Tuesday, May 18, 2010

FRENCH OPEN-PART 2

Bonjour Once More!


http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/index.html

After I published the French Open article, I realized there were some things I left out. I promised to find out what the pundits are saying about who will win the French Open.This ESPN online site says some dark horses may have their day in the French Open court:


www.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/blog/_/name/espntennis/id/5195227/who-surprise-us-roland-garros

 It’s an article by Ravi Ubha, whom I have never heard of, despite the fact that I regularly read this ESPN site. Briefly, although he cites Nadal as the favorite, he notes these dark horses for the men’s tournaments: David Ferrer of Spain, Nicolas Almagro, also of Spain, and a few so dark, you can’t even see them. On the women’s side, he mentions the winners of the two previous tournaments: Another Spaniard, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who won the Italian Open; and Aravane Rezai, of France, who won the Madrid Open last Sunday.


By the way, it's important to know that some of the big names in tennis won't be playing. Kim Clijsters has a foot injury. Other withdrawals announced by the French Tennis Federation include the 2009 men's U.S. Open champion, Juan Martin del Potro, sixth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko, James Blake of the United States, and David Nalbandian of Argentina.

Not many other sports writers have yet jumped into the predictions pool. I’m most interested to hear what  the legitimate know-it-all Nick Bollettieri has to say. During the grand slam tournaments he makes his picks round by round. He’s not always right but he does a pretty good job.

We can all make our own picks on Racket Bracket, which begins when the draws come out. I’ll send you those dates. I'm not ready to make mine yet.

In the meantime, before I posted the television schedule, I performed my grand slam schedule ritual. I printed out the schedule (it’s usually 2 pages) made a second copy, and taped one to the TV in my living room, and one to the TV in my bedroom. Those of you who know me well are familiar with this exotic (and lazy?) behavior. With the schedule so available to me, I don’t have to check the listings day by day.

These sites also show online scoring and match results:

www.tennisnow.com.
http://www.tennisbetsite.com/ (despite it’s URL, it’s not a betting site)
http://www.cbssports.com/tennis?tag=fastFacts.tennis;Tennis

FRENCH OPEN TV SCHEDULE


It's Almost Here...



The French Open, the next major, begins on Sunday, May 23. Nearly all the matches will be aired on Tennis Channel, but you can catch some of them on ESPN2, although you are likely to be at work at those times. On weekends the hot matches will be broadcast on NBC.  If you can't see the matches, you can read about them online, or see live scores, at the French Open web site: www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/index.html

Roger Federer and Svetlana Kuznetsova (left) won it last year. Now that she's back, will Justine Henin, the French Open queen, reclaim the title for the fifth time? I, for one, don't think so. I'll scout around to see what the pundits think.


Sunday, May 23 (EST)


5:00 AM French Open : 1st Round Day 1 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


12:00 PM French Open : 1st Round Day 1 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – ESPN2, ESPN2HD


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Monday, May 24 (EST)


5:00 AM French Open : 1st Round Day 2 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


3:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Tuesday, May 25 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010- broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


12:00 PM French Open : 1st Round Day 3 (LIVE)- broadcast in HD – ESPN2, ESPN2 HD


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM French Open : 1st Round Day 3 (LIVE) – ESPN Deportes


5:00 AM French Open : 1st Round Day 3 (LIVE)- broadcast in HD – ESPN3.com


5:00 AM French Open : 1st Round Day 3 (LIVE)- broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010- broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010- broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Wednesday, May 26 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open : 2nd Round Day 4 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


12:00 PM French Open : 2nd Round Day 4 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – ESPN2, ESPN2 HD


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM French Open : 2nd Round Day 4 (LIVE) – ESPN Deportes


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Thursday, May 27 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open : 2nd Round Day 5 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


12:00 PM French Open : 2nd Round Day 5 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – ESPN2, ESPN2 HD


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM French Open : 2nd Round Day 5 (LIVE) – ESPN Deportes


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Friday, May 28 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open : 3rd Round Day 6 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


12:00 PM French Open : 3rd Round Day 6 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – ESPN2, ESPN2 HD


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM French Open : 3rd Round Day 6 (LIVE) – ESPN Deportes


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Saturday, May 29 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open : 3rd Round Day 7 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


*TBD. LIVE SATURDAY BROADCAST WILL BE SWITCHED OVER TO NBC. Check your local listings.


3:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Sunday, May 30 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open : Round of 16 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


*TBD. LIVE SUNDAY BROADCAST WILL BE SWITCHED OVER TO NBC. Check your local listings.


3:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Monday, May 31 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open : Round of 16 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


12:00 PM French Open : Round of 16 (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – ESPN2, ESPN2 HD


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM French Open : Round of 16 (LIVE) – ESPN Deportes


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Tuesday, June 1 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


8:00 AM French Open : M/W Quarterfinals (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


12:00 PM French Open : M/W Quarterfinals (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – ESPN2, ESPN2 HD


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – French Open : M/W Quarterfinals (LIVE) – ESPN Deportes


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Wednesday, June 2 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


8:00 AM French Open : M/W Quarterfinals (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


8:00 AM French Open : M/W Quarterfinals (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – ESPN2, ESPN2 HD


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – French Open : M/W Quarterfinals (LIVE) – ESPN Deportes


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Thursday, June 3 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open : Men’s Doubles Semifinals (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


8:00 AM French Open : Men’s Doubles Semifinals (LIVE) – broadcast in HD – ESPN2, ESPN2 HD


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – French Open : M/W Quarterfinals (LIVE) – ESPN Deportes


1:00 PM French Open : Women’s Semifinals – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


6:30 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


10:00 PM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Friday, June 4 (EST)


1:30 AM French Open Tonight 2010 – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


5:00 AM French Open : Women’s Semifinals – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


*TBD. LIVE FRIDAY BROADCAST WILL BE SWITCHED OVER TO NBC. Check your local listings.


5:00 PM French Open : Men’s Semifinals – broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


Saturday, June 5 (EST)


12:00 AM French Open : Men’s Semifinals- broadcast in HD – Tennis Channel


*TBD. LIVE SATURDAY BROADCAST WILL BE SWITCHED OVER TO NBC. Check your local listings.


Sunday, June 6 (EST)


*TBD. LIVE SUNDAY BROADCAST WILL BE SWITCHED OVER TO NBC. Check your local listings.


via ESPN, Tennis Channel, and NBC