The Davis Cup is back – and looking completely different to how you’ve seen it before. With a brand new format, the 2019 tennis extravaganza marks the biggest revamp of the international team tennis tournament in its 119-year history. We’ve compiled this handy guide for watching a Davis Cup live stream on TV, online or on mobile, no matter where you are in the world.
With a host of big name stars set to play, the first instalment of the spruced up tournament looks set to be a hotly contested affair.
Davis Cup 2019 – where and when
The 2019 Davis Cup finals is taking place on the indoor hard courts of the Caja Magica in Madrid from November 18-24.
Group stage matches will be played over November 18-21, the quarter-finals over November 21 and 22, the semi-finals on November 23 and the final on November 24.
The opening day’s play is set to take at 4PM CET local time following the opening ceremony, with each day’s play for the rest of the week set to commence at 11am. The grand final itself is set to start at 4pm CET on the Sunday.
Led by Rafael Nadal, Spain are currently installed by the bookies as favourites, followed by France who will be fielding a team boasting the likes of Gael Monfils, Benoit Pair and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The A-list field will also see Novak Djokovic turn out for Serbia, while Great Britain’s hopes will be resting on Andy Murray following his return from long-term injury.
It’s set to be an exhilarating week of action, so make sure you don’t miss any of the tennis by following our 2019 Davis Cup live stream guide below.
Live stream the Davis Cup with the official player
Alongside traditional sports broadcasters who will be showing the tournament (we’ve listed below for each region), its also worth noting that you can also watch the action online with a subscription to the official Davis Cup online player. It costs €4.99 to watch one specific tie, and €7.99 to watch every match from a specific round. There’s also a €39.99 yearly subscription which will let you watch every Davis Cup and Fed Cup match over the next 12 months.
There will be no access to the Davis Cup player in any of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France or Japan.
Live stream the 2019 Davis Cup tennis from outside your country
For your watching options in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, we have more details below – just scroll down the page.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere outside your home country, you’ll soon find a problem…geo-blocking. That’s where the broadcaster prevents you from watching the feed overseas.
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How to watch the 2019 Davis Cup: US live stream
In the US, coverage from Madrid comes courtesy of Fox Sports, who will be broadcasting all of Team USA’s games on Fox Sports 2.
Tournament sponsor and movie streaming service Rakuten will also be showing coverage via its app which is available for phones, PCs and some compatible smart TVs.
Assuming you have cable, you’ll be able to watch Fox’s coverage either at home, online or on the network’s Fox Go app for tablets and smartphones.
And if you’re a cord cutter that wants to catch the tennis without signing up to a lengthy, expensive plan, you could always try one of these sports streaming sites. They all have free trials going for them, too:
How to live stream Davis Cup tennis in the UK:
Eurosport will show exclusive coverage of the tournament on their channels and online player.
If you don’t have access to Sky or Virgin Media, then you might want to consider Eurosport Player which allows you to stream the service via mobile, PC and some smart TVs. It’s £6.99 per month or £39.99 a year.
Not in the UK but still want to watch the tennis on your Prime account. Then you best option is to download and install a VPN and then log in to a UK IP address.
How to live stream Davis Cup tennis in Australia for free
The great news for Australian tennis fans is that they’ll be able to view their team’s quest for a first Davis Cup title in 16 years on the free-to-air Nine Network.
For all the other matches, you’ll need a subscription to beIN Sports. That’s free to do if you already have Foxtel while taking advantage of its FREE two week trial means you can watch the whole tournament for free before the $19.99 per month subscription kicks in.
The alternative is grabbing a Kayo Sports Basic Package costing $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. But again, this won’t include any games featuring Australia.
Outside Australia for the tennis? For those wanting to watch the Channel Nine coverage when you’re overseas, you’ll need to go down the VPN route as above.
The best way to stream the Davis Cup 2019 in Canada
Davis Cup 2019: How the new format works
Eighteen teams will take part in the week-long finals which will this year take place in Madrid. Those teams are made up of 12 winners from February’s qualifying round, the four semi-finalists of the previous edition and two wild card teams. This year Great Britain have been given a wildcard along with Argentina.
The eighteen teams are divided into six groups of three for a pool stage, with the winners each group and the best two second-placed teams advancing to the knockout phases.
Each match will be in a best of three format, with two singles matches followed by a doubles match.