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

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

Pic - US Open - production - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Posted by Dave Nagle on September 4, 2014

Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga an Unlikely Doubles Team on ESPN at US Open

For the US Open currently taking place in New York, ESPN viewers are seeing an unlikely doubles team – 88-year old classic singer Tony Bennett and pop sensation Lady Gaga. They have lent their services – and three songs from their upcoming album of duets, Cheek to Cheek – to ESPN’s telecasts for the bumps, opens and teases.

Category: Tennis

2013 US Open - August 30, 2013

Posted by Dave Nagle on September 2, 2014

@ESPNTennis at the US Open, Wednesday Night: Serena-Pennetta, Djokovic-Murray

The action is as hot as the temperatures in New York where a star-studded Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM doubleheader of quarterfinals Wednesday, Sept. 3, on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET has five-time champion Serena Williams, the top seed, facing No. 11 Flavia Pennetta, followed by a final-worthy matchup of former champions, No. 1 Novak Djokovic (2011) and No. 8 Andy Murray (2012).

Category: Tennis

Pic - US Open - set - Bellis Evert

Posted by Dave Nagle on August 27, 2014

@ESPNTennis at the US Open: Serena, Djokovic and Cici Bellis in Afternoon; Murray, Bouchard under the Lights Thursday

ESPN’s Day Four at the US Open on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. ET will include top seeds and former champions Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic during the afternoon, prime-time matches with 2012 winner Andy Murray and 20-year old Canadian sensation Genie Bouchard, plus the second-round match of 15-year old CiCi Bellis of California. The youngest to win at the US Open since 1996 – three years before she was born – Bellis faces 48th-ranked Zarina Diyas, 20, of Kazakhstan. This year, she reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and the third round of the Australian Open. The match will likely occur in late afternoon, being the fourth match to be played on Court 17.

Category: Tennis

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Cliff Drysdale
Tennis Commentator


Chris Evert
Tennis Analyst


Patrick McEnroe
Tennis Analyst


John McEnroe
Tennis Analyst

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