2023 French Open
The 2023 French Open (officially called Roland Garros by the tournament organizers) runs from May 28 to June 11 in Paris. NBC holds the U.S. TV rights in its 41st year of association with the clay-court Grand Slam, but sublicenses most of the coverage to Tennis Channel, which in turn puts many matches on Tennis Channel Plus.
Tennis Channel also produces linear coverage on its corporate siblings, the Bally Sports regional networks, which I do not track, and on its T2 channel on Samsung smart devices, which I do not have.
The tournament is held over 16 courts at Stade Roland-Garros; this includes the main stadium, Court Philippe-Chatrier; the other two show courts, Suzanne-Lenglen and Simonne-Mathieu; and 13 courts numbered 2-14. (Simonne-Mathieu replaced the old Court 1.) Chatrier and Mathieu have roofs. Several courts, but not all of them, have lights, which facilitates a night session on Chatrier beginning at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. EDT).
|Date||Singles round||NBC linear||Tennis Channel||Bally Sports RSNs||Peacock exclusive||T2|
|Sunday, May 28||First||5 a.m.-4 p.m.||8 a.m.-noon||Noon-3 p.m.||5 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|Monday, May 29||First||11 a.m.-3 p.m.||5 a.m.-3 p.m.||8 a.m.-noon||3-5:30 p.m.||5 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|Tuesday, May 30||First||5 a.m.-5 p.m.||8 a.m.-noon||5 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|Wednesday, May 31||Second||5 a.m.-5 p.m.||8 a.m.-noon||5 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|Thursday, June 1||Second||5 a.m.-5 p.m.||8 a.m.-noon||5 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|Friday, June 2||Third||5 a.m.-5 p.m.||8 a.m.-noon||5 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 3||Third||Noon-3 p.m.||5 a.m.-1 p.m.||8 a.m.-noon||3-5:30 p.m.||5 a.m.-noon|
|Sunday, June 4||Octofinals||Noon-3 p.m.||5 a.m.-1 p.m.||8 a.m.-noon||3-5:30 p.m.||5 a.m.-noon|
|Monday, June 5||Octofinals||5 a.m.-5 p.m.||8 a.m.-noon||5 a.m.-noon|
|Tuesday, June 6||Quarterfinals||5 a.m.-noon, 2-5 p.m.||5 a.m.-1 p.m.|
|Wednesday, June 7||Quarterfinals||5 a.m.-noon, 2-5 p.m.||5 a.m.-1 p.m.|
|Thursday, June 8||Women's semifinals||11 a.m.-2 p.m.||6 a.m.-2 p.m.||6-10 a.m.|
|Friday, June 9||Men's semifinals||11 a.m.-3 p.m.||8 a.m.-4 p.m.||8:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 10||Women's final||9 a.m.-2 p.m.||5-9 a.m.|
|Sunday, June 11||Men's final||9 a.m.-2 p.m.||5:30-9 a.m.|
NBC features Dan Hicks on play-by-play with Mary Carillo and John McEnroe as analysts, except on the opening weekend when Carillo does play-by-play due to Hicks handling Champions Tour golf.
Tennis Channel match-callers include Ted Robinson, Jason Goodall, Pam Shriver, Leif Shiras and Brett Haber. The analyst stable consists of Paul Annacone, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Mark Knowles, Martina Navratilova and Caroline Wozniacki, as well as Chanda Rubin, who usually works in the studio. Steve Weissman hosts Tennis Channel Live along with Rubin; Jon Wertheim, who does a unique mix of analysis, essays, reports, and his Sports Illustrated column; and former player Prakash Amritraj.
The Tennis Channel release also includes play-by-play voices Brian Webber and Gill Gross and analysts Jan-Michael Gambill, Jill Craybas, Jimmy Arias, CiCi Bellis and Nicolas Pereira; since this group is all crammed into its own paragraph at the bottom of the commentary section, I suspect they are handling the T2 and Bally Sports coverage rather than featuring on Tennis Channel proper.
The color-coded schedule graphics below are based on an average set length of 40 minutes; a best-of-three match is blocked at an hour and 40 minutes while a best-of-five match is 2:45, based on the likelihood of multiple sets if each set is a coin flip. Suspended matches are prorated based on the score when they are stopped.
Each match's position on the draw is indicated by a number in double square brackets. Each pair of matches with the same number meets in the next round; these numbers start with 1 at the top of the draw and proceed down the list. For example, there are 32 second-round matches, so the last pair of first-round matches is marked with a 32.
In the text listing of commentators, each match is numbered sequentially when it first appears. Brief updates on other matches are indented. Angle brackets indicate split-screen coverage.
The draw ceremony happened on Thursday, May 25, at 8 a.m. EDT (2 p.m. local). Thirty-two players are seeded in each singles draw, so two seeds cannot meet until the third round. Half of each draw will play Sunday-Wednesday-Friday-Sunday-Tuesday; the other half plays Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday-Monday-Wednesday and the opening Monday has some matches from both sides.
Novak Djokovic will be the lone member of the fabled Big Four men's stars to compete; Roger Federer has retired, defending champion Rafael Nadal is out with injury and Andy Murray has withdrawn in the run-up to Wimbledon (beginning July 3).
Men's top quarter: #1 Carlos Alcaraz (Spain); #14 Cameron Norrie (Great Britain); #10 Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada); #5 Stefanos Tsitsipas; Americans include #24 Sebastian Korda, Maxime Cressy, Brandon Nakashima, Mackenzie McDonald, John Isner, Emilio Nava
Men's second quarter: #3 Novak Djokovic (Serbia); #13 Hubert Hurkacz (Poland); #11 Karen Khachanov; #7 Andrey Rublev; Americans include #30 Ben Shelton, Aleksandar Kovacevic and Patrick Kypson
Men's third quarter: #6 Holger Rune (Denmark); #9 Taylor Fritz (USA); #16 Tommy Paul (USA); #4 Casper Ruud (Norway); other Americans include Christopher Eubanks, Marcos Giron and Michael Mmoh
Men's bottom quarter: #8 Jannik Sinner (Italy); #12 Frances Tiafoe (USA); #15 Borna Coric (Croatia); #2 Daniil Medvedev; other Americans include J.J. Wolf
Women's top quarter: #1 Iga Swiatek (Poland); #13 Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic); #11 Veronika Kudermetova; #6 Coco Gauff (USA); other Americans include #20 Madison Keys, Lauren Davis, Emma Navarro, Alison Riske-Amritraj, Claire Liu, Kayla Day
Women's second quarter: #4 Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan); #14 Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil); #10 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic); #7 Ons Jabeur (Tunisia); Americans include #32 Shelby Rogers, Bernarda Pera, Elizabeth Mandlik
Women's third quarter: #8 Maria Sakkari (Greece); #12 Belinda Bencic (Switzerland); #15 Liudmilla Samsonova; #3 Jessica Pegula (USA); other Americans include Danielle Collins, Caty McNally, Katie Volynets, Madison Brengle, Taylor Townsend
Women's bottom quarter: #5 Caroline Garcia (France); #9 Daria Kasatkina; #16 Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic); #2 Aryna Sabalenka; Americans include Sloane Stephens, Alycia Parks and Peyton Stearns
The players who reach the final round of qualifying and lose become the pool from which lucky losers are drawn as replacements for people who withdraw at the last minute. The Americans in that group are Nicolas Moreno de Alboran and Ashlyn Krueger.
Day 1 - Sunday, May 28
On Court: 40 matches, 100.5 hours
- 20 men's singles first-round matches (8 seeds, 7 Americans)
- 20 women's singles first-round matches (11 seeds, 5 Americans)
Forecast: Mostly sunny and remaining warm; breezy in the afternoon. High 76F.
TV Schedule: Tennis Channel, 5 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT; Bally Sports regionals, 8 a.m.-noon; Peacock, noon-3 p.m.
T2 Schedule: 5 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
|5:04||Desk segment||Steve Weissman, Chanda Rubin, Prakash Amritraj, Jon Wertheim|
|5:07||1||Sabalenka/Kostyuk||PC||Brett Haber, Martina Navratilova||first ball 5:10, end #1 at 6:21|
|6:27||Desk segment||Weissman, Amritraj|
|6:34||Interview with Aryna Sabalenka||Wertheim|
|6:41||2||Tsitsipas/Vesely||PC||Haber, Jim Courier||first ball 6:46|
|7:01||4||Khachanov/Lestienne||SL||Ted Robinson, Paul Annacone|
|8:36||Khachanov/Lestienne||end #2 at 8:54|
|9:00||Desk segment||Weissman, Amritraj|
|9:07||Tsitsipas/Vesely||end #3 at 10:00|
|10:06||Desk segment||Weissman, Amritraj|
|10:13||Korda/McDonald||end #4 at 10:25|
|10:30||Desk segment||Weissman, Amritraj|
|11:03||Desk segment||Weissman, Amritraj with Stefanos Tsitsipas|
|11:09||Sakkari/Muchova||end #5 at 11:24|
|11:28||7||Isner/Borges||13||Goodall, Courier||end #6 at 11:41|
|11:47||Desk segment||Weissman, Amritraj with Sebastian Korda|
|11:53||Report from the grounds||Wertheim|
|11:54||8||Shelton/Sonego||13||Goodall, Lindsay Davenport|
|12:39 PM||Desk segment||Weissman, Rubin, Amritraj|
|1:22||Desk segment||Weissman, Rubin with Leylah Fernandez|
|2:11||9||Rublev/Djere||SL||Goodall, Courier||end #7 at 2:17|
|2:22||Desk segment||Weissman, Rubin, Amritraj, Wertheim|
|2:33||10||Pegula/Collins||SL||Goodall, Davenport, Caroline Wozniacki||first ball 2:39|
|3:29||11||Pouille/Rodionov||14||Goodall||end #8 at 3:30|
|3:36||Pegula/Collins||end #9 at 4:02|
Play continued until about 5:05 EDT with the end of Kasatkina/Niemeier.
Peacock was on from noon to 4:05 p.m., airing primarily Shelton/Sonego and Pegula/Collins with Mary Carrillo and John McEnroe on the call. (Scrubbing Peacock exclusive streams minute-by-minute is difficult because of their ad break structure.)
Day 2 - Monday, May 29
On Court: 48 matches, 120.5 hours
- 24 men's singles first-round matches (14 seeds, 4 Americans)
- 24 women's singles first-round matches (11 seeds, 7 Americans)
Forecast: Mostly sunny and warm; breezy this afternoon. High 76F.
TV Schedule: Tennis Channel, 5 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT; Bally Sports regionals, 8 a.m.-noon; NBC, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Peacock, 3-5:30 p.m.
T2 Schedule: 5 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT