Tennis

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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

2013 US Open - August 30, 2013

Posted by Dave Nagle on July 24, 2014

@ESPNTennis: US Open Series Starts Friday in Atlanta

· Road to US Open: 84 Hours on ESPN2
· Eight Championships with Addition of ATP Final in Cincinnati
· Extensive Coverage on ESPN3 from Rogers Cup in Canada, Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati
· Nadal, Serena with Points to Defend; Action to be Pivotal as Player of the Year is up for Grabs
· Points System Rewards Top Players at US Open

Category: Tennis

Centre Court Sign - Wimbledon - 2003

Posted by Dave Nagle on July 5, 2014

@ESPNTennis: Djokovic – Federer XXXV for Wimbledon Glory

Legends Collide for Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday at 9 a.m. ET

Wimbledon Rivals Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg Meet Again, as Coaches

Enjoy Breakfast at Wimbledon with Hannah Storm at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN
Match Reairs Sunday on ABC at 3 p.m. ET/PT

“ESPN3 Surround” with Full-time Iso-Cams on Each Player

ESPN3 Championship Matches include All-American Boys Juniors – Stefan Kozlov vs. Noah Rubin

Category: Tennis

Wimbledon Preview - SportsCenter - June 18, 2012

Posted by Dave Nagle on July 4, 2014

@ESPNTennis: Championship Weekend at Wimbledon

Ladies’ Championship Saturday: 2011 Winner Petra Kvitova Faces the Emerging Genie Bouchard of Canada

Gentlemen’s Championship Sunday: Legends Collide – Djokovic – Federer XXXV

Breakfast at Wimbledon with Hannah Storm Starts Your Mornings at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN

Both Championships Reaired Later That Day on ABC at 3 p.m. ET/PT

Championship Matches on ESPN3 include Juniors, plus Mixed, Ladies’ and an All-North American Gentlemen’s Doubles including the Bryan Brothers

Category: Tennis

Pic - Wimbledon - set - Fed plays piano for Chrissie and Darren

Posted by Dave Nagle on July 1, 2014

@ESPNTennis at Wimbledon – An Hour Early Start Wednesday

ESPN, ESPN2 Now Starting at 7 a.m. ET for “Cross Court Coverage”

Men’s Quarterfinals include Djokovic, Murray, All Swiss Federer-Wawrinka, Young Hopefuls Raonic-Krygios
Two Remaining Women’s Quarterfinals Have Top Seed Remaining Simona Halep vs. 2013 Finalist Lisicki, Emerging Star Genie Bouchard of Canada vs. Kerber who Defeated Sharapova

Category: Tennis

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Bios

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Cliff Drysdale
Tennis Commentator

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Chris Evert
Tennis Analyst

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Patrick McEnroe
Tennis Analyst

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John McEnroe
Tennis Analyst

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