Tennis Channel’s Live BNP Paribas Open Coverage Schedule
(Men’s ATP/Women’s WTA Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)
Date Time (ET) Event
Wednesday, Oct. 6 1 p.m.-1 a.m. WTA First Round
Thursday, Oct. 7 1 p.m.-1 a.m. ATP/WTA First Round
Friday, Oct. 8 1 p.m.-1 a.m. ATP First Round, WTA Second Round
Saturday, Oct. 9 1 p.m.-1 a.m. ATP/WTA Second Round
Sunday, Oct. 10 1 p.m.-1 a.m. ATP Second Round, WTA Third Round
Monday, Oct. 11 1 p.m.-1 a.m. ATP/WTA Third Round
Tuesday, Oct. 12 1 p.m.-1 a.m. ATP Third Round, WTA Round of 16
Wednesday, Oct. 13 1 p.m.-1 a.m. ATP Round of 16, WTA Quarterfinals
Thursday, Oct. 14 1 p.m.-11 p.m. ATP/WTA Quarterfinals,
Friday, Oct. 15 1 p.m.-6 p.m. ATP Quarterfinals,
9 p.m.-1 a.m. WTA Semifinals
Saturday, Oct. 16 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ATP Semifinals,
ATP/WTA Doubles Finals
Sunday, Oct. 17 4 p.m.-6 p.m., WTA Singles Final,
7 p.m.-9 p.m. ATP Singles Final
The BNP Paribas Open returns to the tennis calendar after missing its usual place in March the past two years. On the eve of the 2020 tournament, with COVID-19 cases rapidly expanding in the United States, the cancellation of the event for the first time in its history was the first in a domino effect that saw the unprecedented shutdown of amateur and professional sports activity across the country within days for health and safety purposes.
From Opening Day Wednesday, Oct. 6, to Championship Sunday, Oct. 17, Tennis Channel will be the round-the-clock home of the BNP Paribas Open, with live 12-hour blocks most days followed by all-night encore replays. In all, the network plans 120 live hours of coverage on air, with another 145 hours of encores for close to 170 hours overall from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Streaming service Tennis Channel Plus will offer live men’s and women’s competition daily and on-demand matches throughout the event, including the opportunity for subscribers to choose from multiple courts each day.
Live coverage begins Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. ET, and will run through approximately 1 a.m. ET (complete schedule below). Encores will air from 1 a.m. ET to 1 p.m. ET. The schedule will be similar throughout the event, with telecasts starting every day at 1 p.m. ET other than Championship Sunday, Oct. 17, when the women’s singles final begins at 4 p.m. ET and the men’s singles final takes place at 7 p.m. ET.
Tennis Channel Live at the BNP Paribas Open will introduce each day’s coverage at 1 p.m. ET daily except for Championship Sunday, Oct. 17, when it will take place between the women’s and men’s singles finals. Hosted by announcer Steve Weissman (@steve_weissman), the hour-long show will feature commentary, opinion and special reports from on-air team members, along with interviews and guest appearances. The network’s on-site studio is based inside the tournament’s main court, Stadium 1, with a wide, glass backdrop overlooking the spectator viewing section on the lawn below.
DigitalStreaming service Tennis Channel Plus is available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether or not they subscribe to the television network, and will offer all BNP Paribas Open men’s and women’s matches live and on demand. Additionally, the network’s new Tennis.com website and app are free to anyone anywhere, and provide tournament information, scores, rankings, news, win-probability rates, head-to-head results, highlights, estimated start times, and scoreboard links to replays and live matches for Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus subscribers.
The network’s social media team will offer behind-the-scenes looks at the tournament as well, and will work with Bouchard and other on-air team members to provide original videos, Instagram takeovers and exclusive fan-oriented content. Fans can stay tuned on Tennis Channel’s Instagram (www.instagram.com/tennischannel), Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/tennischannel) pages, and Tennis.com’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/TennisMedia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/Tennis) pages.