After years of consternation from American viewers over tape delayed semifinal coverage from the French Open, this year the tournament will again be available live to fans in the U.S. over cable and network TV.
Tennis Channel will come on live at 7am ET with coverage of the Rafael Nadal-David Ferrer match.
At 11am in ALL TIMES ZONES this year (!!), NBC will take the reigns broadcasting the Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer clash. Mary Carillo will join Ted Robinson and John McEnroe in the booth for the call.
“I can’t wait to see if we move one step closer to seeing history being written on Friday,” McEnroe said. “Only in this extraordinary situation would Roger Federer be such a big underdog and potential spoiler. A situation he may relish if he can get his a game going.”
In question, if the Nadal-Ferrer match goes quickly (under 2:30), will NBC allow Tennis Channel to show the start of Federer-Djokovic, or will it cut in to the match live at 10am, or interrupt their early morning schedule to show the match, or, worst case, televise it from the beginning on tape. Fingers crossed for the first of the four options. Or just hope and pray Nadal-Ferrer runs long or there are weather delays.
NBC will also air the conclusion of the Nadal-Ferrer match if it continues in their 11am window.
NBCSports.com, however, will stream live the Djokovic-Federer match regardless of start time.
In their 30th year, NBC will also air both women’s and men’s final live at 9am ET, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
“The 6’2” Russian has overpowered everyone in her path, and it’s hard to imagine a letdown from someone who’s broken serve 40 times in six matches and is winning 70% of her first serve points,” Carillo said. “Maria has never looked this comfortable and confident on clay.”
WEEKEND FRENCH OPEN TV SCHEDULE (U.S.)
Friday, June 8, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET, Men’s Semifinal #1 (Live ET) Nadal v. Ferrer
Friday, June 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (all time zones) , Men’s Semifinals #2 (Live ET) Djokovic v. Federer
Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. – Noon ET, Women’s Final (Live) Sharapova v. Errani
Sunday, June 10, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET, Men’s Final (Live)
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