NBC Sports set to expand coverage of French Open

May 14, 2021 | By : Devaanshi Singh
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The coverage of the French Open will air on Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service, for the first time this weekend. As part of NBC Sports’ deal with the French Open, Peacock will be streaming games during weekend night sessions. Peacock has the slots for third and fourth-round matches on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Viewers can sign up for Peacock for free at peacocktv.com.

With the multi-year agreement with the French Tennis Federation, Peacock will be streaming the new night sessions in the grand slam from 2-6 pm ET on June 5 and June 6, as well as 3-6 pm ET on June 7.

On Saturday, June 5, Novak Djokovic will take on Colombian Daniel Elahi Galán in the third round. Djokovic, the 2016 French Open winner, is bidding for his 18th Grand Slam singles title. Australian Open Champion, Sofia Kenin will be facing Romania’s qualifier Irina Bara in the third round.

On Sunday, June 6, Nadal will try and tie Federer’s Record for Grand Slam singles titles. The 12-time French Open champion will play against Sebastian Korda in the fourth round. Korda is the youngest U.S. man to get this far in Paris since Michael Chang in 1991.

Peacock also has plans to feature a first-round match at 12 pm ET on the opening day of the tournament, May 30, and the men’s doubles final at 12 pm ET on June 12. The streaming platform will also present full match encores from NBC Sports’ coverage of Roland-Garros and stream highlights show throughout the tournament.

Rick Cordella, Peacock’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer, said, “Showcasing premier matches over all three weekends of Roland-Garros 2021 is an exciting addition to Peacock’s world-class sports offerings.”

The deal is a further expansion of live sports on Peacock that began with the English Premier League and has since expanded to several other major properties including the National Football League. The strategy of NBCUniversal and parent company Comcast Corp behind placing live sports on entertainment-based streaming networks is to drive the subscription growth and overall consumption.



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