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French Open 2015: Schedule, Dates, Times, Live Stream and Predictions

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVMay 23, 2015

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball during a training session for the French Tennis Open at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 22, 2015 in Paris. The French Open starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Francois Mori/Associated Press

The year's second Grand Slam is nearly in full swing, as the first service ball to be tossed into the Paris air Sunday will signal the start of the 2015 French Open.

Qualifying has already been going on for some time, but the biggest contenders for the title have known just how tough of a road is ahead ever since the Friday morning draw. There's no doubt it packed a punch and surfaced more than a few enticing matchups down the road.

It will take well over a week for the field to become exclusive, but it's never too early to slot a winner for both the men's and women's singles. Let's do that below after looking at all of the viewing information.

Complete 2015 French Open Schedule

DateTime (ET)EventTV
May 245 a.m. - 10 a.m.First roundESPN2
May 2410 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.First roundTennis Channel
May 241 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.First roundNBC
May 255 a.m. - 10 a.m.First roundESPN2
May 2510 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.First roundTennis Channel
May 2512 p.m. - 3 p.m.First roundNBC
May 265 a.m. - 10 a.m.First roundESPN2
May 2610 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.First roundTennis Channel
May 275 a.m. - 10 a.m.Second roundESPN2
May 2710 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Second roundTennis Channel
May 285 a.m. - 10 a.m.Second roundESPN2
May 2810 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Second roundTennis Channel
May 295 a.m. - 10 a.m.Third roundESPN2
May 2910 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Third roundTennis Channel
May 305 a.m. - 12 p.m.Third roundTennis Channel
May 3012 p.m. - 3 p.m.Third roundNBC
May 315 a.m. - 1 p.m.Fourth roundTennis Channel
May 3112 p.m. - 3 p.m.Fourth roundNBC
June 110 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Fourth roundTennis Channel
June 28 a.m. - 1 p.m.QuarterfinalsTennis Channel
June 21 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2
June 38 a.m. - 1 p.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2
June 46 a.m. - 9 a.m.Mixed doubles finalTennis Channel
June 49 a.m. - 2 p.m.Women's semifinalsESPN2
June 411 a.m. - 2 p.m.Women's semifinalsNBC
June 57 a.m. - 11 a.m.Men's semifinalsTennis Channel
June 511 a.m. - 2 p.m.Men's semifinalsNBC
June 69 a.m. - 1 p.m.Women's finalNBC
June 79 a.m. - 2 p.m.Men's finalNBC
RolandGarros.com

Live Stream

Streaming available at WatchESPN, NBC Sports Live Extra and Tennis Channel Live.

Winning Predictions 

Men's Singles: Novak Djokovic

Francois Mori/Associated Press

With the way Novak Djokovic has been playing in 2015, the only player who can keep him from winning the French Open and completing the career Grand Slam is himself.

The Serbian has left doubt at times as to whether he's the world's best current player, but he has convincingly taken that title with force so far in 2015. He won his fifth Australian Open earlier this year before taking four Masters titles—capped off by the Rome Masters on clay. 

Just take a look at what he's done over the last several months, per Sky Sports News:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to win the Rome Masters. He has had no defeats on clay this season #SSNHQ http://t.co/6tVrXlBBP7

For all of Djokovic's stellar play that has secured his top seed, though, he got a tough draw that puts him up against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. Of course, Nadal has tied an Open era record by winning five straight French Opens—as many as anyone has rattled off in a row at any Grand Slam.

Although it's hard to ignore, Nadal isn't looking ahead, per Roland Garros:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

About his match against Djokovic, @rafaelnadal: "I'm just focusing on going to this match. If I go to the quarter-final, then we'll see".

While Djokovic should—and will—be keeping his focus on what's in front of him as well, there's no denying he has that quarterfinal circled. He's fallen to the Spaniard in the last three French Opens, including two finals.

Considering Nadal hasn't put together a strong tournament since the French Open last year and Djokovic's incredible body of work over that span, though, it's impossible to pick against the top seed—even with the historical context.

Perhaps the Djoker's toughest opposition will be Andy Murray in the semifinals, who comes in with a 10-0 clay record this year, per Sky Sports News. But Djokovic has taken 10 of his last 11 meetings with Murray and topped him both of the two times they met on clay. 

If second-seeded Roger Federer looms in the final, Djokovic can lean on his excellent dispatching of the Swiss maestro back at the Rome Masters.

Simply put, the top seed has enough of a track record against everyone else to reign supreme. The only real mountain that Djokovic will have to climb will be in the quarterfinals, and considering Nadal's greatness at Roland Garros, a match between the two seemed inevitable anyway. Might as well get it out of the way early.

Women's Singles: Serena Williams

ROME, ITALY - MAY 12:  Serena Williams of USA in action against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in their Second Round match on Day Three of The Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2015 at the Foro Italico on May 12, 2015 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/
Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Pick any Grand Slam, and you can bet on Serena Williams to have just about as good of a history there as any women's tennis player ever. But that certainly doesn't carry over into Roland Garros.

In fact, the French Open is the lone Grand Slam that Williams has failed to win at least five times. She's only lifted the trophy twice in Paris, undergoing an 11-year drought from her first title in 2002 to No. 2 in 2013.

But not lost in the resurgence of Williams' career is just how more dependable she has become from tournament to tournament, avoiding her characteristic rough patches of play and exuding consistency. Although her greatness has lasted for quite some time, she's never been better than as of recent, as Carl Bialik of FiveThirtyEight.com noted:

Carl Bialik @CarlBialik

Serena Williams said she's become more consistent. She's right: Nearly half her time at No. 1 has come since 2013. https://t.co/O1vv1AUNpl

Her consistency may be put into question with a brutal draw ahead, but she's not alone in that regard, as defending champion and No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova has her work cut out for her as well.

While a round-of-32 matchup with Victoria Azarenka is tricky, Williams just recently dispatched her in a thrilling contest in Madrid. More trouble could be brewing in the semifinals against Petra Kvitova, who topped her in Madrid, but Kvitova struggles to get deep into tournaments and will fall victim to 16th-seeded Madison Keys—who got worked by Williams in Australia—prior to that.

Apr 4, 2015; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Serena Williams reacts after missing a shot against Carla Suarez Navarro (not pictured) in the women's singles final on day thirteen of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Williams won 6-2, 6-0. Mandatory Cred
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

For Sharapova, her half of the draw is so rough that meeting Williams in the final will be a tough task. Trouble brews from the very start with a first-round meeting with Kaia Kanepi (a two-time quarterfinalist) as well as early matchups with Samantha Stosur and Venus Williams

While Sharapova will have a tough time getting through that, third-seeded Simona Halep—who lost in last year's final—could be waiting for her in the semifinals. Last year's champion will have her hands full in just about every matchup, but Williams will reign supreme and save her best play for late in the tournament.

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