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Thursday, May 24th, 2018
RAFAEL NADAL & SERENA WILLIAMS HEADLINE NBC SPORTS’ 2018 FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE FROM ROLAND-GARROS BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY, MAY 27, LIVE AT NOON ET ON NBC
Live Coverage from Roland-Garros Culminates with Women’s Final on Saturday, June 10 and Men’s Final on Sunday, June 11 on NBC
NBC Marks 36th Consecutive Year as Broadcast Home of the French Open
Coverage Streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 24, 2018 – NBC Sports presents coverage of the 2018 French Open, beginning this Sunday, May 27, live at Noon ET on NBC with the first round from Roland-Garros in Paris, France. Live coverage culminates with the women’s final on Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m. ET and the men’s final Sunday, June 10 at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.
Headlining the men’s competition is 16-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who’s won a record 10 French Open titles (2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017). He’ll be joined by 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, whose last victory at a major came at the 2016 French Open; No. 3-ranked Alexander Zverev, who won the 2017 Italian Open and Canada Masters; and Dominic Thiem, who reached the French Open semifinals in 2016 and 2017.
Serena Williams will make her long-awaited Grand Slam return in Paris. Williams has not played in a major since winning the 2017 Australian Open, and giving birth to her daughter later that year (Sept. 2017). The three-time French Open champion is in search of her 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie her with Margaret Court for the most all-time. The women’s field also features Simona Halep, who has twice reached the French Open final, defending French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 2016 French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, and 2017 and 2018 Italian Open champion Elina Svitolina.
Ted Robinson handles play-by-play for NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. This is Robinson’s 19th French Open for NBC. McEnroe and Carillo teamed to win the mixed doubles title at the 1977 French Open.
Following is the television schedule for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017 French Open:
|Sun., May 27||Noon ET||First Round (LIVE)||NBC|
|Mon., May 28||Noon (all time zones)||First Round (LIVE ET)||NBC|
|Sat., June 2||Noon ET||Third Round (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sun., June 3||Noon ET||Fourth Round (LIVE)||NBC|
|Thurs., June 7||11 a.m. (all time zones)||Women’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)||NBC|
|Fri., June 8||11 a.m. (all time zones)||Men’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)||NBC|
|Sat., June 9||9 a.m. ET||Women’s Final (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sun., June 10||9 a.m. ET||Men’s Final (LIVE)||NBC|
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Comcast’s X1, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.
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NBC AND THE FRENCH OPEN: In 1975, NBC became the first American television network to provide coverage of the French Open when the network signed a three-year deal with the French Tennis Federation. The tournament was covered by CBS from 1980-82 and returned to NBC in 1983, where it has remained since. This is NBC’s 36th consecutive year televising the event.
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