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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.

Press Releases

129th US Open - September 1, 2010

Posted by Dave Nagle on September 25, 2014

@ESPNTennis on ESPN3: Extensive Live Action Daily from Asia Sept. 28 – Oct. 12

• 250 Hours from Three Events (one combined ATP/WTA) in Two Weeks
• All Three Men’s Championships Live on ESPN3
• No. 1 Djokovic Defending Two Titles with Small Points Lead over Federer; Nadal Returns to Action
• With Li Retired, Serena Ailing & Azarenka Sidelined, an Opportunity for Others
• Slots up for Grabs in ATP, WTA Year-End Championships

Category: Tennis

Roger Federer

Posted by Tara Chozet on September 5, 2014

Federer’s Sparkling Comeback Gives ESPN Its Third-Highest US Open Tennis Overnight; New York Top Market at 2.8

Roger Federer’s comeback from two sets down, including saving two match points, to defeat Gael Monfils in an exciting three-hour and 21-minute quarterfinal match last night, garnered ESPN a 1.6 overnight rating, the third-highest US Open tennis rating in the company’s six years of televising the Open and its highest number since 2009 (two 1.9 [...]

Category: Tennis

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Bios

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