French Open 2012 TV Schedule: Time and Listings for Day 1 Action

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IMay 26, 2012

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 27:  Andy Roddick in action against Juan Monaco of Argentina during Day 9 of the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2012 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The 2012 French Open begins on Sunday to start what promises to be a fantastic and historic event this year at Roland Garros. 

Rafael Nadal looks to not only defend his title, but win a record-breaking seventh title. Novak Djokovic can become the third player to win four consecutive Grand Slams. The aging, but still capable Roger Federer, can complete the double career Grand Slam with another triumph on the red clay courts in Paris. 

On the women's side, Li Na looks to repeat as champion, a feat not accomplished since Justine Henin won three-straight French Open titles from 2005 to 2007. World's No. 1 Victoria Azarenka is in the field, as is Maria Sharapova, who's still in search of her first championship at Roland Garros. 

A handful of quality players are in action on the first day, including Andy Roddick, Jo Willy Tsonga, Juan Martin Del Potro, Ana Ivanovic and Samantha Stosur. 

Here's a TV guide to the first day of action. 


TV Schedule for May 27th

5:00 to 10:00 am, ESPN2 and streaming live on

Men's matches to watch

Andrey Kuznetsov vs. No. 5 JoWilly Tsonga 

No. 9 Juan Manuel Del Potro vs. Albert Montanes 

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs. No. 26 Andy Roddick 

Tsonga has never advanced past the fourth round at Roland Garros. Roddick, once the world's No. 1 in 2003, hasn't gotten past the fourth round, either. Del Potro, the 23-year-old Argentinian, made it to the semi-finals in 2009. 

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 20:  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France plays a forehand in his match against Gilles Simon of France during day six of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on April 20, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Julian Finney/Getty Images


Women's matches to watch

Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino vs. No. 13 Ana Ivanovic

Paula Ormaechea vs. Venus Williams  

Elena Baltacha vs. No. 6 Samantha Stosur 

Ivanovic won the 2008 French Open. She knows her away around the clay courts. Stosur lost in the 2010 finals to Francesca Schiavone. Williams is the last American-born female to win at Roland Garros, when she captured the title in 2002.