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Here are ESPN’s coverage plans and announcers for their 2013 coverage of Wimbledon:

140 Live Hours on ESPN & ESPN2 with “Cross Court Coverage” — Highlights & Encores of Finals on ABC, Nine Screens on ESPN3
Serena, Federer Look to Repeat; Sharapova, Nadal & Djokovic Seek to Regain Crown; Murray, Azarenka Aim for First Wimbledon Title

Beginning Monday, June 24, tennis fans will enjoy ESPN’s exclusive coverage of one of sport’s most prestigious events, The Championships, Wimbledon, from the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Complete and live daily marathon telecasts totaling 140 hours – plus 800 on ESPN3’s multi-screen presentation of all TV courts – will take fans from first ball to the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Championships, Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, respectively.

All the action on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is accessible in 55 million households to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription via Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Charter, Cox or AT&T U-verse.

ESPN’s tennis team returns to London: Chris Fowler will call matches and serve as studio host, as will Mike Tirico while Hannah Storm will host the Breakfast at Wimbledon programs. They will be joined by returnees Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver. Tom Rinaldi will provide reports and features and call matches as well. LZ Granderson of ESPN.com will also serve as a studio analyst and feature reporter.

After debuting “cross court coverage” to great acclaim a year ago, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will again both be live for three days to start the second week. From Monday, July 1 – widely considered the greatest day in tennis as all Round of 16 matches are played – through Wednesday, July 3, ESPN will focus on Centre Court while ESPN2 airs matches from Court One and elsewhere around the grounds.

In addition, ESPN3 will offer 800 hours of a multi-screen offering – all available TV courts (up to nine) presented from first ball to last ball each day – which will be available along with ESPN and ESPN2’s action via the WatchESPN app. The service will also offer matches on demand after they occur. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually via WatchESPN. It is available to 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

On the “middle Sunday,” June 30, a scheduled day off as is Wimbledon tradition, ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m. ABC will also present encore presentations of the finals on the day they take place, July 6 and 7 at 3 p.m.

The new schedule is the result of a 12-year agreement between ESPN and the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced just after the conclusion of the 2011 Championships.

Surveying the Fields

The “big four” of men’s tennis – winners of 32 of the last 33 Major championships – continue to dominate the final weekends of Grand Slam events (rankings may not necessarily correspond to seeds when brackets are announced Wednesday, June 19):

No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion and winner of the 2013 Australian Open, his seventh Grand Slam title.
No. 2 Andy Murray fell in the Wimbledon final a year ago to Roger Federer before turning tables on Federer a few weeks later by winning the Olympic Gold Medal on the same Centre Court. Murray finally broke through and took the 2012 US Open (defeating Djokovic) but this year after reaching that Australian Open final vs. Djokovic was forced to skip the French Open because of injury.
At No. 3, 17-time Major champion Federer defends a Wimbledon crown for the seventh time.
No. 5 Rafael Nadal, a two-time winner (2008, 2010), who comes off a dominating French Open, his 12th major victory.
Leading the field hoping to crack this group is No. 4 David Ferrer, who at 31 made a Grand Slam final for the first time in Paris and No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro, the winner of the 2009 US Open who took the Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympics.

On the Ladies’ side, there is:

Serena Williams then everyone else. Last summer she won her fifth Wimbledon – and returned to the All England Club to take the Olympic Gold Medal – followed by her fourth US Open title. The top-ranked player in the world is coming off her second French Open victory and at 31 is as powerful as ever.
The leading contenders include No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, who defended her Australian Open title this year; No. 3 Maria Sharapova who won in 2004 and recently reached the final of the French Open, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska who lost to Williams in a three-set Wimbledon championship in 2012, and the 2011 champ, No. 8 Petra Kvitova.

ESPN, Inc. and Wimbledon

ESPN networks will show all of Wimbledon live, from first ball through the finals, including up to nine courts simultaneously on ESPN3 and the ESPN/ESPN2 “cross court coverage” for July 1-3:

ESPN and ESPN2 will combine for daylong live weekday action the first week, starting Monday, June 24, at 7 a.m. (ESPN on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; ESPN2 Wednesday and Thursday).
Breakfast at Wimbledon returns as a one-hour preview on ESPN of the day’s matches Saturday, June 29, and the live, national telecasts of the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Semifinals and Finals, Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7.
On the “middle Sunday,” June 30 – a scheduled day off as is Wimbledon tradition – ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m. ABC will also air encore presentations of the finals on the day they take place, July 6 and 7 at 3 p.m.
For the second Monday – Wednesday (July 1-3), ESPN will be live alongside ESPN2 to allow for live coverage of each and every match from the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals. In this unprecedented “Cross Court Coverage,” ESPN will focus on Centre Court matches while ESPN2 offers fans a “grounds pass” with action from Court 1 and other courts. The first of these three days, Monday, July 1 – when all 32 players are on the court in eight Gentlemen’s and eight Ladies’ Round of 16 matches, something that is unique to Wimbledon – is commonly referred to as “the greatest day in tennis.”
ESPN 3D will again televise five days of action live from Centre Court. ESPN 3D’s coverage will begin with the Gentlemen’s quarterfinals Wednesday, July 3, and continue through the Finals.
ESPN3 will provide a daily multi-screen offering of live play from all nine TV courts, including a simulcast of ESPN and ESPN2 action, plus press conferences totaling more than 800 hours.

ESPN.com will have previews, reviews, the latest news and videos and more:

Courtcast: A multi-tool application with live events via the ESPN3 syndicated player, all-court scoring, match stats, Cover It Live conversations, poll questions, rolling Twitter feeds and scrolling bottom line;
Five Things We Learned: Video series reviewing the top news of the day;
Grass Stains: A daily notebook wrapping up the best and worst of the day;
Digital Serve: Daily original videos previewing the next day;
Star Watch: Daily blog focusing on one of the game’s elite.

espnW.com will offer daily columns, blog posts and video, with an emphasis on the women’s side of the tournament.

ESPNDeportes.com will provide live scores and draws, in depth news and coverage of Latin American players, columns, blogs, live chats, video, highlights and news, including ESPiando Wimbledon that will recap the day’s play. The site will also feature Slam Central, a special index page dedicated to all four Grand Slams.

ESPN International – the home of tennis’ Grand Slam events in the Caribbean and in Spanish-speaking Latin America– will air over 70 hours of live Wimbledon coverage to 35 million homes on its multiple television networks throughout the region. Notable among those, ESPN+ in the Southern Cone will present 40 additional live hours plus daily prime-time highlight programs. Broadband’s ESPN Play — ESPN International’s multi-screen broadband service — will offer over 700 hours of live coverage throughout Latin American and the Caribbean with over 10 windows of simultaneous early round action available. ESPN’s Spanish-language commentator team at Wimbledon is led by Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Edurado Varela calling matches with analysts Javier Frana and Jose Louis Clerc along with reporters Nicolas Pereira and Pablo Stecco. Sam Gore and Mark Brown will describe the action for English-language feeds with analysts Jimmy Arias and Mark Donaldson.

ESPN Mobile TV will simulcast over 87 hours of live ESPN/ESPN2 coverage throughout the tournament.

ESPN On Demand (TV/Mobile) will offer historic matches and highlights of the 2013 Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ finals.

ESPN Mobile will provide point-by-point coverage of every Wimbledon match with live scores on the ESPN mobile Web and ScoreCenter app. Additionally, ESPN will offer video highlights of Wimbledon via the ScoreCenter app for iPhone. ESPN Alerts will also notify fans who opt in to receive alerts of developing stories, match results and highlights.

ESPN Interactive TV, now in its sixth year at Wimbledon, will provide multi-screen coverage of five matches in addition to the match airing on ESPN2 or ESPN through the second Monday of the tournament through DirecTV. Fans will also receive interviews, features, press conferences and a studio wrap-around presence hosted by SportsCenter anchor Steve Weissman, along with a roster of guest analysts. In addition to the video offerings, DirecTV viewers can access results, schedules, draws and other interactive features through the remote control “Red Button.” In total, ESPN will provide more than 350 hours of coverage through this unique application.

ESPN Classic will air championship matches upon (or near) their 5th, 10th….all the way to a 40th anniversary, the 1973 Ladies Championship between Billie Jean King and Chris Evert (Sunday, July 8, at 10 a.m.). The lineup includes the first Wimbledon titles for Stefan Edberg (1988), Steffi Graf (1988), Martina Navravtilova (1978) and Pete Sampras (1993), plus two matches pitting the Williams Sisters against each other (both on July 5, from 2003 and 2008. The schedule – which also includes related interview and documentary programming – begins Tuesday, July 2:

July 2

4 p.m. ET Schaap One on One: Martina Navratilova-Part I

4:30 p.m. Schaap One on One: Martina Navratilova-Part II

5 p.m. 1983 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Andrea Jaeger (30th Anniversary on July 1) – Navratilova won 6-0, 6-3, but in 2008 Jaeger claimed that she threw the match

6:30 p.m. SportsCentury: Steffi Graf

7:30 p.m. 1988 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Steffi Graf (25th Anniversary) – 19-year-old Graf defeats Navratilova for her first Wimbledon crown

9:30 p.m. SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova

10:30 p.m. 1983 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Andrea Jaeger (30th Anniversary on July 1) – Navratilova won 6-0, 6-3 but in 2008 Jaeger claimed that she threw the match

July 3

6 p.m. 1993 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Jana Novotna vs Steffi Graf (20th Anniversary) – Graf claimed her third consecutive Wimbledon title with a comeback in the final set from down 4-1.

July 4

3 p.m. 1988 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Boris Becker vs Stefan Edberg (25th Anniversary) – This was Edberg’s first Wimbledon title.

5 p.m. 1993 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Jim Courier vs Pete Sampras (20th Anniversary) – Sampras claimed his first Wimbledon title with a 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win over Courier.

July 5

12 a.m. 1998 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Goran Ivanisevic vs Pete Sampras (15th Anniversary)­ – Sampras claimed his fifth Wimbledon title 6-7(2-7), 7-6(11-9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

4 p.m. 2003 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams (10th Anniversary) – Serena claimed her second Wimbledon title with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over sister Venus.

6 p.m. 2008 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Venus Williams vs Serena Williams (5th Anniversary) – Williams sisters face off with Venus taking a 7-5, 6-4 victory, her fifth Wimbledon title.

July 8

9:30 a.m. Schaap One on One: Billie Jean King

10 a.m. 1973 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Chris Evert vs Billie Jean King (40th Anniversary on July 7) – Billie Jean King defeated Evert 6-0, 7-5 to claim her fifth Wimbledon crown.

Noon SportsCentury: Chris Evert

12:30 p.m. SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova

1:30 p.m. 1978 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Chris Evert (35th Anniversary on July 7) – Navratilova came back to defeat Evert 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 to claim her first Wimbledon title.

3:30 p.m. 30 For 30: Unmatched

4:30 p.m. SportsCentury: John McEnroe

5:30 p.m. Up Close Classics: Jimmy Connors

6 p.m. 1978 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Bjorn Borg vs Jimmy Connors (35th Anniversary) – Borg took home his third consecutive Wimbledon crown with a straight-sets win over Connors.

One Year Ago…Beginning of a New Era & Unprecedented Success

In 2012, a new era of Wimbledon coverage was launched with the first all-live, all-ESPN presentation of the fortnight. Exclusivity brought increased viewership, a younger audience, an ESPN record rating for tennis, and soaring digital usage. Highlights:

With the addition of exclusivity, the audience for the ESPN/ESPN2 presentation was 65 percent larger than ESPN2’s audience in 2011, an average of 981,000 viewers (P2+), up from 596,000. The average rating was up 40 percent, from 0.5 to 0.7 (U.S. ratings).
The ESPN/ESPN2 rating is equal to NBC/ESPN2 a year earlier with a 0.7 U.S. rating, but the key male demographic groups enjoyed strong double-digit increases in impressions: Men 18-34 up 37 percent, Men 18-49 up 37 percent, and Men 25-54 up 28 percent.
The U.S. ratings of 2.0 and 2.5 for the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s matches represent increases of five percent and 39 percent, respectively, over 2011.
The Gentlemen’s Championship drew a 2.9 coverage rating, an ESPN record for tennis. In fact, ESPN posted its top five Wimbledon ratings (ESPN or ESPN2) in its 10-year history covering the event.
Consumption across ESPN’s digital platforms nearly tripled from 2011. ESPN3/WatchESPN registered 126 million live minutes of viewing across all platforms, up 182 percent.

2012: A Year of Memorable Storylines

The 2012 fortnight at Wimbledon culminated with a weekend of compelling, indeed historic, storylines:

In the Ladies’ Championship, concluding a two-year comeback from injury and illness, Serena Williams captured her 14th Major title, fifth at Wimbledon and her first Grand Slam event victory since Wimbledon in 2010.
ESPN continued to air live from Centre Court (totaling nine hours) with both the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Doubles Finals. First, Great Britain saw its first Wimbledon male champion of any kind when unseeded Jonathan Marray and his Danish partner Frederik Nielsen proved victorious in a stirring five-set affair.
The telecast concluded with Serena Williams returning to the court alongside her sister Venus to take their fifth Wimbledon Doubles title together.
The Gentlemen’s Championship was sure to provide headlines regardless of the outcome. Andy Murray stepped onto Centre Court knowing it had been 76 years since Great Britain cheered their own as Wimbledon champ. In the end, Roger Federer had won a record-tying seventh time and extended his unmatched tally to 17 Grand Slam events titles. It was the first time the Wimbledon Championship had been decided with the roof closed (middle of third set).

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 in 2012. Exclusivity for the US Open in an 11-year agreement begins in 2015.

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.

ESPN3, now in 85 million homes, 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. 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.

ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2013
Date Time (ET) Event Network
Mon, June 24 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN / ESPN3 – * Live
Tue, June 25 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Wed, June 26 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
Thur, June 27 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
Fri, June 28 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Sat, June 29 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Sun, June 30 3 – 6 p.m. Highlights of Week One ABC Tape
Mon, July 1 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Round of 16 ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16, Centre Court ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Tue, July 2 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Wed, July 3 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
Thur, July 4 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Semifinals ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
Fri, July 5 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
Sat, July 6 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Final ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Final ABC Tape
Sun, July 7 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Final ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Final ABC Tape

* – ESPN3 will start at 6:30 a.m. ET each day June 24 – July 5 (no matches June 30)

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NBC will have Ted Robinson, John McEnroe and Mary Carillo calling the 2013 French Open.

It’s remaining timeslots are:

Saturday, June 1, Noon-3pm ET
Sunday, June 2, 1-4pm ET
Thursday, June 6, 11am-2pm ET
Friday, June 7, 11am-2pm ET
Saturday, June 8, 9am-1pm ET
Sunday June 9, 9am-2pm ET

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In addition to these plans, Tennis Channel also has an app offering their coverage of the 2013 French Open:

TENNIS CHANNEL TO DEDICATE MORE THAN 200 HOURS TO FRENCH OPEN STARTING MAY 26

LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2013 —

Close to 70 Live or First-Run Match Hours on Tap During Two-Week Event,

from First Day of Play through Men’s Semifinal Round

Macatee Returns to Host French Open Tonight in Primetime; McEnroe, Navratilova, Davenport, Carillo, Robinson, Eagle, Haber, Gimelstob, Shiras, Adams, Stubbs, Wertheim

to Handle Match Action

Hundreds of Hours of Free Digital Coverage Available on Network’s Web Site, Mobile App

Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, will begin its first day of 2013 French Open coverage with nine consecutive hours of matches followed by a another nine hours of interview-and-encore show French Open Tonight. This daily balance – long blocks of competition followed by an all-night review of the day’s play – will be the template for much of the network’s two-week telecast, set to get underway Sunday, May 26. With plans for close to 70 live match hours, more than 65 hours of encore replays, and 114 hours of French Open Tonight, Tennis Channel will devote more than 200 hours of seemingly round-the-clock coverage to the world’s most prestigious clay-court event this year.

In its seventh year at Roland Garros, Tennis Channel’s live coverage runs from the first day of play through the men’s semifinal round and includes encore replays of the men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals, semifinal and championship competitions. The network’s most common daily schedule will offer live matches from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET. From 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. it will showcase the day’s best action via encore match replays, regardless of whether the matches originally aired live on Tennis Channel or broadcast partners NBC or ESPN2 (a complete schedule follows, below).

French Open Tonight, hosted by Bill Macatee (@BMacatee), will run from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and then again twice throughout the late night and early morning. Since 2008 the show’s stage has overlooked the scenic Musketeer Plaza in the heart of the Roland Garros tournament grounds, with crowd bustle and spectator applause an ever present audio backdrop. As he has done since Tennis Channel’s first French Open in 2007, Macatee will bring his engaging interviewing approach into tennis fans’ homes each evening, encapsulating the day’s best through conversations with the players, coaches, and industry representatives who will write the history of this year’s tournament. Thirty-seven-and-a-half first-run hours of French Open Tonight are planned for 2013.

From 4 a.m.-5 a.m., Tennis Channel will run daily highlights provided by the event’s governing French Tennis Federation, before ESPN2 initiates a new day of match coverage at 5 a.m. Between Tennis Channel and ESPN2, viewers will have virtually non-stop, 24-hour coverage of the French Open. Since 2007, Tennis Channel has produced all telecasts for both channels, with each network cross-promoting the other’s telecast.

On-Air Talent

In addition to Macatee at the helm of French Open Tonight, Tennis Channel’s coverage in the City of Light has been marked each year by lead analysts Martina Navratilova (@Martina) and John McEnroe, Hall of Famers who return to the network booth in 2013. With 76 major championships between them – and reputations for telling it like it is – both have endeared themselves to tennis fans through unique points of view honed by years of tennis knowhow and accomplishment.

“It’s great to be back at Roland Garros with Tennis Channel,” said Navratilova. “With Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer either attempting or rewriting history, it’s an exciting time in tennis.”

Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) will add her champions’ perspective to the network’s coverage again, along with fellow analysts Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) and Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs). Leif Shiras (@LShirock) and Katrina Adams (@katadams68) will see to Tennis Channel’s multiple-court mosaic offering to DIRECTV customers, while Mary Carillo will host the network’s live tournament desk and conduct interviews for the third consecutive year. Play-by-play responsibilities are again shared by Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle and Brett Haber (@BrettHaber), with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) on hand for special reports and opinion.

Broadband and Digital Coverage

Tennis Channel’s Web site, http://www.tennischannel.com, has offered free match streaming live and on demand since its first year of French Open coverage in 2007. Up to five simultaneous courts will be accessible to visitors from 5 a.m. ET through the end of the day’s play, with more than 300 hours overall. New for 2013, the network is launching a free mobile app – Tennis Channel Everywhere – that is available to all users of Apple or Android digital platforms. In addition to French Open matches, the app will include daily updates from Tennis Channel’s online video page with highlights, Court Report news and popular player Bag Check clips.

Veteran tennis reporters Steve Flink and Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) will be in Paris to contribute to Tennis Channel’s Web site again this year. Throughout the tournament online users can access real-time scoring, photos, daily highlights, interviews, features and segments from French Open Tonight. Interactive tournament draws will be available later this week, as will sweepstakes information and the network’s “Racquet Bracket” tournament prediction game. Additionally, Tennis Channel’s digital team will introduce a Twitter feed, @TCEverywhere, that will be integrated with other social media channels to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Tennis Channel and its on-air team’s 2013 French Open production. Tennis Channel currently engages with viewers on Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel.)

Tennis Channel’s Live 2013 French Open Match Schedule

(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

Date Time (ET) Event

Sunday, May 26 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First-Round Action

Monday, May 27 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First-Round Action

Tuesday, May 28 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First-Round Action

Wednesday, May 29 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Second-Round Action

Thursday, May 30 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Second-Round Action

Friday, May 31 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Third-Round Action

Saturday, June 1 5 a.m.-Noon Third-Round Action

Sunday, June 2 5 a.m.-1 p.m. Round-of-16 Action

Monday, June 3 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Round-of-16 Action

Tuesday, June 4 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Quarterfinals

Friday, June 7 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Men’s Semifinal

Tennis Channel’s encore coverage will include same-day replays of singles quarterfinals and semifinals, and the men’s and women’s singles championship matches after the tournament concludes (ET):

Wednesday, June 5 – 1 p.m.-7 p.m.: men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals

Thursday, June 6 – 2 p.m.-7 p.m.: women’s singles semifinals

Friday, June 7 – 5 p.m.-midnight: men’s semifinals

TBD: men’s and women’s finals

On Tuesday, June 11, the network will air the women’s doubles championship from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. ET and men’s doubles championship from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. ET.

Tennis Channel’s French Open Tonight Schedule

Viewers who miss Tennis Channel’s live or encore match coverage during this year’s tournament can tune into French Open Tonight Sunday, May 26-Thursday, June 6. Typically the show airs from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (all times ET), followed by immediate repeats from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. and 1 a.m.-4 a.m. On Saturday, June 1, the show originally airs from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., followed by encores from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight and 12 a.m.-3 a.m. The schedule on Sunday, June 2, sees a first run from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., then 7 p.m.-10 p.m., 10 p.m.-1 a.m. and 1 a.m.-4 a.m. Thursday, June 6, the show will air from 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m. and then 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m.

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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For Further information:
Eric Abner , Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445 or eabner@tennischannel.com

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Here is ESPN’s coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 French Open:

50+ Hours on ESPN2, ESPN3 with 330 Hours; Most View Nadal (despite ranking), S.Williams the Favorites

Live morning matches on ESPN2 and day-long coverage via ESPN3 will bring French Open action to fans starting Sunday, May 26. ESPN2’s schedule of more than 50 hours – starting live at 5 a.m. ET most days – continues weekdays through Thursday, June 6, culminating with the women’s semifinals. ESPN3 will provide up to seven screens of action on the days ESPN2 is on the air, totaling 330 hours.

In both the women’s and men’s draws, contenders hope to break the stranglehold the top players have had on recent major championships.

On the men’s side, injuries – both current and Nadal’s in 2012 – leave the seeding up in the air. Novak Djokovic is ranked No. 1 and won the year’s first major in Australia while No. 2 Andy Murray, who finally won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open is likely to withdraw because of injury. No. 3 Roger Federer – who has reached the quarterfinals of 35 consecutive majors, winning a record 17 – heads to Roland Garros without a title in the current year for the first time since 2000. Defending champ Rafael Nadal is ranked No. 4, thanks to his long layoff the latter half of 2012, but leads the 2013 points race with six victories (five on clay) and few would be surprised if he were to bring home his eighth trophy from Paris. The contenders after Nadal – David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro (who may be forced to withdraw) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – have have all shown the ability to defeat a member of the Big Four but a major title would be a huge break through.
At 31, Serena Williams’ recent play certainly befits the top-ranked player in the world: 36-2 this year, riding career-best win streak of 24 matches and five titles. Winner of two of the last three majors and 15 overall, she is looking to avenge her stunning first-round defeat a year ago in Paris and win back the crown she has won just once (2002). No. 2 Maria Sharapova is the defending champion and 30-4 in 2013 but three of those losses came to Williams in finals. No. 3 Victoria Azarenka is 22-2 year to date with two titles including her second straight Australian Open. She fell to Williams 6-1, 6-3 Sunday on clay in the Rome final. At No. 4 and No. 5, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sara Errani are at a career-best ranking but each has only reached one Grand Slam final (Wimbledon, 2012; French Open, 2012, respectively) while No. 6 Li Na took the trophy in Paris in 2011 and reached the final of this year’s Australian Open. American Sloane Stephens, 20 – who emerged as a threat with an upset of Williams in Australia – is ranked No. 17 while Varvara Lepchenko of Allentown, Pa., is No. 29 but reached the fourth round at Roland Garros 12 months ago.

TV Coverage

After the opening day, ESPN2’s schedule will continue with an all-live telecast starting at 5 a.m. each day through Friday, May 31, and again on Monday, June 3. The network will air live quarterfinal action Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, June 5, at 8 a.m. ESPN2 will air the women’s semifinals live Thursday, June 6, at 9 a.m. All the action on ESPN2 is also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.

Chris Fowler and Chris McKendry will again share host duties on ESPN2, with Fowler also calling matches. They will be joined by Evert, along with returnees Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver.

ESPN networks present all four Grand Slam events and have televised the French Open 1986 – 1993 and since 2002. ESPN3 delivers an unmatched multi-screen presentation of the sport’s four majors, all ATP 1000 and 500 tournaments, WTA Premier Events and season-ending championships for both tours.

For the seventh consecutive year, ESPN2 is working with Tennis Channel to bring viewers an almost around-the-clock tournament experience, with each channel cross-promoting the other’s schedule. Tennis Channel will produce all coverage for both channels, with each making use of its own on-air team.

ESPN3

ESPN3’s French Open schedule totals 330 hours with a multi-screen offering of up to seven courts and ESPN2’s coverage and is available on the days the network is televising. ESPN3 will begin each day early in the morning with the first ball in the air and continue to the last shot of the day. Matches will also be available after they take place via replay. Additionally, ESPNPlay in Latin America and the Caribbean will provide customers with extensive live coverage with multiple windows totaling over 500 hours in both English and Spanish on broadband platforms in addition to televised coverage throughout the regions.

Other ESPN Platforms

Fans will have a variety of ways to follow the French Open with live action and updates on an array of ESPN platforms wherever they are and regardless of whether there is live television offered.

ESPN.com will provide comprehensive coverage before, during and after the French Open, highlighted by CourtCast, which will feature all the live action from ESPN3. As always, it will also include real-time scoring from all courts, plus continuous live polling with results revealed immediately in ESPN2’s telecasts. CourtCast will also provide an augmented social media feed (Twitter and Facebook) from the players, analysts and writers. And, of course, ESPN.com will have the latest news, analysis, schedules and more. Fans can watch Digital Serve daily with ESPN2 commentators discussing the latest action and previewing key matches. Other highlights include:

The Latest Dirt – a daily notebook roundup of all the day’s action;
Center Court – a tennis video show featured each week on all the major news from Roland Garros;
espnW.com – Comprehensive daily coverage of the women’s draw by senior writer Jim Caple;
What We Learned – ESPN.com senior writer Greg Garber and others will highlight the day’s news and notes with quick video snippets on the overlooked storylines.

The WatchESPN App – for fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription via Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Cox, Charter or AT&T U-verse – will provide access to for ESPN2’s live coverage online at WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets, in addition to ESPN3’s multi-screen offering.

ESPN Mobile TV will have 46 hours of live coverage, simulcasting ESPN2’s live programming, highlighted by the women’s semifinals Thursday, June 7.

ESPN Interactive TV, exclusive to DIRECTV, will present the French Open showing ESPN2 or Tennis Channel’s live coverage along with five other courts available with commentary. Other features include interactive data, the tournament draw, up-to-date scores, and daily order of play.

ESPN International will present over 100 hours of live French Open coverage to more than 50 countries in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean on its pan-regional and regional networks. Matches will be chosen based on local interest, and commentary will be offered in English and Spanish, with expert analysis provided by two Spanish-speaking announce teams: Luis Alvarez & Javier Frana and Eduardo Varela & Jose Luis Clerc In addition to both SD and HD television telecasts, ESPN International’s broadband service, ESPN Play, will stream over 500 hours of live French Open matches, including the men’s and women’s finals.

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 in 2012.

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.

ESPN3, now in 85 million homes, 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. 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.

2013 French Open on ESPN2 & ESPN2 HD
Date Time (ET) Event
Sun, May 26 – Fri, May 31 5 – 10 a.m. Early Round Action Live

Mon, June 3 5 – 10 a.m. Round of 16 Live
Tue, June 4 1 – 7 p.m. Quarterfinals Live & Same-day action
Wed, June 5 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Thur, June 6 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Women’s Semifinals Live

2013 French Open on ESPN3
Date Time (ET) Event
Sun, May 26 – Fri, May 31 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Early Round Action Live

Mon, June 3 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16 Live
Tue, June 4 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Wed, June 5 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Thur, June 6 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. Men’s Doubles SemisWomen’s Semifinals Live

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Here’s Tennis Channel’s coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 Australian Open:

TENNIS CHANNEL’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN COVERAGE BEGINS MONDAY, JANUARY 14

LOS ANGELES, January 7, 2013 —

Largest On-Air Team in Network’s Melbourne History Features Navratilova, Macatee, Davenport, Haber, Gimelstob, Wertheim and Stubbs
During Tennis’ First Major Event of 2013

New Day-Session/Night-Session Format for Daily Highlight and Encore Show
Australian Open Today as Tennis Channel Devotes More Than 180 Hours to Competition

Tennis Channel’s sixth year of televising the Australian Open, the first major tournament of the annual tennis season, will begin Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. ET. The network plans for more than 30 hours of live match telecasts during the two-week competition again this year, with more than 180 hours of dedicated tournament coverage overall. In addition to 10 consecutive nights of live prime-time matches running into the middle of the second week (complete schedule follows), Tennis Channel viewers will again be able to tune in throughout the competition for encore match coverage and a sense of where things stand as the tournament progresses.

New for 2013 is a retooled format for daily highlight and encore-match show Australian Open Today. Previously a single programming block that ran once in the morning and again each afternoon, this year’s version will feature two daily editions, one dedicated to the tournament’s most recent day session and one to the most recent night session. This nearly doubles the amount of first-run Australian Open Today programming, from 41 hours in 2012 to an estimated 72 hours in 2013.

In 2008, when Tennis Channel began carrying the Australian Open, it became the first U.S. television network to show all five Australian Open finals: mixed doubles and men’s and women’s singles and doubles – a pattern it has repeated each January. The network’s live schedule begins with first-round play and continues through the singles quarterfinals, wrapping with the men’s and women’s doubles finals and mixed doubles championship. Same-day men’s and women’s singles finals encores round out the other two finals, and Tennis Channel will air same-day men’s and women’s singles semifinal encores as well.

The tournament is part of Tennis Channel’s ongoing Grand Slam alliance with ESPN, which offers audiences a near round-the-clock tournament experience at tennis’ major events. ESPN is producing all Australian Open coverage for both networks, which will cross-promote each other, with each channel utilizing its own commentators.

Australian Open On-Air Talent

Tennis Channel’s 2013 Australian Open on-air team is the largest in network history Down Under. Sportscaster Bill Macatee (@BMacatee) and Hall of Fame former player Martina Navratilova (@Martina) have been the faces of every Grand Slam covered by Tennis Channel since the network’s first French Open in 2007. They will return to Melbourne in 2013, with Macatee handling play-by-play again and Navratilova on analyst’s detail. Emmy Award-winning announcer Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) and commentator Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) are also back. Gimelstob’s thorough understanding of tennis history and the game’s challenges today, along with his close ties with players and the sport’s governing bodies, have made his insight among the most sought after tennis.

Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), who won the Australian Open singles title in 2000 and reached the doubles final six times, will lend her championship perspective to Tennis Channel’s booth in Australia while one of that country’s own, Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs), will handle specials reports and vignettes. Stubbs won the tournament’s doubles crown in 2000 and holds more women’s doubles championships overall than any player in Australia’s rich tennis history. Reporter Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) will also appear on the network in Melbourne this year. His columns for Sports Illustrated are among the most read in tennis (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/writers/jon_wertheim/archive/).

Digital Coverage

During the Australian Open renowned tennis reporters Steve Flink and Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) will provide regular columns on Tennis Channel’s Web site, http://www.tennischannel.com. In addition to real-time scoring, video highlights, interviews, Australian Open Today clips and an interactive Australian Open draw, the site will offer the exclusive Racquet Bracket tournament prediction game. This year the game has been upgraded with new features and a more user-friendly interface. Visitors also have the chance to enter the network’s Australian Open sweepstakes, for the chance to win a trip to next year’s event.

Beyond its own Web site, Tennis Channel engages with viewers and tennis fans 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 Australian Open Match Schedule (all times ET)

Date Time Event

Monday, Jan. 14 7 p.m.-9 p.m. First Round

Tuesday, Jan. 15 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Second Round

Wednesday, Jan. 16 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Second Round

Thursday, Jan. 17 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Third Round

Friday, Jan. 18 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Third Round

Saturday, Jan. 19 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Round of 16

Sunday, Jan. 20 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Round of 16

Monday, Jan. 21 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Jan. 22 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals

Wednesday, Jan. 23 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. TBA

Thursday, Jan. 24 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Mixed Doubles Semifinal

and Women’s Doubles Final

Saturday, Jan. 26 5:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. Men’s Doubles Final

Sunday, Jan. 27 12:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Mixed Doubles Final

Tennis Channel’s Australian Open Today Schedule (all times ET)

Tennis Channel’s Australian Open Today will air daily the first 10 days of the tournament, from Monday, Jan. 14-Wednesday, Jan. 23.

On Monday, Jan. 14, the day-session edition of the show will air from 7 a.m.-11 a.m., followed by the night-session edition from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. During the remainder of the first week of play, from Tuesday, Jan. 15-Friday, Jan. 18, the show will air in two back-to-back segments representing the day and night sessions, from 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, will offer the day-session edition from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and night-session edition from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., followed by an encore presentation from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, also will feature a day-session edition from 7 a.m.-10 a.m., with a night-session edition from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

The second week of Australian Open Today will run from Monday, Jan. 21-Wednesday, Jan. 23, and generally include two back-to-back editions of the day and night sessions, from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. An exception will occur on Monday, Jan. 21, with an encore presentation capping the afternoon from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

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 is ESPN’s coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 Australian Open:

100+ Hours on ESPN2 HD, 600 on ESPN3; Finals Live January 26, 27

The 2013 tennis season begins with the Australian Open presented by Franklin Templeton Investments with more than 100 live hours on ESPN2 HD and 600+ on ESPN3. Each year, the marathon live action seen overnight in the U.S. from Melbourne has led to some of the most dramatic action in the sport in recent years. The action gets underway Sunday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. ET with a 12.5-hour telecast.

ESPN’s 29th consecutive Australian Open represents the company’s longest uninterrupted professional sports programming relationship. Daily action continues each night with afternoon reairs totaling more than 50 additional hours through the women’s championship Saturday, Jan 26, and the men’s championship Sunday, Jan. 27, both at 3 a.m. with reairs later each day at 9 a.m. and in prime time. The telecasts are also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.

Expanded digital coverage includes 600 hours on ESPN3, all live, with users choosing between ESPN2 or action on up to other seven courts with all matches available on-demand after completion. ESPN3’s coverage starts at 7 p.m. over the first 11 days of the tournament with the first ball each day of all TV court matches. Additionally, ESPN3 will offer live matches not airing on ESPN2, including the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championships and the finals of the boys and girls divisions.

The tournament is part of ESPN’s ongoing Grand Slam alliance with Tennis Channel, which offers audiences a near round-the-clock tournament experience at tennis’ major events. ESPN is producing all Australian Open coverage for both networks, which will cross-promote each other with each channel utilizing its own commentators.

Setting the Stage

Victoria Azarenka won her first major event a year ago in Melbourne and finished the 2012 campaign as the top-ranked women’s player. Close on her heels is Maria Sharapova, who completed a career Grand Slam at last year’s French Open, and Serena Williams, who has an Open Era record five Australian Open victories among her 15 major titles, is looking to continue her winning ways of Wimbledon and the US Open in 2012.

Novak Djokovic will seek his third straight Australian Open championship – which would be an Open Era first among men – and enters the new season ranked No. 1 among the men. At No. 2 is Roger Federer and his 17 major titles, including four Down Under. Andy Murray at No. 3 will be attempting to win a second consecutive Grand Slam event after breaking through with his first at the US Open. With injury and illness keeping Rafael Nadal – who has been off the court since last summer’s Wimbledon – from competing, the door is open for the likes of David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the semis, or beyond.

The Australian Open has a history of starting the tennis season off in a big way, with matches of historic lengths in the summer heat Down Under. Just in the last two years on ESPN2:

In the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open, Francesca Schiavone defeats Svetlana Kuznetsova in the longest women’s match ever at a Grand Slam event – 6-4, 1-6, 16-14. The match lasted 4:44.
In tennis’ longest Grand Slam final ever, No. 1 Novak Djokovic outlasts No. 2 Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in 5 hours and 53 minutes at the 2012 Australian Open on ESPN2. It was Djokovic’s fourth title in the last five Majors.

TV: IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD

The best tennis team in television returns for 2013, led by Cliff Drysdale – who has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in 1979. Darren Cahill, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver return with hosts Chris Fowler, who also calls matches including the finals, and Chris McKendry. Tom Rinaldi will contribute features, news and interviews during event coverage and on SportsCenter.

ESPN Interactive TV, seen on DIRECTV and ESPN3, will again present the Australian Open in a six-screen “mix channel” format. For eight hours each evening during the first eight days of the tournament, viewers will be able to watch the ESPN2 feed or select from five other courts, all with commentary and customized graphics. Interactive data features include the tournament draw, up-to-date scores, daily order of play, and social media interaction. SportsCenter’s Steve Weissman will anchor the coverage, providing studio updates and news from around the tournament. Joining the announce team are former players Chanda Rubin, Jeff Tarango, Leif Shiras, Elise Burgin, Doug Adler, Nick Lester, and Christen Bartelt, along with play by play announcers Mark Donaldson and Brian Webber.

ESPN International will deliver to the pan-regional ESPN networks in Latin America (including the HD networks) over 100 hours of coverage, showcasing the biggest names in tennis and players of local relevance. ESPN+ will air over 30 hours of live complementary coverage in primetime throughout the early rounds.

ESPN Classic is airing more than 100 hours of memorable Australian Open matches from the past as well as plus tennis-themed editions of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning SportsCentury series and other interview shows during January. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 12 a.m. (Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. PT), ESPN Classic will air Australian Open programming virtually around the clock until Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. Later in the month, ESPN Classic will air a number of Australian Open matches upon a significant anniversary (5th, 10th, etc.), including Andy Roddick’s epic 21-19 fifth set vs. Younes El Aynaoui in the 2003 Australian Open quarterfinals (January 22, 9 a.m.), the Williams Sisters squaring off in the 2003 Women’s Final (January 24, 5 p.m.) and the 1993 Women’s Final between Monica Seles and Steffi Graf (January 29, 5 p.m.). For the full schedule.

DIGITAL MEDIA, AT HOME AND ABROAD

WatchESPN will deliver ESPN2’s live coverage of the Australian Open online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. Additionally, ESPN3 will once again provide coverage of no fewer than eight live feeds from various courts – including the women’s and men’s semifinals and finals – nearly 600 hours. For the first 11 days (Sun., Jan. 13 – Wed., Jan. 23), coverage will commence at 7 p.m. (11 a.m. in Melbourne, when play begins) and continue for at least seven hours. The courts to be included are the “TV courts,” the ones most likely to have top matches: Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, Margaret Court Arena, plus Courts 2, 3, 6 and 8. For the remainder of the tournament, ESPN3 will continue with select live coverage from ESPN2, including the women’s (Jan. 26) and men’s (Jan. 27) finals, plus exclusive coverage of select men’s, women’s and mixed doubles play and the boys’ and girls’ finals. Fans can also access ESPN3 feeds from AustralianOpen.com. Each window will be available for on-demand replay following completion. With ESPN3’s dynamic interface, fans will be able to fast-forward, rewind and pause action – during on-demand replay and live action.

ESPN Mobile TV, a 24/7 channel for wireless, will provide 113 hours of live and simulcast coverage with ESPN2′s programming schedule.

ESPN On Demand (TV & Mobile) Will offer highlights from past years tournaments as well as a highlight from this year’s men’s and women’s matches.

ESPN.com will once again feature Courtcast, a cutting-edge application presented by IBM, featuring official IBM tournament and real-time statistics, Hawk-Eye technology, a rolling Twitter feed, Cover It Live analysis and interactive poll questions. Slam Central, an aggregation of all the day’s top news, analysis, blogs and video, as well as a daily Digital Serve and At This Minute video segments with commentators in Melbourne discussing the results, will be a daily staple. News and analysis from contributors Bonnie D. Ford and Tennis.com writers will add to the depth of coverage. During the second week of play, the staff will interact with fans via live blogging.

espnW.com will begin coverage Tuesday, Jan. 8, with several previews, player profiles and features planned, along with on-going analysis of the tournament. Highlights:

Bonnie Ford will be in Melbourne providing commentary, features and more, including a major feature on Serena Williams, looking back at her tremendous summer of 2012 and wondering what’s to come this year.
A feature on Victoria Azarenka who played brilliantly in the first quarter of 2012 and ultimately ended the year No. 1. Is she a legitimate No. 1 or just the latest who briefly holds that ranking?
A look at how tennis hasn’t been immune to positive drug tests, but it seems to lack the sense of pervasive suspicion that exists within other sports.
What’s new since the off season? The Australian Open is often compared to the start of the school year – who is looking different, who is ready to make a move, what are the new coaching pairings, etc.
A complete analysis of the women’s draw will be posted January 10.
Rising American star Sloane Stephens will blog several times during the tournament.

In addition, Kate Fagan will have a feature story about a how in the last 20 years, a single indoor court in Moscow, the Spartak tennis facility, has produced more female tennis talent than the entirety of the United States. That court is run by coaches who teach a distinct brand of tennis, focusing on fundamentals. In fact, most young players aren’t allowed to compete against an opponent until they’ve spent a minimum of three years practicing. This story will explain how, and why, Spartak has managed to produce such an inordinate amount of tennis talent, while also examining the role of Russian culture in the equation. Just as basketball provides an escape route for young men growing up in the inner city, so too does tennis offer opportunity for the young women of Moscow.

ESPNtenis.com will have the following content: A daily webisode called “ESPiaNdo el Australian Open”; an “applet” featuring real-time, point-by-point scoring of all matches; live scores, results and brackets; columns, chats and blogs by TV commentators and other writers; polls; the “Ask ESPN” feature, prompting users to send their comments/questions via the website; video clips with highlights of daily action and analysis; TV scheduling information, and photo galleries.

ESPN International’s ESPN Play (Watch ESPN in Brazil) broadband service in Latin America will provide wall-to-wall coverage of the year’s first Grand Slam, airing over 500 hours of live tennis from every available televised court, including the men’s & women’s quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, all live. This streaming action will be available in over two million homes in 15 countries throughout Latin America/Caribbean (Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Panama, Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Trinidad/Tobago).

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 in 2012.

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.

ESPN3, now in 83 million homes, 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. 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.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013 on ESPN2 HD

(For these charts, all times are Eastern, and each day “begins” at 6 a.m. ET.

Therefore, the listing Sun., Jan. 19 at 3:30 a.m. ET is actually very late on Sunday night.)

Date Time (ET) Event
Sun, Jan 13 6:30 p.m. – 7 a.m. Early round play LIVE
Mon, Jan 14 2 – 5 p.m. “ Same-day
9 p.m. – 7 a.m. “ LIVE
Tue, Jan 15 2 – 5 p.m. “ Same-day
9 p.m. – 7 a.m. “ LIVE
Wed, Jan 16 2 – 5 p.m. “ Same-day
11 p.m. – 7 a.m. “ LIVE
Thur, Jan 17 2 – 5 p.m. “ Same-day
11 p.m. – 7 a.m. “ LIVE
Fri, Jan 18 2 – 5 p.m. “ Same-day
9 p.m. – 7 a.m. “ LIVE
Sat, Jan 19 7 – 9:55 a.m. “ Same-day
9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Round of 16 LIVE
3 – 7 a.m. “ LIVE
Sun, Jan 20 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. “ LIVE
3:30 – 6 a.m. “ LIVE
Mon, Jan 21 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Quarterfinals LIVE
3:30 – 6 a.m. “ LIVE
Tue, Jan 22 2 – 5 p.m. “ Same-day
9 p.m. – 2 a.m. “ LIVE
3:30 – 6 a.m. “ LIVE
Wed, Jan 23 2 – 5 p.m. “ Same-day
9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. Women’s Semifinals LIVE
3:30 – 6 a.m. Men’s Semifinal #1 LIVE
Thurs, Jan 24 Noon – 4 p.m. Men’s Semifinal #1 reair
3:30 – 6 a.m. Men’s Semifinal #2 LIVE
Fri, Jan 25 Noon – 4 p.m. Men’s Semifinal #2 reair
3 – 5:30 a.m. Women’s Championship LIVE
Sat, Jan. 26 9 – 11 a.m. Women’s Championship reair
10 p.m. – MID Women’s Championship reair
3 – 6:30 a.m. Men’s Championship LIVE
Sun, Jan 27 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Men’s Championship reair
7:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Men’s Championship reair

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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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