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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
RAFAEL NADAL & SERENA WILLIAMS HEADLINE NBC SPORTS’ 2020 FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE FROM ROLAND-GARROS BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, LIVE AT NOON ET ON NBC
Live Coverage from Roland-Garros Culminates with Women’s Final on Saturday, Oct. 10 & Men’s Final on Sunday, Oct. 11 on NBC
Exclusive Peacock Coverage for Third & Fourth Round Matches During the Second Weekend of the French Open – Starting Saturday, Oct. 3
Dan Hicks, Mary Carillo & John McEnroe to Call the Action Throughout NBC Sports’ French Open Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 22, 2020 – NBC Sports presents coverage of the 2020 French Open, beginning this Sunday, Sept. 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, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. ET and the men’s final Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.
Headlining the men’s competition is 19-time Grand Slam singles champion and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the “King of Clay,” who has won a record 12 French Open titles (2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017-2019), including the past three at Roland-Garros. With a win in Paris, Nadal would tie Roger Federer for the all-time record with 20 career men’s singles Grand Slam titles. Nadal will be joined by 17-time Grand Slam singles champion and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is still seeking his 18th Grand Slam singles title following his US Open disqualification two weeks ago. Djokovic, who won his only French Open title in 2016, was undefeated in 2020 before his default. World No. 3 Dominic Thiem, who lost the last two French Open finals to Nadal, is coming off his first career Grand Slam title at the US Open.
On the women’s side, 23-time Grand Slam singles champion and No. 6 seed Serena Williams looks to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles and capture her fourth French Open singles title at Roland-Garros. Williams will be joined by 2018 French Open champion and World No. 2 Simona Halep who’s the tournament’s top seed. Rising American stars include 2020 Australian Open winner and No. 4 seed Sofia Kenin and Jennifer Brady, coming off her best Grand Slam singles performance with a semifinalist finish at the 2020 US Open.
Dan Hicks handles play-by-play, joined by analysts Mary Carillo and John McEnroe, who teamed to win the mixed doubles title at the 1977 French Open. McEnroe is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion.
Peacock will provide exclusive live coverage of third and fourth round French Open matches on Saturday, Oct. 3 thru Monday, Oct. 5. Upcoming live sports coverage on Peacock includes exclusive Premier League matches, an NFL Wild Card Playoff Game, and select coverage from the upcoming Tokyo and Beijing Olympics. Fans can also watch on-demand replays of events like Triple Crown horse races, daily highlights from NBC Sports, and hundreds of hours of sports series, documentaries and films such as Tiger Woods: Chasing History; 1968; I Am Ali; Dream Team; Being Evel; Feherty; Willie; and Peacock Originals Lost Speedways and In Deep with Ryan Lochte.
French Open matches on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. Coverage will be streamed 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 the iTunes App Store, Google Play, 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 38th consecutive year televising the event.
Following is the schedule for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2020 French Open:
|Sun., Sept. 27||Noon||First Round (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sat., Oct. 3||11 a.m.||Third Round (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 4||11 a.m.||Fourth Round (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Mon., Oct. 5||11 a.m.||Fourth Round (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Thurs., Oct. 8||11 a.m.||Women’s Semifinals (LIVE)||NBC, NBCSN|
|Fri., Oct. 9||11 a.m.||Men’s Semifinals (LIVE)||NBC, NBCSN|
|Sat., Oct. 10||9 a.m.||Women’s Final (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sun., Oct. 11||9 a.m.||Men’s Final (LIVE)||NBC|