August 24, 2016

From Rio Olympics to Flushing Meadows, Barbados’ Olympian Darian King Advances at US Open Qualifying

(August 23, 2016) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Barbados’ Darian King advanced to the second round of the US Open Qualifying tournament on Tuesday with a comeback victory over 31st seed Grega Zemlja 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Court 5.

 

King was up a break in the first set, but could not hold it. In the second set he went up two breaks against the hard-serving Slovenian, which he said was the turning point of the match.

“I think we both played great tennis,” he said. “And I’m glad that I kept (my) focus and got a great victory over Zemlja.

 

The 24-year-old born in Bridgetown, Barbados is currently ranked at No. 167 on the ATP World Tour. He just participated in the Rio Olympic Games, where he lost in the first round to No. 22 Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-2.

 

“It was great for me,” King said of his Olympic experience. “Coming from a Caribbean country, the only person that was there, it was a great achievement.”

 

“Also playing against a Top 20 player, everybody wants to play against the top players and for me to participate for my country against a Top 20 player, I think it was a great experience for me overall.”

 

Asked about if there is more pressure playing in the Olympic Games or the US Open Qualies, he said: No pressure. I’ve been playing the sport for at least five years and I don’t think there is any pressure, it’s what you train for. To train hard and hope it comes out in a match. I’m a guy who never gets nervous against anyone because I train hard for this, I’m willing to play anyone who comes up.”

 

King, who also plays Davis Cup for Barbados, has won two challenger events this summer just prior to the Olympic Games – one in Binghamton, New York and the other in Cali, Colombia.

 

“I’m transitioning from the Future to the Challengers,” he said. “It was a big move for, the first time out playing a lot of Challengers – two-time victory in the Challengers is a great achievement for me. It shows the progress I’ve been doing, the hard work I’ve been putting in. Hopefully after the US Open, I’ll continue playing Challengers more.”

 

King hopes to raise his ranking to 150 this year, a goal he set for himself in the beginning of 2016. “That’s what I’m really aiming for. It’s going to be tough because the margin from 170 to 150 is a big margin. Have to play in the big tournaments and hopefully do well in them.”

 

King will face Kazaakh Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the second round of the US Open Qualies on Thursday. The 29-year-old Nedovyesov is ranked 218th in the world.

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News at the US Open.

Dustin Brown was in the crowd at Court 5 cheering on Darian King.

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Connecticut Open Results and Schedule

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CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES – NEW HAVEN, USA
$761,000
21-27 AUGUST 2016

RESULTS – AUGUST 23, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] A. Radwanska (POL) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 75 61
[10] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [LL] E. Rodina (RUS) 63 61
E. Makarova (RUS) d [Q] A. Sevastova (LAT) 63 62
E. Vesnina (RUS) d [LL] A. Kontaveit (EST) 64 10 Retired
First Round
[LL] J. Larsson (SWE) d [7] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 62
[LL] K. Flipkens (BEL) d B. Bencic (SUI) 61 46 75

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) d [4] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 60 61
[WC] S. Hsieh (TPE) / A. Petkovic (GER) d N. Melichar (USA) / M. Sanchez (USA) 36 61 10-8

USONP
Men’s
Doubles
Championship – Semifinals
A. Daescu (ROU) / C. Paval (ROU) d [1] J. Cerretani (USA) / M. Schnur (USA) 62 76(7)
[3] N. Meister (USA) / E. Quigley (USA) d [2] P. Bester (CAN) / P. Polansky (CAN) 76(4) 64

USONP
Women’s
Doubles
Championship – Final
[2] J. Cako (USA) / D. Lao (USA) d [1] A. Weinhold (USA) / C. Whoriskey (USA) 62 75

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2016
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
WTA – [LL] J. Larsson (SWE) vs [WC] S. Rogers (USA)
WTA – [Q] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [2] R. Vinci (ITA)
WTA – C. Garcia (FRA) vs [LL] K. Flipkens (BEL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [6] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN)
WTA – [WC] L. Chirico (USA) / A. Riske (USA) vs [2] S. Mirza (IND) / M. Niculescu (ROU)

GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs [3] A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
USONP Mixed – J. Cako (USA) / J. Kielbowicz (USA) vs J. Gobatie (USA) / K. Zheltova (BLR)
USONP Mixed – K. Corpuz (USA) / I. Jobe (USA) vs [3] E. Bektas (USA) / E. King (USA)
USONP Mixed – Ca. Varga (USA) / Ch. Varga (USA) vs A. Anghelescu (USA) / D. Van Den Heever (RSA)
USONP Mixed – E. Hamlin (USA) / H. Maslau (BLR) vs M. Nichols (USA) / Z. Nichols (USA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
USONP Mixed – A. Daescu (ROU) / A. Perianu (ROU) vs [2] H. Reese (USA) / C. Whoriskey (USA)
USONP Mixed – K. Christian (USA) / R. Siwy (CZE) vs A. Bondarenko (UKR) / M. Dyachok (UKR)

Not Before 3:00 pm
USONP Men – A. Daescu (ROU) / C. Paval (ROU) vs [3] N. Meister (USA) / E. Quigley (USA)
USONP Mixed – R. Mercer (USA) / S. Smith (USA) vs M. Harrison (USA) / S. Marand (USA)
USONP Mixed – [1] E. Quigley (USA) / K. Wong (USA) vs E. Shibahara (USA) / S. Shibahara (USA)

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US Open Qualifying Tournament – Schedule of Play for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Court 17 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 5 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 13 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 4 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 6 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 8 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 9 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 1111:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 12 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 1411:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 15 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 16 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court P6 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

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Rafael Nadal to Play Brisbane

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(August 23, 2016) From Tennis Australia – Fourteen-time major champion Rafael Nadal (ESP) will commence his season in Australia for the first time when he joins the field at Brisbane International presented by Suncorp this summer.

The Spanish ace has traditionally favored the Middle East to start his new year campaign, but will break with tradition in January for his maiden appearance in the Sunshine State.

“It’s going to be the first time in my career that I’m going to play in Australia the first week of the season and I’m really excited about it,” Nadal said.

“I think this is something I have to do during my career and I think at the same time it’s going to be a great preparation to be in Australia early. Everybody who has been in Brisbane has told me very beautiful things about the tournament and the place so I want to try it.”

Nadal completes a clean sweep of the ‘Big Four’ to step out at Pat Rafter Arena, with fellow men’s tennis stars Roger Federer (SUI), Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Andy Murray (GBR) all having competed at previous editions of the event.

Earlier this month Nadal teamed with compatriot Marc Lopez to win gold in the men’s doubles at the Rio Olympics and narrowly missed a medal in the men’s singles event, capping a remarkable return to form.

Brisbane International Tournament Director Geoff Quinlan said the world No.5 would be a sure-fire favourite with fans this summer.

“We’re thrilled to announce Rafael Nadal will start his season in Brisbane in 2017 and can’t wait to welcome him to Queensland Tennis Centre,” he said.

“The Brisbane International has a reputation for attracting the biggest names in world tennis and we’re really excited our fans will have the chance to see Rafa in action this summer. We’ve been in talks with Rafa for a number of years about competing in Brisbane, he’s seen the event get bigger and better every year and we’re ecstatic he’s decided to join the field in 2017.

“Rafa is a legend of the sport and one of the most exciting players to see live so I’m sure fans will be counting down the days to January.

“This is just the start of a very exciting line-up of players we will announce over the coming months as we look ahead to Brisbane International 2017.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said securing Nadal was a win for the tournament and Queensland tourism.

“In 2016 we welcomed legend Roger Federer for a third time, and it’s fantastic to now add Rafa to the list of champions to play in Queensland’s premier tennis tournament,” Minister Jones said.

“Securing marquee players like Rafael Nadal provides a big drawcard for the Brisbane International and boosts the reputation of this world class Queensland event.”

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US Open Seeds Announced – Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic Top Seeds

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(August 23, 2016) FLUSHING, N.Y., – The USTA announced that world No. 1 and defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray have been named the top two seeds, respectively, in men’s singles at the 2016 US Open, headlining the four US Open and five Grand Slam champions to earn Top-10 seeds. The 2016 US Open will be played Aug. 29-Sept. 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

World No. 1 and six-time US Open champion Serena Williams has been named the top seed in women’s singles at the 2016 US Open.

This is the fifth time that Serena Williams has been the No. 1 seed at the US Open. She won the title on three of the prior occasions (2002, 2013, and 2014). Following Williams will be No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber, of Germany, the 2016 Australian Open champion; No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza,of Spain, the 2016 French Open champion; No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, a 2016 Australian Open semifinalist; No. 5 and 2015 US Open semifinalist Simona Halep,of Romania; No. 6 and two-time US Open champion Venus Williams, of the United States; No. 7 and 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci, of Italy; and No. 8 Madison Keys, of the United States, a 2015 Australian Open semifinalist.

Djokovic, 29, is 51-5 this year and won his 11th and 12th Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and French Open, respectively. Murray comes into the US Open as the reigning Wimbledon champion and the won the gold medal in men’s singles at the Rio Olympics.

The singles draws for the 2016 US Open will be revealed live during an official draw ceremony on Friday, August 26, at 11:30 a.m. ET at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Defending US Open champions Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta will make an appearance at the event.

2016 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds

1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia

2. Andy Murray, Great Britain

3. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland

4. Rafael Nadal, Spain

5. Milos Raonic, Canada

6. Kei Nishikori, Japan

7. Marin Cilic, Croatia

8. Dominic Thiem, Austria

9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

10. Gael Monfils, France

11. David Ferrer, Spain

12. David Goffin, Belgium

13. Richard Gasquet, France

14. Nick Kyrgios, Australia

15. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

16. Feliciano Lopez, Spain

17. Bernard Tomic, Australia

18. Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay

19. Steve Johnson, United States

20. John Isner, United States

21. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

22. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria

23. Kevin Anderson, South Africa

24. Lucas Pouille, France

25. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

26. Jack Sock, United States

27. Alexander Zverev, Germany

28. Martin Klizan, Slovakia

29. Sam Querrey, United States

30. Gilles Simon, France

31. Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain

32. Benoit Paire, France

 

2016 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds

1. Serena Williams, United States

2. Angelique Kerber, Germany

3. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain

4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

5. Simona Halep, Romania

6. Venus Williams, United States

7. Roberta Vinci, Italy

8. Madison Keys, United States

9. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

10. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic

11. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

12. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

13. Johanna Konta, Great Britain

14. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

15. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland

16. Samantha Stosur, Australia

17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

18. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic

19. Elena Vesnina, Russia

20. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands

21. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania

22. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine

23. Daria Kasatkina, Russia

24. Sloane Stephens, United States

25. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland

26. Caroline Garcia, France

27. Laura Siegemund, Germany

28. Sara Errani, Italy

29. Coco Vandeweghe, United States

30. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

31. Misaki Doi, Japan

32. Timea Babos, Hungary

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US OPEN: Celebrity Chefs & Taste of Tennis Stars Serve-up Cooking Challenges for Wellness in the Schools

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(AUGUST 24, 2016) NEW YORK – Just in time for the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships swinging underway Monday, August 29th, new mobile application platform VDROP (http://vdrop.com/) is teaming up with world premier food and tennis event Taste of Tennis (http://www.tasteoftennis.com/) along with their celebrity chefs and US Open tennis stars to launch an entertaining social media crowdfunding campaign that will benefit Wellness in the Schools (WITS) (http://www.wellnessintheschools.org/), a national non-profit that inspires healthy eating and fitness for kids in public schools.
                     
Through a series of high-profile challenges taking place on VDROP this week, Wellness in the Schools’ celebrity chef partners are sending top US Open players video challenges through VDROP (and then sharing them on their social media channels) where fans can engage with the content and crowdfund each challenge they want to see completed in order to raise money for Wellness in the Schools.
 
All of the proceeds from the campaign will go to Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a beneficiary of the Taste of Tennis. WITS’ celebrity chef partners, Jonathan Waxman and Seamus Mullen, will unite with Australian tennis star Sam Groth and Carina Witthoeft of Germany in New York City this Thursday August 25th for live cooking demonstrations to complete the video challenges for fans.
 
“Our partnership with Taste of Tennis and VDROP is an incredible opportunity to raise awareness of our work to drive systemic, long-term change in schools, fighting the childhood obesity epidemic,” said Executive Chef Bill Telepan of Wellness in the Schools. “The event raises vital funds to help us expand and bring healthy eating and fitness to more kids across the country.”
 
A revolutionary platform changing the way a growing community of celebrities, athletes and artists interact with their fans, VDROP is giving fans the ability to send them a personal, one-on-one video request of anything they want to see them to do along with a financial offer for it.  VDROP is the first mobile application solution to monetize the social media relationship between celebrities, professional athletes and their fans in a fun, meaningful and emotional way.
 
“From day one we have been driven to create a more meaningful experience for fans and their heroes,” said Mark John, Founder of VDROP.  “This partnership with Wellness in the Schools is so exciting for us as we get to create intimate connections with some of the world’s great tennis players and their fans whilst serving those in need.” 
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Through public-private partnerships,  Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is fighting the obesity epidemic by empowering schools to provide healthy, scratch-cooked meals, active recess periods, and fitness and nutrition education. In partnership with local departments of education, WITS programs serve more than 50,000 children in 100 U.S. schools. For more information on WITS, visit www.wellnessintheschools.org/.
 
The Taste of Tennis is widely considered The World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience. The event features cuisine prepared by leading chefs, interactive sponsor experiences and appearances by top tennis players. Taste of Tennis kicks off some of the world’s top tennis tournaments. In 2017, Taste of Tennis events will take place in Indian Well, Miami and New York City. .For more information about Taste of Tennis visit www.TasteofTennis.com.
For more information on VDROP, visit www.vdrop.com.
Related article:
17th Annual Taste Of Tennis To Feature Rafael Nadal

 

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US Open Qualifying Tournament – Schedule of Play for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Schedule of Play

Day 1 – US Open Qualifying Tournament

Court 17 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 5 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 13 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 4 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 6 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 8 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 9 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 11 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 12 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 14 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 15 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court 16 11:00 AM

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Court P6 11:00 AM

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Men’s Qualifying Singles – R1

Women’s Qualifying Singles – R1

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ESPN 2016 US Open Broadcast Schedule

 

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ESPN & the 2016 US Open

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Fri Aug 26 11:30 a.m. Men’s and Womens’ Singles Draw

Media Day Press Conferences

WatchESPN
Sun Aug 28 1 p.m. SportsCenter on the Road powered by Ford ESPN2
  2 p.m. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess ABC
Mon Aug 29 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open First Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – First Round ESPN2
Tue Aug 30 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – First Round ESPN
Wed Aug 31 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN2
Thur Sep 1 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN2
Fri Sep 2 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Third Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Third Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sat Sep 3 11 a.m.

 

US Open Third Round ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sun Sep 4 11 a.m. US Open Round of 16 ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Mon Sept 5 11 a.m.

 

US Open Round of 16 ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Tue Sep 6 11 a.m.

Noon

US Open Quarterfinals WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Quarterfinals ESPN
Wed Sep 7 11 a.m.

Noon

US Open Quarterfinals WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Quarterfinals ESPN2
Thur Sept 8 Noon

7 p.m.

US Open Doubles Matches

US Open Women’s Semifinals

WatchESPN

ESPN / ESPN Deportes

Fri Sept 9 Noon US Open Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN2
  3 p.m. US Open Men’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sat Sept 10 Noon US Open Men’s Doubles Championship WatchESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Women’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sun Sept 11 Noon US Open Women’s Doubles Championship WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship Preview Special ESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes

 

ESPN Goes “All in” for US Open:  Serena Seeks 23rd Major to Break Open Era Record;
Murray and Djokovic Lead the Men…all under the New Roof
·         First Ball to Last Ball, Exclusive to ESPN Starting August 29
·         130+ Hours on TV and WatchESPN; A Record 1,300 More on WatchESPN from 12 Courts
·         Phil Collins Performs Opening Night including Duet with “Hamilton” Star Leslie Odom, Jr.

 

Whether under the hot summer sun, the starry New York skies or – for the first time – a roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, ESPN will go “all in” on its exclusive coverage of the US Open with 130 live hours on television plus a record 1,300 on WatchESPN with daylong matches from up to 12 courts (was 11 last year).  The action at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center starts Monday, Aug. 29, and continues with daily, extensive and exclusive coverage through the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 10, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 11.

 

The guest list for the annual late-summer party is headlined by top-ranked Serena Williams, who seeks her 23rd Major title, to break the Open Era record she currently shares with Steffi Graf.  The recent Wimbledon champion is also currently tied with ESPN’s Chrissie Evert with six US Open trophies.  On the men’s side No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray have combined for five of the six slots in Major finals this year; Djokovic downed Murray in Australia and France, Murray defeated Milos Raonic at Wimbledon.

 

“We’re excited to showcase the US Open in our second year as the exclusive media partner in the U.S.,” said Scott Guglielmino, ESPN senior vice president, programming.  “In 2015, we saw the audience grow and get younger on TV and we expanded our coverage with more matches than ever before across all platforms on WatchESPN.  The new roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the new Grandstand court and the storylines coming off compelling action at the Olympics will ensure a fantastic two weeks in New York.”

 

What’s New?

Besides, of course, the roof on Ashe and the new Grandstand court….

  • WatchESPN has an additional court of coverage – now 12 – making for a record 1,300 hours offered.
  • Press Conferences on WatchESPN – Media Day is August 26, then all day everyday once play begins.
  • Expanded SportsCenter on the Road preview show, now 60 minutes Sunday, Aug. 28, on ESPN2 at 1 pm. ET.
  • ESPN Deportes now to carry the semifinals in addition to the championships.
  • Arthur Ashe Kids Day moves to ABC – Sunday, August 28, at 2 p.m. ET.

 

ESPN2’s live coverage of the opening Monday night will include a performance from Arthur Ashe Stadium by Phil Collins in his first major public appearance in six years.  For the ceremony, the Oscar winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform his debut solo single, “In the Air Tonight,” which is the opening track on his forthcoming album, “The Singles,” to be released in October along with the publication of his autobiography, “Not Dead Yet.”  Collins will also be joined by “Hamilton” star and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. for a duet.  The Broadway star, a native of Queens, N.Y., will sing the national anthem.

 

Before the action begins, WatchESPN will present live the singles brackets draw Friday, Aug. 26 at 11:30 a.m., followed by press conferences with top players from Media Day.

 

Also, on Sunday, Aug. 28, ESPN2 will air SportsCenter on the Road at 1 p.m. to preview the tournament, followed by a one-hour review of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess at 2 p.m. and airing for the first time on ABC.  Joey Bragg of the Disney Channel will host the telecast.  Multi-platinum hip-hop artist Flo Rida, international pop star Zara Larsson, award-winning Disney Channel actress Laura Marano, Entertainment Weekly’s “One To Watch” Jordan Fisher, breakout pop band Forever In Your Mind and Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan will team up with tennis icons Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the 21st Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess.

 

ESPN has televised the US Open since 2009. An 11-year agreement with the USTA for exclusivity starting in 2015 was announced in May 2013.  Last year’s first-ever all-ESPN US Open was a tremendous success on television and on WatchESPN.

 

Highlights

  • The television coverage starts on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET each weekday the first week, and will continue nonstop – transitioning at 6 p.m. to ESPN2 (except Tuesday) – for at least 10 hours through both the day and the 7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM sessions until play is concluded.
  • All the action on Labor Day Weekend will be found in one place – ESPN2, starting at 11 a.m. all three days and likely to continue 12 or more hours.
  • Play on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7, will start on ESPN at noon, with prime-time matches on ESPN on Tuesday and ESPN2 on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m.
  • The women’s semifinals and championship will be played the second Thursday and Saturday; the men’s semis and championship on the second Friday and Sunday, Sept. 11, all on ESPN and Spanish-language ESPN Deportes.
  • In addition, the Mixed Doubles Championship will air live on ESPN2 on Friday, Sept. 9, at noon.
  • Play will begin each day on WatchESPN – at 11 a.m. through Wednesday, Sept. 7, and at noon the final four days – totaling a record 1,300 hours of action from up to 12 courts simultaneously (the most ever), including the Women’s and Men’s Doubles Championships.  For the first five days, full coverage of the matches on TV courts for the first two hours of action are exclusive to WatchESPN.
  • Also, an additional feed, the “US Open Chase Review Multicam,” will return. For the first eight days of the tournament (through Monday, Sept. 5) during the daytime action it will have three screens – the courts on Ashe, Armstrong and Grandstand (see below).  Starting with the quarterfinals Tuesday, Sept. 6, the three screens will cover matches on Ashe, with iso-cams on each player and the traditional TV production.

 

 

  • New for 2016, WatchESPN will provide a feed dedicated to press conferences and other events in the main press conference room at the Bud Collins Media Center all day, every day.
  • WatchESPN is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, connected devices and smart TVs and available nationwide across all major providers through an affiliated video subscription.

 

Surveying the Fields

 

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  • Is the ATP’s “Big Four” (“Big Five”?) now simply a “Big Two”? Of the last 46 Majors (more than 11 years), five players own every trophy but two:  Roger Federer (17 career Major wins), Rafael Nadal (14), Novak Djokovic (12), Andy Murray (3) and Stan Wawrinka (2).  The “Big Four” (all but Wawrinka) comprise 42 of the last 48 Major finalists and 70 of the last 84.
  • But, focusing on more recent competition….Djokovic has captured 11 of the last 24 Major titles, reaching the championship seven other times. In that span, Murray has won three, including this summer’s Wimbledon, while reaching the final on six other occasions.  In total, the duo – born one week apart in May 1987 – have filled 27 of 48 Major championship slots, including five of six in 2016.  Murray also has claimed the last two Olympic Gold Medals.

 

WOMEN

  • Fresh off a resounding triumph at Wimbledon – but recently troubled by a shoulder injury – a victory would be her 23rd Major title and a new Open Era record.  Steffi Graf has 22 (Margaret Court won 24, including 13 before 1968).  It would also be her seventh victory in New York, breaking the Open Era record of six she shares with ESPN’s Chrissie Evert.
  • The Field. If someone else were to win, it could be almost anyone.  Especially with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka sidelined.  A year ago, it was Roberta Vinci who shocked the tennis world by ousting Serena before falling in the final to Flavia Pennetta (since retired).  In Australia, it was Angelique Kerber and at Wimbledon Garbiñe Muguruza. Meanwhile, the field includes former Major winners Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Sam Stosur and Venus Williams and players seemingly on the brink of breaking through:  Simona Halep, Aga Radwanska, American Madison Keys (won bronze in Rio) and perhaps others….maybe surprise Olympic champion Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.  Also, after taking the trophy in Cincinnati this past weekend in a solid victory over Kerber, Karolina Pliskova is up to No. 11 in the world and must be considered.

 

The ESPN Tennis Team, the best in television, at the US Open:

  • 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.
  • Cliff Drysdale, who was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2013, has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in September 1979 (Davis Cup, U.S. vs. Argentina).  He reached the US Open finals and is a two-time Wimbledon and French Open semifinalist.  Drysdale was a leader on the court – a top player for many years who was one of the first to use a two-hand backhand – and off the court, as the first president of the ATP.
  • Chrissie Evert, a Hall of Famer who joined ESPN in 2011, counts a record six US Opens among her 18 Major titles.  She recorded the best career win-loss record in history, reached more Major singles finals than any man or woman (34), and reached the semis or better in 34 consecutive Majors (1971-83).  The AP Female Athlete of the Year four times, in 1976 she was the first woman to be the sole recipient of Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year.
  • Mary Joe Fernandez, who played in three Major singles 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 coached the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic women’s teams.
  • Chris Fowler – who joined ESPN in 1986, is the lead ESPN/ABC college football play caller and joined the ESPN tennis team in 2003 – will call matches.  He hosted College GameDay on football Saturdays 1990-2014, and has hosted World Cup soccer, college basketball including the Final Four, the X Games and Triple Crown horse racing events.  Originally, he was the first host of Scholastic Sports America and later was a SportsCenter
  • Brad Gilbert, whose flair and 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.
  • Jason Goodall will serve as a studio and match analyst.  A one-time standout among Juniors in Britain whose career was ended by injury at 21, he later coached Jennifer Capriati as well as ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez and Pam Shriver.
  • LZ Granderson, a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine (and formerly a tennis editor) and ESPN.com and an ABC News contributor, will provide his perspective in reports and features.  He often appears on SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and other ESPN programs.  He recently added TheUndefeated.com to his resume, as a writer.
  • 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 for ESPN since 2009.
  • 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 served as General Manager, USTA Elite Player Development from 2008 – 2015.  He won the 1992 French Open doubles title and reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals in singles.
  • Chris McKendry returns as host, a role she has filled at all the Majors for ESPN. She joined ESPN in 1996 as a SportsCenter anchor, and later hosted the Little League World Series and X Games.  As of this Spring, she focuses on tennis.  She attended Drexel University on a tennis scholarship.
  • Tom Rinaldi will serve as a reporter and will call matches.  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, golf’s Majors, college football and more – since 2003, winning numerous Sports Emmy Awards.
  • 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 21 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles (another in Mixed) including five at the US Open plus a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1988 Olympics.
  • Hannah Storm joined ESPN in 2008 as a SportsCenter anchor and will serve as a host.  Previously, she spent five years with CBS’ The Morning Show and for NBC Sports hosted a variety of sports, including Wimbledon.  She was a producer on two ESPN Films tennis projects:  the 2010 documentary Unmatched reviewing the rivalry and friendship between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and Venus Vs. in 2013 about Venus Williams and her fight for gender equity in prize money.

 

Technology Provides Camera Angles to Take Viewers around, across and above the Action

ESPN’s commitment to the US Open provides an impressive range of technologies, including

  • Voya Axis replay technology freezes a moment in time and virtually spins the image in a full 360-degree rotation, using an array of 36 camera sensors installed around the Arthur Ashe Stadium.  ESPN, the only network to employ it at a Major, debuted it at last year’s US Open.
  • RailCam, a robotic camera that moves silently along the base of the wall on the southern end of Ashe Stadium, provides a superior ground-level look than the traditional static camera at a higher angle.  It is particularly useful in studying a player’s footwork and seeing the action from his or her point of view.
  • SpiderCam (see below), which ESPN debuted at the US Open in 2010 and has been exclusive to ESPN (for 2016, it is added to the world feed), is suspended high above the court and fans at Ashe and is able to move in all three dimensions with a camera that can pan, tilt and zoom.

 

 

MORE TV & DIGITAL MEDIA, AT HOME AND ABROAD

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

  • Courtcast:  One-stop shopping for the fan who wants to keep up on the action while on the go, as well as get involved in the social media conversation.  As a multi-tool application with live events via the WATCHESPN syndicated player, it provides all-court scoring, match stats, NOW card implementation, poll questions that are discussed on television, a rolling Twitter feed with the latest from the ESPN commentators and a scrolling bottom line.
  • Five Things We Learned:  Video series reviewing the top five storylines of the day
  • 60-Second Slice:  The key news of the day, in a one-minute video.
  • Digital Serve:  Daily original videos previewing the next day
  • Baseline Buzz:  Greg Garber, Peter Bodo, Melissa Isaacson, Johnette Howard, Howard Bryant and Matt Wilansky weigh in on the hottest topics with a daily, written, roundtable discussion.
  • At this minute video update:  Instant analysis off an exciting match or preview into the night session.

 

espnW will cover the US Open as always from its distinctive perspective. With Serena Williams going for a historic 23rd major title, coverage will focus on the American legend.

  • There’s something about Serena at the US Open: You can’t talk about Arthur Ashe Stadium without Serena Williams and you can’t talk about Serena Williams without Arthur Ashe Stadium. How the US Open’s show court and one of its greatest champions grew up together.
  • Quiz of the day: From Serena Williams’ Open history to her squad in the stands, test your US Open knowledge in a daily quiz.
  • Video features: Daily dispatches from America’s Major.
  • Plus,special tributes to Serena throughout her run at Flushing Meadows.

 

ESPN Interactive TV (see below) will be presented on DIRECTV and WATCHESPN. During the ESPN telecast windows for the first seven days, a six-screen mosaic will include the ESPN 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 interactive social media options for fans, plus real-time scoring, draws, and on-demand highlights – all without leaving the match the viewer is watching. For the first five days of the tournament, the two-hour CrossCourt program at 11 a.m. will return, previewing the matches of the day and showcasing early play from around the grounds.  Commentators include ESPN’s Allen Bestwick, and former players Leif Shiras, Luke Jensen, Rennae Stubbs, Jeff Tarango and Mark Woodforde.

 

 

ESPN Deportes will provide more than 140 live hours of Spanish-language content on television and via ESPN3, available via WATCHESPN. ESPN3 will present select matches, including the singles quarterfinals for both men and women and the men’s doubles championship.  ESPN Deportes TV will air the Men and Women’s semifinals and finals.  In addition, the men’s final will be preceded by a special pre-match show live from National Tennis Center. The Spanish-language live coverage will be complemented by the latest highlights, news, analysis and information every day on ESPNDeportes.com.  The web series ESPiaNdo will also return with daily recaps and analysis from the experts.

 

ESPN International will offer extensive high-definition US Open coverage throughout the Caribbean and Latin America including Brazil via its numerous regional media platforms.  ESPN Caribbean will televise first ball through to the final in English, totaling more than 125 hours.  In Spanish-speaking Latin America, ESPN will televise a total of 140 hours of live action, as well as a daily one-hour review of the best match of the day plus preview shows leading into the Men’s and Women’s Finals.  Veterans Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Eduardo Varela will provide the Spanish play-by-play alongside analysts Javier Frana and Jose Luis Clerc, both former US Open competitors.  That coverage will be enhanced by an anchor desk at the USTA National Tennis Center, with hosts Nicolas Pereira, Martin Urruty and Carolina Guillen.  In Brazil, ESPN will air side-by-side telecasts on two linear networks, offering over 170 hours of live tennis action combined.  Online, Latin America’s broadband service, ESPN Play (Watch ESPN in Brazil) will offer more than 1,400 hours of live streaming, which will include exclusive coverage of 12 different courts.  In addition, ESPN Argentina and ESPN Brasil will have reporters in New York conducting interviews and producing daily features for SportsCenter and ESPN’s complete line-up of daily news and information shows.  A daily Spanish-language recap, ESPiaNdo, hosted by Varela, Clerc, Frana and Alvarez, will include highlights and analysis within ESPNTenis.com – and in Brazil, ESPN will air a daily Portuguese-language wrap up show – Pelas Quadras.

 

ESPN Classic:  Great US Open Matches from the Past

ESPN Classic will allow fans to relive great US Open matches from the past in a 68-hour, 30-match marathon starting Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 1 a.m. and continuing to Friday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m.  Highlights:

  • The oldest matches on the schedule are victories by John McEnroe in 1980 – a semifinal vs. Jimmy Connors and the final against Bjorn Borg – on Friday, Aug. 26, at 2 and 5 p.m.
  • The marathon starts with two memorable women’s finals – 1989, Steffi Graf vs. Martina Navratilova, August 24 at 1 a.m. (August 23 at 10 p.m. PT) followed at 3 a.m. by Navratilova vs. Chris Evert Lloyd from 1984.
  • The three-set 2012 women’s final – Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka – will air Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.
  • In a 2004 quarterfinal that included a number of questionable lines calls, Jennifer Capriati ousted Serena Williams 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, to be aired Thursday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m.

 

The network will air more matches in the mornings of the second week of the tournament, notably the 1995 women’s final (Steffi Graf vs. Monica Seles) Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8 a.m., the 1994 men’s final (Andre Agassi vs. Michael Stich) Friday, Sept. 9, at 8 a.m. and the 1995 men’s final (Pete Sampras vs. Agassi) immediately following at 10 a.m.

 

ESPN & the 2016 US Open

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Fri Aug 26 11:30 a.m. Men’s and Womens’ Singles Draw

Media Day Press Conferences

WatchESPN
Sun Aug 28 1 p.m. SportsCenter on the Road powered by Ford ESPN2
  2 p.m. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess ABC
Mon Aug 29 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open First Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – First Round ESPN2
Tue Aug 30 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – First Round ESPN
Wed Aug 31 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN2
Thur Sep 1 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Second Round ESPN2
Fri Sep 2 11 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Third Round WatchESPN

ESPN

  6 p.m. US Open Third Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sat Sep 3 11 a.m.

 

US Open Third Round ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sun Sep 4 11 a.m. US Open Round of 16 ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Mon Sept 5 11 a.m.

 

US Open Round of 16 ESPN2

WatchESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Tue Sep 6 11 a.m.

Noon

US Open Quarterfinals WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Quarterfinals ESPN
Wed Sep 7 11 a.m.

Noon

US Open Quarterfinals WatchESPN

ESPN

  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Quarterfinals ESPN2
Thur Sept 8 Noon

7 p.m.

US Open Doubles Matches

US Open Women’s Semifinals

WatchESPN

ESPN / ESPN Deportes

Fri Sept 9 Noon US Open Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN2
  3 p.m. US Open Men’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sat Sept 10 Noon US Open Men’s Doubles Championship WatchESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Women’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sun Sept 11 Noon US Open Women’s Doubles Championship WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship Preview Special ESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes

 

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Tennis Channel to Air More Than 175 Hours of 2016 US Open

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Mary Carillo to Anchor US Open Daily, an Off-Beat Look at the Tournament’s Most Interesting Stories and Personalities; Morning Show Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Returns to Arthur Ashe Stadium

Network’s Eighth Year of US Open Coverage Features Navratilova, Courier, Austin, Davenport, Gimelstob, Haber, Annacone, Blake, Weissman ad Wertheim

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22, 2016 – Tennis Channel will dedicate more than 175 hours to the US Open this year, with a daily morning lead-in show, all-night encore matches and a new nightly program hosted by venerable sportscaster Mary Carillo. The network’s eighth year of coverage at the country’s largest tennis spectacle begins on the first day of play Monday, Aug. 29, through the final Sunday, Sept. 11.

Hosted by Carillo, the new US Open Daily will air from 11 p.m.-midnight ET the first 10 days of the tournament, beginning Aug. 29. US Open Daily will follow Carillo as she explores New York City and reports on different tennis issues and human interest stories with her signature style and humor.

“I’m really looking forward to giving Tennis Channel viewers a different look at the Grand Slam event I grew up with,” said Carillo. “I love this tournament, and New York, and I really love New Yorkers. US Open Daily looks to showcase the bond between this event and its home.”

Joining Carillo on US Open Daily will be Hall of Famers Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) and Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) along with legendary coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) and Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim).

Daily lead-in show Tennis Channel Live at the US Open returns this year at 9 a.m. ET, recapping the latest tournament news while preparing viewers for the day’s play. Longtime sportscaster Brett Haber (@Brett_Haber) will host the program with Hall of Fame analysts Martina Navratilova (@Martina), Jim Courier and Davenport, with former World No. 4 James Blake (@JRBlake) providing segments and Wertheim offering a veteran tennis reporter’s perspective. With interviews, guest appearances, analysis and special segments, the show premieres Monday, August 29, and runs through Septembre 7. There will also be two editions during the final weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, each to follow the women’s and men’s singles finals respectively. In all, Tennis Channel Live at the US Open will have 22 hours of coverage from the event over 12 days.

Most evenings US Open Tonight, Tennis Channel’s nightly show featuring encore matches from the day’s play,will immediately follow US Open Daily and run until the start of Tennis Channel Live at the US Open the next morning. The program debuts Monday, Aug. 29, at 12 a.m. ET. Broadcaster Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman), Austin and former player Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) will be on hand to call select matches. US Open Tonight will follow this schedule from the opening Monday through the second Wednesday of the tournament. US Open Tonight’s complete schedule can be found here: http://tennischannel.com/tv-schedule/daily-view/.

This Friday, Aug. 26, at 9 p.m. ET, the hour-long Racquet Bracket: US Open takes a look at the tournament draw, hosted by Russ Thaler with Austin and former player Jimmy Arias (@ariastennis). In the run-up to the final Slam of the season, Racquet Bracket: US Open will be re-aired various times the weekend before the first ball of the tournament.

Digital Coverage
This year Tennis Channel will add extra US Open content to its digital platforms. Fans will be able to follow behind-the-scenes action on www.tennischannel.com, social media, apps and connected devices. Along with live scores and match highlights, the website will feature player blogs, original video content, and Slam coverage from reporter and Tennis Channel contributor Steve Flink. Social media users can interact with their favorite tennis stars and TV commentators via daily takeovers and exclusive backstage live streams. The network’s “Racquet Bracket” prediction challenge is also back for gaming enthusiasts, and Tennis Channel subscribers can access linear streams on mobile devices through the free Tennis Channel Everywhere app. In addition, subscribers to digital subscription service Tennis Channel Plus have the opportunity to relive major championship classic matches from the other three majors this year, and competitions of top stars such as Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.

How to follow Tennis Channel:

· Website: http://www.tennischannel.com
· Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tennischannel
· Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tennischannel
· Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tennischannel
· YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/tennischannel

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On The Call: US Open / ESPN Conference Call with Programming’s Scott Guglielmino and Jamie Reynolds of Production

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(August 18, 2016) ESPN tennis executives Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president, programming, and Jamie Reynolds, vice president, production spoke with media Thursday to discuss the upcoming US Open, and the success and what was learned in last year’s first all-ESPN effort in New York.  Highlights of the call are followed by the full transcript.

 

Soundbites

On:  What impact on TV will the roof on Ashe have?

  • I will say from a broadcasting perspective, we have cameras being built this week as well as next week, and audio technicians down there, assessing what the house looks and feels like, what it sounds like under all conditions, either during the day or at night, under total darkness.  Once you fill it with 20,000 to 25,000 people, it will certainly shape the temperature range, what the wind currents might be. I think we’re all looking forward to what that house can project or optimize for us and how the nuances may affect the game or enhance the game.” – Reynolds

 

On:  Does digital usage negatively impact TV viewing?

  • Our view is and always has been that it is something that’s complementary to the overall audience. I certainly don’t expect – especially coming off of the year we had last year, ratings up on television as well as digital – I don’t expect a scenario whereby the digital piece is going to harm the TV numbers.” – Guglielmino

On:  What makes the US Open in New York special?

  • “I would say also, you put this event in New York, it’s still sports theater….Just the character and the tone of what you get out of New York City in prime time is a very different feel. I think that’s the hallmark of this event, the interactivity of the fans, the crowds, the texture of the celebrities that come through, an event that goes on well past 11:00 or midnight, that’s pretty good. It just has its own identity.” – Reynolds

 

  1. I’m wondering about what you learned from Wimbledon. I know there was some awkwardness with this broadcasters coaching, all the conflicts in tennis, and how you are looking at the Open with regards to what happened at Wimbledon?
    JAMIE REYNOLDS: When you reflect back on the Wimbledon situation, and John operating with the Raonic camp, I think when you look at the roster of talent that we have, you look at this sport in particular, the crossover and the passion of everybody is pretty strong on all fronts.  I would say to you I think we, ESPN, handled that identity of John’s duality as well as some of the other folks on our roster, including Patrick Mouratoglou, who spent some time with us, you look at Darren, Mary Joe Fernandez, her coaching responsibilities, as well as the other extended members of our family, I think we were open and very clear in our relationships with what we expected between their perspectives.I think in a sport, at a championship level, we framed it properly to give the viewer a chance to both appreciate the perspective and the insight that they can offer, but also openly acknowledge the fact that some of these folks are wearing multiple hats. And for the viewer how you assess that, how you might interpret their responses relative to that, either you like them or you think there may be a level of conflict.  At the end of the day from taking care of the viewership, framing the event, I think their perspectives are still very valuable.

    When you go back and look at it historically through a variety of other sport categories, it doesn’t matter whether it’s the van Gundys, the Grudens, even the Grieses, there are a great many relationships, family-wise, that have some sort of attachment in the sports community.  I think the viewership, the audience, can understand and at times respects it and some other times finds that it’s awkward or sideways. At the end of the day I still think they appreciate what that insight and perspective can offer.

    Q. A question about the roof. How much have you all tested it or know what the environment is going to be when it’s closed?
    REYNOLDS: I will say from a broadcasting perspective, we have cameras being built this week as well as next week, and audio technicians down there, assessing what the house looks and feels like, what it sounds like under all conditions, either during the day or at night, under total darkness.

    Once you fill it with 20,000 to 25,000 people, it will certainly shape the temperature range, what the wind currents might be. I think we’re all looking forward to what that house can project or optimize for us and how the nuances may affect the game or enhance the game.

    But I think everyone, including the USTA and the National Tennis Center, broadcasters alike, are looking forward to seeing how the event feels. Certainly it’s going to have a different experience relative to what we see in Australia and what we see at Wimbledon.  I don’t know when you watch or you hear an event at Centre Court at Wimbledon, you know you’re in a fully-enclosed environment. I don’t know that this stadium, this venue, will feel like that.

    Q. We don’t know because it hasn’t been full of 20,000 people.
    REYNOLDS: Yes.

    Q. Seems to me that it’s going to be quite loud when it’s full.
    REYNOLDS: That’s a fair point. When you close the garage doors around the upper perimeter, the roof is sealed and closed, what that does, what the sound does become in there, it’s going to be interesting. I think we’re all looking forward to seeing how it presents itself.

    Q. There’s really no way that you can know what it’s going to be until it happens?
    REYNOLDS: Yeah. Baited anticipation.

    Q. Another roof question. What do you think will be the biggest impact of the fact that now we do know, at least as far as the matches on Arthur Ashe, will more or less occur when they are scheduled to occur throughout the entire two weeks?
    SCOTT GUGLIELMINO: From a programming perspective, it’s going to make things quite a bit easier, both from a scheduling perspective with the tennis center and our colleagues there, but also from a programming perspective. So that’s going to be quite helpful to us.  I think also it helps, with a two-week event like this, us not get backed up and be able to continue to feed specifically the primary TV hours on ESPN, ESPN-2.  It’s certainly going to take a variable, although there will be other variables with other courts, it will take one big variable out for us from a programming perspective, which we’re looking forward to that.

    REYNOLDS: I think from a production side of the house, there’s a duality, there’s a double-edged sword here.  We love the opportunity to have those rain delays occasionally because it gave a 14-deep roster group of talent to jump on camera and get into our whip-around, talk through tennis news, updates, spark the daily debate, so to speak, and not miss any action until the rain delay came to a conclusion. So that was a win for us.  The other side of it, if it lasted too long, gosh, we have to figure out how to come up with three hours of fill. In this live world that we all live in and exist in right now, live social currency, it’s tough to go back and replay a match.

    We on the production side are challenged with saying, Oh, my gosh, we actually have content happening all the time guaranteed over the 130, 140-plus hours we do. We have to figure out how and when are we going to traffic a John McEnroe, Chrissie Evert, Pam Shriver, Mary Joe Fernandez debate, and figure out how we’re going to get enough screen time to explore those issues and stories.

    Q. Especially in the early rounds, in situations where it’s raining, we will go from having many courts playing to one playing. There will be some delays trying not to preemptively close the roof too much. How much have you talked through about how different it will be if you find yourself in a situation in the early rounds with only one match going on at one time, and then waiting for the roof to close and them to dry off the court?
    REYNOLDS: I think production-wise, we have figured that model out through a couple of years at Wimbledon. In terms of the traffic flow on a day, organizing our playlist, list of ingredients, what we want to have in our hip pocket and ready to convey if the situation arises, we’re pretty well-structured to accommodate that.  If this venue closes faster and gets back to play faster than the 22-and-a-half minutes it takes at the All England Club, we’ll be a little challenged about how we do justice to get those stories out, have people have a chance to run through them all.

    I think also having a chance, if we just get dedicated to a single match on an afternoon, that’s our playlist middle of the week, I think it actually gives us a chance to both dig into who those two folks are, but also still talk a little bit more broadly.  We’ll have announce teams around the grounds ready to go and weigh in on that single match, as well as get into a dialogue about what’s still available and what’s going on in the tennis community. I don’t know that we’re going to miss a beat in that situation.

    Q. Is there any fatigue from the Olympics? Is there an Olympic fatigue that you’re worried about? There’s been just a lot of tennis in general going into this international competition, the US Open.
    GUGLIELMINO: I’ll take the programming angle to that.  I think we’re not overly concerned with that. The US Open is obviously a marquee, world-class event. It is an annual fixture. Even though the Olympics did feature some tennis, we certainly believe that the US Open is distinct enough.

    I think certainly our coverage – Jamie alluded to it earlier with the roster of talent we have, the various platforms that will be on – we think it’s a unique story, unique event, what I call a short story over two weeks where it’s going to have its own storylines that develop. Jamie and his team are going to be there to tell that story and to bring it home to fans.  So from a programming perspective, we’re not concerned.

    REYNOLDS: I would say also, you put this event in New York, it’s still sports theater. Rio, the Olympics, the DelPo-Murray match was extraordinary and terrific theater in that realm. Just the character and the tone of what you get out of New York City in prime time is a very different feel. I think that’s the hallmark of this event, the interactivity of the fans, the crowds, the texture of the celebrities that come through, an event that goes on well past 11:00 or midnight, that’s pretty good. It just has its own identity. I think you carry that momentum.  I don’t know if there’s saturation of tennis. I still look at 12 nights, prime time windows, as that opportunity to feature great competition night after night.

    GUGLIELMINO: I love the notion of identity, Jamie. That’s a good point.

    Q. I was there last week and looked at the new grandstand. Can you talk about your coverage for the new grandstand. Will you have a commentary booth like you had at the old one? What is it like to shoot the new grandstand? And talking about Ashe, they’re planning to do the new Louis Armstrong in 2018. Do you work with the USTA in advance as far as technologically the things you might need for the new Armstrong? Do you have any input?
    REYNOLDS: On the first question, on the new grandstand, I’ll meet you for lunch on Monday and we’ll go and take a look at it the first time.  No, we have been a part of that process, what the grandstand will look like and feel like for the teams that will work up there. It’s great.  A little bit what comes to mind is like the bullring at Roland Garros. It has that larger, theatrical feel. It’s dynamic. It’s a terrific, terrific looking stage, performance stage, for tennis. It’s going to be exciting in there.  We do, indeed, have our announce teams over there, which is terrific.

    Looking forward to the Armstrong construction, where they’re going on that, we do indeed. We look at ourselves a little bit like general contractors in partnership with the USTA and the tennis center specifically to really figure out how we’re going to get fiber connectivity, can we build some recessed positions for cameras in advance, can we prewire for future protected camera positions at the venue.  It’s very much based on this 10-year relationship. We’re side-by-side on this. Coming in with what we think we ought to be prepared for three years, four years, five years from now, we don’t have to go in and retrofit the venue. Like the current grandstand, it will be a future-proof project.

    Q. Jamie, I spoke to you last year when you had the CoCo Vandeweghe interview live on court. Can we expect more live on-court interviews?
    REYNOLDS: It’s a fascinating follow-up. I think we all learned a lot through that exercise last year. It was a wake-up call for all of us, broadcaster, media, as well as the four majors, the ATP, the WTA, ITF, to kind of get their heads together and say, Let’s get this gang of seven, the folks that will steer the future of this sport, come together and start figuring out what can we do to offer more value from our performances, from our competitions, for the fan base.  It’s been a really good year in terms of opening that dialogue, kind of getting everybody in phase with one another to figure out how we’re going to grow the sport and stay current with other competitions, other sport categories around the globe.

    What happens at the US Open specifically, we’ve all come to the consensus that this is good for the sport, but we have to be aligned in how we do it at all the events.  There’s been a lot of conversations behind the scenes, so to speak, with all of those rights holders, trying to get our respective compasses oriented in the right direction. Those meetings will continue to take shape, as they have at the other majors. We’re going to continue to keep pushing the envelope with everyone.

    Right now to your specific question, are there plans to do it right now, I don’t know that I can commit to that answer yet.

    Q. Given how the digital viewing for the Olympics have hurt ratings for Rio, are you concerned at all with a similar impact for the Open?
    GUGLIELMINO: Well, let’s put it this way. From an ESPN perspective for the US Open, our view is and always has been that it is something that’s complementary to the overall audience. I certainly don’t expect, especially coming off of the year we had last year – ratings up on television as well as digital – I don’t expect a scenario whereby the digital piece is going to harm the TV numbers.

    DAVE NAGLE: Aside from the TV numbers that went up, the audience grew and got younger. The Watch number, it was four times than what we did the year before, and it was the most-watched tennis tournament ever at the time on WatchESPN.

    Q. Jamie, what are we going to see in some of the cool tech toys that end up at the tennis center for you guys? Specifically, are you bringing back, or is the USTA bringing back the freeD 360 replay system?
    REYNOLDS: The way to frame this one is this is the USTA’s coming out party. If you look at their new house, you look at the National Tennis Center, what Danny Zausner, his group, the USTA have done, we’ve adopted a mindset that this is their party, this is their coming out, where it’s all about the venue this year. The debut of the roof, the outer courts, it’s pretty spectacular.  So everything from our perspective, our capturing the event, both as host broadcaster and domestic carrier, is designed to feature that, right? It’s a pretty progressive venue now. We’re kind of excited about that.

 

What did we learn last year with the hardware we brought to the dance? SpiderCam is coming back. That’s part of the host broadcast feed. That’s embedded. We’re at a point now where that ought to be not a discreet asset but a shared asset for the world. Same thing with RailCam on Ashe. We kept that installed on the south wall.

Hoist, we have the same 70-foot crane that’s coming back. Rather than being on a footprint, we actually have it go onto the park’s ground just outside the venue shooting back. That’s on the southwest corner shooting back into the venue. It features a prominent presentation of the new grandstand stadium in that southwest corner of the venue. That’s kind of cool.

We’re embellishing the roster of toys, the Steadicams and (indiscernible) cameras that we’ll have around the grounds to be able to move around, take advantage, display as much of what this tennis facility has to offer. That’s kind of cool.

On the replay technology, the freeD group, we know they were sold to Intel. That deal ESPN did last year. We’ve committed to a three-year package with them. They’re in their second year of three with us. That 360 technology will a stay as a discreet asset for ESPN.

Q. The two new TV courts, does it change anything for you? How much have things evolved in terms of ESPN3, the streaming product growing exponentially over the years? Now with two more new TV courts, how much is that a factor beyond the linear from a production and operation standpoint?
GUGLIELMINO: From our perspective, obviously we’re looking to provide end-to-end coverage. With all the simultaneous courts happening, two things are striking. The first one is being able to provide live full coverage of another court. For consumers that want to get locked on to that court that perhaps isn’t on ESPN-1 or 2, there’s that aspect to it.

The other piece for Jamie, it’s in his world, that’s another court he can go to and we’re getting a feed from, which again it adds the complementary piece to the television side, but it also adds to the comprehensive coverage and the ability to kind of go to that court beyond just serving it up as a linear offering, if you will, to a fan that wants to park on it.

REYNOLDS: It’s a safe bet that as we get deeper, we were at 11 courts last year, up to 12 this year, the outer years we’ve made a commitment to continue to increase, at some point to get as many courts as possible off the venue and have them available for not just ESPN or E3, our clients, but also for the world. It’s valuable for the USTA to be able to market them internationally if they have the opportunity for a discreet feed. In the global expansion of the event, it’s attractive.

Our strategy right now is to continue to deliver to what we refer to as that seven linear feed style of cutting. It’s a traditional control room with a variety of camera complements. Seven linear courts is the standard operating procedure of production.

The outer courts that were four last year, five this year, where we feature the Hawk-Eye, TV robotics, is a good solution where we can guarantee multi-camera coverage but do it on a scale that is commensurate with action on those courts.

NAGLE: I think it’s safe to say at ESPN we don’t believe much in self-cannibalization, otherwise we never would have launched ESPN2 and everything that followed.

Q. A question about the press room cameras, for the press conferences. Can you go into that? It’s related to the on-court interviews.
REYNOLDS: I think we’ve realized the value. Certainly as a 24-hour network, we thrive on live content. What we’ve learned at a variety of other events is the more that we can take advantage of either a second screen opportunity, more value that can continue to enhance and broaden the experience of the event, the more valuable it is to the rights holder and the more valuable it is for us to service the fan in that live moment.

We went to the USTA a year ago with a concept that rather than just having a single or multi-camera coverage of the press room, letting the broadcasters record sound or go to that feed live when it was appropriate, what if we create a service that’s a multi-camera switched feed that now is a live signal that starts at 11:00 a.m. and runs till the last presser at the end of each day.

In that interactivity, our goal is to enhance the exchange press corps, as well as whoever is in the press room at the time. In a multi-camera coverage, we will have robotic cameras trained both on the press corps or those in the press room at the time, as well as the principals speaking up at the rostrum.  Our goal in that interactivity is to capture that dynamic, the enhancement of what folks find interesting to hear the firsthand account, both the questions, answers, responses, back and forth, get that dialogue, and offer it as a continuous service.  I think from the digital standpoint from ESPN, if that’s constantly on, that’s great. If we elect to go to a presser at the time live-live, it’s another delivery mechanism for that content.

Q. When you say ‘continuous service’ you mean for your feeds or publicly?
REYNOLDS: Both. For the ESPN audience, on the E3 channel, watch it on your desktop, wait for all the pressers to come through all day long, you’re welcome to do it. On the linear screen, watch what we’re doing with match coverage.

Q. Jamie, I saw you when they did the roof opening ceremony. They had a little bit of a glitch trying to reopen it after they closed it. Did you have any glitches last year during the tournament? Is there anything that the US Open presents as far as the heat, the shade, the wind, anything like that that makes it more challenging or different from the other majors?
REYNOLDS:  What did we learn last year? I think we learned last year what a hit replay technologies, freeD, 360 system, in that arena works very well. How it’s going to behave and react or act in a new lighting scheme, we’re hoping to get that tested out tonight and over the next couple of nights to make sure we can optimize that at nighttime. That will be interesting.

I think the shadowing will now be a new ingredient. While it’s a wide opening, you’re going to have angular lines crisscrossing the court now as the sun traverses across the sky, right? It’s going to look a little bit more like Australia than the rounded edges and sight lines that we’ve historically seen there. It’s going to feel different in different lighting during the course of the day.

The wind swirl, what actually happens, I think it’s going to be neutralized somewhat now because you don’t have the bowl effect that we’ve had with an open top before. That will change for the players as well as the fan base, what it actually swirls and feels like down at the bottom.

The last ingredient that I think was still an incredibly invaluable untapped resource is the access they’ve allowed us along the practice courts. I think being able to handle 8 to 10 hours a day from that practice court position has been an incredibly rich, coordinated effort that helps the fans feel connected to the event. Not just observers anymore; you’re actually in the moment. I think our goal is to try to enhance that experience from noon to 7:00, when the prime time window starts.

Q. Trump got quite a reaction there last year, people were all over him. When someone like that comes, do you know in advance? If Trump or Clinton came, can you get to someone like that?
REYNOLDS: It’s a coordinated effort. The USTA handles their guest list, their attendees. They have a group that marshals that and handles that. They make us aware of who may be in the house, what the plans are, whether they’re open to being a part of the telecast or whether they prefer to just come out and enjoy the tennis and that’s their night off.  It’s a dynamic dialogue that takes place on a daily basis. We typically know 24 hours in advance.

 

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