LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6, 2014 – Tennis Channel is expanding Hall of Famer Jim Courier’s roster of tournament assignments to include the Australian Open, starting with the 2014 edition in Melbourne. Courier will have a nightly presence during the network’s two-week coverage, which begins Monday, Jan. 13, and will appear in a series of special segments from the tournament grounds in Melbourne. In all, Tennis Channel will dedicate more than 180 hours to this year’s Australian Open, with 30 hours of live match play, another 60 hours of encore replays, more than 80 hours of Australian Open Today and nine hours of daily highlights.
Courier, who currently serves as captain of the United States Davis Cup team, joined Tennis Channel in 2012 as lead men’s analyst at the US Open. In 2013 he added Wimbledon to his responsibilities and, beginning later this year, the BNP Paribas Open in March.
“I’m excited to work with Tennis Channel at the Australian Open this year,” said Courier. “It’s always fun to be in Melbourne as the new tennis year gets going. I think we’re going to see some interesting story developments on both the men’s and women’s sides right out of the gate in 2014.”
This is Tennis Channel’s seventh year of televising the Australian Open. As with previous tournaments, the network will carry 10 straight nights of live primetime matches from Monday, Jan. 13, through Wednesday, Jan. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. ET each night (complete schedule follows). This coverage will run from the first round through the singles quarterfinals, and be followed by live coverage of a mixed-doubles semifinal and the mixed-doubles final, and the men’s and women’s doubles finals later in the week.
With its initial coverage of the Australian Open in 2008, Tennis Channel became the first U.S. network to show all five Australian Open finals: mixed doubles and men’s and women’s singles and doubles. It has done so every year since, and this year again will offer same-day men’s and women’s singles encores along with its live mixed-doubles and doubles finals.
Tennis Channel’s morning highlight-and-encore show Australian Open Today will run daily from Monday, Jan. 13, through Wednesday, Jan. 22. Close to 80 first-run hours are planned for 2014, with a five-hour encore edition on the second Monday, Jan. 20.
Tennis Channel and ESPN’s ongoing Grand Slam alliance includes the Australian Open and gives viewers near round-the-clock tournament enjoyment from Melbourne. ESPN produces the Australian Open for both networks, with each utilizing its own commentators and cross-promoting their combined television offerings.
While the action is underway in Melbourne, Tennis Channel’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, will offer real-time scoring, video highlights, interviews, Australian Open Today clips, an interactive draw and the network’s exclusive Racquet Bracket tournament prediction game. Lauded tennis reporters Steve Flink, Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) and Richard Evans (@Ringham7) will write columns throughout the two-week tournament. Additionally, visitors interested in the chance to win a trip to the 2015 event will be able to enter Tennis Channel’s Australian Open sweepstakes online during the tournament as well.
Tennis Channels’ Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) activities will bring the Australian Open to social media in 2014, as will the network’s Tennis Channel Everywhere app. Introduced in 2013, the app is free to Apple and Android users and offers a wide variety of digital tournament features. One of these, the TV Everywhere authentication function, also allows subscribers of select distribution partners to access Tennis Channel’s linear feed through their computers or mobile devices.
Tennis Channel’s Live Australian Open Match Schedule (all times ET)
Date Time Event
Monday, Jan. 13 7 p.m.-9 p.m. First Round
Tuesday, Jan. 14 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Second Round
Wednesday, Jan. 15 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Second Round
Thursday, Jan. 16 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Third Round
Friday, Jan. 17 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Third Round
Saturday, Jan. 18 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Round of 16
Sunday, Jan. 19 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Round of 16
Monday, Jan. 20 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals
Tuesday, Jan. 21 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Jan. 22 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. TBA
Thursday, Jan. 23 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Mixed Doubles Semifinal
and Women’s Doubles Final
Saturday, Jan. 25 5:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. Men’s Doubles Final
Sunday, Jan. 26 12 a.m.-2 a.m. Mixed Doubles Final
Tennis Channel’s Australian Open Today Schedule (all times ET)
Australian Open Today will air for 10 days from Monday, Jan. 13, through Wednesday, Jan. 22. The show will run from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday of the first week. On Saturday, Jan. 18, the program is scheduled for 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
The second week of Australian Open Today begins Sunday, Jan. 19, with separate four-hour blocks from 7 a.m.-11a.m and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. On Monday, Jan. 20, the show will run from 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m., with an immediate five-hour encore from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. The final editions, on Tuesday and Wednesday of the second week, are planned for 6 a.m.-2 p.m.