The second Grand Slam of the 2011 tennis calendar is upon us and thanks to a new, heated rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic the French Open promises to be as wide open and exciting as ever.
In the U.S., French Open broadcast rights again fall to three networks: Tennis Channel, ESPN and NBC.
Tennis Channel will carry the brunt of the coverage during the weekdays from first ball at 5am ET to noon ET. Now in it’s fifth year televising the biggest clay court tournament in the world the talent team will feature many familiar names.
Bill Macatee will serve as main host for the French Open Tonight highlight/feature show. From the booth, Martina Navratilova returns along with John McEnroe, Lindsay Davenport, Leif Shiras, Justin Gimelstob, Katrina Adams, Corina Morariu, Barry Mackay, Ian Eagle and Ted Robinson. Tennis Channel will also have the help of Mary Carillo who left ESPN last year.
During it’s 75+ hours of live Roland Garros coverage Tennis Channel will also bring 3-D availability for the first time ever to American audiences.
While Tennis Channel gets the early day matches ESPN2 will again close with the evening/night contests from noon ET to 6pm ET.
The ESPN2 commentary team in Paris will feature Cliff Drysdale, Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe, Pam Shriver, Chris Fowler and Chris McKendry.
NBC will have weekend coverage and live telecasts of both women’s and men’s finals.
The live broadcast schedules of all three networks:
Tennis Channel French Open TV Schedule (Live) (All times Eastern)
Sunday, May 22, 5 a.m.-1pm, 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
ESPN2 French Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sun, May 22 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Tue, May 24 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Wed, May 25 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Thur, May 26 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Fri, May 27 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Mon, May 30 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Round of 16 Live & Same-day action
Tue, May 31 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Quarterfinals Live & Same-day action
Wed, June 1 Noon – 6:30 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals Live & Same-day action
Thur, June 2 8a.m. – 1 p.m. Women’s Semifinals Live
NBC French Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sat., May 28, 1:30pm-4:30pm, Third-Round Action
Sun., May 29, 3pm-6pm, Round of 16 Action
Fri., June 3, 10am-1pm, Men’s Semifinals
Sat, June 4, 9am-noon, Women’s Final
Sun., June 5, 9am-2pm, Men’s Final
(NBC Schedule subject to change)
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