French Open TV Schedule – Men’s Semifinals And Weekend

by Staff | June 7th, 2013, 5:42 am

The French Open will air this morning in the U.S. split between two networks. Tennis Channel will air live the first semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic starting at 7am ET.

NBC has rights to the second semifinal between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer, but their window of coverage begins four hours later at 11am ET.

So what happens if the second semifinal stars before NBC comes on the air?

Should the Tsonga-Ferrer start before 11am ET, because of their morning shows NBC likely will not come on live with the second semifinal, choosing to either play it back on tape or pick it up live when their broadcast starts.

Tennis Channel does not have rights to the second semifinal, but in theory NBC could allow them to show the start of the match until their 11am ET air window opens.

It is unclear if NBC will make the Tsonga-Ferrer semifinal available online prior to their air window, something they have done in the past.

Bottom line, it’s another confusing, frustrating morning for tennis fans in the U.S.

The finals are more clear as NBC will have live coverage of both women’s on Saturday at 9am ET and men’s finals on Sunday at 9am ET.

2013 FRENCH OPEN WEEKEND TV SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)
Friday, June 7
7am -11am, Tennis Channel, Semi #1 (LIVE)
11am-2pm, NBC, Semi #2 (LIVE)

Saturday, June 8
9am-12pm, NBC, Women’s Final (LIVE)

Sunday, June 9
9am-2pm, NBC, Men’s Final (LIVE)

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9 Comments for French Open TV Schedule – Men’s Semifinals And Weekend

Matt Hill Says:

I like what the slams have done with ESPN showing the tournament first ball to last. Roland Garros needs to consider it too.

Ron Says:

I love to watch tennis and for even the match up of Djokovic and Nadal not to be shown on network or espn seems crazy. He will tennis ever reach and gain a large tv audience if the big matches aren’t even highlighted.

Lisa Says:

You have got to be kidding, the best match of the tournament between Nadal and Djokovic and NBC doesn’t air? Beyond belief.

Alan Hale Says:

I wish NBC would just get out of coverage. Tennis Channel does a much better job and they have no conflicts regarding live coverage, and they always will show repeats of the matches which is very handy for those of us who will be in church on Sunday morning in the West. The 6AM-9AM window means we have to record NBC who will not rebroadcast the men’a final. Also Tennis Channel does not have horrible announcers like Ted Robinson.
ESPN is not as bad as NBC but cannot match tennis channel.

contador Says:

The thing is – Nadal and Djokovic was not the best match in the tournament but no one watches men’s tennis during the round of 16 or Quarters, apparently, so Tennis Channel doesn’t even get the chance to show the semi’s live and oops, ESPN and NBC cannot find the time or release the rights to tennis channel – so nuff said. Maybe decent coverage will return by Wimbledon.

This time of year there is a log jam of the usual – NBA, MLB, NHL, what else – poker finals, fishing, every other sport or sorta sport, golf, what else, covered but tennis…wrong country to be an avid tennis fan. My bad luck.

contador Says:

Roland Garros IS a slam – I doubt many sports fans in the US even know there are four Grand Slams in tennis or if they did, they would not know where they were except for the one in New York and the one in Wimbledon, wherever that is. LOL…

Tennis needs better marketing? I don’t know.

!. Australian Open
2. French Open aka Roland Garros
3. Wimbledon
4. US Open

Moi Says:

I am sooooo pissed off over this coverage. I actually was lucky enough to fly to Paris to see Federer beat Djokovic in 2011, and was expecting to easily see this EPIC match somehow on NBC or EPSN, (or even ESPN3) but NOOOOOOO! GD F*^%*… As I said I’m SO PISSED OFF that 1. I cannot see the match live OR REPEAT, and 2 that the Tennis Channel is NOT available without upgrading in Time Warner nor Fios. F^&^%

Al Florida Says:

Horrible network coverage

sami blouin Says:

This sucks! A bunch of manipulators. they waste TV time on such stupid things, blah, blah blah

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