Basically, if you don’t have the Tennis Channel, you’re out of luck for watching the Mutua Madrid Open on live TV. Fortunately for the rest of us, that’s why God created the Internet.
The ATP’s official site always does a good job of posting highlights from the day. While you’re not going to get to see a full match with this free service, it’s a quick and dirty way to keep abreast of all of the day’s action. You can check out the highlights in the ATP’s video section of their site: ATPWorldTour.com
Also from the ATP is their fee-based live steaming service. It basically hooks into the live feed from the event, which gives you access to all courts where there’s a live feed. You can catch almost all of the matches — ATP and WTA — and listen to the insightful international commentary and receive access to Hawk-Eye analysis. It costs $129.95 for the year for 50 ATP tournaments and 43 WTA events or pay $19.95 a month and watch as much as you want during that timeframe. Sign up here: TennisTV.com
You’re not going to see Madrid on any of ESPN’s multiple channels or affiliates, but if you’re already subscribed to a cable TV package you can log in to their online streaming service and follow the action there. It’s live streaming via the Internet, but if you have a Wii, Xbox or NTSC cable you can stream these through your HD tv. Create your account here: WatchESPN.com
And then there’s the alternative for the rest of us. Desperate times lead to desperate measures. And when the major networks eschew tennis in favor of World Series of Poker or lawn bowling, what’s a tennis fan to do? This is where FromSport comes in. It basically taps into the live feeds from international websites from the UK, Middle East and Asia. Streaming quality and connectivity can be sketchy, but what do you want for free viewing. There are usually several feeds to choose from but you might have to reconnect often when a feed is blocked. Check it out here: FromSport.com