How to watch the French Open 2017
Date: Sunday, May 28
Location: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
Time: 5 a.m.
TV: Tennis Channel (5 a.m. – 3 p.m.), NBC (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
Free Online Streaming: Click Here NBC Sports
The 2017 French Open will get underway proper on Sunday, with first-round play from the men’s and women’s singles brackets. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem are primarily favored on the men’s side. For the women, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and defending champion Garbine Muguruza are the ones to watch.
Of those, Thiem and Kerber will be in action on the opening day. Play begins at 11 a.m. local time in Paris, France, while in the United States things will get underway at 5 a.m. ET. The Tennis Channel will begin coverage at that time, with NBC running coverage from 12 p.m. through 3 p.m.
Online streaming for the day is easily accessible via NBC Sports. That works in a web browser or in various NBC Sports apps on connected smart devices.
Kerber is the top seed in the tournament after winning two Grand Slam titles in 2016. She has never made it past the quarterfinals of the French Open, however, last making it that far in 2012. She owns Grand Slam wins at the Australian Open and US Open, and has been on the losing end of a Wimbledon finals loss.
Thiem has never been beyond the semifinals of a Grand Slam, making it that far in the French Open in 2016. In other tournaments, he’s only made it as far as the fourth round, and for Wimbledon, has never made it past the second round. Still, he’s a favorite pick among experts to pick it up and put it all together in 2017.
Below is all you need to know to watch play at Roland Garros on Sunday, as well as list of the pertinent singles matches containing seeded competition.
No. 6 Dominic Thiem vs. Bernard Tomic
No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov vs. Stephane Robert
No. 16 Lucas Pouille vs. Julien Benneteau
No. 19 Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs. Marius Copil
No. 20 Pablo Carreno usta vs. Florian Mayer
No. 23 Ivo Karlovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas
No. 25 Steve Johnson vs. Yuichi Sugita
No. 26 Gilles Muller vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
No. 1 Angelique Kerber vs. Ekaterina Makarova
No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova vs. Lara Arruabarrena
No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Christina McHale
No. 10 Venus Williams vs. Qiang Wang
No. 15 Petra Kvitova vs. Julia Boserup
No. 22 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs. Cagla Buyukakcay
No. 30 Timea Bacsinszky vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo
No. 31 Roberta Vinci vs. Monica Puig
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s pairing in the same half of the men’s draw is the big story headed into the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros, Paris.
Nadal is bidding for a 10th title on French clay but will have to get past defending champion Djokovic to earn himself a piece of history. Elsewhere, world No. 1 Andy Murray will meet Russian Andrey Kuznetsov in the opening round. Murray is joined in his half of the draw by 2015 winner Stan Wawrinka.
Meanwhile, women’s No. 1 Angelique Kerber is in the top half of the draw, away from Simona Halep. However, Kerber is on the same side as defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza.
The full men’s draw is available on to the Roland Garros 2017 official website. The same source also has the full women’s draw.
Before a closer look at the ties, here are the viewing details and schedule.
Dates: Sunday, May 28, to Sunday, June 11.
TV Info: ITV 1 and ITV 4 (UK). NBC (U.S.).
Live Stream: ITV Player, NBC Sports App and Tennis Channel.
The Roland Garros Twitter account revealed when the initial matches will be played: