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Wimbledon on ESPN: Audience up 42%; Streaming Nearly Double, a Wimbledon Best


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Exclusive, First Ball to Last Ball Coverage Continues Saturday with Federer, Djokovic and Kerber

No. 12 Tsonga – No. 24 Querrey to be Concluded, Frenchman to Serve at 5-6 in Fifth Set

 The total live audience for ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon is up 42% after the first two days compared to the first two days a year ago, an average of 601,000 viewers across television and streaming, compared to 422,000 in 2016.

Tuesday’s action – featuring seven-time champion Roger Federer, three-time winner Novak Djokovic and top seeded Angelique Kerber – averaged a television audience of 731,000 viewers (based on a 0.5 rating), peaking with 980,000 viewers at 11:30 – 11:45 a.m. ET.

In addition, after three days of competition, the streaming audience is ESPN’s best ever at Wimbledon at this point, up in all metrics – unique viewers, total minutes viewed and average minute audience.  For Tuesday and Wednesday, all three statistics were up more than double 2016.  Across the three days, the average minute audience for streaming is up 84%.

Saturday’s Action: Round Three Concludes, so does Tsonga-Querrey from Friday

ESPN will begin the day Saturday, July 8, with Breakfast at Wimbledon at 7 a.m. ET.  Starting at 8 a.m., the key Third Round matches on ESPN will include 18-time Major champion Federer, 12-time Major champion Djokovic, Kerber vs. Shelby Rogers of the U.S., and Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Alison Riske.

In addition, one Second Round match remains unfinished from Friday and will be concluded on Court 2 (not before 8 a.m.).  No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 24 Sam Querrey of the U.S. are battling late in the fifth set, with Tsonga to serve to stay in the match: 2-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1, 5-6. It was Querrey, the 29-year old originally from San Francisco, who shocked two-time defending champ Djokovic last year in the Third Round.

The day’s top matches:

  • (6) Milos Raonic (CAN) vs (25) Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
  • (9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs (19) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
  • (14) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) vs Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
  • (7) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs Polona Hercog (SLO)
  • (24) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs Alison Riske (USA)
  • (1) Angelique Kerber (GER) vs Shelby Rogers (USA)
  • (15) Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
  • (2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
  • (5) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs Anett Kontaveit (EST)
  • (11) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs David Ferrer (ESP)
  • (10) Alexander Zverev (GER) vs Sebastian Ofner (AUT)
  • (3) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (27) Mischa Zverev (GER)
  • (8) Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs Jared Donaldson (USA)

The Business End of The Championships & “CrossCourt Coverage” Monday-Wednesday

After Wimbledon’s traditional day of rest on the “middle Sunday,” the “business end” of the tournament begins Monday, July 10, “Manic Monday” – called “The Greatest Day in Tennis” – all eight Ladies’ and eight Gentlemen’s Round of 16 matches.  To cover all the action that day and for the quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wednesday, ESPN and ESPN2 will once again present all the action all day with “Cross Court Coverage” —

  • ESPN starts at 8 a.m. ET and focuses on Centre Court all day.
  • Meanwhile, fans will enjoy a “grounds pass” on ESPN2 with matches from No.1 Court and elsewhere beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 10, and at 8 a.m. on July 11 and 12, focusing on No. 1 Court with quarterfinal action.

If that’s not enough, fans can choose to watch the action from all 15 televised courts (Centre, Courts 1-3, 5-9, 11, 12, 14, and 16-18) presented from first ball to last ball each day, with action available on demand afterwards, plus AELTC’s daily The Wimbledon Channel.

Action will peak with next weekend’s five championships:  the Ladies’ Championship and the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships on ESPN on Saturday, July 15; and the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 16, followed by the Mixed Doubles Championship.


Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)  
Sat, July 8 –

Sun, July 16

(no play Sun, 7/9)

6:30 a.m. All TV Courts (up to 15), all day;

The Wimbledon Channel (from AELTC)

ESPN3 Live
Sat, July 8 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Third Round Action ESPN Live
Mon, July 10 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Round of 16, No.1 Court & others ESPN2 Live
  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16, Centre Court ESPN Live
Tue, July 11 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals,

 Centre Court

  8 – 2 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, No.1 Court ESPN2 Live
Wed, July 12 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals,

No.1 Court

ESPN2 Live
Thur, July 13 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Semifinals ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Fri, July 14 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinals ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Sat, July 15 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Championship

Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship

Ladies’ Doubles Championship


ESPN Deportes

  3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Championship ABC Tape
Sun, July 16 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship

Mixed Doubles Championship


ESPN Deportes

  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ABC Tape