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

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

2009 - John McEnroe

Posted by Dave Nagle on August 20, 2014

ESPN / US Open Conference Call with John McEnroe

To tweet this release:  http://espnmediazone.com/us/?p=163418 ESPN and the US Open: http://espnmediazone.com/us/?p=163289 ESPN Tennis News on Twitter: @DaveESPNPR and @ESPNTennis ESPN Tennis on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ESPNTennis For Everything #ESPNTennis: http://espnmediazone.com/us/media-kits/tennis/   Today, ESPN tennis analyst John McEnroe spoke with media about the US Open, which starts Monday, August 25, with 100 hours on ESPN television and 400 on [...]

Category: Tennis

130th US Open Tennis Championships - September 2, 2010

Posted by Dave Nagle on August 18, 2014

@ESPNTennis at the US Open

· 100 Hours on TV and WatchESPN; Nearly 400 on ESPN3 from Multiple Courts
· Year’s Final Major: Three Men and Women Have Won One Each, Players of Year Honors Up for Grabs
· Serena to Defend Title Seeking 18th Major but First of 2014 after Surprising Losses
· Former Champs Djokovic, Federer Lead the Men with Nadal Sidelined

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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