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Live from New York, it’s Federer, Keys in Prime Time Saturday Night on ESPN2

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·         Audience up 7%; Linear Streaming up 23%

·         Sunday:  No. 3 Muguruza vs. No. 13 Kvitova, No. 9 Venus Williams vs. Suárez Navarro

·         12 Hours (or more) of US Open on TV all Three Days of Labor Day Weekend

·         All TV Courts Wherever You Are with ESPN3, ESPN app

 

Tennis fans can take a break from their labors with ESPN’s all day and exclusive coverage of the US Open – up 7% in viewership after four days – on Labor Day weekend, starting Saturday-Monday at 11 a.m. ET with TV and all TV courts on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app.  The prime-time doubleheader of third-round matches highlights Saturday’s order of play:  19-time Major champion No. 3 Roger Federer – after two difficult five-set duels – against No. 31 Feliciano López of Spain, followed by Illinois native No. 15 Madison Keys facing No. 17 Elena Vesnina.

Saturday’s earlier matches on Ashe (in order):  No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, vs. vs. No. 27 Shuai Zhang, No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe of California vs. No. 10 Aga Radwanska and No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. Leonardo Mayer.

On Louis Armstrong Stadium (in order):  No. 6 Dominic Thiem vs. No. 30 Adrian Mannarino, No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko (French Open winner) vs. Daria Kasatkina and No. 18 Gael Monfils, a semifinalist a year ago, vs. No. 9 David Goffin.

Looking ahead to Sunday and the start of the Round of 16, the slate is highlighted by a matchup of Major champions – No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza vs. No. 13 Petra Kvitova.  Others scheduled (as of Friday afternoon):  No. 9 Venus Williams vs. Carla Suárez Navarro and No. 30 Julia Görges vs. unseeded American Sloane Stephens who has enjoyed an impressive summer in a return from injury.  On the men’s side:  American No. 17 Sam Querrey plays No. 23 Mischa Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta faces 18-year old Canadian sensation Denis Shapovalov.

ESPN has two weeks of exclusive live coverage from tennis’ fourth and final Major of the year, with matches all day on television plus ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app.  The daily action from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will culminate with the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 9, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 10, both at 4 p.m.

Total Audience Viewership up after Four Days; Streaming up 23%

The total audience viewership for ESPN’s first four days of US Open coverage is up 7%, to 757,000, with the streaming component up 23%.  The increase is even more significant given that the rating includes the entire evening telecasts; each night went far past the scheduled 11 p.m. end time, including a 2:09 a.m. sign-off Monday, totaling nearly seven hours of “bonus” coverage in four nights.

ESPN’s schedule Labor Day Weekend:

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Sat Sep 2 11 a.m.

 

US Open Third Round ESPN2

ESPN3

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sun Sep 3 11 a.m. US Open Round of 16 ESPN

ESPN3

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Mon Sept 4 11 a.m.

 

US Open Round of 16 ESPN2

ESPN3

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2

 

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