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Thursday, June 3rd, 2021
RAFAEL NADAL, SERENA WILLIAMS, NOVAK DJOKOVIC & ROGER FEDERER HEADLINE NBC SPORTS’ 2021 ROLAND-GARROS TENNIS COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND ON NBC & PEACOCK
Live Coverage from Roland-Garros Continues This Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 at Noon ET on NBC
Peacock to Present Exclusive Matches This Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, and Monday, June 7 at 3 p.m. ET
Extensive Live Roland-Garros Coverage over the Next Two Weeks Includes Exclusive New Package of Matches on Peacock, Women’s Final on Saturday, June 12 on NBC & Men’s Final on Sunday, June 13 on NBC
Dan Hicks, Mary Carillo & John McEnroe to Call the Action This Weekend
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2021 – A star-studded field featuring Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer headlines NBC Sports’ live coverage of the third and fourth rounds of 2021 Roland-Garros matches from Paris, France, this weekend on NBC and Peacock.
Coverage begins with the third round this Saturday, June 5 at Noon ET on NBC and continues exclusively on Peacock beginning at 2 p.m. ET. On Sunday, June 6, NBC presents a fourth-round match at Noon ET, followed by exclusive coverage on Peacock beginning at 2 p.m. ET. This Monday, June 7, Peacock presents an exclusive fourth-round match at 3 p.m. ET.
The men’s draw is highlighted by Nadal, who has won a record 13 Roland-Garros titles (2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017-2020), including the past four, Djokovic, who lost to Nadal in the Final at Roland-Garros last year and won the first Grand Slam of 2021 at the Australian Open in February, and Federer, who seeks his second career Roland-Garros title (2009) after missing last year’s tournament due to injury. Federer also is returning to Grand Slam competition for the first time since the 2020 Australian Open. Four American men have advanced to the third round at Roland-Garros: John Isner, Reilly Opelka, Steve Johnson, and Marcos Giron.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams, who has the most career Grand Slam titles in the Open Era with 23, advances to the third round with a matchup versus fellow American Danielle Collins. On Saturday, 17-year-old Coco Gauff will play Jennifer Brady in a third-round matchup. 2018 French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens moves into the third round after defeating ninth-seeded Karolína Plíšková in straight sets, while 2020 Roland-Garros finalist Sofia Kenin faces Jessica Pegula, the daughter of Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, in the third round. Iga Świątek looks to continue her title defense after winning the 2020 tournament as a 19-year-old.
With a victory in the third round on Friday, Williams would advance to the fourth round Sunday. Djokovic, Federer, and Świątek will all play in the third round Saturday. Nadal is facing Richard Gasquet in the second round this afternoon.
Dan Hicks handles play-by-play this weekend alongside 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.
NBC Sports’ live coverage culminates with the women’s final on Saturday, June 12 at 9 a.m. ET and the men’s final Sunday, June 13 at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.
Peacock recently announced a multi-year agreement with the French Tennis Federation for a new package of Roland-Garros middle weekend night sessions, expanding NBC Sports’ exclusive coverage of the Grand Slam event. This year, Peacock will exclusively present the new night sessions in Paris: four live hours beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Sat., June 5 and Sun., June 6, and three live hours starting at 3 p.m. ET on Mon., June 7.
Coverage of Roland-Garros will be on Peacock Premium. Viewers can sign up for Peacock at PeacockTV.com. Peacock is currently available on the Roku platform; Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices including Android™, Android TV™ devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices; Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; Sony PlayStation4 and PlayStation 4 Pro; and VIZIO SmartCast™ TVs and LG Smart TVs. Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, as well as eligible Cox Contour customers, enjoy Peacock Premium included with their service at no additional cost.
NBC AND Roland-Garros: 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 39th consecutive year televising the event.
Following is the remaining schedule for NBC Sports’ live Roland-Garros coverage:
|Sat., June 5||Noon||Round 3 or 4 (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sat., June 5||2 p.m.||Round 3 or 4 (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Sat., June 5||3 p.m.||Round 3 or 4 – Night Session (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Sun., June 6||Noon||Round 4 (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sun., June 6||2 p.m.||Round 4 (LIVE) – Includes Night Session (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Mon., June 7||3 p.m.||Round 4 – Night Session (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Thurs., June 10||11 a.m.||Women’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)||NBC, NBCSN|
|Fri., June 11||11 a.m.||Men’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)||NBC, NBCSN|
|Sat., June 12||9 a.m.||Women’s Final (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sat., June 12||Noon||Men’s Doubles Finals (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Sun., June 13||9 a.m.||Men’s Final||NBC|
|Sun., June 13||Noon||Final Day||Peacock|