NBC Sports Groups' Expanded French Open Coverage Begins This Sunday on NBC

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May 24th, 2012

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S EXPANDED FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE BEGINS THIS SUNDAY ON NBC

20 Hours from the 2012 French Open on NBC Culminates with Live Coverage of the Woman’s Final on Saturday, June 9 and the Men’s Final on Sunday, June 10

This Marks NBC’s 30th Consecutive Year as the Broadcast Home of the French Open

“He has a chance to basically say, ‘I’m the best ever.’” – NBC’s John McEnroe on Nadal

“Rafael Nadal will go down in history as the greatest-ever clay-courter, eclipsing the luminous Bjorn Borg, but Roger Federer continues to dominate the ‘greatest ever’ dialogue.” – NBC’s Mary Carillo

“It’s amazing that he still has that hunger and passion. It sort of reminds me of what I see with Kobe Bryant.” – McEnroe on Federer

 

NEW YORK – May 23, 2012 – NBC’s 20 hours of 2012 French Open coverage begins this Sunday, 12 noon ET, with live opening-round coverage, and culminates with the Women’s Final on June 9 and the Men’s Final on June 10. In all, NBC will broadcast 20 hours from Roland Garros, including coverage on the first Sunday of play for the first time.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal has won six French Open titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011). With a win this year he will surpass Bjorn Borg for the most men’s French Open championships in the Open era.

COMMENTATORS: Host Ted Robinson anchors NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. McEnroe and Carillo teamed to win the mixed doubles title at the 1977 French Open. This is NBC’s 30th consecutive year televising the event.

MCENROE ON NADAL’S PLACE IN TENNIS HISTORY: “He still has the chance to be the best player in history. So that alone is something pretty major. I’ve long considered Roger Federer to be the greatest in history, but Nadal sort of knocked on the door with a winning record over Roger. (Rod) Laver was my other guy and then (Pete) Sampras. Those are the four best.”

MCENROE ON NADAL’S STANDING ON CLAY: “This is sort of a historic event, because my buddy and rival Bjorn Borg won six out of eight and only lost twice at the French Open. Nadal’s won six and lost only once, so he has a chance to basically say ‘I’m the best ever.’”

CARILLO ON NADAL-FEDERER: “Rafael Nadal will go down in history as the greatest-ever clay-courter, eclipsing the luminous Bjorn Borg, but Roger Federer continues to dominate the ‘greatest-ever’ dialogue. A second French Open title from Roger would cement his superiority over Laver, Sampras...even Rafael, until and unless the Spaniard racks up more Wimbledons and U.S. Open titles.”

MCENROE ON NADAL-FEDERER: “Nadal-Federer is something that we’ll look back on and realize that this is one of the all-time great rivalries.”

MCENROE ON FEDERER’S DRIVE: “It’s amazing that he still has that hunger and passion. It sort of reminds me of what I see with Kobe Bryant. He’s someone who’s getting on an age but still seems to want it just as badly as in the very beginning of his career.”

MCENROE ON DJOKOVIC: “Don’t forget about Djokovich trying to win four-in-a-row (majors). That’s pretty historic as far as that goes, because that hasn’t happened since Laver did it when he won the Grand Slam.”

MCENROE ON HIS PICK FOR THE MEN’S FINAL: I’d like to see Djokovic-Nadal to see if Djokovic has it in him to be able to beat Rafa for three out of five (sets) on clay.”

CARILLO’S FINAL FOUR PROJECTIONS:

Men: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych

Women: Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Li Na, Samantha Stosur

FRENCH OPEN ON NBC: Following is the schedule for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 French Open, which culminates with live coverage of the Women’s (June 9) and Men’s (June 10) Finals:

FRENCH OPEN ON NBC
Sunday, May 27 Noon - 3 p.m. ET First Round (Live)
Saturday, June 2 Noon - 3 p.m. ET Third Round (Live)
Sunday, June 3 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET Fourth Round (Live)
Friday, June 8 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (all time zones) Men's Semifinals (Live ET)
Saturday, June 9 9 a.m. - Noon ET Women's Final (live)
Sunday, June 10 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET Men's Final (Live)

FRENCH OPEN ON NBCSPORTS.COM: Tennis fans can go online to watch a live simulcast of each day of NBC’s coverage including the Men’s and Women’s Finals, and live streaming coverage, across the country, of the Men’s Semifinals on Friday, June 8. NBCSports.com will also provide daily video highlights online-only analysis for NBC’s tennis commentators.

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.

--NBC SPORTS GROUP--

 
  • stephanie erose

    When the tnnis match is on all I never hear the ball because your commentators NEVER STOP TAKING Once again we will mute the talk and watch the game. It takes away from the game. Do you have to analize every shot. It is painful to listen. Too bad BBC does not cover the French. When will you learn silence is golden

  • Ava

    NBC’s coverage is strikingly BAD. I simply go online. The commentary is excessive and while I often enjoy a little sardonic wit occasionally, I find the attitudes of a couple of the commentators to be very caustic at times. I don’t want to be a wet blanket on anyone’s personality but perhaps if they limited the commentary to change overs and between points (when the ball is not in play), this would take care of the problems organically.

    Also, why doesn’t NBC have better and more frequent streaming of tennis? There are some matches that I’d like to see that are not being shown or streamed anywhere. This would’ve provided an opportunity for NBC to be leading the way toward improved tennis coverage online and in general.

    C’mon NBC…Step Up Your Game!

  • Woody

    So today NBC doesn’t start coverage until noon (East coast). Does that mean that they’ll be doing delayed broadcasts? Does it also mean that the usual jabber-jaw commentators will be spoiling our viewing pleasure with incessant and mostly irrelevant analysis. Please, NBC, take a cue from ESPN and have some respect for tennis fans or, better yet, just leave tennis coverage to those who do it right.

  • David

    I just found out that NBC is hijacking French Open coverage for this weekend and next. JM & MC–ugh. They’re likable people, but terrible sportscasters; they’re more like psychoanalysts. Looking forward to Monday.

  • jon duoos

    NBC, why are you only streaming the coverage and not allowing replay online like ESPN? You’re effectively denying the pleasure of watching these historic matches to millions of fans in an era where technology would allow you to make it available anytime practically anywhere fitting anybody’s schedule. Just plain STUPID and GREEDY.

  • John Smith

    Just can’t stand the Mary and John talk show…….feel compelled to write after years of silently suffering the torture.
    The non-stop chatter and inane, sarcastic commentary is just plain immature.

    Theirs is a John M. fan club and it’s sickening to hear nothing but that tone.
    They trash the French, the Europeans and every player that is being compared to their gold standard, John M.

    Wish NBC can really see their really abysmally low quality audio commentary overlay of the French Open and change it right away!

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