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MAIN Arrow to Recreation Recreation Arrow to SportsSports Arrow to TennisTennis Arrow to Roland Garros2016 Roland Garros

roland garros, parisLess-than-optimum traction on the red clay surface (that also gives the ball its extra bounce) can be a special challenge for top professionals at Roland Garros stadium in Paris - the traditional home of the French Open.

As a result, it's the hottest ticket in tennis as major players come to show their mettle in one of the toughest Grand Slam challenges of the year.

As usual, watch for French Open tickets to sell out fast when they go on sale in February 2016. Meanwhile, at home in front of the TV, check out all the excitement to begin with the official opening on Sunday, May 22, 2016 leading up to the men's final on Sunday, June 5.

French Open TV schedule -- All times Eastern

First round May 22 4 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tennis Channel
First round May 22 1 p.m. NBC
First round May 23 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tennis Channel
First round May 24 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tennis Channel
Second round May 25 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tennis Channel
Second round May 26 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tennis Channel
Third round May 27 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tennis Channel
Third round May 28 5 a.m. – Noon Tennis Chanel
Third round May 28 Noon ET NBC
Fourth round May 29 5 a.m. – Noon Tennis Channel
Fourth round May 29 Noon ET NBC
Fourth round May 30 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tennis Channel
Fourth round May 30 11 a.m. (all time zones) NBC (Live ET)
Quarterfinals May 31 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tennis Channel
Quarterfinals June 1 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tennis Channel
Mixed doubles final, women’s singles semifinal June 2 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tennis Channel
Women's singles semifinal June 2 11 a.m. (all time zones) NBC (Live ET)
Men’s singles semifinal June 3 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. Tennis Channel
Men's singles semifinal June 3 11 a.m. (all time zones) NBC (Live ET), NBCSN (Live all time zones)
Women's singles final June 4 9 a.m. NBC
Women's doubles final June 5 5 a.m. NBCSN
Men's singles final June 5 9 a.m. NBC


In the U.S., the complete TV schedule for the 115th edition of the French Open will be hosted by NBC, NBCSN and and the Tennis Channel -- as ESPN drops out this year as one of the French Open's official broadcasters.

Canadian tennis fans can watch major French Open coverage on TSN.

For the two most important matches of the tournament, in the US tune into NBC in the US for the women's final on Saturday, June 4 starting at 9AM ET. For the men's final on Sunday, June 5, NBC has it covered again beginning at 9AM ET.

Across the pond, complete coverage is available on ITV.

Court Philippe Chatrier - 1er tour de Roland Garros 2010 - tennis french open

Court Philippe Chatrier, the main tennis venue at Roland Garros, Paris.

also see -> Australian Open | U.S. Open | Wimbledon

More about the French Open around the Web:

Around the Web, check out updates, history, player profiles, and assorted French Open trivia, in this - the 2nd round of the 2016 Big Four Grand Slam championships...

Roland Garros - Check out the game's official site with a traditional showcase of breaking updates and photos, audio feeds and video clips, online ticket purchase and information, feature stories, interviews, schedules and scores. In French, Spanish and English.

Slam! Sports Tennis - French Open - Keeping up to date with the latest news as it happens with news highlights daily.

BBC Sport Academy | What It's Like to Play on Clay - In short, it ain't easy...with links to more descriptions of playing conditions at other major venues in the Grand Slam of tennis. And while you're here don't miss the BBC's look at French Open History.

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