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Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
RAFAEL NADAL, SOFIA KENIN & NOVAK DJOKOVIC HEADLINE FINAL ROUNDS OF THE 2020 FRENCH OPEN BEGINNING TOMORROW, THURS., OCT. 8 ON NBC & NBCSN LIVE AT 11 A.M. ET
Live Coverage from Roland-Garros Culminates on NBC with Women’s Final this Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. ET & Men’s Final this Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. ET
Dan Hicks, Mary Carillo & John McEnroe Call the Action this Week for NBC Sports’ French Open Coverage
Coverage Streamed Live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 7, 2020 – Beginning tomorrow, Oct. 8, NBC Sports presents live coverage of the final rounds of the 2020 French Open from Roland-Garros in Paris, France. The Grand Slam culminates with the women’s final live this Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. ET and the men’s final live this Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.
NBC Sports’ coverage continues on NBC and NBCSN tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. with the women’s semifinals, followed by the men’s semifinals this Friday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. ET. The semifinals will be carried live on the East Coast at 11 a.m. ET on NBC with live coverage also available across the country on NBCSN at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.
The men’s semifinals competition is headlined by the fifth Grand Slam meeting and second at Roland-Garros between 19-time Grand Slam singles champion and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 12 Seed Diego Schwartzman. Schwartzman reached his first Grand Slam semifinal yesterday after upsetting World No. 3 and 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem in a five-set quarterfinal marathon that lasted five hours and eight minutes. Nadal, who is known as the “King of Clay,” has won a record 12 French Open titles (2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017-2019), including the past three at Roland-Garros, and with a win in Paris, he would tie Roger Federer for the all-time record with 20 career men’s singles Grand Slam titles. Nadal has won nine of his 10 career meetings against Schwartzman, including holding a 4-1 edge on clay.
17-time Grand Slam singles champion and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will be making his first appearance in a French Open semifinal and is still seeking his first Grand Slam title. This marks the first Grand Slam meeting between Djokovic and Tsitsipas.
In the women’s draw, 19-year-old Iga Swiatek rolls into the semifinal match against qualifier Nadia Podoroska, an upset winner over No. 3 seed Elina Svitolina in straight sets yesterday, 6-2, 6-4. Both will be making their first appearance in a Grand Slam semifinal. Two-time Wimbledon champion and No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova matches up against 2020 Australian Open winner and No. 4 seed Sofia Kenin, who will be making her first appearance in a French Open semifinal. Both Kvitova and Swiatek have yet to drop a set in their five matches during the tournament.
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.
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:
|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|