FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
2015 FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE ON NBC BEGINS THIS SUNDAY, MAY 24, AT 1 PM ET
NBC’s Live Coverage Culminates with Women’s Final on Saturday, June 6 and Men’s Final on Sunday, June 7
33rd Consecutive Year as Broadcast Home of the French Open
Coverage Available on NBC Sports Live Extra
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 20, 2015 – NBC’s coverage of the 2015 French Open begins this Sunday, May 24, at 1 p.m. ET with live opening-round coverage, and culminates with the live Women’s Final on June 6 and the live Men’s Final on June 7.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal headlines the men’s field with a record nine French Open titles (2005-2008, 2010-2014), while No. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic, beaten in last year’s final by Nadal, looks to complete his career grand slam at Roland Garros.
Top-ranked Serena Williams is a two-time French Open champion, and returns to Roland Garros following a second-round loss last year. Williams faces competition from two-time French Open winner and defending champion Maria Sharapova.
COMMENTATORS: Host Ted Robinson anchors NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. This is Robinson’s 16th French Open in the anchor chair for NBC. McEnroe and Carillo teamed to win the mixed doubles title at the 1977 French Open. This is NBC’s 33rd consecutive year televising the event.
FRENCH OPEN ON NBC: Following is the television schedule for NBC’s coverage of the 2015 French Open, which culminates with live coverage of the Women’s (June 6) and Men’s (June 7) Finals:
FRENCH OPEN ON NBC
|Sun., May 24||1 – 3:30 p.m. ET||First Round (LIVE)|
|Mon., May 25||Noon – 3:00 p.m. (all time zones)||First Round (LIVE ET)|
|Sat., May 30||Noon – 3:00 p.m. ET||Third Round (LIVE)|
|Sun., May 31||Noon – 3:00 p.m. ET||Fourth Round (LIVE)|
|Thurs., June 4||11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (all time zones)||Women’s Semifinal (LIVE ET)|
|Fri., June 5||11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (all time zones)||Men’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)|
|Sat., June 6||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET||Women’s Final (LIVE)|
|Sun., June 7||9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET||Men’s Final(LIVE)|
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE
NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBC’s French Open coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to 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 Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.
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.
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