Ah yes, tennis fans, you no longer have to worry about being forced to watch tape-delayed tennis tomorrow if you’re NBC affiliate will not carry the French Open Men’s Semifinals live. According to the Wall Street Journal:
This year, Tennis Channel will broadcast the first semifinal between defending champion Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, which begins at 8 a.m. ET. NBC will broadcast the second men’s semifinal—between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic—in its entirety on NBCSports.com, according to Adam Freifeld, a network spokesman. The network will begin its television coverage at 11 a.m. in all time zones, after the Today Show, Freifeld said.
On the East Coast, NBC will begin live coverage at 11 ET. If the Nadal-Murray match is still in progress, NBC will begin its coverage there. (Freifeld said the Tennis Channel would be allowed to complete its broadcast regardless.) If the Federer-Djokovic match is in progress, NBC will join it in progress. It will stream that match live in its entirety on NBCSports.com in any case, Freifeld said.
The combination of Internet and television broadcasts likely will still leave many viewers on the West Coast without live tennis on their televisions. At 11 a.m. in California, the day’s matches could well be over in Paris. If the matches are completed, viewers in the western U.S. would see the Federer-Djokovic match on tape delay.
So there you go tennis fans, you will get all live tennis tomorrow.