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French Open 2014 Schedule: Live Stream, TV Info and Preview for Roland Garros

Defending champions Serena Williams, of the U.S, left, and Spain's Rafael Nadal pose during the draw for the French Open Tennis tournament, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday. At left is the women's trophy, at right, the men's trophy. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2014

The next two weeks will decide who are the best male and female clay-court tennis players in the world as the top players compete at the 2014 French Open.

Rafael Nadal has been the dominant force at Roland Garros for years on the men's side of the bracket, but a deep group of challengers will try to dethrone the King of Clay. Meanwhile, the women have seen a different champion in each of the last seven years, creating plenty of drama to follow throughout the tournament.

With plenty of star power in each bracket, this is certain to be an event you do not want to miss. Fortunately, you will be able to view the tournament from a variety of locations to make sure you catch every second of the action.

Here is everything you need to know heading into the Grand Slam.

 

When: May 25 - June 8

Where: Roland Garros, Paris, France

Watch: ESPN2, NBC, Tennis Channel

Live Stream: ESPN3, NBC Live Extra

French Open TV Schedule
DateTime (ET)Network
Sun, May 255 - 10 a.m.ESPN2
12 - 3 p.m.NBC
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.Tennis Channel
Mon, May 265 - 10 a.m.ESPN2
12 - 3 p.m.NBC
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.Tennis Channel
Tue, May 275 - 10 a.m.ESPN2
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.Tennis Channel
Wed, May 285 - 10 a.m.ESPN2
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.Tennis Channel
Thur, May 295 - 10 a.m.ESPN2
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.Tennis Channel
Fri, May 3010 a.m. - 7 p.m.Tennis Channel
Sat, May 315 a.m. - 12 p.m.Tennis Channel
12 - 3 p.m.NBC
Sun, June 15 a.m. - 1 p.m.Tennis Channel
1 - 4 p.m.NBC
Mon, June 25 - 10 a.m.ESPN2
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.Tennis Channel
Tue, June 38 a.m. - 1 p.m.Tennis Channel
1 - 7 p.m.ESPN2
Wed, June 48 a.m. - 1 p.m.ESPN2
1 - 7 p.m.Tennis Channel
Thur, June 59 a.m. - 2 p.m.ESPN2
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.NBC
Fri, June 67 - 11 a.m.Tennis Channel
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.NBC
Sat, June 79 a.m. - 1 p.m.NBC
Sun, June 89 a.m. - 1 p.m.NBC
via Sports Illustrated

 

Women's Bracket (Full Draw at RolandGarros.com)

Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press

Serena Williams comes in as the defending champion and top seed after a dominant stretch over the past few years. Considering it had been 10 years since she even made a semifinal at Roland Garros, last year's title was big to help her confidence.

Now the American should come into the event unafraid of anyone in the field while knowing that the clay court will not affect her game too much.

However, the draw certainly created a difficult run for Williams. BBC Sport provided a look at the possible challengers if seeds hold up:

As good as Williams has been lately, she is not perfect and one of the competitors along the way can pull off an upset. One player who will try to knock off the top seed is Maria Sharapova, who has dropped to No. 7 in the world after missing time with injuries.

Although she lost in her most recent tournament in Rome, the Russian felt prepared heading into Roland Garros, via Jim Caple of ESPNW:

In a way, I think it gave me a few extra days maybe to rest, instead of trying to hurry up and come here and trying to get on the courts as soon as you can and get as many hours on the big courts as you might get before everybody else comes. So in a way it's been great to have that. I would have loved to have done well in Rome, as well. I had great preparation. I had two great tournaments and had really tough matches, easier matches. I think a lot has been thrown at me in the last few weeks in all the matches I have played, and I think that's great for coming into a big tournament like this.

The problem is that Williams has won 15 matches in a row against Sharapova dating back to 2005. More than anything else, this will likely become a mental block for the Russian star that will prevent her from having any success.

Instead, the best chance to topple the No. 1 seed is unsurprisingly the No. 2 seed. Li Na has had success at Roland Garros before, winning the 2011 title, and she has the strong defensive ability necessary to win again.

The most impressive part of her game is the backhand, which was a big part of her success at the Australian Open this season, as noted by Jonathan Scott of Tennis.com:

Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep have a chance to surprise with a deep run as well, but it seems much more likely that the eventual winner is one of the last three champions.

 

Men's Bracket (Full Draw at RolandGarros.com)

Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press

Not only has Rafael Nadal won eight times at this event, he is an incredible 59-1 in his career at Roland Garros. That would be incredible if he was playing against opponents in middle school, let alone the best in the world.

As a result, the Spanish star enters the tournament as the overwhelming favorite to take home another title.

However, organizers should not give Nadal the trophy just yet. Courtney Nguyen of Sports Illustrated noted that the past few weeks have proven that he can be beaten:

Rafael Nadal is vulnerable. It would be one thing if he was getting dusted by Novak Djokovic, his chief rival on clay. But the losses to David Ferrer in Monte Carlo -- a player he had not lost to on clay since 2004 -- and then Nicolas Almagro in Barcelona -- a player he had never lost to on any surface -- were shockers. For the first time since 2003 he comes into Paris with three losses on clay and only one European clay title. And perhaps the most telling, when asked about his confidence, you can see that he's not where he wants to be.

The top challenger will obviously be Novak Djokovic, who has had more success against Nadal that anyone in the world, especially recently as ESPN's John Buccigross pointed out:

Even Stanislas Wawrinka admitted that this tournament will come down to two players, via Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated:

Wawrinka has had a great year, but he has struggled in recent weeks and is still not consistently at the level of the top two players on tour. Meanwhile, No. 4 seed Roger Federer has never been particularly impressive on clay despite his 2009 French Open title.

The best chance for an upset will likely be David Ferrer, who could face Nadal in the quarterfinals. However, taking three sets from arguably the best clay court player of all time will not be easy.

In all likelihood, fans will be treated to a final between Djokovic and Nadal. At that point, it will simply come down to which player hits the important shots when needed.

 

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