French Open TV Schedule: Day by Day Listings for Entire Tournament

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French Open TV Schedule: Day by Day Listings for Entire Tournament
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The 2013 French Open main draw will begin this weekend, as Rafael Nadal begins his journey for an eighth career title in Roland Garros on the men's side.

Nadal boasts a remarkable 52-1 career singles record on the Paris clay, winning seven of the past eight championships there and dropping just 14 sets total since 2005. The Spaniard enters the French capital as the overwhelming favorite to repeat.

In the women's draw, surging Serena Williams looks the player to beat, ranking No. 1 in the world and acing the eye test in recent weeks.

But she'll have to overcome defending champion Maria Sharapova and a field of hungry female competitors this summer in order to claim her second career French Open title.

Here we'll get you set for what's sure to be a wild two weeks of Grand Slam tennis in Paris.

 

Full TV Schedule

Time (ET) Matches Channel
Sunday, May 26 
5 a.m.-10 a.m. First Round ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First Round Tennis
Noon-3 p.m. First Round NBC
Monday, May 27
5 a.m.-10 a.m. First Round ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First Round Tennis
Noon-3 p.m. First Round NBC
Tuesday, May 28
5 a.m.-10 a.m. First Round ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First Round Tennis
Wednesday, May 29
5 a.m.-10 a.m. Second Round ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Second Round Tennis
Thursday, May 30
5 a.m.-10 a.m. Second Round ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Second Round Tennis
Friday, May 31
5 a.m.-10 a.m. Third Round ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Third Round Tennis
Saturday, June 1
5 a.m.-Noon Third Round Tennis
Noon-3 p.m. Third Round NBC
Sunday, June 2
5 a.m.-1 p.m. Round of 16 Tennis
1 p.m.-4 p.m. Round of 16 NBC
Monday, June 3
5 a.m.-10 a.m. Round of 16 ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Round of 16 Tennis
Tuesday, June 4
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Quarterfinals Tennis
1 p.m.-7 p.m. Quarterfinals ESPN2
Wednesday, June 5
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Quarterfinals ESPN2
Thursday, June 6
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Women's Semifinals ESPN2
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Women's Semifinals NBC
Friday, June 7
7 a.m.-11 a.m. Men's Semifinals Tennis
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Men's Semifinals NBC
Saturday, June 8
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Women's Final NBC
Sunday, June 9
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Men's Final NBC

 

*Schedule information courtesy of TimesUnion.com

 

Must-See Stars to Watch

Rafael Nadal

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Love him or hate him, there's no denying that Rafael Nadal is the greatest player to ever slide across a clay tennis court.

The undisputed King of Clay, Nadal will be the main attraction during the fortnight at Roland Garros. It doesn't matter that nearly everyone is crowning him before the tournament even begins. Just watching Rafa fire away with those heavy topspin, lefty forehands is worth the price of admission.

Plus, watching Nadal is watching history unfold.

In 2012, Nadal was aiming to surpass Bjorn Borg by becoming the first in the Open era to win seven French Open titles. But in 2013, he'll look to add to his legacy, winning an eighth crown to tie France's Max Decugis, who won eight times in the early 20th century during the Amateur era when it was a French-only tournament.

 

Serena Williams

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It will be very interesting to see how world No. 1 Serena Williams performs early on at the French Open this summer.

While the 31-year-old is currently playing on an entirely different level than the rest of the women's field, she hasn't won this Slam since 2002, and hasn't reached the semifinals since 2003. Plus, she's coming off a first-round upset here a year ago. That first-round defeat was her first ever at a Grand Slam event.

In 2013, Williams enters Roland Garros in the midst of a 24-match winning streak and with three clay-court titles under her belt. What's more, Serena has dominated the defending champion of this event, Maria Sharapova.

Williams hasn't lost to the Russian star since 2004 and is 3-0 against her all-time on clay surfaces.

Therefore, it's no surprise that the 15-time Grand Slam champion is being picked by almost everyone to win it all this June.

 

Novak Djokovic

Men's world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be looking to win his first-ever French Open championship in 2013. The 26-year-old Serb has won the Australian Open four times and both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open once each.

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All he needs now is a title in Roland Garros to complete the career Grand Slam. Plus, if Djokovic wins in Paris this June, he'll still be alive to complete the Slam sweep in 2013, needing wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open to become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Slams in the same year.

Despite some lackluster play as of late, though, Djokovic's history at the French Open is very promising. 

He's reached the semifinals in Paris three times and, following a quarterfinal exit in 2010, he's bounced back with runs to the semifinals in 2011 and the final last year, where he fell to Nadal in four sets.

A talented all-court player, Djokovic, who is 0-4 all-time against Rafa at the French Open, was the last man to beat Nadal on clay, taking him out in straight sets in the final at the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

 

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