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Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Djokovic Seeks Major #13 vs. Anderson the Survivor

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–Gentlemen’s Semifinals Marathon Telecast:  Overnight Rating up 25%

  • Mixed Doubles Championship Live on ESPN: Jamie Murray, Victoria Azarenka vs. Alexander Peya and American Nicole Melichar
  • Gentlemen’s Singles Championship Encore on ABC at 3 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS at 8 p.m. and ESPN2 at Midnight

 

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon will come to a conclusion with the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 15, at 9 a.m. ET when No. 12 Novak Djokovic seeks his 13th Major title and fourth at Wimbledon against No. 8 Kevin Anderson who outlasted John Isner in the semifinal, winning 26-24 in the fifth set.  Chris Fowler will call the match with John and Patrick McEnroe.  The match will be seen later Sunday on ABC at 3 p.m. and at 8 p.m. on ESPNEWS and on ESPN2 at midnight.

  • 12 Novak Djokovic: 31, 6’2” and from Serbia.  12 Major titles including three at Wimbledon.  Has won five of six matches with Anderson, including twice at Wimbledon – 2015 Round of 16 and 2011 First Round.  Anderson’s win was in their first meeting, Miami 2008.
  • 8 Kevin Anderson: 32, 6’8” (tallest finalist ever at Wimbledon), 2017 US Open finalist, falling to Rafael Nadal.  Best previous Wimbledon result:  fourth round three times (2014, ’15, ’17).  The native of South Africa played three seasons for the University of Illinois.  He has four career titles and hit a peak in ranking early this year at No. 7.

Gentlemen’s Semifinal Overnight Rating up 25%, Best in Three Years

ESPN’s 10-hour Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinals telecast – the remarkable serving duel between Kevin Anderson and John Isner won by Anderson 26-24 in the fifth set followed by three sets of Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic – earned a 1.0 overnight rating.  That is 25% higher than 2017 (0.8) despite the telecast being extended four hours (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.).  Also, it is the highest overnight rating ESPN has earned for that day of the Wimbledon fortnight since 2015 (1.0).

ESPN+ on the ESPN App

Beyond Centre Court, Courts 1, 3 and 12 are available on the ESPN App with the new ESPN+ service, making its Major tennis debut.  Play – which includes a number of finals:  Boys’ Singles, Girls’ Doubles, Wheelchair Singles and Doubles and Invitational (seniors) – begins as early as 6 a.m.

Breakfast at Wimbledon at 8 a.m.

The Gentlemen’s Championship will be preceded by Breakfast at Wimbledon at 8 a.m., hosted by Chris McKendry.  The show will include:

  • A deep dive preview of the Gentlemen’s Championship.
  • An interview with Novak Djokovic to discuss his career and success at this year’s Wimbledon. Is he “back”?
  • A review of Saturday’s Ladies’ Championship and discussion of what’s ahead for both finalists.
  • The sights and sounds of the Fortnight
  • A tribute to the late Dick Enberg, a friend of Wimbledon, the sport and ESPN.

ESPN3’s “DataCenter” Makes Wimbledon Debut

ESPN3, online and streaming live on the ESPN App, will offer an additional feed – “Wimbledon DataCenter” – for the Gentlemen’s Championships.  “DataCenter,” as seen at last year’s US Open, has a column of match stats on the left edge with more in a box along the bottom of the screen; the match telecast will fill the rest of the screen.

Mixed Doubles Championships Sunday

  • Following the Gentlemen’s Championship, ESPN will present the Mixed Doubles Championship: Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka Alexander Peya and. American Nicole Melichar.

 

ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2018

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)  
Sun, July 15 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon presented by Panera Bread ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship

Mixed Doubles Championship

ESPN Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ABC Encore
  8 – 11 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ESPNEWS Encore
Mon, July 16 12 – 3 a.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ESPN2 Encore

 

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