Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air, providing numerous memorable moments from around the world, but it has never been as important as today, with the unprecedented position of presenting three of the sports Major events from start to finish (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, with exclusivity at the latter two).
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ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert and Patrick McEnroe spoke with media Wednesday about the Australian Open, which starts Sunday, Jan. 15 (Monday in Melbourne), with 100 live hours over two weeks including the usual marathon overnight telecasts on ESPN television and 1,400 on WatchESPN that includes every match – singles, doubles and juniors, culminating with the women’s and men’s championships.
• Two Weeks Start Jan. 15 with 100+ Live Hours on TV plus Afternoon Encores of Overnight Action
• WatchESPN with 1,400 Hours – Every Singles, Doubles & Juniors Match – Live plus On Demand
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– Daily on WatchESPN from London; 10 Hours on ESPN2 November 17-20
– Championship live on ESPN2 Nov. 20
WatchESPN has daily coverage of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals from Singapore – produced by the WTA – with the championship live on ESPN2 on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 a.m. The qualified singles for the elite eight so far includes Angelique Kerber – who has already clinched the World No.1 title – Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza, Madison Keys and Dominika Cibulkova.
ESPN2 will air live coverage of the annual World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits event from Las Vegas beginning at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 10, from a specially-constructed tennis court along the Las Vegas Strip outside of Caesars Palace. The event, which is co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King and produced by WTT, will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Leif Shiras and ESPN’s Pam Shriver will call the action with Mark Knowles courtside.