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USTA Announces US Juniors Accepted Into Main Draw of Australian Open Junior Championships

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 17, 2013 – The USTA announced the seven Americans – four girls and three boys – accepted into the singles main draws of the 2013 Australian Open Junior Championships. The main draws will be played January 19-26 at Melbourne Park in Melbourne.

 

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (17, Charlotte, N.C.), Mackenzie McDonald (17, Berkeley, Calif.) and Martin Redlicki (17, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) will represent the United States in the boys’ main draw.

 

Christina Makarova (16, San Diego), Sachia Vickery (17, Hollywood, Fla.), Allie Kiick (17, Plantation, Fla.) and Jamie Loeb (Ossining, N.Y.) will play in the girls’ main draw.

 

Kwiatkowski, ranked No. 16 in the world, is the highest ranked American in the boys’ field. In December, Kwiatkowski reached the Boys 18s semifinals at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. McDonald, ranked No. 18 in the world, qualified and reached the semifinals of last year’s Australian Open Junior Championship, then went on to win the 2012 Easter Bowl title. Redlicki reached the finals of the USTA International Hard Court Championships in August.

 

Makarova, whose mother is former top-ranked Russian Luda Makarova, is the highest ranked American in the field at No. 14 and is coming off a title victory at the Copa Gatorade tournament in Venezuela last week. Kiick, the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick, is ranked No. 21 in the world, having won the International Spring Championship last April and reached the French Open Junior Championship quarterfinals in June. Vickery, who trains at the USTA Player Development National Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., is ranked No. 23 in the world and reached the third round of both the US Open Junior Championship and Wimbledon Junior Championship last year. Loeb captured three junior titles in 2012, including at the USTA International Hard Court Championship and the International Grass Court Championship.

 

Last year, Taylor Townsend swept the Australian Open girls’ singles and doubles titles en route to becoming the first American girl in 30 years to finish No. 1 in the year-end world junior rankings. Donald Young (2005), Andy Roddick (2000) and Kim Kessaris (1989) have also captured Australian Open junior singles titles in the Open Era, while Madison Brengle (2007), Lindsay Davenport (1992), Brian Dunn (1992), Andrea Farley (1989), Tim Wilkison (1977) and Jai Dilouie (1976) were singles finalists.

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2013 Australian Open Broadcast Schedules

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2013 Australian Open Broadcast Schedules for ESPN2 and Tennis Channel

ESPN2 Australian Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sun, Jan 13 6:30 p.m. – 7 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Mon, Jan 14 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Tue, Jan 15 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Wed, Jan 16 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Thur, Jan 17 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Fri, Jan 18 9 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Sat, Jan 19 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE
Sun, Jan 20 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Round of 16
Mon, Jan 21 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Tue 3:30 – 6 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Quarterfinals
Tue, Jan 22 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE,
Wed, Jan 23 3:30 a.m. – 6 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Quarterfinals
Wed, Jan 23 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. Women’s Semifinals ESPN2 LIVE,
Thurs, Jan 24 3:30 – 6 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Men’s Semifinal #1
Fri, Jan 24 3:30 – 6 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Men’s Semifinal #2
Sat, Jan 26 3 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Women’s Final
Sun, Jan. 27 3 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. ESPN2 LIVE, Men’s Final

Tennis Channel Australian Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern)
Monday, Jan. 14, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, First Round
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM PM LIVE, Second Round
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM LIVE, Second Round
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM LIVE, Third Round
Friday, Jan. 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, Third Round
Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, Round of 16
Sunday, Jan. 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, Round of 16
Monday, Jan. 21, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, Women’s Quarterfinals
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM LIVE, Women’s Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM LIVE
Thursday, Jan. 24, 11:00 PM – 3:00 AM LIVE, Women’s Doubles Final
Saturday, Jan. 26, 5:30 AM – 7:30 AM LIVE, Men’s Doubles Final
Sunday, Jan. 27, 12:30 AM – 2:30 AM LIVE, Mixed Doubles Final

 

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Australian Open on ESPN2 to Feature 100+ Hours of Coverage

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Australian Open Starts Sunday on ESPN2

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.

 

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 Openquarterfinals (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).

 

 

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 Noon – 2:55 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 1 – 4 p.m. Men’s Semifinal #1 reair
3:30 – 6 a.m. Men’s Semifinal #2 LIVE
Fri, Jan 25 1 – 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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Tennis Channel Announces 2013 Australian Open Broadcast Schedule

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LOS ANGELES, January 7, 2013 -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, 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.

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