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2019 French Open TV, streaming schedule

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NBC and Tennis Channel will combine to air the French Open live, beginning Sunday in Paris. NBC will broadcast Roland Garros for the 37th straight year, with TV coverage also streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Serena Williams takes yet another crack at a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the event where she made her Grand Slam return from childbirth last year.

Williams, a three-time French Open champion, withdrew from her last three tournaments with health problems, citing a left knee injury at the last two.

Rafael Nadal goes for a record-extending 12th French Open crown.

Nadal consolidated favorite status by winning his last tune-up event, the Italian Open, with a three-set victory over top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the final.

Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015 and on the 10th anniversary of his lone title in Paris.

While he would not have to play Nadal or Djokovic until the semifinals, he bowed out in the quarters of his two clay-court events this month, including withdrawing in Rome last week with a right leg injury.

Other contenders include defending champion Simona Halep and top-ranked Naomi Osaka on the women’s side. For the men, 2018 runner-up Dominic Thiem is riding an Indian Wells title and wins over Nadal and Federer on clay this spring.

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FRENCH OPEN: TV Schedule | Men’s Draw | Women’s Draw

French Open Broadcast Schedule

Date Time (ET) Network Round
Sunday, May 26 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Monday, May 27 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
12-3 p.m. (all time zones) NBC First Round
Tuesday, May 28 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Wednesday, May 29 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Thursday, May 30 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Friday, May 31 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
Saturday, June 1 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
11 a.m. NBC Third Round
Sunday, June 2 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. NBC Fourth Round
Monday, June 3 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
Tuesday, June 4 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Wednesday, June 5 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Thursday, June 6 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennis Channel Women’s Semis
11 a.m. (all time zones) NBC, NBCSN Women’s Semis
Friday, June 7 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennis Channel Men’s Semis
7 a.m. NBCSN Men’s Semis
11 a.m. (all time zones) NBC, NBCSN Men’s, Women’s Semis
Saturday, June 8 6 a.m. NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app Men’s Semifinal
9 a.m. NBC Women’s Final
Sunday, June 9 9 a.m. NBC Men’s Final

 

World Alpine Skiing Championships on for 2021 after request to delay rejected

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GENEVA (AP) — A request by the organizers of next year’s skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year was rejected Thursday by the International Ski Federation.

FIS ruled that the event will go ahead from Feb. 9-21, 2021, in Cortina d’Ampezzo — the highlight of an Alpine season that faces challenges to find safe protocols for international travel and attending races in Europe, North America and China.

The Veneto region of northern Italy was hit hard by the coronavirus and the season-ending World Cup races in Cortina in mid-March were canceled. That week-long event was to be a test for the 2021 worlds.

“The last month of efforts to come to this solution demonstrates the strong collaborative spirit of the ski family and stakeholders.” FIS president Gian-Franco Kasper said.

Organizers in Italy have said they expect losses of about 30 million euros ($34 million) if the worlds are also canceled. They asked for a postponement to March 2022, which would be only weeks after the Beijing Olympics.

“But we will be ready in any case and we will show that these world championships can change the history of a region despite the current difficulties,” Alessandro Benetton, president of the Cortina organizing committee, said in a statement.

Italian racer Sofia Goggia, the 2018 Olympic downhill champion, said she was “happy for Cortina because it will host the first major international event after the coronavirus epidemic.”

Cortina, which hosted the 1956 Olympics, will co-host the 2026 Winter Games with Milan and use the worlds as a showcase for the resort.

The women’s World Cup downhill on the Olympia delle Tofane course each January is one of the most scenic in the sport with a signature jump between tall outcrops of jagged rock.

The Dolomites venue was awarded the 2021 worlds by FIS after missing out as a candidate four straight times from 2013-19.

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Russia track and field athlete clearance frozen due to unpaid fine

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MONACO (AP) — The program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally will be frozen because the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time, World Athletics said Thursday.

The Russian track federation, known as RusAF, owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics said RusAF missed Wednesday’s deadline to pay.

World Athletics said it would freeze the work of the Doping Review Board, which vets Russian athletes who want the “authorized neutral athlete” status that allows them to compete internationally, and its taskforce monitoring RusAF’s anti-doping reforms.

World Athletics said both bodies will be “put on hold” until its council meets to discuss the situation at the end of July.

“RusAF is letting its athletes down badly,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said in a statement. “We have done as much as we can to expedite our ANA process and support RusAF with its reinstatement plan, but seemingly to no avail.”

RusAF president Yevgeny Yurchenko earlier told the Tass state news agency that his federation’s finances were damaged by the coronavirus pandemic and that it had asked for more time to pay.

World Athletics’ statement didn’t directly address that issue, but said Russia hadn’t indicated when it would pay.

Russia was fined $10 million by World Athletics in March, with $5 million suspended for two years, after the federation admitted to breaking anti-doping rules and obstructing an investigation.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said fake documents were used under the previous management to give an athlete an alibi for missing a doping test.

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