>> Friday, May 25, 2012
It's late May and the second tennis Grand Slam of the year is starting this weekend. Live tennis action is covered by the best broadcasters around the world, as the best players compete in Roland Garros 2012 - the French Open, the only major hosted in clay courts. Last year, more than 140 channels in almost 180 countries broadcasted live and delayed telecast as Spain's Rafael Nadal tied a record win of six French Open wins. On the women's side, Li Na of China captured everyone's imagination with a straight set win over then defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy, to become the first Asian tennis player - man or woman - to capture a Grand Slam title.
For the 2012 version of the French Open, France Televisions as in the past a partner of Roland-Garros, will broadcast live and extensive coverage on France 2, France 3, and France 4. Telecast will start at 11 AM Paris time until the end of the day. Additional regular magazine programmes throughout the fortnight will be added. The following broadcasters will showcase French Open live action across the continent of Europe:
RTBF1, RTBF2, CANVAS, EEN, VRT
ERT 1, Mega, Antenna
NOS1, NOS2, NOS3
BBC1, BBC2, BBC3
RTVS1, RTVS2, RTVSLO
SF1, SF2, TSI1, TSI2, TSR1, TSR2
TRT1, TRT2, TRT3
YLE1, YLE2, FST5
NTV+, RTR Sport
France 2, 3, 4
In the United States, the past winners in the previous 25 years included a young Michael Chang, Jim Courier, and Andre Agassi with Agassi being the last American to hoist the Roland Garros trophy in 1999. This year, top American players John Isner, Mardy Fish, and Andy Roddick are all seeded but are not expected to contend for the title. In the ladies draw however, American Serena Williams is the top favorite to bring home another Roland-Garros title to add to her 2002 trophy. French Open 2012 will be shown live through the following channels: ESPN2, NBC, Tennis Channel, and TV5. In neighboring Canada, attention will be focused on promising Canadian Milos Raonic and Canadians can tune in to RDS and TSN to follow his progress.
While in recent years, most semi-finalists and finalists were either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer, there was a time when a charismatic Brazilian dominated at Roland-Garros. Gustavo Kuerten won three French Open titles, and put Brazilian tennis in the map. This year, South Americans will rely on Argentinians to carry the banner of their continent. World no. 9 Juan Martin del Potro is a darkhorse for the title. If you're in South America, watch French Open 2012 action via ESPN Brazil, ESPN+, ESPN Latin Americas, ESPN Deportes, and
In the Asia Pacific, tennis has a huge following in Australia, India, China, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. Li's historic win last year and recent tournaments successful hosting in China has provided a great boost in the most populous continent in the world. The following channels below offer live action directly from Roland Garros 2012 French Open to tennis fans scattered across the Asia-Pacific Region.
True Sport4, BBTV Channel 7
CCTV5, CCTV Golf & tennis Channel
Fox sports 1, 2 et 3, Nine
Sky sport 1, 2, 3
Balls TV, Studio 23
VCTV3 Enlever SCTV
Africa and the Middle East will rely on M-Net, Supersports Channel1, 2, 5, 6, CSN, Aljazeera1, 2, 3, SNRT, and Arrydia for live and delayed telecast of tennis in Paris. Enjoy the fun, keep watching Roland Garros 2012 French Open action through the above-mentioned channels.