2014/07/28

ESPN Broadcast Schedule for the French Open

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(May 19, 2014) The second Major of the year – the French Open on the iconic red clay of Roland Garros in Paris – begins Sunday, May 25, on ESPN2 and ESPN3, the start of more than 50 hours on television and 330 via ESPN3’s presentation of up to seven courts on the days ESPN2 is on the air.  ESPN2 and ESPN3 will begin at 5 a.m. ET most days on weekdays through Thursday, June 5, culminating with the women’s semifinals.

 

After the opening day, ESPN2’s schedule will continue with an all-live telecast starting at 5 a.m. each day through Friday, May 30, and again on Monday, June 2.  The network will air live and same-day quarterfinal action Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, June 5, at 8 a.m.  ESPN2 will air both women’s semifinals live Thursday, June 6, at 9 a.m.

 

The ESPN Tennis Team, the best tennis team in television, in Paris:

  • 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.
  • Chrissie Evert, a Hall of Famer who joined ESPN in 2011, her 18 major titles includes a record six US Open titles.  She recorded the best career win-loss record in history, and this French Open is the 40th anniversary of her first Major title.
  • 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 U.S. women’s Olympic team.
  • Chris Fowler, who joined ESPN in 1986 and has hosted College GameDay on football Saturdays since 1990, has hosted tennis since 2003, branching out over the years to also call matches. His diverse resume includes hosting World Cup soccer, college basketball including the Final Four, the X Games and Triple Crown horse racing events.  Originally the host of Scholastic Sports America and later a SportsCenter anchor, in 2014 he becomes the lead play caller on ABC’s Saturday night college football, including the new championship game.
  • 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.
  • Patrick McEnroe, who has worked for ESPN since 1995, was the U.S. Davis Cup captain 2001-2010 and in 2007 the team won its first championship since 1995.  A three-time singles All-American at Stanford – where the team won NCAA titles in 1986 and 1988 – he is General Manager, USTA Elite Player Development.  He won the 1992 French Open doubles title and reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals in singles.
  • 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.

 

For the seventh consecutive year, ESPN2 is working with Tennis Channel to bring viewers an almost around-the-clock tournament experience, with each channel cross-promoting the other’s schedule.

DIGITAL MEDIA, AT HOME AND ABROAD; INTERNATIONAL TV

WatchESPN will deliver ESPN2’s live coverage of the French Open, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the award-winning WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to more than 92 million households nationwide via an affiliated video or internet provider.

 

ESPN3’s French Open schedule totals 330 hours with a multi-screen offering of up to seven courts and is available on the days the network is televising starting as early as 5a ET.  Matches will also be available after they take place via replay.

 

In Latin America and the Caribbean, ESPNPlay provide customers with extensive live coverage with multiple windows totaling over 500 hours in both English and Spanish on broadband platforms in addition to televised coverage throughout the regions.

 

ESPN.com will provide comprehensive coverage before, during and after the French Open, highlighted by CourtCast, which will feature all the live action from ESPN3.  As always, it will also include real-time scoring from all courts, plus continuous live polling with results revealed immediately in ESPN2’s telecasts.  CourtCast will also provide an augmented social media feed (Twitter and Facebook) from the players, analysts and writers. In addition, CourtCast will host a Scribble live blog starting with the semifinals through the men’s final. And, of course, ESPN.com will have the latest news, analysis, schedules and more.

Fans can watch Digital Serve daily with ESPN2 commentators discussing the latest action and previewing key matches.  Other highlights include:

  • Leading into the French Open, Peter Bodo, Greg Garber and Kamakski Tandon will get fans ready for the year’s second Major with features and analysis, with topics including who’s hot and who’s not, why Americans struggle on clay, can Serena Williams defend her title, the tale of former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and whether Rafael Nadal will catch Roger Federer in career Major titles.
  • The Latest Dirt:  daily notebook roundup of all the day’s action;
  • Daily columns by Garber reacting to the biggest upsets and best matches.
  • Center Court:  a tennis video show featured each week on all the major news from Roland Garros;
  • What We Learned:  ESPN.com senior writer Greg Garber and others will highlight the day’s news and notes with quick video snippets on the overlooked storylines.
  • 60-Second Slice:  everything that transpired that day in a one-minute video.
  • The Shank – mis-hits and mis-steps each day presented in a blog using social media, photos and more.

 

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  • Complete analysis of the women’s draw when it is announced.
  • Jim Caple will provide on-site coverage for espnW.com (and ESPN.com), including daily columns and analysis of matches.
  • Daily espnW.com analysis segments from the French Open.
  • Weekly video reports from The Word, discussing play to date.

 

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

 

ESPN International will present over 100 hours of live French Open coverage to more than 50 countries in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean on its pan-regional and regional networks.  Matches will be chosen based on local interest, and commentary will be offered in English and Spanish, with expert analysis provided by two Spanish-speaking announce teams: Luis Alvarez and Javier Frana and Eduardo Varela and Jose Luis Clerc whom will be on site in Paris, along with reporter Nicolas Pereira.

 

In addition to both SD, HD and authenticated platforms, ESPN International’s broadband service, ESPN Play, will stream over 500 hours of live French Open matches, including the men’s and women’s finals.

 

2014 French Open on ESPN2 & ESPN2 HD

Date Time (ET) Event  
Sun, May 25 –

  Fri, May 30

5 – 10 a.m. Early Round Action

 

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

 

2014 French Open on ESPN3

Date Time (ET) Event  
Sun, May 25 –

  Fri, May 30

5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Early Round Action

Up to seven courts.

Live
       
Mon, June 2 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16 Live
Tue, June 3 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Wed, June 4 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Thur, June 5 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. Men’s Doubles Semis

Women’s Semifinals

Live

 

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Tennis Channel US Open Broadcast Schedule

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

 

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

and Other Members of New York On-Air Team

 

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

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20, 2012 -Tennis Channel is adding Hall of Famer Jim Courier to its on-air roster for its fourth US Open, August 27 through September 9. As lead men’s tennis analysJim Couriert, the current U.S. Davis Cup captain and four-time major singles champion will provide his unique point of view during much of the network’s 70-plus match hours. In all, Tennis Channel will devote close to 245 hours of US Open-related programming to the two-week tournament, a round-the-clock schedule built on matches all day, US Open Tonight after hours and Breakfast at the Open the following morning.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

On-Air Talent

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Digital Coverage

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

 

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

 

 

Tennis Channel’s Live 2012 US Open Coverage Schedule

 

Date                                        Time (ET)                  Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Live Matches

11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. – US Open Tonight

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

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

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BNP Paribas Open Coverage Schedule

 

Coverage of the 2012 BNP Paribas Open, to be held March 5-18, 2012 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, will air on ABC, ESPN2, Tennis Channel, ESPN3 and TennisTV.com.

Tennis Channel will kick off live coverage on Saturday, March 10 and
continue broadcasting through Friday March 16. The first six days
(March 10-15) will feature eight to 12 hours a day of live BNP Paribas
Open action on the network beginning at 11:00 a.m. PT. The
commentators and reporters for Tennis Channel will be Justin
Gimelstob, Lindsay Davenport, Brett Haber, and Ashley Fisher.

On Friday, March 16, Tennis Channel and ESPN2 will split the
eight-hour live broadcast starting again at 11 a.m. PT. The coverage
will include the men’s singles quarterfinals as well as the women’s
singles semifinals. On Saturday March 17, Tennis Channel will
broadcast the ATP World Tour doubles final live. It will air following
the women’s doubles final.

Final weekend coverage singles coverage on ABC will include both men’s
semifinals back-to-back on Saturday, March 17, and men’s and women’s
championship matches on Sunday, March 18. Coverage will begin at 11:00
a.m. PT both days. Chris Fowler, Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez and
Pam Shriver will call the action on ESPN2 and ABC.

In addition to the television broadcasts, fans can catch more than 60
hours of live streaming action on ESPN3 from Saturday, March 10
through Friday, March 16. The website will also feature replays of the
semifinals and finals matches after they have aired on ABC. The
telecasts are also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com
and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.

Fans can also watch live streaming matches at BNP Paribas Open LIVE
(www.bnpparibasopen.com). Powered by TennisTV.com, the official live
streaming website of the ATP World Tour and WTA, BNP Paribas Open LIVE
will show more than 60 matches from Indian Wells, including men’s and
women’s singles quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals. Matches will be
streamed live online and on mobile devices, through TennisTV’s iPad,
iPhone and Android Apps. Fans who sign up for BNP Paribas Open LIVE
can also see tennis year round, with access to up to 90 ATP World Tour
and WTA tournaments (territorial restrictions may apply).

Additionally, Tennis Channel will provide more than 125 hours of
encore coverage of the tournament including encore broadcasts of the
men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals and both doubles
finals on Monday, March 19.

For more information, visit www.bnpparibasopen.com.

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