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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

 

Katie Ledecky swims fastest at U.S. Open from B final

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For what must have been the first time in seven years, Katie Ledecky failed to qualify for an A final in one of her primary events on Friday morning. No matter, she swam the fastest 200m freestyle at the U.S. Open from the B final at night.

Ledecky, owner of 20 combined Olympic and world titles, clocked 1:56.24 to win the B final by nearly three seconds in Atlanta. In the very next race, American record holder Allison Schmitt touched first in the A final in 1:56.47.

Full results are here. The final day of the meet airs live on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Ledecky has rarely lost domestically in freestyles from 200m through 1500m since she made her first Olympic team at age 15 in 2012.

She kept the streak intact, giving her a sweep of the 200m, 400m and 800m frees in the first three days of the U.S. Open, what could be the deepest domestic meet before the Olympic trials in June.

Internationally, Ledecky faced challengers in the 200m free in this Olympic cycle, unlike the last one. Italian veteran and world-record holder Federica Pellegrini won the last two world titles, with Ledecky missing the event this summer due to her mid-meet illness.

Ledecky ranks seventh in the world in the 200m free this year but likely would have been faster if she was able to race at her best at world champs.

Domestically, Simone Manuel has crept up, clocking 1:56.09 to lead off the 4x200m free relay at worlds to rank second among Americans in 2019. Manuel was the third-fastest American on Friday, recording 1:57.21, her fastest time ever outside of a major summer meet.

In other events Friday, Phoebe Bacon upset world-record holder Regan Smith in the 100m backstroke. Bacon, who like Smith is 17 years old, overtook Smith in the last 25 meters and prevailed by .05 in 58.63. Bacon, while shy of Smith’s world record 57.57, took .39 off her personal best to become the fifth-fastest in the world this year.

Olympic and world champion Lilly King dominated the 100m breaststroke, beating a strong field by .62 of a second in 1:05.65.

Chase Kalisz won a potential Olympic trials preview in the 400m individual medley in 4:13.07. Kalisz, the Rio silver medalist, held off 18-year-old Carson Foster by 1.69 seconds. Ryan Lochte, the 2012 Olympic champion in the event, was fifth, 6.65 seconds behind.

Rio Olympian Townley Haas won the men’s 200m free in 1:45.92, his fastest time since August 2018. Haas, the 2017 World silver medalist, improved to the second-fastest American in the event this year behind Andrew Seliskar.

Torri Huske won the 100m butterfly on the eve of her 17th birthday. Huske clocked 57.48, taking .23 off her personal best to move from sixth fastest to third fastest in the U.S. this year.

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Ester Ledecka stuns again, wins World Cup downhill from bib No. 26

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Consider 26 a lucky number for Ester Ledecka.

Ledecka, the snowboard champion who stunningly captured the PyeongChang Olympic super-G from bib No. 26, won her first World Cup ski race on Friday — also from bib No. 26.

Ledecka was fastest in a downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta.

She kept Swiss Corinne Suter from her first World Cup win by .35 of a second. Austrian Stephanie Venier was third. Mikaela Shiffrin was 10th in her weakest discipline. Full results are here.

“I am for sure more shocked than everybody here,” Ledecka said. “I was a little bit, not disappointed about the run, but I was not super satisfied. Then I was really surprised about the time.”

Ledecka, an Olympic and world champion in Alpine snowboarding from the Czech Republic, had a previous best Alpine skiing World Cup finish of seventh. The top-ranked racers all go in the top 20 of the start list.

Last season, Ledecka raced more World Cup skiing events than snowboarding events for the first time. She was forced to choose between world championships in skiing and in snowboarding due to schedules and picked the former with a top finish of 15th.

She’s undecided about her upcoming schedule. She could continue on the Alpine skiing tour with a super-G in Switzerland next weekend, or she could fly to Italy for a snowboarding event.

The women race another downhill and a super-G in Lake Louise the next two days. A full TV and live stream schedule for the weekend races is here.

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