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Paralympic programming set for primetime over the next 3 weeks

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A total of 58 hours of Paralympic programming air on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA over the next three weeks.

It starts Wednesday and Thursday with eight hours of Rio Paralympic events on NBCSN, starting at 7 ET each night.

Coverage includes U.S. gold-medal victories in men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball finals and women’s sitting volleyball. Also, the U.S.’ double-overtime defeat in the wheelchair rugby final, 59-58 to Australia. And highlights from swimming and track and field, where the U.S. earned 81 combined medals and 31 golds.

NBC Sports’ Ahmed Fareed will also host Instagram Live chats on the NBC Olympics account with Rio Paralympians in advance of each night’s broadcast.

Wednesday, 6:30-7 p.m.: Jessica Long (Swimming), Megan Blunk (Basketball), Trevon Jennifer (Basketball)
Thursday, 6:30-7 p.m.: Tatyana McFadden (Track and Field), Katie Holloway (Volleyball), Chuck Aoki (Rugby)

Starting June 29, Olympic Channel airs seven straight nights of 2019 World Para Swimming Championships coverage.

The U.S. took 35 total medals and 14 golds, led by Leanne Smith, who won three individual titles, all in American record times.

Olympic Channel airs seven straight nights of 2019 World Para Track and Field Championships starting July 6. The U.S. earned 34 medals, including 12 golds.

American stars included sprinter Deja Young, who earned 200m and universal 4x100m relay golds, plus 100m silver behind countrywoman Brittni Mason, who broke Young’s world record. Other notable champions included Roderick Townsend (high jump, plus long jump silver) and Daniel Romanchuk (800m, less than a week after winning the New York City Marathon wheelchair division).

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RIO PARALYMPICS

DAY EVENT TIME (ET) NETWORK
Wednesday Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Final 7 p.m. NBCSN
Best of Swimming 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Final 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thursday Women’s Sitting Volleyball Final 7 p.m. NBCSN
Best of Track & Field 8 p.m. NBCSN
Wheelchair Rugby Final 9 p.m. NBCSN

2019 WORLD PARA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

DATE EVENTS TIME (ET) NETWORK
Mon., June 29 Day 1 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Tues., June 30 Day 2 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Wed., July 1 Day 3 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Thurs., July 2 Day 4 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Fri., July 3 Day 5 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sat., July 4 Day 6 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sun., July 5 Day 7 8 p.m. Olympic Channel

2019 WORLD PARA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

DATE EVENTS TIME (ET) NETWORK
Mon., July 6 Day 1 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Tues., July 7 Day 2 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Wed., July 8 Day 3 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Day 4 11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Thurs., July 9 Day 5 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Fri., July 10 Day 6 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sat., July 11 Day 7 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Day 8 11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sun., July 12 Day 9 8 p.m. Olympic Channel

 

French Open final classics to air on NBC

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Rafael NadalRoger Federer and Serena Williams highlight classic French Open finals that will air on NBC Sports the next two weekends, when the clay-court Grand Slam was due to be held before it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coverage starts at 1 p.m. ET on NBC on the next two Saturdays and Sundays. The broadcasts also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

First up: The 2012 men’s final between Nadal and Novak Djokovic (Saturday, 1 p.m. ET). Nadal prevailed in four sets for his seventh French Open title, breaking his tie with Bjorn Borg for the men’s record. Nadal tied Chris Evert‘s overall record, which he would break the following year.

The 2009 men’s final airs Sunday at 1 p.m. That’s when Roger Federer swept Robin Soderling to complete his career Grand Slam. Federer, who had lost the three previous French Open finals to Nadal, benefited from Soderling stunning the Spaniard in the fourth round.

The following weekend, the first French Open final between Federer and Nadal, from 2006, airs on June 6 at 1 p.m. Nadal came back from a set down to prevail in four, handing Federer his first defeat in a Grand Slam final.

The 2013 women’s final airs June 7 at 1 p.m. That featured Serena Williams facing Maria Sharapova in a Grand Slam final for the third of four times in their careers. Williams won in a sweep, extending her dominance over Sharapova (13th straight victory in their head-to-head, which ended up 20-2 by Sharapova’s retirement). Williams was arguably at her peak in 2012-13. With her second Roland Garros title, she ran her match win streak to 31.

The 2020 French Open was rescheduled to Sept. 20-Oct. 4, starting one week after the end of the U.S. Open.

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French Open Classics Schedule

DATE EVENT TIME (ET) NETWORK
Sat., May 30 2012 French Open Men’s Final 1-4 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK
Sun., May 31 2009 French Open Men’s Final 1-4 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK
Sat., June 6 2006 French Open Men’s Final 1-4 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK
Sun., June 7 2013 French Open Women’s Final 1-3 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK

Rafael Nadal’s first French Open titles air on NBC Sports’ ‘From the Vault’

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Relive 25% of Rafael Nadal‘s French Open titles on NBCSN on Wednesday, part of NBC Sports’ “From the Vault” week.

Starting at 7 p.m. ET, catch Nadal’s triumphs on the terre battue from 2006, 2011 and 2005 in succession. Coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

In 2006, Nadal met Federer in a Grand Slam final for the first time, rallying 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4) for his second title at Roland Garros. Nadal conquered Federer in three different clay finals that spring, breaking Guillermo Vilas‘ 29-year-old male record for consecutive wins on the surface (53).

The 2011 French Open final (10 p.m.) again pitted Nadal and Federer. Again, Nadal prevailed 7–5, 7-6 (3), 5–7, 6–1. It marked their first Grand Slam final clash since the 2009 Australian Open and would be their last until the 2017 Australian Open. Nadal tied Bjorn Borg‘s record six men’s titles in Paris, a mark he would eventually double.

The 2005 French Open final (12:30 a.m.) marked the beginning of the Nadal reign at Roland Garros. In a white bandana, olive green sleeveless top and white pirate pants, he came back to beat 37th-ranked Argentine Mariano Puerta 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5.

At 19, he became the first teenage man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Pete Sampras at the 1990 U.S. Open. And the first man to win the French in his debut at the event since Mats Wilander in 1982.

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EVENT TIME (ET) NETWORK
2006 French Open Men’s Final 7 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
2011 French Open Men’s Final 10 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
2005 French Open Men’s Final 12:30 a.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK