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Here is CBS Sports’ coverage plans for the 2012 U.S. Open:

CBS Sports presents the U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, tennis’ final major of the year and the only one played in the United States, for the 45th consecutive year. Coverage begins on Saturday, Sept. 1 (12:00 NOON–6:00 PM, ET) with men’s and women’s third-round action and concludes with the men’s singles championship on Sunday, Sept. 9 (4:00 PM, ET). CBS Sports broadcasts over 36 hours of the 2012 U.S. Open live from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. (#USOpen)

Newly named lead play-by-play announcer Bill Macatee is joined by expert analysts Mary Carillo and John McEnroe in the booth. Jim Courier returns for his fourth year as analyst and calls the action alongside Ian Eagle. Mary Joe Fernandez serves as reporter. Chris Wragge joins this year serving as a contributor.

CBS Sports will provide live comprehensive coverage during both weekends of the event, Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 (11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET) and Friday, Sept. 7 (12:30-6:00 PM, ET). The 2012 women’s championship highlights the Network’s “Super Saturday” coverage live in prime time on Saturday, Sept. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET).

CBS Sports’ schedule of live U.S. Open Tennis action as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 1 12:00 NOON-6:00 PM, ET (men’s and women’s third round singles)

Sunday, Sept. 2 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s third round/women’s fourth round)

Monday, Sept. 3 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s/women’s fourth round singles)

Friday, Sept. 7 12:30-6:00 PM, ET (men’s doubles final/women’s semi-finals)

Saturday, Sept. 8 12:00 NOON-6:00 PM ET (men’s semi-finals)

8:00-10:00 PM, ET (women’s singles championship)

Sunday, Sept. 9 4:00-7:00 PM, ET (men’s singles championship)

For the first time, CBS Sports Network features U.S. Open coverage with three days of live Labor Day weekend outer-court action showcasing the most compelling third and fourth-round matches not shown during CBS Sports’ live simultaneous broadcast (11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET). The Network also presents TODAY AT THE US OPEN (10:00-11:00 AM, ET), a live studio show from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Dave Ryan anchors coverage from the Mojito Set with analyst Justin Gimelstob. Sam Gore teams with analyst Chanda Rubin, while Andrew Catalon pairs with analyst Taylor Dent. Danielle Santoro serves as reporter.

Additionally, the entire slate of U.S. Open play on CBS Sports, including both the men’s and women’s singles championships, will be streamed live on CBSSports.com. For the matches played during the opening weekend (Sept. 1, 2, 3), CBSSports.com will allow users to choose between any of the action played on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium or the Grandstand. Users also can visit CBSSports.com to watch daily news and match previews and highlights, as well as get highlights available on CBS Sports Mobile apps on Android devices and iPhone.

Working his 32nd U.S. Open, Bob Mansbach serves as coordinating producer of CBS Sports’ live coverage of tennis’ final major of the year. Mansbach and David Winner produce, and lead director Bob Fishman and Jim Cornell direct.

Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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My picks are the same as last week. They all advanced in the playoffs, so lets keep it rolling.

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This week it’s the second event of the PGA Tour’s Playoffs for the FedEx Cup, the Deustche Bank Championship, the only scheduled Monday finish on the PGA Tour. It’ll all take place at TPC Boston.

TV Coverage is:

Friday-Saturday, 2-6pm ET, Golf Channel
Sunday: Noon-2pm ET, Golf Channel, 2-6pm ET, NBC
Monday: 11:30am ET-1:30pm ET, Golf Channel, 1:30-6pm ET, NBC

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Here is Tennis Channel’s coverage plans and announcers for the 2012 U.S. Open:

TENNIS CHANNEL NAMES JIM COURIER US OPEN LEAD MEN’S ANALYST

LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2012 —

Multiyear Deal Puts Hall of Famer, U.S. Davis Cup Captain with analysts Navratilova, Austin and Davenport beside veteran sportscasters Macatee, Carillo, Robinson

and Other Members of New York On-Air Team

Network adds Live Lead-in Show, Plans Almost 245 Dedicated Hours During Two-Week Event, with 70+ Hours of Live Coverage, including Prime-Time Labor Day Weekend Matches, and Close to 30 Original Hours of US Open Tonight and Breakfast at the Open

Tennis Channel is adding Hall of Famer Jim Courier to its on-air roster for its fourth US Open, August 27 through September 9. As lead men’s tennis analyst, the current U.S. Davis Cup captain and four-time major singles champion will provide his unique point of view during much of the network’s 70-plus match hours. In all, Tennis Channel will devote close to 245 hours of US Open-related programming to the two-week tournament, a round-the-clock schedule built on matches all day, US Open Tonight after hours and Breakfast at the Open the following morning.

Courier, through a multiyear agreement with the network, joins an all-star stable of Tennis Channel personalities, including fellow Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova and Tracy Austin, and sportscasting mainstays Bill Macatee and Ted Robinson (see complete talent roster, below). In 2011 he offered analysis during select first-week matches, marking his first appearance on the channel. This year his role is being expanded throughout the event.

“We had fun last year and I look forward to doing more matches with Tennis Channel at this year’s US Open,” said Courier. “With different men’s singles winners at each of the other majors, as well as the Olympics, there are a lot of question marks coming into the tournament this time around, and I’m excited to see how it’s all going to unfold.”

No network devotes as many hours of television to the US Open as Tennis Channel does each summer while the sport’s largest spectacle takes place. In addition to full slates of matches most days, highlight and analysis shows US Open Tonight and Breakfast at the Open bridge the late-night and early morning hours with the latest on-court activity. The tournament’s first day, Monday, Aug. 27, represents Tennis Channel’s typical US Open telecast schedule during the event. The network is live at 10:30 a.m. ET, with a new, half-hour lead-in show that breaks down everything that has happened to that point and what can be expected in the day ahead.

Match coverage gets underway at 11 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. ET. US Open Tonight airs from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., followed by an immediate encore. At 6 a.m. Breakfast at the Open takes viewers to the start of the next day’s play at 10:30 a.m. During almost any 24-hour period, viewers will be able to turn to Tennis Channel and stay on top of the US Open.

As always with a Tennis Channel Grand Slam telecast, the production team and talent will offer an immersive US Open experience to its audiences, following the action wherever it takes place on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. This means capturing the tournament’s unique moments and most-recognized attributes – its blistering energy, unbridled emotion and frenetic pace among them – whether they occur on the court of play, the outer plaza or in the stands with the fans themselves. Since Tennis Channel first covered the world’s largest annually attended paid sporting event in 2009, the network has tried to create an on-air environment that can only be replicated with a ticket to the prestigious competition.

On-Air Talent

Courier is widely regarded as one of tennis’ all-time greats and a key contributor to the sport’s heightened American popularity and success in the era in which he played (1988-2000). His resume reads like an aspiring pro’s dream: four major singles championships, 23 singles titles overall, two Davis Cup crowns and time at the top of the sport’s singles rankings as World No. 1. Along with countrymen Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Pete Sampras, Courier is credited with America’s dominance of the sport in the 1990s, and remains one of the game’s most prominent faces worldwide to this day. Since his retirement, Courier has had successful runs on the Champions Tour senior circuit and currently leads the U.S. Davis Cup team as its captain, his second year at the helm (Tennis Channel televises both Champions Tour and Davis Cup competition). Courier also has appeared on television as a tennis analyst for NBC, USA Network and Channel 7 Australia. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

As lead men’s analyst, Courier will work closely with Grand Slam pillars Macatee and Navratilova, who are appearing in their 20th major together for Tennis Channel – every one the network has covered. Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle and Brett Haber also are on play-by-play detail, resuming roles they held at last year’s US Open, along with analysis from former players Austin, Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob and Rennae Stubbs. Hall of Famer and accomplished tennis broadcaster Mats Wilander will handle analyst duties during the men’s singles final, once Courier segues into preparation for the following weekend’s Davis Cup semifinal in Spain.

Mary Carillo will return for her second stint on Tennis Channel’s US Open team, and lend her wide-ranging talents to everything from analyzing and hosting to reporting and interviewing. Reporters Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated and Cari Champion of Tennis Channel’s Court Report also will be on hand to deliver breaking news and in-depth story details.

Media members can follow many of Tennis Channel’s on-air team members on Twitter during this year’s event, including: Martina Navratilova (@martina), Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin), Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob), Rennae Stubbs(@rennaestubbs), Mats Wilander (@mwilander), Bill Macatee (@BMacatee), Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson), Brett Haber (@BrettHaber), Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) and Cari Champion (@CariChampion).

Digital Coverage

Visitors to http://www.tennischannel.com will be able to keep up with the US Open when they are unable to catch it on television. Beyond real-time scoring, schedules, draws and order of play, fans can access video highlights, behind-the-scenes features, interviews and Court Report news updates. Veteran tennis journalists Steve Flink, Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) and Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) are back in New York for Tennis Channel this year, offering insight and analysis with online columns during the tournament. Women’s tour player Yaroslava Shvedova, the first woman in the Open Era to win a golden set (won without dropping a single point), will provide a special look at her tournament experience via a video blog on the network’s Web site. Meanwhile US Open hairstylist Julien Farel, the man who makes sure the players look good when they walk onto the court or into an interview, will return for a second year of blogging for the network.

Web visitors can also try their luck at Tennis Channel’s US Open prediction game, “Racquet Bracket,” and keep up with the network via favorite social media platforms. Tennis Channel is active on Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel) and Viddy (www.viddy.com/tennischannel).

Tennis Channel’s Live 2012 US Open Coverage Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event

Monday, Aug. 27 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. First-Round Action

Tuesday, Aug. 28 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. First-Round Action

Wednesday, Aug. 29 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. First-Round, Second-Round Action

Thursday, Aug. 30 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Second-Round Action

Friday, Aug. 31 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Second-Round, Third-Round Action

Saturday, Sept. 1 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Third-Round Action

Sunday, Sept. 2 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Third-Round, Fourth-Round Action

Tuesday, Sept. 4 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Fourth-Round Action, Doubles

Wednesday, Sept. 5 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Doubles

Thursday, Sept. 6 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Doubles, Juniors

Tennis Channel’s US Open Tonight, Breakfast at the Open Schedule

Tournament highlight and interview show US Open Tonight will run from 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. ET from the first Monday, Aug. 27, through the second Thursday, Sept. 6. An immediate encore will follow the show’s nightly premiere from 2:30 a.m.-6 a.m. ET. Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28, and running through Friday, Sept. 7, Breakfast at the Open will air from 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET most mornings. Exceptions will occur Saturday through Monday on Labor Day weekend, and on the final Friday, Sept. 7, when an additional 30 minutes will extend the program to 11 a.m. ET.

Tennis Channel’s typical daily US Open coverage schedule is as follows (all times ET):

10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Live Matches

11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. – US Open Tonight

2:30 a.m.-6 a.m. – US Open Tonight (Encore)

6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Breakfast at the Open

Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Emirates Airline US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 video providers.

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Here’s ESPN’s coverage plans and announcers for the 2012 U.S. Open:

ESPN’s multi-platform and worldwide coverage of tennis’ final Grand Slam event of the year, the US Open from New York, will begin Monday, Aug. 27 and fans can again expect nearly 100 hours in high definition on ESPN2 HD, 400 hours on ESPN3’s multi-court offering plus coverage across ESPN’s platforms in the U.S. and around the world.

During the first week of the tournament, ESPN2’s coverage will start at 1 p.m. each weekday and will continue nonstop for at least 10 hours through both the day and evening sessions. The latter, Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. or when play is concluded, whichever is later.

The second week, ESPN2 will have Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM at 7 p.m. on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3, followed by day-long windows Tuesday – Thursday. The telecast on Thursday, Sept. 6, will include the Mixed Doubles Championship.
On the final day of the tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, ESPN2 will televise live the women’s doubles championship at 12:30 p.m., and will review all the action at 9 p.m. with a special two-hour edition of SportsCenter at the US Open.

All of ESPN2’s telecasts are also available online through WatchESPN.com, and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. Both are accessible to fans who receive their video service from an affiliated

provider.

While ESPN2 is on the air, SportsCenter will have the right to cut-in live for updates and key moments. SportsCenter’s daytime edition is on ESPN until 3 p.m. with later editions from 6-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight. On ESPNEWS, SportsCenter airs from 3-6 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, the evening telecast at 7 p.m. will start with an exhibition doubles match played for charity – actor Adam Sandler will team with ESPN’s John McEnroe to play against actor Kevin James paired with tennis great Jim Courier. Sandler, McEnroe and James all were raised in Queens, New York, and Courier now lives in New York. Comedian Colin Quinn, a native of Brooklyn, New York, will serve as the chair umpire and no doubt will have to deal with some demonstrative on-court behavior.

The ESPN Tennis Team

Chris Evert, who joined ESPN in 2011 counts a record six US Open titles among her numerous career highlights, including 18 major titles and the best career win-loss record in history.
Cliff Drysdale, a two-time Wimbledon and French Open semifinalist and a US Open finalist who has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in 1979, Drysdale was a leader on the court – as one of the first to use a two-hand backhand – and off the court, as the first president of the ATP.
Darren Cahill, who once reached the US Open semifinals and the Australian Open doubles finals and went on to coach fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, has worked for ESPN since 2007.
Mary Joe Fernandez, who played in three Major finals and won two Majors in doubles, won a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and a Bronze in singles in 1992. An ESPN analyst since 2000, she leads the United States’ Fed Cup team and recently coached the U.S. women’s Olympic team at Wimbledon where Serena Williams won gold in singles and teamed with her sister Venus for the gold in doubles.
Chris Fowler, who joined ESPN in 1986 and has hosted College GameDay on football Saturdays since 1990, has hosted tennis since 2003, branching out over the years to also call matches. His diverse resume includes World Cup soccer, college basketball including the Final Four, the X Games and Triple Crown horse racing events, after first serving as host of Scholastic Sports America and then anchoring SportsCenter.
Brad Gilbert, whose flair and penchant for unique nicknames for players has enlivened ESPN’s tennis telecasts since 2004, parlayed his playing career – once reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open and at Wimbledon – into coaching Andre Agassi (six Major titles with Brad), Andy Roddick (US Open victory) and Andy Murray.
LZ Granderson, a writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, will provide his perspective in reports and features as he did at Wimbledon this summer. He has also appeared on SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and ESPN First Take. He also writes for CNN.com and has previously worked at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
John McEnroe won four US Open crowns – plus three at Wimbledon – during his storied career, which included 10 more major championships in doubles or mixed doubles. He also led the U.S. to four Davis Cup titles and won the NCAA’s while attending Stanford. He has worked the US Open for ESPN since 2009, adding Wimbledon to his ESPN resume this year.
Patrick McEnroe, who has worked for ESPN since 1995, was the U.S. Davis Cup captain 2001-2010 and in 2007 the team won its first championship since 1995. A three-time singles All-American at Stanford – where the team won NCAA titles in 1986 and 1988 – he is General Manager, USTA Elite Player Development. He won the 1992 French Open doubles title and reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals in singles.
Chris McKendry, a SportsCenter anchor since joining ESPN in 1996, serves as a host at the US Open and Australian Open for ESPN. She attended Drexel University on a tennis scholarship.
Tom Rinaldi will serve as a reporter and will call matches, as he first did at Wimbledon this summer. His features and interviews have graced a wide variety of ESPN programs – including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, E:60 and event telecasts such as Wimbledon, tennis’ US Open, golf’s Majors, college football and more – since 2003, winning numerous Sports Emmy Awards along the way.
Pam Shriver, who started working for ESPN in 1990, long before her Hall of Fame career ended, played in the US Open finals at age 16 (losing to Evert) and won 23 Grand Slam titles in doubles including five at Wimbledon plus a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1988 Olympics.
Mike Tirico, the voice of ESPN’s Monday Night Football since 2006 and the network’s golf host, will both anchor in the studio and call matches, as he has done since 2009. He added Wimbledon duties this year. After joining ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in 1991, Tirico has handled a wide variety of assignments in the studio and in play-by-play, on TV and on ESPN Radio, including the NFL, NBA, World Cup Soccer plus college football and basketball.
Hannah Storm joined ESPN in 2008 as a SportsCenter anchor and has hosted Wimbledon and the US Open on ESPN. Previously, she spent five years with CBS’ The Morning Show and hosted a variety of sports, including Wimbledon, over many years with NBC Sports. She produced the 2010 documentary Unmatched, a “30 for 30” film reviewing the rivalry and friendship between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

More US Open from ESPN, Inc.

ESPN3, the company’s live multi-screen sports network, will once again cover the action from six courts beginning at 1 p.m. the first five days. In total, the network will carry a total of approximately 400 hours of US Open tennis. ESPN3 carries every major global tennis event on the men’s and women’s circuit, including all four Grand Slam tournaments, every ATP World Tour 500 and ATP Masters 1000 event and WTA Premier events featuring all the top-seeded players.

ESPN3 delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is currently available to 73 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.

For fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription via Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV or Comcast Xfinity TV, WatchESPN will provide live complete coverage from ESPN2 at WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets, in addition to ESPN3’s multi-screen offering.

ESPN.com

Courtcast: A multi-tool application with all-court scoring, match stats, Cover It Live conversations, poll questions, rolling Twitter feeds and scrolling bottom line.
5 Things We Learned: Daily video segments wrapping up the five biggest storylines of the day.
Digital Serve: Exclusive daily dotcom video segment previewing the next day’s action.
Slam Central: Home of all the best US Open content, including columns by Greg Garber, highlights and the latest results.
Open Notebook: An aggregation of what the latest happenings are on the grounds of Flushing Meadows. From interviews, latest results, and even vetting the food, fans will get a taste of everything.

espnW

Beginning Wednesday, August 22, espnW.com will preview the US Open with several features including the players to watch and a spotlight on Venus Williams. Throughout the tournament, espnW.com will have daily features including “A Life at the US Open” – a look at the people behind the scenes. Additionally espnW will have features, columns, commentary, photo galleries, videos, The Word on location and more.

ESPN Interactive TV will be presented on DIRECTV. During the ESPN2 telecast windows for the first five days, a six-screen mosaic will include the ESPN2 program, along with matches with commentary from five other courts. In total, viewers will have access to more than 435 hours of live tennis action and 140 extra matches. Production will be enhanced with press conferences, interviews and features that will be added during court changeovers and between matches. All six screens can be expanded to full screen or picture-in-picture at the touch of the remote button. In addition, DIRECTV will offer “Matches On Now,” a graphic across the bottom with scores from each of the matches currently on the court channels, with the ability to tune directly to the match, and “Results,” an instant look at real-time scores and schedule info for matches ahead – all without leaving the match the viewer is watching.

ESPN Deportes will present news and information coverage of the US Open across its platforms. ESPN Deportes TV and Radio will feature daily segments in a variety of news and information shows. ESPNdeportes.com will serve U.S. Hispanic fans featuring webisodes of “ESPiaNdo” with the latest news and information every day. In addition, the site will offer special daily reports, highlights from New York and updates across social media.

ESPN International will again offer over 170 hours of live television coverage throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. In Latin America, coverage will be available in high definition. Coverage to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America will be anchored from a set at the National Tennis Center in New York by Luis Alvarez and Eduardo Varela with analysts Javier Frana and Jose Luis Clerc and reporters Nicolas Pereira and Carolina Guillen. In addition, Martin Urruty will report daily for SportsCenter in Latin America. Sam Gore and Mark Brown will handle English play-by-play with analysts Jimmy Arias and Kathy Rinaldi. For ESPN Brasil, the commentators will be Everaldo Marques, Fernando Meligeni, William Tavares and reporter Marcella Goncalves.

Online, Latin America’s ESPN Play (Watch ESPN in Brazil) will feature over 500 hours of live streaming which will include up to eight tennis courts in separate windows. A daily recap, ESPiaNdo, hosted by Varela, will include highlights and analysis on ESPNdeportes.com and ESPNPlay.com.

ESPN Classic: Great US Open Matches from the Past

This week, ESPN Classic will present great US Open matches from the past, interview programs with Dick Schaap sitting down with tennis greats, and episodes of ESPN’s Peabody Award-winning SportsCentury series. Highlights:

Tuesday, Aug. 21

3 a.m. — 1974 US Open Women’s Final: Billie Jean King vs Evonne Goolagong
8 a.m. — Schaap One on One: Martina Navratilova, Part I
8:30 a.m. — Schaap One on One: Martina Navratilova, Part II
9 a.m. — Schaap One on One: Billie Jean King
10 a.m. — SportsCentury: Chris Evert
11 a.m. — 1984 US Open Men’s Semifinal: John McEnroe vs Jimmy Connors

Wednesday, Aug. 22

1 a.m. — 1980 US Open Men’s Final: John McEnroe vs Bjorn Borg
3 a.m. — 1981 US Open Men’s Final: John McEnroe vs Bjorn Borg
11 a.m. — 1976 US Open Men’s Final: Jimmy Connors vs Bjorn Borg
11 p.m. — 1991 US Open Men’s Round of 16: Jimmy Connors vs Aaron Krickstein

Thursday, Aug. 23

1 a.m. — 1995 US Open Men’s Final: Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi
3 a.m. — 1990 US Open Men’s Final: Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi
1:30 p.m. — 2001 US Open Women’s Final: Venus Williams vs Serena Williams
3:30 p.m. — 2002 US Open Women’s Final: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams
11 p.m. — 2005 US Open Men’s Final: Roger Federer vs Andre Agassi

Friday, Aug. 24

1 a.m. — 2006 US Open, 3rd Round: Andre Agassi vs Benjamin Becker

3 a.m. — 1992 US Open Men’s Semifinal: Stefan Edberg vs Michael Chang

1 p.m. — 2002 US Open Men’s Final: Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi

3 p.m. — 2011 US Open Men’s Final: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

5 p.m.– SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova

6 p.m. — SportsCentury: John McEnroe

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 in a 12-year agreement starting this year.

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 nearly 72 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. ESPN 3D aired its first tennis at Wimbledon in 2011.

ESPN2 HD & the 2012 US Open
Date Time (ET) Match
Mon, Aug 27 – Fri, Aug 31 1 – 11 p.m. Early Round Action

Mon, Sept 3 7 – 11 p.m. Round of 16
Tue, Sept 4 1 – 11 p.m. Men’s Round of 16 / Women’s Quarterfinals
Wed, Sept 5 Noon – 11 p.m. Quarterfinals
Thur, Sept 6 Noon – 11 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals / Mixed Doubles Final
Sun, Sept 9 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Women’s Doubles Final
9 – 11 p.m. SportsCenter at the US Open

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Here are my picks for this week:

A: Webb Simpson (Backup: Phil Mickelson)
B: Tiger Woods (Backup: Bill Haas)
B: Rory McIlroy (Backup: Bubba Watson)
C: Graeme McDowell (Backup: S.N. Noh)

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Welcome to the Playoffs. More specifically the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. This week it’s The Barclays from the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion.

TV Coverage is: Thursday-Friday, Golf Channel, 2-6pm ET, Saturday, Golf Channel, 1-2:30pm ET, 3-6pm CBS, and Sunday, Golf Channel, Noon-1:30pm ET, CBS, 2-6pm ET.

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