In similar fashion to last year, for tennis fans in the U.S. the 2010 French Open will again be televised courtesy of the three-headed monster that is NBC, ESPN and the Tennis Channel.
NBC will have coverage the first weekend and the finals encompassing the men’s and women’s title matches live on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. They will also broadcast the men’s semifinals on Friday June 4.
Overall, the Tennis Channel will carry 77 hours of live tennis from Roland Garros starting on Sunday 11am local time in Paris with the first round. For the first nine days through the fourth round their TV air window will run from 11am-6pm Paris time. Tennis Channel will again run their French Open Tonight show in the evening.
The Tennis Channel talent crew includes John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle, Leif Shiras, Katrina Adams, Justin Gimelstob, Barry MacKay and Corina Morariu and Bill Macatee who will host the Tonight show.
ESPN2 will offer more than 56 hours culminating with the women’s semifinals live Thursday, June 3. In addition, ESPN3.com will have more than 270 live hours of a multi-court offering, also starting May 23, and continuing all days ESPN2 is on the air.
The ESPN2 window will generally run from 6pm local Paris time until the close of play on the weekdays.
Their broadcast team will include Cliff Drysdale, Darren Cahill, Mary Carillo, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe, Pam Shriver, Chris Fowler, Chris McKendry and Tom Rinaldi.
ESPN3.com will provide live online streaming delivering more than 270 hours of coverage from Roland Garros on the days ESPN2 is airing.
More live online streaming options may become available once as the tournament nears.
Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal head the list for the men’s field. Serena Williams and sister Venus are the top two seeds in the women’s draw.
Tennis Channel French Open TV Schedule (Live) (All times Eastern)
Sunday, May 23, 5 a.m.-Noon, First-Round Action
Monday, May 24, 5 a.m.-3 p.m., First-Round Action
Tuesday, May 25, 5 a.m.-Noon, First-Round Action
Wednesday, May 26, 5 a.m.-Noon, Second-Round Action
Thursday, May 27, 5 a.m.-Noon, Second-Round Action
Friday, May 28, 5 a.m.-Noon, Third-Round Action
Saturday, May 29, 5 a.m.-Noon, Third-Round Action
Sunday, May 30, 5 a.m.-Noon, Round of 16 Action
Monday, May 31, 5 a.m.-Noon, Round of 16 Action
Tuesday, June 1, 8 a.m.-Noon, Quarterfinals
Wednesday, June 2, 8 a.m.-Noon, Quarterfinals
Thursday, June 3, 5 a.m.-8 a.m., Men’s Doubles Semifinals
ESPN2 French Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sun, May 23 Noon – 6 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Tue, May 25 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Wed, May 26 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Thur, May 27 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Fri, May 28 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Mon, May 31 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Round of 16 Live & Same-day action
Tue, June 1 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Quarterfinals Live & Same-day action
Wed, June 2 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals Live & Same-day action
Thur, June 3 8a.m. – 1 p.m. Women’s Semifinals Live
NBC French Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sat., May 29, 1:30pm-4:30pm, Third-Round Action
Sun., May 30, 3pm-6pm, Round of 16 Action
Fri., June 4, 10am-1pm, Men’s Semifinals
Sat, June 5, 9am-noon, Women’s Final
Sun., June 6, 9am-2pm, Men’s Final
(NBC Schedule subject to change)
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