FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 19th, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS EXPANDED COVERAGE OF THE 2016 FRENCH OPEN BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY, MAY 22, AT 1 PM ET ON NBC
NBCSN to Host Coverage of Men’s Semifinals on Friday, June 3 & Women’s Doubles Final on Sunday, June 5
NBC’s Live Coverage Culminates with Women’s Final on Saturday, June 4 and Men’s Final on Sunday, June 5
34th Consecutive Year as Broadcast Home of the French Open
Coverage Available on NBC Sports Live Extra
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 19, 2016 – NBC Sports Group presents expanded coverage of the 2016 French Open, beginning this Sunday, May 22, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the first round. Live coverage culminates with the women’s final on June 4, and the men’s final June 5 on NBC.
The Friday, June 2, men’s semifinal round will be carried live on the East Coast at 11 a.m. ET on NBC, and will also be live to all time zones at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT on NBCSN. NBCSN’s coverage also includes the women’s doubles final on Sunday, June 5 at 5:30 a.m. ET.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic hopes to complete the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros as he aims for his 12th major title, while 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who’s won a record nine French Open titles (2005-2008, 2010-2014), returns after losing in the quarterfinals to Djokovic last year. They’ll be joined by defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.
21-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams returns to Roland Garros to defend her title, and tie the record for the most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era (Steffi Graf 22). Williams faces competition from two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, who beat Williams in the final at Indian Wells earlier this year.
Host Ted Robinson anchors NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. This is Robinson’s 17th French Open in the anchor chair 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 2016 French Open:
|Sun., May 22||1 ET||First Round (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sat., May 28||Noon ET||Third Round (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sun., May 29||Noon ET||Fourth Round (LIVE)||NBC|
|Mon., May 30||11 a.m. (all time zones)||Fourth Round (LIVE ET)||NBC|
|Thurs., June 2||11 a.m. (all time zones)||Women’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)||NBC|
|Fri., June 3||11 a.m. (all time zones)||Men’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)||NBC|
|Fri., June 3||11 a.m. ET||Men’s Semifinals (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sat., June 4||9 a.m. ET||Women’s Final (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sun., June 5||5:30 a.m. ET||Women’s Doubles Final (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sun., June 5||9 a.m. ET||Men’s Final (LIVE)||NBC|
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.
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 34th consecutive year televising the event.
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