ESPN, Tennis Channel serve up French Open

ESPN serves up the 2015 French Open starting Sunday on ESPN2 with 50 hours on television and nearly 300 more via ESPN3’s presentation of up to seven courts on the days ESPN2 is on the air. Coverage begins at 5a on most days on weekdays through Thursday, June 4, culminating with the women’s semifinals. Talent is set to include the likes of Darren Cahill, Chrissie Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Chris Fowler, Brad Gilbert, and Patrick McEnroe. For the eighth consecutive year, ESPN2 is working with Tennis Channel to bring viewers an almost around-the-clock tournament experience, with each channel cross-promoting the other’s schedule.

Meanwhile, Tennis Channel is launching two new preview shows for the French Open in Racquet Bracket: French Open and Tennis Channel Live at the French Open startin Friday at 8p and Saturday at noon respectively. Then, starting on Opening Day on May 24 and running through the men’s semifinals on June 5, Tennis Channel offers viewers 12 days of live coverage followed by same-day encore matches during the championship weekend. During the two-week event, the network will deliver more than 260 total hours of day-to-night coverage of the tournament, with more than 85 hours of live or first-run matches, nearly 45 hours of encore replays, and 122 hours of French Open Tonight. Talent includes Tracy Austin, Mark Knowles and Steve Weissman, along with Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob, Brett Haber and Jon Wertheim will host the network’s new Tennis Channel Live at the French Open show. Other names behind the microphone will include Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport and Jim Courier.

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