December 4, 2016

Cibulkova Wins WTA Finals in Debut; Mirza Clinches Year- No. 1 in Doubles

SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 30: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia poses with the trophy after victory in her singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 8 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 30, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 30: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia poses with the trophy after victory in her singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 8 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 30, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

(October 30, 2016) In her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore, Dominika Cibulkova beat World No.1 Angelique Kerber to win the Billie Jean King Trophy. It’s the biggest title of the Slovak’s career. Cibulkova is a former Australian Open finalist. She’ll move up to No. 5 in the world in the new rankings.

Cibulkova gained a little revenge in the 6-3 6-4 victory in final over No. 1 Angelique Kerber in an hour and 16 minutes on Sunday. The Slovak lost to Kerber in her first round-robin match earlier in the week.

“I have no words, coming here for the first time, the biggest tournament of my life,” said Cibulkova. “I still don’t know how I won. I put the ball over the net and it went in. It’s the happiest moment of my life.”

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SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 25: during day 3 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 25, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 25: during day 3 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 25, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Sania Mirza clinched the 2016 WTA Year-End World No.1 Doubles ranking on Sunday for the second straight year.

Mirza won eight titles with three different partners in 2016, winning her third major title at the Australian Open with Martina Hingis. She also won Brisbane International, Apia International Sydney, St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with Hingis. Mirza paired up with Barbora Strycova winning Cincinnati and the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Mirza also claimed the Connecticut Open title with Monica Niculescu.

“It’s very, very exciting to finish two years in a row as No.1,” said Mirza. “It’s been an incredible year for me again, with seven WTA titles, a Grand Slam and ending the year at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Finishing the year No.1 is amazing – it’s a dream come true and gives me motivation and inspiration to come out and work even harder next year.”

 

The 29-year-old Mirza, became the first Indian woman to reach the No.1 ranking in doubles on April 13, 2015.

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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

 

MEN

  • 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
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Davis Cup Quarterfinals and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tennis Channel

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(July 12, 2016)  LOS ANGELES –Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus will provide complete live coverage of all Davis Cup quarterfinal competition this weekend, including the United States’ battle with Croatia in Portland, Ore. In addition, the network will televise the 2016 International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newport, R.I., on Saturday, July 16, along with live coverage of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships’ quarterfinals, semifinals and finals throughout the weekend. Tennis Channel will also offer live coverage of the men’s tournaments in Bastad, Sweden, and Hamburg, Germany.

The U.S. Davis Cup team will return to Portland for the first time since its Davis Cup title victory over Russia in 2007. Highlighting the match-up, top-ranked American John Isner will face former US Open champion Marin Cilic after having lost to him at Wimbledon two weeks ago. Although Cilic holds a 5-0 record against Isner, the pair have never faced each other in Davis Cup play. Rounding out the United States team is Jack Sock and doubles brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, considered by many to be the greatest doubles team of all time. Tennis Channel will offer live coverage each day beginning at 3 p.m. ET, Friday, July 15; 5 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 16; and 3 p.m. ET, Sunday, July 17 (complete weekend schedule below).

In addition to televising the United States-Croatia Davis Cup matchup, Tennis Channel will offer live looks at the other Davis Cup quarterfinals this weekend. World-whiparound coverage will get underway on Friday, July 15, with the Italy-Argentina competition in Pesaro, Italy; Czech Republic-France battle in Trinec, Czech Republic; and Serbia-Britain play in Belgrade, Serbia. Among the stars set to play Davis Cup this weekend include France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Britain’s Andy Murray, Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

As part of its world-whiparound coverage, Tennis Channel will air the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newport live Saturday, July 16, at 12:30 p.m. ET. This year’s inductees include former World No. 1 players Marat Safin and Justine Henin. In addition, 2015 Hall of Famer Amelie Mauresmo will be honored as she was unable to attend last year due to the birth of her child.

Tennis Channel Plus will offer complete, live coverage of the entire ceremony. The network will also be in Newport for live coverage of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships’ quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. American stars set to play in this weekend’s tournament include Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, Taylor Fritz, Rajeev Ram, Donald Young and Ryan Harrison.

The network will offer live coverage of the men’s tournaments in Bastad, Sweden, and Hamburg, Germany, this weekend as well, as part of daylong telecasts beginning at 5 a.m. ET, Friday, July 15; 7 a.m. ET, Saturday, July 16; and 6 a.m. ET, Sunday, July 17.

Viewers can also catch matches in their entirety on the network’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus.

Starting times for events within Tennis Channel’s world-whiparound coverage (all time ET):

Friday, July15:
6:30 a.m. – Davis Cup: Italy v. Argentina singles
8 a.m. – Davis Cup: Czech Republic v. France singles
10 a.m. – Davis Cup: Serbia v. Britain singles
1p.m. – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships quarterfinals
3p.m. – Davis Cup: USA v. Croatia singles

Saturday, July 16:
6a.m. – Davis Cup: Czech Republic v. France doubles
9a.m. – Davis Cup: Italy v. Argentina doubles
10 a.m. – Davis Cup: Serbia v. Britain doubles
12:30p.m. – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Induction Ceremony
2p.m. – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships semifinals
5p.m. – Davis Cup: USA v. Croatia doubles

Sunday, July 17:
6:30 a.m. – Davis Cup: Italy v. Argentina singles
7 a.m. – Davis Cup: Czech Republic v. France singles
9 a.m. – Davis Cup: Serbia v. Britain singles
3 p.m. – Davis Cup: USA v. Croatia singles / Hall of Fame Tennis Championships final

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Tennis Channel’s Nightly Wimbledon Primetime Coverage Begins on June 27

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(June 21, 2016) LOS ANGELES –Tennis Channel will broadcast its ninth straight year of Wimbledon Primetime beginning on the tournament’s Opening Day, Monday, June 27. The network will dedicate more than 200 hours to the event during its three-and-half hour evening show. The program will air every night of the two-week tournament, with encores following immediately, and run throughout the night and into the morning. Tennis Channel will televise 85 first-run Wimbledon Primetime hours in 2016, scheduled to begin the first night of the competition at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Based in the largest on-site studio on the grounds of the historic event, Wimbledon Primetime will feature the incomparable commentary of lead analysts and Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova (@Martina) and Jim Courier. They are joined by fellow Hall of Famers Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76). Combined, the women have won a total of 23 Wimbledon Grand Slam titles across singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In addition, Former Wimbledon mixed doubles semifinalist and Coach Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob), and legendary coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), who is known for his guidance of the sport’s all-time best in Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, and more recently with American star Sloane Stephens, will also be a part of the on-air team.

Lead-host Bill Macatee (@BMacatee) has been with the show since its inception in 2008 and returns with his free-flowing conversational approach. He will be joined by fellow host Mary Carillo who will also provide analytic segments, panel discussions and special features throughout the tournament. Along with Macatee and Carillo, Sports Illustrated executive editor and senior writer Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) will contribute analysis and in-depth essays in his distinctive storytelling style as the tournament progresses. The show provides a nightly look of the day’s action, relaying the biggest news, expert analysis and encore matches from the legendary grass courts of the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. Wimbledon Primetime offers American tennis fans, which are typically at work during live play, a centralized destination for everything that happens at the London-based tournament.

Wimbledon Primetime generally runs in two editions each night of the two-week tournament, from 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. ET and 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET. Heading into the first weekend and second week of the event broadcast times vary slightly, but normally air during the late afternoon Eastern Time. In addition, Tennis Channel will devote seven-and-a-half hours to the All England Lawn and Tennis Club’s highlights program throughout the tournament. This will air 3 a.m-3:30 a.m. the first week of the tournament, Tuesday, June 28-Saturday, July 2, and then from 5 a.m-6 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 3. The second week will feature four hour-long shows, in the early mornings Eastern Time, between Wimbledon Primetime encore broadcasts. For a complete schedule of all Wimbledon coverageplease visit: http://tennischannel.com/tv-schedule/daily-view/.

Tennis Channel will continue with its Grand Slam Staple Racquet Bracket: Wimbledon for the second year. Premiering live Friday, June 24, 8 p.m. ET. The show will look into the Wimbledon draw, featuring 1999 Wimbledon doubles champion Corina Morariu along with commentators James Blake (@jrblake), Steve Weissman (@steve_weissman) and Leif Shiras (@lshirock), assessing the many variables and surprises that could come into play at tennis’ most historic tournament.

Leading up to the tournament, Tennis Channel will air multiple classic Wimbledon matches. In addition, digital subscription service Tennis Channel Plus will air five of the most historic Wimbledon matches in recent memory ahead of the tournament. These include: Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe, 1980; Steffi Graf vs. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 1995; Lindsay Davenport vs. Venus Williams, 2005; Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, 2008; Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick, 2009.

During Wimbledon, Apple and Android users can access Tennis Channel’s Tennis Channel Everywhere app for free, regardless of whether they currently subscribe to the network. The app offers daily updates, highlights, Court Report news, instruction clips and player Bag Check segments. Most viewers who subscribe to the network through a pay-TV provider are able to watch the channel live through their mobile devices whenever and wherever they want, through a TV Everywhere function, at no extra cost. Tennis Channel’s website will host extra content, including “Racquet Bracket,” the network’s free tournament prediction game. Players can get an inside take from Tennis Channel’s analysts during the new Wimbledon draw preview show, Racquet Bracket: Wimbledon. Also, longtime tennis reporter Steve Flink will contribute columns, which will be filed regularly to the Tennis Channel website, www.tennischannel.com.

For more content, Tennis Channel’s social media platforms will offer a multi-platform experience for viewers to stay engaged across the entirety of the tournament. To connect with Tennis Channel, visit: Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel), Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/tennischannel).

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Tennis Channel’s Signature Series: Barnstormers Set to Debut on June 2

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LOS ANGELES, May 26, 2016 – Tennis Channel’s upcoming documentary, Signature Series: Barnstormers, reveals the untold story of a small group of tennis pioneers who spent decades fighting an unjust system to ultimately create the sport’s modern Open Era. The 90-minute film debuts on Thursday afternoon, June 2, at approximately 2 p.m. ET, immediately following the network’s live coverage of the women’s singles semifinals at Roland Garros. Commonly known as the French Open, the tournament ushered in the Open Era in 1968 with its admittance of professionals vs. the majors’ traditional “amateurs only” player fields.

Narrated by renowned actor/director and passionate tennis fan Robert Redford, and written by Sports Illustrated’s award-winning Jon Wertheim, Barnstormers investigates the sport’s evolution from the 1920s until the fight for “open tennis” was won. The documentary, for the first time, brings to light an era when pro players suffered greatly for the game they loved, while so-called amateurs were accepted and supported by institutionalized tennis’ national federations with inside sponsorships and under-the-table payments. For decades the best tennis players in the world faced an excruciating reality: declare yourself a professional and forfeit your eligibility as a contender in the sport’s most hallowed events – for the rest of your life.

Tennis Channel unspools the decades-long story of tennis’ two-class system: a thread that links the pioneering Suzanne Lenglen and Bill Tilden in the 1920s to the rollicking adventures of Hall of Famers like Rod Laver, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Gonzales, Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Butch Buchholz, Tony Trabert and the rest of American-icon Jack Kramer’s ragtag bunch of mid-century professionals. Legends now, in their day these were stars who would play wherever they could get a gig – stretching their portable canvas tennis court out in high school gymnasiums, on roof tops and at ice-hockey rinks – while sleeping in cars before heading off overnight to the next town.

The project took three years to make and involved hundreds of hours of archival-footage research and worldwide interviews with almost every living former Barnstormer, some of whom have since passed away, including Hall of Famer player/inovator Mike Davies, to whom the film is dedicated. What emerges is a classic tale of rebels fighting to change a long-established, highly powerful system.

“Tennis Channel’s Barnstormers pulls the curtain back on an era of sports history that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, but was nevertheless vital for the very existence of the professional tennis that fans around the world enjoy today,” said Ken Solomon, president, Tennis Channel. “Jack Kramer, Pancho Gonzalez, Rod Laver and many other daring men and women risked so much for the belief that high-quality tennis was a profession in itself that should be appreciated at the sport’s highest levels. Without them there would be no Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert, Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, Roger Federer or countless other stars who have profited financially and otherwise due to the sacrifice of these visionaries.”

The pantheon of tennis is filled with all-time greats who made the decision to turn professional and sacrifice their ability to compete in the sport’s premier competitions, Althea Gibson, Fred Perry, Gussie Moran, Don Budge and Pauline Betz a handful among them. Historians Richard Evans and Steve Flink contribute to Tennis Channel’s
Barnstormers with on-air appearances by Donald Dell and Roger Federer. The film also includes many of the stars who defined the groundbreaking era, including Kramer, Rosewall, Laver, Trabert, Buchholz, Fred Stolle, Tony Roche, Mal Anderson and Pancho Segura, as well as several “lady Barnstormers” like Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals.

 

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“On the Call” with Tennis Channel Analyst and International Tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin

(May 16, 2016) On Monday Tennis Channel Analyst and International Tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin held a media conference call to talk about the upcoming French Open and other tennis topics.

 

On evaluating Serena Williams game right now going into the French Open:

I think we certainly had a lot of questions about Serena’s game going into Rome because she had to pull out of Madrid with the flu and therefore took seven weeks off.

“And she was only going to have that one warm‑up red clay court tournament before Roland‑Garros.  And Serena came out playing extremely well right from the first match.

“A little bit of hiccup in her early first set against McHale, but for the most part, for the rest of the week, she was moving well.  She was striking the ball cleanly.

“She had a good temperament, because when we saw her lose to Sveta in the fourth round in Miami, Serena didn’t look that happy to be on the court.  She didn’t play well the last two sets.  Won the first set.

“So I think it was a really positive week for Serena, and I think she seems to be in a good place tennis‑wise and mentally prior to Roland‑Garros.

 

On some of the other top women to watch in Paris:

“We’ve called it topsy‑turvy this year on the WTA tour.  And I was possibly expecting or hoping for someone to come through and be more consistent for the red clay court tournaments.

“And we see (Angelique) Kerber come through and win Stuttgart but then lose early the next two tournaments.  And then you see Halep who wins Madrid but then loses early in Rome. (Victoria) Azarenka who obviously won the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami and beat Serena in the finals of Indian Wells in straight sets.

“You’re thinking, okay, this is building, this is looking good.  She still only lost two times this year.  But she’s been hampered by a back injury that she sustained in Madrid and had to pull out prior to her third round and then didn’t play well against Begu because she was obviously compromised, didn’t have much velocity on her serve.

“So for Vika, who is a former semifinalist at the French, I think it’s all about this week and her preparation.  Only she knows how her back is feeling and whether she’s been able to alleviate that pain and get back on the practice court.

“But Vika, I certainly see, if she’s able to get healthy, you know, get a draw where she can play herself in, maybe give herself a little more time and do a few matches, I think Vika is someone that we all need to pay attention to, because we saw her take Serena to three sets last year three times, had three match points on Serena at Madrid last year, took her to three sets at the French.

“The big question mark is how healthy is Vika and how long has she been healthy.  How many reps has she been able to ‑‑ how much time has she been able to spend on the practice court.

“So as I said, the other ones to look for:  Halep former French Open finalist and won Madrid, looking spectacular, losing just one set to Begu.  Her backhand is always on target.  But her forehand was on target.  Looked positive emotionally, which sometimes can waver and in fact it wavered in Rome.  And Kerber in Stuttgart who just played gutsy there to defend her title for the first time in her career.

“But again lost early the next couple of matches.  But Kerber has been to the quarters, I think, once.  And I think with her newfound success in winning the Australian Open she knows how to navigate her way better through a major and probably feels a lot more confidence in her game that she can problem solve in difficult situations.  So she’ll be interesting.

“And I’ll talk about Muguruza, who is a two‑time quarterfinalist there, obviously beat Serena in the second round a few years back.  And she looked really good.  Madison took her out in the semis in Rome.  But she’s been making improvements.  A slow start to the year for her.

“So I also look for some outliers, Kvitova, who got to the semis of Stuttgart, but early losses or maybe, let’s say, midline losses at the next couple of tournaments.

“And Keys, Keys is somebody who is my outsider, because Madison played spectacular tennis; more importantly, I’m going to take the word “spectacular” out.  I’m going to say smart tennis and remained calm throughout all of her matches in beating two top players Kaviva and Muguruza on the way to the finals.

“And we’ve all been talking about the weapons that Madison has had for years:  Huge serve, the massive forehand, the sheer power that she has.  But it’s always been about shot selection and sometimes not always the smartest shot selection.

“But she was much more patient in building her points; and no matter what the score was, she stayed calm and didn’t pull the trigger too quickly.  So those were huge strides for Madison Keys this week.

On the former No. 1 American Junior Taylor Townsend earning a wildcard into the French:

 

“In February she was .382.  It’s hugely significant.  If I counted the matches correctly, I think it’s 18 matches that she played in those three events.  So getting to the finals of two and winning one.

“I love that consistency.  It wasn’t just like, oh, winning one and then struggling in another and having midline results in another.

“I liked the fact she was so consistent.  Honestly I did not see any of those matches, so I don’t know.  Taylor’s tremendous talent, leftiness is an advantage and asset, and she uses it well.  So I think Taylor is still young.

“It’s very exciting that she’s had the success.  I hope she uses this wildcard well and also uses this success and is a real springboard for her to, I don’t want to use the word “motivated” because I’m sure she’s remained motivated, but to see she’s close and has the talent.  And this confidence will really pay off.

“I think the talent that Taylor has, because she’s ‑‑ I would talk about her game a little bit more and the leftiness.  Obviously a very live arm on her serve.

“Huge forehand.  Can move ‑‑ not move ‑‑ at the net, she’s very handy about the net, which we see so few of the young players that feel comfortable up there.  She’s got good feel as well.

“So really good foundation to build on.  And I think it’s about finding her way and gaining confidence, and these three results will really help.

 

On equal pay in tennis:

“And I don’t think that woman would have a problem playing three out of five sets.  And I think also on the men’s side, oftentimes three out of five is too long.  And so I think women, if they were asked again to play three out of five, that wouldn’t be a problem.

“For me, it’s not about the length.  When you go to a concert, it’s not how long this one plays or a man plays or a woman plays, it’s just about the entertainment value.

“It’s worked for this many years.  I think that until someone comes up with ‑‑ maybe men should go to two out of three.  Maybe it will make it more interesting and feel a sense of urgency.

“I know at the Olympics, I felt that, when I was covering it in London in 2012.  You know, you didn’t have that ability on the men’s side to kind of lose that first set, because there was that sense of urgency.  It was two out of three, I think up until a certain round.  So there’s so many variations that could be thought of.”

 

Thoughts on the men, coming into the French Open:

I do think it’s fascinating because of the results on red clay.  Last week on Tennis Channel I picked Djokovic.  I still pick Djokovic.  But Andy (Murray) winning and the way that he won certainly makes the conversation a lot more interesting.

“Also the fact that Rafa (Nadal) has played at such a high level the last few months, that makes it more interesting as well.

“Rafa, last year, his fluctuations were higher than we have ever seen as far as he would play well and we’d think he’s getting back on track and then he would slip a little bit and then he would play well again.

“It was back and forth, kind of this yo‑yo effect, and he couldn’t really gain traction.  Whereas, I feel like in the last month, on the European red clay, he’s really gained that traction, winning in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

“And he had a great match this last week in the quarters against Novak.  As Rafa said, it was so very, very close.  That gave him, even though he lost, it gave him a lot of confidence, that he’s now hitting his backhand more firmly, with more penetration.  He’s standing closer to the baseline.

“He’s using a philosophy that he needs to get a lot of first serves in.  He’s serving in the 70s and the low 80s and a couple of his matches, 84 percent, 85 percent of first serves in, serving a little bit further over from the center T on the ad side to get a little bit more angle with his slice.

“Just overall looking a lot more Rafa‑like on clay.  So that’s exciting.  He’s definitely playing at a different confidence level.  Andy Murray might be the biggest surprise.  As he said, he’s finally feeling, in the last couple of years, comfortable moving on the clay.  And he kind of chuckled about it that it took him 10 years to feel this comfortable to slide, to move, and a guy who is such a good athlete with such incredible balance.  We’ve seen his results so consistent each week got better, the semis and then a final, I think it was in Madrid and winning in Rome and beating Rafa along the way.  Beating Djokovic along the way and straight sets no less.

“Let me say one thing, Djokovic might have been beat up a little bit in that final because he had a long match with Rafa and a long match with Kay as well.  But still it’s so impressive the way that Andy was just a lot more penetrating.

“He obviously had a new mindset that he had to strike his ground strokes more powerfully.  I think it was like eight miles per hour faster that he was hitting his ground strokes.  He was hitting his second serve a little bit quicker as well.  Attacking the net was more successful in Rome.  His court positioning.

“So overall he looked very confident.  So I would say those three guys, unfortunately I think Roger has not had enough reps and his back, you know, wasn’t good losing to Thiem.  He really didn’t stretch and change direction and he kind of knew that going in that he was just looking for matches but he didn’t really expect to go to go deep in Rome.  Unfortunately for Roger I think it’s going to be a different Roland‑Garros meaning, I don’t think he’s part of that top tier equation.”

 

On the progress of “young guns” on tour including Taylor Fritz, Nick Kyrgios,Borna Coric, Zverev:

 

“I picked my outlier this year at the French with Kyrgios, the way that he ‑‑ I think he beat Stan.  He beat another top player, like who else did he beat on clay this year?  And then he took Rafa to three sets.

“The way he can hit through the court and just hit winners.  The talent is off the chart.  He’s just dripping with talent.  It’s a question about maintaining that mental balance and he struggled with that.

“I think he’s possibly maturing some.  But I expect him to be a future No. 1, future right at the top of the game.

“I also loved Zverev’s progress.  I think he’s ranked in the 40s now.  And we’ve seen obviously a matchpoint away from beating Rafa at Indian Wells.  Didn’t get it.  But the kid just keeps improving month to month.  It’s not year to year.  It’s not every four months.  It’s just every single time he plays a tournament, seems like he’s gaining valuable experience and knowledge and seems to have pretty all‑court game already.  A huge serve.  Tall.  He’s thin.

“So he’s going to get stronger.  That’s going to take time.  But terrific technically sound ground strokes.  Love his backhand.  Seems in the forecourt pretty comfortable.  Great attitude.

“I love Zverev as well.  Coric to me is very steady.  Talk about him as the mini Djokovic.  And to me I don’t see his high level quite as high because I don’t see the obvious weapons.

“And then Taylor, I think Taylor is ranked about 70 now.  You think about the fact he lost in the Junior Finals last year and now he’s ranked 72 in the world.  That is some incredible progress.  And Taylor has a massive serve.  Unbelievable forehand.  Solid, solid backhand moving much better.

“He grew up with my son.  I’ve seen Taylor since the time he was 10 years old.  Always had great demeanor.  Just a phenomenal kid, by the way.  And I don’t say that about a ton of kids.  I don’t give those compliments out easily.

“Working on his backhand slice, working in his skills in the forecourt, which needs some work.  But the progress has been outstanding.

 

After Andy Murray parted ways with coach Amélie Mauresmo, Austin was asked about if there will be a time when we’ll see more women coaches coaching men or women in the future:

 

As I said on Tennis Channel this week, tennis ball is a tennis ball, and you don’t get anybody out there smarter than Martina (Navratilova), she knows the game, the ins and outs of anybody.

“It’s just a question of how it fits in the schedule.  Andy put it well, and I love Andy, he was such a advocate for Amélie, the fact first of all he hired her, first top male to have a woman coach.  Really says a lot about Andy and the way he was raised by Judy, that he had such confidence they worked well.

“As Andy said, he was struggling when Amélie came on board and he got his game back together.  And I think it was really telling as well when he said since Australia to like where he was at it was two weeks ago, they had spent ten days together.  And that’s just not enough time for a coach to make an impact and therefore he felt probably the need to find someone that could spend more time.

“That was not anything, a knock against Amélie or how she was performing as a coach.  Amélie had a son in August.  And that would be my guess as to where the problem lies; Amélie didn’t want to spend as much time on the road.  So that’s possibly why you don’t see as many women on tour if they have young kids.

“I would not want to coach right now.  I really want to stay home with my kids.  Something possibly for the future.  But I would like to see more women that would like to coach have that opportunity.”

 

Picks for the French Open:

 

“I’ve been talking about it for a week.  As soon as I saw Serena play so well, it’s tough to bet against Serena, three‑time champion there, and Halep is a finalist.

“But other than that, most of the others have been one semis, maybe a quarter or two.  So Serena is my clear favorite the way she’s played so well, was so engaged in Rome.

“The men became more difficult, which makes it exciting.  Because as someone said, I’m picking Djokovic, but yet Nadal is playing so much better and the guy’s won it nine times.  So so much interest there because Djokovic obviously going for his last Grand Slam to achieve the Calendar‑Year Grand Slam.

“So a lot of interest.  I’m very excited to go back to Paris.  I haven’t been there in over a decade.  Very excited to be working with Tennis Channel.  Love the Tennis Channel team and call it the Tennis Channel Family.

“So my son will be playing in the juniors there as well in either the junior qualifying or possibly the main draw.  So that will be of extra interest to me the second week.”

Tracy Austin will part of the broadcast team for Tennis Channel’s coverage of the French Open.

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Tennis Channel 2016 French Open Coverage Schedule

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LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2016 -Tennis Channel will offer French Open coverage during its 10th year in Paris, underway May 22-June 5. With close to 80 percent of all live French Open hours on television this year, 15 days of action from first ball through championship point, seven days of exclusive on-air coverage, 10-hour match windows, late-night encores, and a talent roster that sees Tracy Austin join other Hall of Famers and sportscasters, the network will dedicate more than 325 total hours to the two-week competition, with another 500 hours available digitally.

 

New in 2016, Tennis Channel is expanding its total live match hours at Roland Garros (commonly referred to as the French Open) to 110, up from around 65 live hours last spring. This will create an exclusive, 10-hour window of daily live play for almost half the tournament, immediately followed by encore matches throughout the night and up to the start of the next day’s competition. Coverage this year will run from the first point of opening day through the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and mixed-doubles championship – expanding to include all men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals Also new, Tennis Channel will add outer-court matches to its encore lineup.

 

The network is also adding close to 100 hours of Roland Garros qualifying matches on air and on digital subscription service Tennis Channel Plus this week, as contenders battle for position in the tournament’s main draw. This is the first time that Tennis Channel has shown qualifying matches at any of tennis’ four major competitions. This week live matches begin at 4 a.m. ET on Tennis Channel Plus every morning, with same-day delayed coverage on air beginning Tuesday, May 17, at 1 p.m. ET. Roland Garros qualifying matches this year feature several Americans, among them Melanie Oudin, Ryan Harrison and Frances Tiafoe.

 

This year Tennis Channel’s typical Roland Garros schedule begins with live matches from 5 a.m. ET to approximately 3 p.m. ET, when play concludes with nightfall in Paris. From 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. ET, the network will show encore matches from the day, with the last four hours dedicated to the above-mentioned tournament outer courts.

 

Hour-long lead-in show Tennis Channel Live at Roland Garros will introduce each day’s competition on Sunday, May 22, and again from Tuesday, May 31, through the final day of play, Sunday, June 5. This Saturday, May 21, a special edition of Tennis Channel Live at Roland Garros will air from the stadium grounds at 12 p.m. ET, with a look at the scenarios in play as tennis’ clay-court season approaches its pinnacle. Also this week, with the release of the Roland Garros tournament draw Friday, May 20, Tennis Channel’s Racquet Bracket: Roland Garros will air live from the network’s Los Angeles studio at 8 p.m. ET and analyze the matchups and potential outcomes.

 

Broadband and Digital Coverage

The network’s Tennis Channel Plus digital subscription service will offer live and on-demand matches during Roland Garros, adding another 450 hours to Tennis Channel’s on-air coverage. Subscribers will be able to choose from five different courts on the first Sunday through second Monday of the event, four courts on both Tuesday and Wednesday of the second week, and three each on the second Thursday and Friday of the competition. All Tennis Channel Plus matches will be available for on-demand viewing following their conclusion, in addition to both singles championships.

 

Tennis Channel Plus is also adding 50 hours of live tournament-qualifying matches during the week leading into Roland Garros, beginning Monday, May 17, and running through Saturday, May 21, on the eve of the competition. Housed on the network’s

Tennis Channel Everywhere app and online, Tennis Channel Plus is available to everyone in the United States, regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel.

 

The Tennis Channel Everywhere app is free to all Apple and Android users and features videos, highlights and tennis updates. The app can be accessed on Apple TV, Roku TV and Amazon Fire devices as well. Most users who also subscribe to Tennis Channel are able watch the network whenever and wherever they want through the app at no extra charge.

 

Tennis Channel’s website, www.tennischannel.com, will provide real-time scoring, interactive tournament draws, daily highlights, interviews, features and segments.

 

Social media users can remain engaged with Tennis Channel on numerous platforms during Roland Garros, including: Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel), Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/tennischannel).

 

Tennis Channel’s Live 2016 French Open Coverage

 

Date                                        Time (ET)                  Event                                     

Sunday, May 22                      4 a.m.-3 p.m.               First-Round Action

Monday, May 23                    5 a.m.-3 p.m.               First-Round Action

Tuesday, May 24                    5 a.m.-3 p.m.               First-Round Action

Wednesday, May 25               5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Second-Round Action

Thursday, May 26                   5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Second-Round Action

Friday, May 27                       5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Third-Round Action

Saturday, May 28                    5 a.m.-Noon                Third-Round Action

Sunday, May 29                      5 a.m.-Noon                Round-of-16 Action

Monday, May 30                    5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Round-of-16 Action

Tuesday, May 31                    7 a.m.-1 p.m.               Quarterfinals

Wednesday, June 1                 7 a.m.-1 p.m.               Quarterfinals

Thursday, June 2                     6 a.m.-2 p.m.               Mixed Doubles Final,

Women’s Singles Semifinals

Friday, June 3                         6 a.m.-11 a.m.             Men’s Singles Semifinal

 

Tennis Channel’s Roland Garros encore match telecasts include same-day replays of the men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, and men’s and women’s doubles finals, as follows (ET):

 

Tuesday, May 31 – 1 p.m.-1 a.m.: men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals

Wednesday, June 1 – 1 p.m.-1 a.m.: men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals

Thursday, June 2 – 6 p.m.-11 a.m.: women’s singles semifinals

Friday, June 3 – 5 p.m.-8 a.m.: men’s singles semifinals

Saturday, June 4 – 2 p.m.-6 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m., 1:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.: women’s singles final; 6 p.m.-8 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight, 3:30 a.m.-6 a.m.: men’s doubles final

Sunday, June 5 – 2 p.m.-5 p.m., 8 p.m.-11 p.m.: men’s singles final;

5 p.m.-8 p.m.: women’s doubles final

(Following the tournament, additional encores will air during the week of June 6.)

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Tennis Channel to Air All 21 of Serena Williams’ Major Title Victories Back-to-Back

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(May 12, 2016) LOS ANGELES – Just ahead of the French Open, Tennis Channel will air each one of Serena Williams’ 21 Grand Slam singles titles back-to-back during a marathon that begins on May 15, at 1 p.m. ET. With Roland Garros (commonly referred to as the French Open) approaching, Williams will have the opportunity to win her 22nd Grand Slam title, which would tie her with Steffi Graf for the most major singles titles in the Open Era. This marks the first time the network has aired this many Grand Slam singles title victories back-to-back for a single player.

On the eve of its Roland Garros coverage, Tennis Channel will showcase Serena’s dominance across three days, wrapping up on Tuesday, May 17 (full lineup below). Tennis Channel will take viewers from her very first singles title at age 17 to her most recent major championship at Wimbledon last year at the age of 33.

All 21 finals matches will also be available on Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service Tennis Channel Plus. Williams’ US Open championships will be available for free on the network’s app, Tennis Channel Everywhere.

“Serena is one of the most popular athletes in sports, and we wanted to offer our viewers a reminder of how she got here as she closes in on history,” said Jeremy Langer, vice president, programming, Tennis Channel.

Over the course of the marathon viewers will see many classic matches from Williams’ decorated career. These include:
Williams’ first Grand Slam victory over Martina Hingis at the 1999 US Open
Her five-straight finals wins over older sister Venus Williams
Her most recent stretch of dominance, winning a second “Serena Slam” starting with the 2014 US Open and culminating with her win at Wimbledon in 2015
During Williams’ historic career she has accumulated numerous accomplishments and records:
She is the only player to win three Grand Slam titles after saving match point during the tournament (2003 Australian Open, 2005 Australian Open and 2009 Wimbledon)
She has won 14 of her 21 Grand Slams in straight sets
She defeated her sister Venus five-straight times in finals and six overall in the majors
She has defeated her opponents in Grand Slam finals by a combined margin of 292-189 games
During her most recent “Serena Slam” she became the oldest player, at age 33, to hold all four titles concurrently
Tennis Channel’s Serena Williams Grand Slam Championship Marathon Lineup.
Matches begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Full schedule:
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Event/Opponent

1999 US Open/Martina Hingis
2002 French Open/Venus Williams
2002 Wimbledon/Venus Williams
2002 US Open/Venus Williams
2003 Australian Open/Venus Williams
2003 Wimbledon/Venus Williams
2005 Australian Open/Lindsay Davenport
2007 Australian Open/Maria Sharapova
2008 US Open/Jelena Jankovic
2009 Australian Open/Dinara Safina
2009 Wimbledon/Venus Williams
2010 Australian Open/Justine Henin
2010 Wimbledon/Vera Zvonareva
2012 Wimbledon/Agnieszka Radwanska
2012 US Open/Victoria Azarenka
2013 French Open/Maria Sharapova
2013 US Open/Victoria Azarenka
2014 US Open/Caroline Wozniacki
2015 Australian Open/Maria Sharapova
2015 French Open/Lucie Safarova
2015 Wimbledon/Garbine Muguruza

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Tennis Channel Veteran Randy Master Joins Corporate Partnerships Department at Connecticut Open

 

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(March 31, 2016) The Connecticut Open announced on Thursday that Randy Master has joined its corporate partnerships department. Master will be responsible for leveraging the success of the tournament, its WTA player field, Men’s Legends event, extensive domestic and international television coverage and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status to garner regional, national and worldwide partners.

 

Master comes to Connecticut Open after spending ten years at Tennis Channel, most recently serving as the vice president, director of East Coast ad sales. He worked closely with major consumer brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Rolex, Esurance, FedEx and Xerox and was recognized for being a top revenue producer at Tennis Channel throughout his entire career there.

 

“Randy’s expertise and ability to cultivate and maintain meaningful partnerships and opportunities with internationally recognized brands will be a great asset to the tournament,” said Anne Worcester, tournament director, Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies. “We are delighted to welcome Randy and his nearly two decades of experience to our team. We look forward to his contribution to the tournament in 2016 and beyond.”

 

Prior to Tennis Channel, Master worked in the print industry as editor at Tennis Week Magazine before rising through the ranks to become executive director of business development at IMG Media and then finally cementing himself as publisher of Tennis Week Magazine and tennisweek.com.

 

Master’s passion for tennis comes from a lifetime involvement with the sport. Master was a highly ranked junior tennis player in the Mid-Atlantic region before embarking on his college journey to the University of Georgia and then playing varsity tennis at Virginia Commonwealth University. While earning his Master’s degree in government and foreign affairs at Lehigh University, Master also served as Assistant Varsity Tennis Coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.

 

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of New York Junior Tennis and Learning (NYJTL) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Annual Legends Ball.

 

The 2016 Connecticut Open will take place August 19 through August 27 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven.

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