French Open

NBC Sports Coverage of the French Open

NBC Sports has unveiled its plans to cover the French Open beginning this week.

NBC plans to devote 27 hours to live matches from Roland Garros.  Ted Robinson will lead the network’s coverage, along side analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo.

Action begins this Sunday.  Here is the schedule for the French Open on NBC:

Sunday, May 26 Noon – 3 p.m. ET First Round (Live)
Monday, May 27 Noon – 3 p.m. (all time zones) First Round (Live ET)
Saturday, June 1 Noon – 3 p.m. ET Third Round (Live)
Sunday, June 2 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET Fourth Round (Live)
Thursday, June 6 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (all time zones) Women’s Semifinals (Live ET)
Friday, June 7 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (all time zones) Men’s Semifinals (Live ET)
Saturday, June 8 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET Women’s Final (live)
Sunday, June 9 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET Men’s Final (Live)

Tennis Channel’s Coverage of the French Open

The Tennis Channel will provide over 200 hours of live coverage to the French Open, 70 of which will be of live matches.

Bill Macatee will anchor the network’s coverage, joined by lead analysts John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova.

Matches will be called by Ian Eagle, Bret Haber and Ted Robinson.  Analysis will be provided by Lindsey Davenport,  Justin Gimelstob, Rennae Stubbs, Leif Shiras and Katrina Adams.  Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim will be on hand for special reports and analysis.

Here is the Tennis Channel’s match schedule:

Sunday, May 26– 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First-Round Action
Monday, May 27– 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First-Round Action
Tuesday, May 28– 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First-Round Action
Wednesday, May 29–  10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Second-Round Action
Thursday, May 30 – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Second-Round Action
Friday, May 31–  10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Third-Round Action
Saturday, June 1–  5 a.m.-Noon Third-Round Action
Sunday, June 2–  5 a.m.-1 p.m. Round-of-16 Action
Monday, June 3–  10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Round-of-16 Action
Tuesday, June 4–  8 a.m.-1 p.m. Quarterfinals
Friday, June 7–  7 a.m.-11 a.m. Men’s Semifinal

ESPN’s Coverage of the French Open

The networks of ESPN are planning a combined 330 hours of coverage of the French Open which begins this weekend.

ESPN2 will present over 50 hours of live tennis, with multiple court action available on ESPN3.

Chris Fowler and Chris McKendry will serve as hosts over the course of the tournament.  Fowler will also call matches.  Chris Evert will be one of the lead analysts over the course of the tournament.  Other talent includes Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver.

Here is the ESPN2 and ESPN3 schedule:

2013 French Open on ESPN2 & ESPN2 HD

Date Time (ET) Event  
Sun, May 26 –

  Fri, May 31

5 – 10 a.m. Early Round Action Live
Mon, June 3 5 – 10 a.m. Round of 16 Live
Tue, June 4 1 – 7 p.m. Quarterfinals Live & Same-day action
Wed, June 5 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Thur, June 6 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Women’s Semifinals Live


2013 French Open on ESPN3

Date Time (ET) Event  
Sun, May 26 –

  Fri, May 31

5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Early Round Action Live
Mon, June 3 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16 Live
Tue, June 4 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Wed, June 5 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Thur, June 6 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. Men’s Doubles Semis

Women’s Semifinals


NBC Extends Deal with French Open

Even though the network is deep into its coverage of the t Olympics, NBC Sports announced today that it has entered into a contract extension with the French Tennis Federation to provide multi-platform coverage of the French Open.  The extension lasts until 2024.

NBC will air the opening Sunday of the tournament, as it did this year for the first time, as well as middle weekend tennis, the men’s and women’s semifinals and the men’s and women’s finals.

The agreement will add ten hours of television coverage, including Memorial Day coverage, and the women’s semifinals, beginning next year.

The French Open will be available for tennis fans on, where fans can watch live streaming of all of NBC’s coverage. will also provide daily video highlights and online-only analysis by NBC’s tennis commentators.

“The French Open is one of the world’s most celebrated sports events,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network in a press release. “This ground-breaking agreement will extend our relationship with Roland Garros through 2024, and provides tennis fans with more comprehensive coverage than ever before, including live streaming of more matches.”

The Tennis Channel at the French Open

The Tennis Channel is preparing for its extensive coverage of Roland Garros, the 2012 French Open Championships.

The network plans on over 250 hours of coverage from Paris, 59 hours of which will be devoted to live matches.  The network will also air almost two dozen hours of encore men’s and women’s singles semifinal and championship telecasts as part of its programming format.

Tennis Channel will also produce 36 hours of its special French Open Tonight studio program.  Bill Macatee will serve as host.

Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle and Brett Haber will handle play-by-play of tournament matches.  Hall-of-Fame analysts Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe will be the featured analysts.  They’ll be joined by Justin Gimelstob, Rennae Stubbs and Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Wertheim. Tennis Channel Court Report host Cari Champion will maintain increasingly expanding social media duties.

Here is a summary of the Tennis Channel’s live coverage from Roland Garros:

Date                                        Time (ET)                  Event                                      

Sunday, May 27                      10 a.m.-3 p.m.             First-Round Action
Monday, May 28                    10 a.m.-3 p.m.             First-Round Action
Tuesday, May 29                    10 a.m.-3 p.m.             First-Round Action
Wednesday, May 30               10 a.m.-3 p.m.             Second-Round Action
Thursday, May 31                   10 a.m.-3 p.m.             Second-Round Action
Friday, June 1                         10 a.m.-3 p.m.             Third-Round Action
Saturday, June 2                     5 a.m.-Noon                Third-Round Action
Sunday, June 3                        5 a.m.-1 p.m.               Round-of-16 Action
Monday, June 4                      10 a.m.-3 p.m.             Round-of-16 Action
Tuesday, June 5                      8 a.m.-1 p.m.               Quarterfinals
Friday, June 8                         7 a.m.-11 a.m.             Men’s Semifinal

Tennis Channel/French Open Sign Extension

The Tennis Channel and the French Tennis Federation (FFT) have announced an extension to the network’s deal to cover the French Open until the year 2022.

The Tennis Channel began telecasts from Roland Garros in 2007, the first of the four major tennis tournaments to be carried on the network.  In recent years the Tennis Channel has provided over 100 hours of programming a year from the tournament.

“It is wonderful to extend our relationship with Tennis Channel on a long-term basis,” said Gilbert Ysern, general manager, FFT, and tournament director, French Open in a press release. “Our partnership has led to an innovative and exciting way for Americans to celebrate and enjoy Roland Garros, with far more live coverage than ever and groundbreaking prime-time and late-night telecasts.”

“Tennis Channel has uniquely framed the French Open with a respect for the history of our event and our host city Paris,” added Michel Grach, media and sponsorship director, FFT. “Our partnership is integral as we evolve Roland Garros’ future, and we look forward to many great tournaments and champions together in the decade ahead.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Tennis Channel is going to be the French Open’s home for at least another 10 years,” said Ken Solomon, chairman and CEO, Tennis Channel. “As the first Grand Slam that we ever covered, Roland Garros holds a special place in our hearts. Together with the FFT, we proved that the more tennis you put on TV, the more American audiences want to watch; they simply can’t get enough. Our partnership has helped grow awareness for the sport itself – with 24-hour scheduling, multiple broadband streams, digital television multi-screens and 3-D – and we’re thankful and excited to continue this arrangement.”



Tennis Channel Announces French Open Schedule

Earlier today we had the schedule of coverage by ESPN for the upcoming French Open.  Not to be outdone The Tennis Channel has unveiled its plans for the tournament.

The Tennis Channel plans 75 hours of live coverage and close to 250 hours of programming overall.

Working with AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, and DirecTV the network will provide 20 hours of 3-D coverage of the tournament during Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30.

The Tennis Channel announced last week the addition of Mary Carillo to its already impressive list of talent; including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Ian Eagle, and Ted Robinson.

Here is the schedule…

Tennis Channel’s Live 2011 French Open Match Schedule – Entirely in High Definition
(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

Date Time (ET) Event
Sunday, May 22 5 a.m.-1 p.m. First-Round Action
Monday, May 23 5 a.m.-3 p.m. First-Round Action
Tuesday, May 24 5 a.m.-Noon First-Round Action
Wednesday, May 25 5 a.m.-Noon Second-Round Action
Thursday, May 26 5 a.m.-Noon Second-Round Action
Friday, May 27 5 a.m.-Noon Third-Round Action
Saturday, May 28 5 a.m.-Noon Third-Round Action
Sunday, May 29 5 a.m.-Noon Round-of-16 Action
Monday, May 30 5 a.m.-Noon Round-of-16 Action
Tuesday, May 31 8 a.m.-Noon Quarterfinals
Wednesday, June 1 8 a.m.-Noon Quarterfinals
Thursday, June 2 5 a.m.-8 a.m. Men’s Doubles Semifinals

Tennis Channel will also offer same-day replays of the singles semifinals (ET):

Thursday, June 2 – 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: women’s singles semifinals
Friday, June 3 – 5 p.m.-midnight: men’s semifinals