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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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.
June 7th, 2013 at 5:50 am