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Thursday, October 1st, 2020
RAFAEL NADAL, SOFIA KENIN & NOVAK DJOKOVIC HEADLINE NBC SPORTS’ 2020 FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND – EXCLUSIVELY ON PEACOCK
Live Coverage from Roland-Garros Continues this Weekend with Exclusive Peacock Coverage for Third & Fourth Round Matches – Starting this Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. ET
Dan Hicks, Mary Carillo & John McEnroe Call the Action Throughout NBC Sports’ French Open Coverage
Live Coverage from Roland-Garros Culminates on NBC with Women’s Final on Saturday, Oct. 10 & Men’s Final on Sunday, Oct. 11
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 1, 2020 – A star-studded field featuring Rafael Nadal, Sofia Kenin and Novak Djokovic – who have won a combined 37 Grand Slam singles titles – headlines NBC Sports’ live coverage of the third and fourth rounds of the French Open from Roland-Garros, beginning this Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. ET on Peacock.
The men’s draw is highlighted by Nadal, 19-time Grand Slam singles champion and World No. 2, who is known as the “King of Clay” and has won a record 12 French Open titles (2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017-2019), including the past three at Roland-Garros; Djokovic, 17-time Grand Slam singles champion and World No. 1, who is seeking his 18th Grand Slam singles title; and World No. 3 Dominic Thiem, who lost the last two French Open finals to Nadal and is coming off his first career Grand Slam title at the US Open. With a win in Paris, Nadal would tie Roger Federer for the all-time record with 20 career men’s singles Grand Slam titles.
On the women’s side, Kenin, 2020 Australian Open winner and No. 4 seed, rallied in the third set in her first two matches to advance to the third round on Saturday. 2018 French Open champion and World No. 2 Simona Halep who’s the tournament’s top seed, rolls into the third round with a matchup versus rising American star and 2019 French Open semifinalist Amanda Anisimova. The winner of tomorrow’s Halep-Anisimova match will advance to the fourth round, airing live this Sunday on Peacock, starting at 11 a.m. ET.
This weekend’s coverage on Peacock begins Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, featuring Djokovic and Kenin in the third round. Five rising American stars – Kenin, Anisimova, Danielle Collins, Taylor Fritz and Sebastian Korda – have advanced to the third round, with the latter three having their best finish in the tournament to-date.
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. 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.
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.
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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 remaining television schedule for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2020 French Open:
|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|