2014/04/23

U.S. Fed Cup Coverage on Tennis Channel this Weekend

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LOS ANGELES, April18, 2014 Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s playoff competition against France in St. Louis this weekend, with live world-whiparound telecasts on Center Court Saturday, April 19, beginning at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 20 ET, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Similar to the setup used at major events like the US Open, French Open and Wimbledon, Center Court utilizes a central-desk format and seamless coverage of matches playing simultaneously on multiple courts. The United States must defeat France to qualify for the 2015 Fed Cup tournament. Former Australian Open semifinalist (2013) Sloane Stephens will join Madison Keys, Varvara Lepchenko and Christina McHale as they fight for a spot in next year’s Fed Cup tournament after losing their first-round match to Italy in February.

 

In addition to televising the United States-FranceFed Cup playoff this weekend, Tennis Channel will cover the 2015 Fed Cup semifinals live on Center Court with Italy-Czech Republic play, in Ostrava, Czech Republic, beginning at 7 a.m. ET, and Germany-Australia competition in Brisbane, Australia, beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET.

 

Tennis Channel will also feature the men’s Monte Carlo tournament and the women’s Kuala Lumpur tournament this weekend, which feature such stars as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka and Dominika Cibulkova.

 

Coverage on Center Court is as follows (all time ET):

Saturday, April  19:

7a.m. – Live Singles #1 Italy v. Czech Republic 

7:30 a.m. – Live ATP Monte Carlo

4:30 p.m. –Live Singles #1 USA v. France

6:30 p.m. – Live Singles #2 USA v. France

10:45 p.m. – Live Singles #3 Germany v. Australia 

1a.m. – Live Singles #4 Germany v. Australia 

3a.m. – Live Doubles Germany v. Australia 

 

Sunday, April 20:

6a.m. – Live Singles Italy v. Czech Republic / WTA Kuala Lumpur

6:30a.m. – Live Doubles ATP Monte Carlo

9a.m. – Live Singles ATP Monte Carlo

2 p.m. – Live Singles #3 USA v. France

4p.m. – Live Singles #4 USA v. France

6p.m. – Live Doubles USA v. France

 

The United States and France have faced each other 11 times in Fed Cup play, with the United States winning all but one of those meetings. However, France captured its sole victory against the United States in 2003in the final.The American squad must defeat France in order to compete in the 2015 Fed Cup competition. The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup championships, the most recent in 2000.

 

Retired tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez, a member of the winning U.S. Fed Cup team in 1996, will lead the United States Fed Cup team for her sixth year as captain. Stephens reached her first seminal at a Grand Slam last year when she defeated Serena Williams in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. Keys received her first victory over a top-ten player last year at the Madrid Open when she defeated Li Na in the first round before falling to Angelique Kerber. Lepchenko had a breakout season last year when she advanced the fourth round at the French Open and the third rounds at both Wimbledon and the US Open. McHale earned praise for her impressive performance at the 2013 US Open in the third round before falling to former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.

 

If France wins this weekend it will qualify for a chance to play for the 2015 Fed Cup.  France’s team is captained by Amelie Mauresmo and features Alize Cornet, Caroline Garcia, Virginie Razzano and Claire Feuerstein.

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Tennis Channel To Cover 2014 Davis Cup Quarterfinals This Weekend

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April 3, 2014 -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live world-whiparound coverage during this weekend’s quarterfinal competitions in Italy, France and Switzerland, with daylong blocks of comprehensive telecasts Friday-Sunday on Center Court. Similar to the setup used at major events like the US Open, French Open and Wimbledon, Center Court utilizes a central-desk format and seamless coverage of matches playing simultaneously on multiple courts. Coverage will get underway on Friday, April 4, with the Italy-Britain match in Naples, Italy, at 5:30 a.m. ET and alternate between live Davis Cup matches throughout the weekend, including France-Germany competition in Nancy, France, and Switzerland-Kazakhstan play in Geneva, Switzerland, beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Stars set to play in this weekend’s events telecast on Tennis Channel’s Center Court w coverage include France’s Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils; Switzerland’s reigning Australian Open champion and World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka and former World No. 1 Roger Federer; and Britain’s reigning Wimbledon champion and World No. 6 Andy Murray.

Tennis Channel will also feature the women’s Monterrey tournament this weekend.

Coverage on Center Court is as follows (all time ET):

Friday, April 4:

5:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 Italy v. Britain

7:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

8:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 Italy v. Britain

10:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

5 p.m. – WTA Monterrey

Saturday, April 5:

7:30 a.m. – Live Doubles Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

8 a.m. – Live Doubles Italy v. Britain / France v. Germany

6 p.m. – WTA Monterrey

Sunday, April 6:

5:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 Italy v. Britain

7:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

8:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 Italy v. Britain

10:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

7 p.m. – WTA Monterrey

Center Court will air live from the recently unveiled set of Tennis Channel’s Los Angeles-based studio, with hosts Leif Shiras (@LShirock), Brett Haber (@BrettHaber), Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) and former coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone). Live telecasts will include analysis and conversation from the hosts while fans are transported to the best matches at these three quarterfinals, whenever and wherever they occur.

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Tennis Channel Opens Best of 5 Hearthrobs to Fans

 

LOS ANGELES, MARCH 17, 2014 – Tennis Channel’s original series Best of 5 is asking for fans’ help to choose the top five male and female heartthrobs of professional tennis in Best of 5 Heartthrobs, which will premiere during the 2014 US Open. Based on viewer votes, the show will count down the five hottest ATP and WTA fan favorites in today’s game.

Best of 5 Heartthrobs’ voters will be able to choose between a list of the 20 most handsome men and 20 most beautiful ladies in the game. This initial list features the big tennis stars that viewers will expect, such as Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer, but it will also include up-and-coming tennis champs, such as Grigor Dmitrov and Eugenie Bouchard. Fans can add to the list of Tennis Channel’s heartthrobs by tweeting us @TennisChannel with #bestof5. If the network receives enough tweets for someone, it will add them to the Best of 5 Heartthrobs list for contention.

“It’s great to be able to engage socially with viewers through this Best of 5 Heartthrobs countdown,” said Laura Hockridge, vice president of original programming. “Tennis is such a personality-driven sport, so we wanted to give fans the opportunity to interact with us while at the same time voting for their favorite tennis champ. It’ll be exciting to see who is elected to the top-five list; it’s anyone’s game at this point.”

Tennis fans can see the list of heartthrobs and vote now at http://www.tennischannel.com/bestof5_heartthrobs/.

Additional pictures of our tennis heartthrobs will be featured on the Tennis Channel Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/tennischannel/tennis-channel-heartthrobs/.

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Tennis Channel and Mary Carillo Agree to Three-Year Contract Extension

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(February 27, 2014) Tennis Channel and Mary Carillo have agreed to a three-year broadcast extension that expands her role with the network and keeps her on air through 2016. In addition to her current French Open, Wimbledon and US Open assignments, the Emmy Award-winning sportscaster will cover March’s Sony Open Tennis tournament in Miami – one of the sport’s six largest events – and numerous other competitions throughout the year from Los Angeles as part of Tennis Channel’s in-studio team. The announcement was made today by Bob Whyley, senior vice president of production and executive producer, Tennis Channel.

 

“This is a fascinating time to cover tennis and I’ve had a lot of fun as part of the Tennis Channel team,” said Carillo. “With everything that’s going on in the sport right now I’m happy to be there with the network as it all unfolds.”

 

Carillo joined Tennis Channel in 2011, when she hosted the network’s live tournament desks at the French Open in Paris and US Open in New York. In 2012 she added Wimbledon to the list and appeared in numerous segments on the network’s Wimbledon Primetime set on the tournament grounds in London. She was part of Tennis Channel’s on-air team at all three events again in 2013. Carillo made select on-air appearances during Tennis Channel’s 2012 coverage of Miami’s Sony Open Tennis tournament, an event she will add to her annual duties starting in 2014.

 

As an on-air host during Tennis Channel’s coverage at major tournaments, Carillo conducts interviews, produces special reports and offers analysis and perspective. Her numerous segments include “Fleet Street Beat” during Wimbledon, in which she convenes a panel of longtime British tennis reporters for Tennis Channel’s American audiences. She has been praised by network viewers and sports reporters alike for the energy, enthusiasm and tone she brings to Tennis Channel’s major telecasts.

 

“It’s been a privilege to work with Mary at the most prestigious events in our sport, and we’re excited that Tennis Channel viewers will get to see even more of her in the years ahead,” said Whyley. “Her humor, tennis expertise and innate sense of story have been invaluable additions to our on-air coverage.”

 

A former tennis player who won the 1977 French Open mixed-doubles crown with childhood friend John McEnroe, Carillo remains one of the most respected voices in sports journalism today. After retiring from professional tennis in 1980, she began her on-air career as a tennis analyst for USA Network, and has since covered a variety of sports for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, HBO Sports, ESPN and Bravo. Carillo is renowned for a no-nonsense approach laced with wit and humor, and is widely recognized for her work at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games for NBC Sports, and as a correspondent on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

 

A Sports Emmy Award and George Foster Peabody Award winner, Carillo was the first female winner of the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism (in 2010). Tennis magazine has repeatedly named her “Best TV Commentator,” while women’s professional tennis’ governing body, the WTA, has twice honored her as its “Broadcaster of the Year.”

 

Carillo spent much of the past three weeks at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as part of the NBC Sports on-air team. Among her special reports was the documentary Nancy & Tonya, a 20-year-retrospective of the infamous Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding storyline at the 1994 Winter Olympics.a

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Tennis Channel to Broadcast USA-Italy Fed Cup Tie this Weekend

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(February. 6, 2014) -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s first-round competition against Italy in Cleveland this weekend, with comprehensive telecasts Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9.  The battle is a rematch of last year’s first round, when Italy defeated the United States en route to claiming its fourth Fed Cup title.  The contest will feature two singles matches on Saturday, and two singles matches and the doubles match Sunday.  Tennis Channel will carry all matches live, beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and 12 p.m. ET on Sunday.  In addition to televising the United States-Italy matches each afternoon, Tennis Channel will cover first-round competition between Slovakia and Germany in Bratislava, Slovakia, live each morning.

 

Brett Haber (@Brett Haber) and Australia’s most victorious women’s doubles player, Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs), will be in Cleveland for Tennis Channel this weekend.  Handling play-by-play and analysis, respectively, the pair and the matches they cover are part of the network’s Center Court telecast.  Based in the channel’s Los Angeles studio, the daylong tennis block will be hosted by announcer Sam Gore (@sambgore) and former players Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob).

 

The action will get underway each morning with Germany-Slovakia Fed Cup coverage at 7 a.m. ET.  Before the U.S. team begins its afternoon play in Cleveland, Gore, Austin and Gimelstob will anchor world-whiparound coverage that takes viewers from Slovakia to men’s ATP events in Montpellier, France; Zagreb, Croatia; Vina del Mar, Chile; and back again.  Similar to the network’s Grand Slam telecasts at the US Open and Wimbledon, Center Court will stay on top of the most exciting matches wherever they take place, connecting all courts via a studio hub.

 

Subscribers of select Tennis Channel distribution partners can follow the network via computer or mobile device with its Tennis Channel Everywhere app.  Free to all Apple and Android users regardless of whether or not they currently subscribe to Tennis Channel, the app offers a number of features in addition to the network’s televised feed.

 

Coverage is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, Feb. 8:

7 a.m. – Live Slovakia v. Germany / ATP Montpellier / ATP Zagreb

1 p.m. – Live Singles #1 United States v. Italy

3 p.m. – Live Singles #2 United States v. Italy

 

Sunday, Feb. 9:

7 a.m. – Live Slovakia v. Germany / ATP Montpellier / ATP Zagreb / ATP Vina del Mar

12 p.m. – Live Singles #3 United States v. Italy

2 p.m. – Live Singles #4 United States v. Italy

4 p.m. – Live Doubles United States v. Italy

 

The United States holds a 9-3 advantage over Italy in Fed Cup play.  However, Italy has defeated the United States in their three most recent meetings, last year’s first round and the 2009 and 2010 championships. This weekend’s match up will be a rematch of last year’s opener, in which the Italians beat the Americans 3-2 in Rimini, Italy.  The United States, which leads all nations in Fed Cup titles, has clinched the trophy on 17 occasions, the most recent in 2000.

 

The U.S. Fed Cup team is captained by retired American tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez, who as a player helped her Fed Cup team win the championship in 1996.  Fed Cup newcomer Madison Keys earned her first win over a top-10 player last year when she defeated World No. 5 Li Na at the Madrid Open. Alison Riske, another Fed Cup newcomer, turned heads at last year’s US Open when she upset former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova before falling to Daniela Hantuchova.  Christina McHale had an impressive third-round performance at the US Open last year before falling to former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.  Lauren Davis, who will also make her Fed Cup debut this weekend, achieved her furthest performance at a Grand Slam when she defeated Germany’s Julia Goerges en route to the third round at the 2014 Australian Open.

 

Italy, Fed Cup winner in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013 enters this weekend as defending champion after defeating Russia 4-0 to win the Fed Cup title in 2013.  The team is captained by Corrado Barazzutti and features Karin Knapp, Camila Giorgi, Nastassja Burnett and Alice Matteucci.

 

Slovakia and Germany are tied in Fed Cup competition with one win apiece.  Slovakia won the most recent meeting in 2003.  In 2013 it fell to eventual runner-up Russia in the semifinals.  The country clinched its only Fed Cup trophy in 2002.  Slovakia is captained by Matej Liptak and features Dominika Cibulkova, Daniela Hantuchova, Magdalena Rybarikova and Jana Cepelova.

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Murray Beats Querrey to Send Great Britain to the Davis Cup Quarterfinals

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By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

 

(February 2, 2014) SAN DIEGO – With the Americans’ place in the 2014 Davis Cup World Group on the line, Sam Querrey ran neck and neck with Andy Murray today.  Unfortunately, he only kept pace with the 2-time major champion for two sets. Of those, he won just one. Therein lies the story of the match.  After a valiant effort, Querrey succumbed 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 in 2 hours and 54 minutes at Petco Park In San Diego.  Such is the challenge of playing against a member of the modern game’s “Big Four.”

 

“I had some ups and downs definitely,” Querrey said reflecting on the weekend. “Still bummed I lost that first one…but I’m proud of myself for putting it behind me and coming out strong today.” While Querrey was miles more competitive today than he managed to be on Friday versus James Ward, his loss clinched the tie for Great Britain.

 

Andy Murray, all but singlehandedly wiping the negative recent history of British tennis, guaranteed his side their first berth in the World Group quarterfinals for 28 years.  For your reference, Murray is 26 years old.

 

Despite the loss, US captain Jim Courier found positives in his team’s performance.  “We kept our heads together,” he said.  “I was proud of Sam and the way he competed.  I think Donald (Young) got some valuable experience…. Of Course Bob and Mike (Bryan) did that they do so well, which is compete hard and typically get us the win.”

 

Despite the unpredictable way in which the tie ultimately played out: Isner’s injury, Querrey’s flat opening performance and two ruthless displays by Murray, one questionable call may have played a major part in writing the final script, the Americans’ choice of a red clay surface.  Courier defended the choice at every turn throughout the week, pointing to strong prior performances by his squad on the terre battue. For his part at least, Murray was skeptical, “I was surprised they put it on clay, to be honest,” he said, even noting that the surface may have been helped Britain to victory.  “Yeah, obviously, it did have a bearing in the tie, for Sam especially.  I think his best surface is hard courts….I don’t know if they thought I wasn’t going to play because I had problems on clay last year with my back and coming off surgery.  So I don’t know”

 

Oddly enough, the road for the advancing team, Great Britain, on paper at least, becomes presumably easier than that for the losing American squad.  The Brits will play their next World Group tie away versus an Italian team headlined by Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini.  The United States, in falling to the World Group playoffs for the first time since 2010, could potentially face three teams headlined by major champions: (Spain, Serbia and Argentina) or our surging neighbor to the north, Canada, just to stay in the World Group for 2015.

 

By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

Murray’s not quite thinking about the next tie just yet.  Still in the midst of recovery, the Dunblane native is still working his way back to playing his best ball.  “I’m proud of the way I’m playing just now because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I wanted to be,” said Murray. “I’m still not quite there yet, but winning matches of that length and quality so soon after the surgery is good.”

With a tough challenge behind him and Murray’s mood lightening, he added “I’ll have done 13 weeks consecutively without a break of training and I’m playing tournaments to try and get myself back.  I need a break now, so I’ll take some days off after I get home, because I deserve it.”

 

Related articles:

Motivated Murray Dismisses Young

Expectations, Or The Lack Thereof; Ward Upsets Querrey

Teams On The Edge

 

 

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Tennis Channel Airing USA-Great Britain Davis Cup Tie this Weekend

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2014 -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round competition against Britain in San Diego, Calif., this weekend, with the first match underway Friday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. ET.  The three-day matchup, the latest chapter in the storied history between Davis Cup’s original pair of competitors, will feature Britain’s Andy Murray, reigning Wimbledon champion and Olympic gold medalist, as he faces the United States in Davis Cup play for the first time.  The first-round event of the yearlong Davis Cup tournament is also unique in its venue: Petco Park, home of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.

 

The meeting will consist of two singles matches on Friday, followed by the doubles match Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. ET.  Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. ET.  Each match is worth one point, with three victories enough to secure a trip to the second round.

 

Tennis Channel, the exclusive U.S. rights holder for all Davis Cup broadcasts, will introduce a new daylong block of coverage during this weekend’s U.S.-Britain competition.  Dubbed Center Court, the program will air live from the recently unveiled set of the channel’s Los Angeles-area studio.  With hosts Leif Shiras (@LShirock), Brett Haber (@BrettHaber), Hall of Famer Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and renowned coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), the first edition will begin Friday at 7:30 a.m. ET, well before the U.S.-Britain matchup begins.  Leading up to the start of play in San Diego, the program will alternate between a pair of live Davis Cup matches on the other side of the globe – France-Australia and Serbia-Switzerland – and the quarterfinals of the women’s indoor tournament in Paris.  Interspersed with analysis and conversation in Los Angeles, the world-whiparound coverage will take fans to the best matches at these three events, whenever and wherever they occur.

 

The setup is similar to what Tennis Channel uses at major events like the US Open, French Open and Wimbledon, with a central-desk format and coverage moving seamlessly throughout multiple simultaneous courts of play.

 

“When we launched our new studio set in Los Angeles a few months ago, this coming Davis Cup weekend is a perfect example of what we envisioned – numerous matches taking place all over the world at the same time, anchored by our central set and on-air talent in L.A.,” said Bob Whyley, senior vice president, production, and executive producer, Tennis Channel.  “This is what our viewers have come to expect from us when we’re on site during the majors and other large events, and now we can do the same thing from Los Angeles throughout the year with Center Court.”

 

On Friday, with the start of the first U.S.-Britain match at 2 p.m., Tennis Channel will jump live to Petco Park, where Ted Robinson (@TedJRobinson) and Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) will handle play-by-play and analyst duties, respectively, while Mark Knowles (@knowlzee10s) reports from the sidelines.  With the completion of the first match in San Diego, viewers will return to the studio set in Los Angeles during the half-hour intermission before the competition resumes.

 

Among the well-known stars slated to play in events set for Tennis Channel’s Center Court world-whiparound coverage this weekend are Serbia’s Novak Djokovic; Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka (who won his first major championship at the Australian Open Sunday); Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt; and, in the women’s Paris tournament, Maria Sharapova.

 

Coverage is as follows (all time ET):

 

Friday, Jan. 31:

7:30 a.m. – Live France v. Australia / Serbia v. Switzerland / WTA Tour Paris

2 p.m. – Live Singles #1 United States v. Britain

5:30 p.m. – Live Singles #2 United States v. Britain

 

Saturday, Feb. 1:

8 a.m. – Live France v. Australia / Serbia v. Switzerland / WTA Tour Paris

3 p.m. – Live Doubles United States v. Britain

 

Sunday, Feb. 2:

7 a.m. – Live France v. Australia / Serbia v. Switzerland / WTA Tour Paris

2 p.m. – Live Singles #1 United States v. Britain

5:30 p.m. – Live Singles #2 United States v. Britain

 

The rivalry between the United States and Britain dates back to 1900, when a group of Americans led by Dwight Davis challenged Britain in the first of what would become an annual international team-tennis event.  The most recent meeting between the two nations was in 1999, during the first round, with the United States defeating Britain 3-2 on foreign soil.  The American squad is bidding to win its first Davis Cup crown since 2007 and leads all nations with 23 Davis Cup titles.

 

The U.S. Davis Cup team is captained by Jim Courier, who as a player was on the 1999 squad that beat Britain.  Of the players, John Isner, currently the top-ranked American male, won his eighth career singles title at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand, this month.  Fellow singles player Sam Querrey enters this weekend’s competition after a third-round loss in the Australian Open to Fabio Fognini.  Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, the world’s top-ranked doubles team, captured their 15th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year.

 

Britain has clinched the Davis Cup trophy on nine occasions.  This year’s team is captained by Leon Smith and features Murray, James Ward, Kyle Edmund and Colin Fleming.

 

Friday, 11:00 a.m.

Singles A:              Andy Murray (GBR) v. Donald Young (USA)

Singles B:              Sam Querrey (USA) v. James Ward (GBR)

Saturday, 12:00 p.m.

Doubles:                Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v. Andy Murray/Colin Fleming (GBR)

Sunday, 11:00 a.m.

Singles C:             Andy Murray (GBR) v. Sam Querrey (USA)

Singles D:             Donald Young (USA) v. James Ward (GBR)

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2014 Australian Open Broadcast Schedules for ESPN and Tennis Channel

 

2014 Australian Open broadcast schedules for ESPN and Tennis Channel

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 on ESPN2 HD

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

Therefore, the listing Sun., Jan. 20 at 3 a.m. ET is actually very late on Sunday night.)

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Sun, Jan 12 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 Live
Mon, Jan 13 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 Live
Tue, Jan 14 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 Live
Wed, Jan 15 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 Live
Thurs, Jan 16 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 Live
Fri, Jan 17 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 Live
Sat, Jan 18 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Round of 16 ESPN2 Live
Sun, Jan 19 3 a.m – 6 a.m. Round of 16 ESPN2 Live
9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Round of 16 ESPN2 Live
Mon, Jan 20 3 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Round of 16 ESPN2 Live
9 p.m – 2 a.m. Quarterfinals ESPN2 Live
Tue, Jan 21 3 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. Quarterfinals ESPN2 Live
9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Quarterfinals ESPN2 Live
Wed, Jan 22 3:30 a.m. – 6 a.m. Quarterfinals ESPN2 Live
9:30 p.m – 2 a.m. Women’s Semifinals ESPN2 Live
Thurs, Jan 23 3:30 a.m. – 6 a.m. Men’s Semifinal No. 1 ESPN Live
Fri, Jan 24 3:30 a.m. – 6 a.m. Men’s Semifinal No. 2 ESPN Live
Sat, Jan 25 3 a.m. – 5:30 a.m Women’s Final ESPN Live
Sun, Jan 26 3 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Men’s Final ESPN Live

 

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. New for 2014, viewers will enjoy advanced interactive features providing player bios, as well as match-specific Twitter Feeds and “bottom line” information.

 

ESPN International will deliver over 110 hours of live HD coverage to the pan-regional ESPN networks in Latin America.  Showcasing the biggest names in tennis and players of local relevance, broadcasts will air in three languages, including Spanish coverage in Mexico, Central America & South America, Portuguese coverage in Brazil, and English coverage in the Caribbean. ESPN+ Brazil will air over 60 hours of live complementary coverage throughout the early rounds, while ESPN+ in South America will air over 30 hours of additional Spanish coverage.

DIGITAL MEDIA, AT HOME AND ABROAD

WatchESPN will deliver ESPN2’s and ESPN’s live coverage of the Australian Open online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV and Roku.  Additionally, ESPN3 will once again provide coverage of up to eight live feeds from the TV courts – 500 hours.  For the first 11 days (Sun., Jan. 12 – Wed., Jan. 22), 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. 25) and men’s (Jan. 26) 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.

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 16 million homes throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America/Caribbean plus eight million more homes in Brazil.

 

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Date Time (ET) Event Network
Mon, Jan. 13 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. First-round play Tennis Channel Live
Tues, Jan. 14 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Second-round play Tennis Channel Live
Weds, Jan. 15 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Second-round play Tennis Channel Live
Thurs, Jan. 16 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Third-round play Tennis Channel Live
Fri, Jan. 17 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Third-round play Tennis Channel Live
Sat, Jan. 18 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Round of 16 Tennis Channel Live
Sun, Jan. 19 7 p.m – 9 p.m. Round of 16 Tennis Channel Live
Mon, Jan. 20 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Round of 16/Quarterfinals Tennis Channel Live
Tues, Jan. 21 3 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. Quarterfinals Tennis Channel Live
Weds, Jan. 22 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Quarterfinals/Men’s doubles semis Tennis Channel Live
Thurs, Jan. 23 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. Mixed doubles semis/Women’s doubles final Tennis Channel Live
Sat, Jan. 25 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m Men’s doubles final Tennis Channel Live
Sun, Jan. 26 12 a.m. – 2 a.m. Mixed doubles final Tennis Channel Live
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Jim Courier Joins Tennis Channel for Australian Open; Broadcast Schedule Announced

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6, 2014 – Tennis Channel is expanding Hall of Famer Jim Courier’s roster of tournament assignments to include the Australian Open, starting with the 2014 edition in Melbourne. Courier will have a nightly presence during the network’s two-week coverage, which begins Monday, Jan. 13, and will appear in a series of special segments from the tournament grounds in Melbourne. In all, Tennis Channel will dedicate more than 180 hours to this year’s Australian Open, with 30 hours of live match play, another 60 hours of encore replays, more than 80 hours of Australian Open Today and nine hours of daily highlights.

 

Courier, who currently serves as captain of the United States Davis Cup team, joined Tennis Channel in 2012 as lead men’s analyst at the US Open. In 2013 he added Wimbledon to his responsibilities and, beginning later this year, the BNP Paribas Open in March.

 

“I’m excited to work with Tennis Channel at the Australian Open this year,” said Courier. “It’s always fun to be in Melbourne as the new tennis year gets going. I think we’re going to see some interesting story developments on both the men’s and women’s sides right out of the gate in 2014.”

 

This is Tennis Channel’s seventh year of televising the Australian Open. As with previous tournaments, the network will carry 10 straight nights of live primetime matches from Monday, Jan. 13, through Wednesday, Jan. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. ET each night (complete schedule follows). This coverage will run from the first round through the singles quarterfinals, and be followed by live coverage of a mixed-doubles semifinal and the mixed-doubles final, and the men’s and women’s doubles finals later in the week.

 

With its initial coverage of the Australian Open in 2008, Tennis Channel became the first U.S. network to show all five Australian Open finals: mixed doubles and men’s and women’s singles and doubles. It has done so every year since, and this year again will offer same-day men’s and women’s singles encores along with its live mixed-doubles and doubles finals.

 

Tennis Channel’s morning highlight-and-encore show Australian Open Today will run daily from Monday, Jan. 13, through Wednesday, Jan. 22. Close to 80 first-run hours are planned for 2014, with a five-hour encore edition on the second Monday, Jan. 20.

 

Tennis Channel and ESPN’s ongoing Grand Slam alliance includes the Australian Open and gives viewers near round-the-clock tournament enjoyment from Melbourne. ESPN produces the Australian Open for both networks, with each utilizing its own commentators and cross-promoting their combined television offerings.

 

 

Digital Coverage

While the action is underway in Melbourne, Tennis Channel’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, will offer real-time scoring, video highlights, interviews, Australian Open Today clips, an interactive draw and the network’s exclusive Racquet Bracket tournament prediction game. Lauded tennis reporters Steve Flink, Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) and Richard Evans (@Ringham7) will write columns throughout the two-week tournament. Additionally, visitors interested in the chance to win a trip to the 2015 event will be able to enter Tennis Channel’s Australian Open sweepstakes online during the tournament as well.

 

Tennis Channels’ Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) activities will bring the Australian Open to social media in 2014, as will the network’s Tennis Channel Everywhere app. Introduced in 2013, the app is free to Apple and Android users and offers a wide variety of digital tournament features. One of these, the TV Everywhere authentication function, also allows subscribers of select distribution partners to access Tennis Channel’s linear feed through their computers or mobile devices.

 

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

 

Date                                                    Time                           Event                                                 

Monday, Jan. 13                                 7 p.m.-9 p.m.               First Round

Tuesday, Jan. 14                                 7 p.m.-9 p.m.               Second Round

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

Thursday, Jan. 16                                7 p.m.-11 p.m.             Third Round

Friday, Jan. 17                                    7 p.m.-9 p.m.               Third Round

Saturday, Jan. 18                                7 p.m.-9 p.m.               Round of 16

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

Monday, Jan. 20                                 7 p.m.-9 p.m.               Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals

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

Wednesday, Jan. 22                            7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.          TBA

Thursday, Jan. 23                                11 p.m.-3 a.m.             Mixed Doubles Semifinal

and Women’s Doubles Final

Saturday, Jan. 25                                5:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.     Men’s Doubles Final

Sunday, Jan. 26                                   12 a.m.-2 a.m.            Mixed Doubles Final

 

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

Australian Open Today will air for 10 days from Monday, Jan. 13, through Wednesday, Jan. 22. The show will run from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday of the first week. On Saturday, Jan. 18, the program is scheduled for 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

 

The second week of Australian Open Today begins Sunday, Jan. 19, with separate four-hour blocks from 7 a.m.-11a.m and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. On Monday, Jan. 20, the show will run from 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m., with an immediate five-hour encore from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. The final editions, on Tuesday and Wednesday of the second week, are planned for 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Tennis Channel to Rebroadcast 2013 French Open Beginning December 1

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(November 26, 2013) Tennis Channel will welcome the holiday season with a two-week rebroadcast of the 2013 French Open.  Set to begin at 12 p.m. ET Sunday, Dec. 1, Roland Garros Redux: Paris for the Holidays will include daily matches followed by evening wrap-up and interview show French Open Tonight.

 

Other than holiday-themed opens each day, Tennis Channel’s December French Open telecast will air largely as it first appeared on the network from May 26-June 7.  Match coverage will begin at 12 p.m. ET most days, followed by back-to-back segments of French Open Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, hosted by Bill Macatee (complete schedule can be found online at www.tennischannel.com/schedule/).

 

In all, Roland Garros Redux: Paris for the Holidays will offer 175 hours of French Open-related coverage, including the epic, five-set men’s semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal that is considered by many to be the match of the 2013 tennis season (December 13, 8 p.m. ET).  Serena Williams’ return to the pinnacle of clay-court success in her singles final against defending-champion Maria Sharapova is also part of the holiday schedule (December 14, 8 p.m. ET), as are numerous star appearances on French Open Tonight.  Among these are John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Roger Federer, and doubles twins Bob and Mike Bryan.

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