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ESPN Tennis at Indian Wells, Miami

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  • Most Digital Coverage Ever with More than 1100 Hours on WatchESPN
  • Djokovic Defending Two Titles

In March, ESPN has extensive coverage of tennis’ two biggest tournaments outside the four Majors – the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, Calif., and the Miami Open presented by Itaú, including the most digital coverage ever with over 1100 total hours on WatchESPN. The 48 hours on TV and WatchESPN includes the women’s and men’s semifinals and championships from both events. In addition, the multi-court presentation on WatchESPN starts with first round coverage of each tournament – Wednesday, March 8, at Indian Wells and Wednesday, March 22, in Miami.

ESPN’s lead tennis host Chris Fowler will work both events, joined in California by Patrick McEnroe, Chrissie Evert, Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver; and in Florida by Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Mary Joe Fernandez and Gilbert.

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif.

  • WatchESPN: 577 total hours of daily coverage of ATP and WTA matches March 8 – 19, featuring ATP matches with multiple feed offerings from up to seven courts (Stadiums 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7).
  • TV and WatchESPN: 23 hours, begins Thursday, March 16, and concludes with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on ESPN on Sunday, March 19.
  • Talent: Chris Fowler, Patrick McEnroe, Brad Gilbert, Pam Shriver and Chrissie Evert
  • Defending Champions: Novak Djokovic (three-time defending champ), Victoria Azarenka.

Miami Open presented by Itaú, Miami

  • WatchESPN: 582 total hours of daily coverage of ATP and WTA matches March 22 – April 2, featuring ATP matches with multiple feed offerings from up to eight courts (Stadium, Grandstand, Courts 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10).
  • TV and WatchESPN: 25 hours, begins Wednesday, March 29, and continues through the Women’s Championship (Sat., April 1) and the Men’s Championship (Sun., April 2) on ESPN2.
  • Talent: Chris Fowler, Darren Cahill, Brad Gilbert, Cliff Drysdale and Mary Joe Fernandez
  • Defending Champions: Novak Djokovic (three-time defending champ), Victoria Azarenka.
Surveying the Field
BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif.

  • World No. 2, 12-time Major champion and defending champion Novak Djokovic will be playing for his fourth consecutive win and sixth overall victory at Indian Wells (2008, 2011, 2014-2016).
  • Seven-time Major singles champion Venus Williams will also join the action for the second consecutive year.
  • No. 2 Angelique Kerber and No. 1 Andy Murray will be looking for their first even Indian Wells victory.
  • The top-10 from the ATP and nine of the top-10 from the WTA are entered for the BNP Paribas Open, including former Indian Wells champions Roger Federer (2004-2006, 2012), Rafael Nadal (2007, 2009, 2013), Simona Halep (2015), Caroline Wozniacki (2011) and Jelena Jankovic (2010).

Miami Open presented by Itaú, Miami

  • The ATP field features 18-time Major champion Roger Federer, 14-time Major champion Rafael Nadal, three-time Major champion Stan Wawrinka, and former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic.
  • The WTA field features seven-time Major champion Venus Williams, two-time Major champion Angelique Kerber, Olympic Gold Medalist and Miami native Monica Puig and reigning French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza.

*Notably missing is the WTA defending champion of both events, Victoria Azarenka, currently on maternity leave.

 

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Mar 8 – 19 2 p.m. – finish BNP Paribas Open – Seven-court Offering WatchESPN
Thu, Mar 16 2 – 6 p.m. BNP Paribas Open – Quarterfinals ESPN2,
WatchESPN
  8 p.m. – 12 a.m. BNP Paribas Open – Quarterfinals ESPN2,
WatchESPN
Fri, Mar 17 3 – 5 p.m. BNP Paribas Open – Men’s Quarterfinals ESPN,
WatchESPN
  10 p.m. – 2 a.m. BNP Paribas Open – Women’s Semifinals ESPN2,
WatchESPN
Sat, Mar 18 2 – 7 p.m. BNP Paribas Open – Men’s Semifinals ESPN,
WatchESPN
Sun, Mar 19 2 – 6 p.m. BNP Paribas Open – Men’s & Women’s Championships ESPN,
WatchESPN
Mar 22 – Apr 2 11 a.m. – finish Miami Open – Eight-court Offering WatchESPN
Wed, Mar 29 1 – 5 p.m. Miami Open – Quarterfinals ESPN2,
WatchESPN
  7 – 11 p.m. Miami Open – Quarterfinals ESPN2,
WatchESPN
Thu, Mar 30 1 – 5 p.m. Miami Open – Women’s Semifinal #1, Men’s Quarterfinals ESPN2,
WatchESPN
  7 – 11 p.m. Miami Open – Men’s Quarterfinals, Women’s Semifinal #2 ESPN2,
WatchESPN
Fri, Mar 31 1 – 3 p.m. Miami Open – Men’s Semifinal #1 ESPN2,
WatchESPN
  7 – 9 p.m. Miami Open – Men’s Semifinal #2 ESPNEWS,
WatchESPN
Sat, Apr 1 1 – 3:30 p.m. Miami Open – Women’s Championship ESPN2,
WatchESPN
Sun, Apr 2 1 – 3:30 p.m. Miami Open – Men’s Championship ESPN2,
WatchESPN

 

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