May 28 - June 11, 2017
The 2016 French Open was the culmination of all-court excellence for Novak Djokovic—a masterful title run that completed a career Grand Slam. From his first-round match to his final championship point, it aired on Tennis Channel. In its 10th year of broadcasting Roland Garros, Tennis Channel allowed viewers to watch more courts, over longer periods of time, across multiple platforms. Whether you wanted to see the Serb on Court Philippe Chatrier, or look for the next Djokovic in the junior event on a side court, Tennis Channel was your destination.
Tennis Channel covered the French Open from start to finish in 2016, including seven days of exclusive tournament coverage in the United States and over 100 hours of live tennis. Tennis Channel Plus, a subscription service that gives viewers on-demand access to more courts and matches from around the world, provided an additional 450 hours of French Open coverage.
Like Garbine Muguruza, who won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros last year, Tennis Channel rewrote history with its performance in Paris. It earned record ratings for its expanded tournament coverage, both in average and single-day numbers.
“Our French Open ratings validate Tennis Channel’s commitment to broadcasting first-match through last-match coverage on TV each year for fans,” said Doug Martz, Tennis Channel’s senior vice president of advertising sales.
Tennis Channel’s dedication to the sport remains evident in its presentation of this year’s French Open. The network will devote three weeks of coverage to the 15-day event, with the qualifying tournament and live reports from Roland Garros—including the popular “Racquet Bracket,” in which the draws will be dissected and debated—beginning on Monday, May 22.
Then, at 5:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 28, the French Open gets underway in earnest. Two-hundred and fifty-six players will vie for two championships on the terre battue. And only one network will showcase the culmination of the clay-court season each day, from first ball to last: Tennis Channel.