130th US Open Tennis Championships - September 2, 2010

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ESPN – All Four Slams, All In One Place

Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air and provided many memorable moments, but it has never been as important as today, with the US Open joining the lineup in 2009, giving ESPN all four Grand Slam events, something no other U.S. network has ever done, let alone in one year. ESPN has presented the Australian Open since 1984, the French Open since 2002 (plus 1986 – 1993), and Wimbledon since 2003, with exclusivity for live television with all other rights extended added in a 12-year agreement starting in 2012.  Exclusivity for the US Open in an 11-year agreement begins in 2015.



ESPN debuted September 7, 1979, and the first tennis telecast was exactly one week later, September 14, a Davis Cup tie, Argentina at U.S. from Memphis with Cliff Drysdale on the call and John McEnroe playing.


In addition, broadband network ESPN3, now in 92 million homes, carries thousands of hours of tennis annually, including all four Grand Slam events, plus ATP 1000 and 500 tournaments and WTA Premier Events, and season-ending championships for both tours.  Also, ESPN Classic shows great matches from the past and the sport receives extensive coverage on SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, Spanish-language ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.

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Posted by Tara Chozet on January 12, 2015

@ESPNTennis: Australian Open Starts Sunday Down Under

100+ Live Hours on TV and WatchESPN Plus Afternoon Encores of Overnight Action 800 Hours from a Record 13 TV Courts Live on ESPN3 Top-Ranked Serena, Djokovic Look to Recapture Past Success in Melbourne Former Winners Azarenka, Nadal Returning from Health Issues; Ageless Federer Seeded No. 2 Wawrinka Defends a Major for First Time The [...]

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