UEFA soccer action, as well as international rugby and Formula E.

Stream Wimbledon 2023 in Canada

Comprehensive live coverage of Wimbledon 2023 will be available in Canada via TSN. Cord cutters can watch via the network's streaming service TSN Plus.

TSN Plus is a new direct streaming service, boasting exclusive coverage of PGA Tour Live golf, NFL games, F1, Nascar and the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Ideal for cord-cutters, the service is priced at CA$20 a month or CA$200 per year.

Wimbledon 2023: Men's and women's singles full schedule

  • Monday, July 3: 1st round
  • Tuesday, July 4: 1st round
  • Wednesday, July 5: 2nd round
  • Thursday, July 6: 2nd round
  • Friday, July 7: 3rd round
  • Saturday, July 8: 3rd round
  • Sunday, July 9: 4th round
  • Monday, July 10: 4th round
  • Tuesday, July 11: Quarterfinals
  • Wednesday, July 12: Quarterfinals
  • Thursday, July 13: Women's semifinals
  • Friday, July 14: Men's semifinals
  • Saturday, July 15: Women's final
  • Sunday, July 16: Men's final

Quick tips for streaming Wimbledon 2023 using a VPN 

  • With four variables at play -- your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN -- your experience and success when streaming the tennis action live may vary.
  • If you don't see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the "search for city or country" option.
  • If you're having trouble getting the game after you've turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs -- like Roku -- don't have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you'll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you're using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network's sports app, you'll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location. 
  • And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you're using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.