FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 30th, 2019
RAFAEL NADAL, SERENA WILLIAMS, ROGER FEDERER AND NOVAK DJOKOVIC HEADLINE NBC SPORTS’ 2019 FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND
Live Coverage from Roland-Garros Continues This Saturday, June 1 and Sunday June 2 at 11 a.m. ET on NBC
Mike Tirico Makes French Open Debut, Calling the Action Alongside Mary Carillo and John McEnroe on NBC This Weekend
Coverage Streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 30, 2019 – A star-studded field featuring Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic – who have won a combined 75 Grand Slams – headlines NBC Sports’ live coverage of the third and fourth rounds of the French Open from Roland-Garros this Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 at 11 a.m. ET on NBC.
The men’s draw is highlighted by Nadal, who has won a record 11 French Open titles (2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017-2018), including the past two at Roland-Garros, Djokovic, winner of the past three Grand Slam titles (2019 Australian Open, 2018 US Open and 2018 Wimbledon) and Federer, who has won 20 career Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history by a male player.
On the women’s side, Williams, who has the most career Grand Slam titles in the Open Era with 23, rolls into the third round with a matchup versus fellow American Sofia Kenin. No. 1-ranked Naomi Osaka defeated former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka to advance to the third round where she will face Katerina Siniakova. Florida native and 2018 French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens moves into the third round without dropping a set in her first two matches, while Simona Halep continues her journey to repeat as French Open champion. Four American women – Williams, Stephens, Kenin and Amanda Anisimova – have advanced to the third round and American Madison Keys, whose second-round match has been suspended due to light, can become the fifth American woman to advance.
With victories in the third round on Friday, Nadal, Federer and Stephens would advance to the fourth round, Sunday on NBC. Djokovic, Williams and Halep will all play in the third round Saturday on NBC.
Mike Tirico makes his French Open debut, calling this weekend’s matches on NBC alongside analysts Mary Carillo and John McEnroe. Dan Hicks will handle the play-by-play for the semifinals and finals from June 6-9. Live coverage culminates with the women’s final on Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. ET and the men’s final Sunday, June 9 at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.
Following is the remaining television schedule for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2019 French Open:
|Sat., June 1||11 a.m. ET||Third Round (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sun., June 2||11 a.m. ET||Fourth Round (LIVE)||NBC|
|Thurs., June 6||11 a.m. (all time zones)||Women’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)||NBC & NBCSN|
|Fri., June 7||11 a.m. (all time zones)||Men’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)||NBC & NBCSN|
|Sat., June 8||9 a.m. ET||Women’s Final (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sun., June 9||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 on NBCSN and NBC 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 app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
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 37th consecutive year televising the event.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–