2012 Roland Garros Championship: Starts Sunday on TSN

Tennis returns to the red clay of Roland Garros next week for the 2012 Roland Garros Championship, the second Grand Slam of 2012. TSN will show complete coverage in Canada; while NBC will broadcast weekend coverage including the finals. The men’s championship will be simulcast on CTV Two. Here is TSN’s press release.

As the world’s top tennis players hit the historic red clay courts of Roland Garros, TSN and TSN2 give Canadian fans more than 100 hours of extensive coverage of the 2012 FRENCH OPEN.

Live daily coverage from Paris of the 2012 FRENCH OPEN begins Sunday, May 27 at 5 a.m. ET on TSN2 and continues throughout the tournament on TSN and TSN2 with the Men’s final airing Sunday, June 10 on CTV2 (see below for complete broadcast schedule). Tennis fans on the go can also access coverage through TSN MOBILE TV.

French language coverage airs on RDS and RDS2.

Canadian sensation Milos Raonic looks for his first Grand Slam title in a packed field that includes top ranked Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal (#2) and Roger Federer (#3). Djokovic has won the last three Majors but has never reached the final in Paris.

On the women’s side, competition includes top seeded Victoria Azarenka who looks for her second major title this year in a field that includes superstars Maria Sharapova (#2) and Serena Williams along with Canadians Aleksandra Wozniak and Stephanie Dubois.

TSN announced last year the network has agreed to a multi-year rights extension to broadcast the French Open. TSN has been televising the FRENCH OPEN since 1985.

The FRENCH OPEN is part of TSN and TSN2’s tennis broadcast schedule that consists of all four Grand Slam tournaments, including the upcoming WIMBLEDON, running June 25 to July 8.

TSN will use a mix of ESPN, NBC and international feed broadcasts.Here are the NBC and ESPN commentators.

NBC: Ted Robinson, John McEnroe and Mary Carillo

ESPN: Chris Fowler and Chris McKendry (hosts/play-by-play); Chris Evert, Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver (analysts)

Continue after the break for a complete schedule with anticipated originating broadcaster (I’m making educated guesses on these).

All times are Eastern.

Sunday 5/27, 5am-2pm – First Round – TSN2 (international feed)

Sunday 5/27, 12pm-3pm – First Round – NBC
Monday 5/28, 5am-10am – First Round – TSN2 (ESPN feed)
Monday 5/28, 10am-2pm – First Round – TSN (international feed)
Monday 5/28, 7pm-11pm – Early Rounds: Day 2 encore – TSN2
Tuesday 5/29, 5am-10am – First Round – TSN2 (ESPN feed)

Tuesday 5/29, 10am-2pm – First Round – TSN (international feed)
Tuesday 5/29, 7pm-11pm – Early Rounds: Day 3 encore – TSN2
Wednesday 5/30, 5am-10am – Second Round – TSN2 (ESPN feed)
Wednesday 5/30, 10am-2pm – Second Round – TSN (international feed)
Wednesday 5/30, 7pm-11pm – Early Rounds: Day 4 encore – TSN2
Thursday 5/31, 5am-10am – Second Round – TSN2 (ESPN feed)

Thursday 5/31, 10am-2pm – Second Round – TSN (international feed)
Friday 6/1, 5am-10am – Third Round – TSN2 (ESPN feed)
Friday 6/1, 10am-2pm – Third Round – TSN (international feed)
Friday 6/1, 7pm-11pm – Early Rounds: Day 6 encore – TSN2
Saturday 6/2, 5am-10am – Third Round – TSN2 (international feed)
Saturday 6/2, 10am-2pm – Third Round – TSN (internationalfeed)
Saturday 6/2, 12pm-3pm – Third Round – NBC
Saturday 6/2, 3pm-7pm – Early Rounds: Day 7 encore – TSN2
Sunday 6/3, 5am-2pm – Round of 16 – TSN2 (international feed)
Sunday 6/3, 1pm-4pm – Round of 16 – NBC

Monday 6/4, 5am-10am – Round of 16 – TSN2 (ESPN feed)
Monday 6/4, 10am-2pm – Round of 16 – TSN (international feed)
Monday 6/4, 7pm-11pm – Round of 16 encore – TSN2
Tuesday 6/5, 8am-1pm – Quarterfinals – TSN (international feed)
Tuesday 6/5, 7pm-11pm – Quarterfinals encore – TSN2
Wednesday 6/6, 8am-1pm – Quarterfinals – TSN (ESPN feed)
Thursday 6/7, 8am-1pm – Women’s Semifinals – TSN (ESPN feed)
Friday 6/8, 7am-2pm – Men’s Semifinals – TSN (international feed)
Friday 6/8, 11am-2pm – Men’s Semifinal #2 – NBC
Saturday 6/9, 9am-12pm – Women’s Championship – TSN/NBC
Sunday 6/10, 9am-2pm – Men’s Championship – CTV Two/NBC

10 thoughts on “2012 Roland Garros Championship: Starts Sunday on TSN

  1. If I remember right from last year, NBC doesn’t have the rights anymore for Wimbledon? I assume it will be ESPN from start to finish? Maybe finals on ABC?

    • Yes. ESPN and ESPN2 have exclusive rights for Wimbledon. ABC is showing three highlight shows, I think. One on the middle Sunday, then extended highlights of both championship matches.

  2. The title should say starts on Sunday I think

  3. The final on CTV2? This is not available in Montreal in OTA or Vidéotron. No big deal (NBC and RDS will carry it) but still weird.

    • Italy vs Spain Euro 2012 in that time slot. However thats scheduled to be on TSN2 and doesnt stat ti 11:30
      . Not sure whats on the main network. Peculiar move.

    • TSN has the Canadian Grand Prix at 1:55pm ET. The only thing I can figure is they are trying to protect the start of that. Would probably be a big clamour if TSN left Djokovic-Nadal (or whoever else) and 4-5 in the fifth set even though it is on NBC too.

      Then again, RDS has the Canadian GP too, but I guess they don’t have another channel to throw tennis to (RDS2 has soccer, I think).

  4. So I presume the NBC feed will be simsubbed now for the Men’s final?

  5. The international feed is boring and certainly not to the standards that one would expect from TSN. The sound is always cutting out and the score is often behind one point. The commentators have nothing interesting to say. This is a grand slam of tennis, not a local tournament .

    • I agree. At least TSN is using ESPN when they can (and they even had Tennis Channel’s coverage this morning). More of that, and less of the international feed would be great.

      For Raonic’s match, there wasn’t really another option. They could have brought their own commentators in to do his matches I suppose, but considering they don’t really have any tennis commentators, it would be hard to do for a few odd games a year. And the international feed at the Australian Open and Wimbledon is fine anyway as it is just the domestic commentary from Australia and Britain.

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