The 2012 French Open is in full-swing (pun intended), and the action is heating up on the clay courts of Roland Garros.
There wasn't much of a feeling-out period in Paris, as the French Open provided thrills from the first day, and even gave us a historic upset of Serena Williams by Virginie Razzano in the first round.
Injuries, upsets, unbelievable successes, historic matches and the rest of the action-packed tennis of the French Open has tennis fans glued to their TVs this year.
Williams was one of two American veterans to struggle in the first round, with Andy Roddick also losing in the first round.
However, other Americans did well, with 10 of 12 American women moving on to the second round, and the top two men's players moving on for the Red, White and Blue.
The 2012 French Open looks to be full of upsets on both sides.
No. 1 overall women's seed Victoria Azarenka struggled in her first match, squeaking by Alberta Brianti in three sets, while No. 8 Marion Bartoli and No. 16 Alexandr Dolgopolov have both dropped already.
The past 24 hours alone have been incredible.
Andy Murray was told to withdraw because of a back injury, but prevailed to win his second-round match against Jarkko Mieminen. Top women's seed Victoria Azarenka rebounded in her second match, but No. 8 Bartoli was not so lucky, losing in the second round. Oh yeah, and John Isner played another five hour match, losing (7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 16-18 to Paul-Henri Mathieu.
As the top seeds begin to fall, the action heats up on the women's side. There aren't any clear favorites on the women's side and the entire tournament seems wide-open for any contender still standing to win it all.
Nadal is next to unstoppable on clay, and has beaten Djokovic on clay twice already this year. Nadal is looking to win his seventh French Open title in eight years, which would surpass Bjorn Bork for the record of French Open titles.
Right now, I don't see anyone who can stop him from celebrating on Paris' fabled clay court.
With 10 days left in the first Grand Slam in 2012, there is a lot of tennis left to be played and fans need to know where to catch all of the action.
|Time (ET) ||Round||Channel|
|5 a.m. - 10 a.m. (live)||Third Round||ESPN2|
|June 1||10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (live)||Third Round||Tennis Channel|
|June 2||5 a.m. - 12 noon (live)||Third Round||Tennis Channel|
|June 2||12 noon - 3 p.m. (live)||Third Round||NBC|
|June 3||5 a.m. - 1 p.m. (live) ||Round of 16||Tennis Channel|
|June 3||1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (live) ||Round of 16||NBC|
|June 4||5 a.m. - 10 a.m. (live)||Round of 16||ESPN2|
|June 4||10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (live)||Round of 16||Tennis Channel|
|June 5||8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (live) || |
|June 5|| |
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(live and same-day tape)
|June 6||8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (live)||Quarterfinals||ESPN2|
|June 7||8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (live)||Women's Semifinals||ESPN2|
|June 8|| |
7 a.m. - 11 a.m. (live)
|Men's Semifinals||Tennis Channel|
|June 8||11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (live) ||Men's Semifinals||NBC|
|June 9||9 a.m. - 12 noon (live)||Women's Final||NBC|
|June 10||9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (live) ||Men's Final||NBC|