It’s tough love again for American TV viewers of the French Open. Unlike Wimbledon which is now broadcast solely and simply on ONE network – ESPN – the French Open has not one, not two but THREE networks airing the tournament. And all three will be on the first two days as NBC, ESPN and Tennis Channel all share in the coverage starting Sunday.
After Memorial Day Monday, things settle down with ESPN televising in the morning from 5am-10am before Tennis Channel wraps up the day.
NBC and Tennis Channel will share the middle weekend before week two begins with Tennis Channel and ESPN again handing off the coverage.
Down the homestretch, the last Friday Tennis Channel will air one men’s semi giving NBC the other. Hopefully both will be live though no guarantees. NBC have both the women’s and men’s semifinals live again.
Among those in the broadcast booth, for NBC it’s Mary Carillo, John McEnroe and Ted Robinson. ESPN will have Chris Fowler, Darren Cahill, Mary Jo Fernandez, Chrissie Evert, Pam Shriver, Patrick McEnroe and Brad Gilbert. Tennis Channel will feature Paul Annacone, Martina Navratilova, Ian Eagle, Brett Haber, Leif Shiras, Lindsay Davenport, Ted Robinson, Justin Gimelstob and Jim Courier who’ll pop in from time to time.
All the big matches should be covered, just make sure you have a remote handy. If you are looking for live streaming, you could be SOL.
ESPN2 French Open TV Schedule (Live) (All times Eastern)
Sunday, May 25, 5 a.m.-10 a.m., First-Round Action
Monday, May 26, 5 a.m.-10 a.m., First-Round Action
Tuesday, May 27, 5 a.m.-10 a.m., First-Round Action
Wednesday, May 28, 5 a.m.-10 a.m., Second-Round Action
Thursday, May 29, 5 a.m.-10 a.m., Second-Round Action
Friday, May 30, 5 a.m.-10 a.m., Third-Round Action
Monday, June 2, 5 a.m.-10 a.m., Round of 16 Action
Tuesday, June 3, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Quarterfinals
Wednesday, June 4, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Quarterfinals
Thursday, June 5, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Women’s Semifinals
Tennis Channel French Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sun, May 25, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Mon, May 26, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Tue, May 27, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Wed, May 28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Thur, May 29, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Fri, May 30, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,Early Round Action Live & Same-day action
Sat, May 31, 5 a.m.-Noon, Third-Round Action
Sun, June 1, 5 a.m.-1 p.m., Round-of-16 Action
Mon, June 2, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Round-of-16 Action
Tues, June 3, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Quarterfinals
Thur, June 5, 6 a.m.-9 a.m., Mixed-Doubles Final
Fri, June 6, 7 a.m.-11 a.m., Men’s Semifinal
NBC French Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sun, May 25, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., First round
Mon, May 26, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., First round
Sat, May 31, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., Third round
Sun, June 1, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Fourth round
Thurs, June 5, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Women’s semifinals
Fri, June 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Men’s semifinals
Sat, June 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Women’s final
Sun, June 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Men’s final
(NBC Schedule subject to change)
Also Check Out:
2009 Australian Open TV Schedule
2014 Wimbledon TV Schedule
2013 Australian Open TV Schedule: ESPN2, Tennis Channel
2011 French Open TV Schedule
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