All-ESPN Wimbledon Fortnight Begins June 24
(June 17, 2013) Beginning Monday, June 24, ESPN’s begins exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon, from the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Complete and live daily marathon telecasts totaling 140 hours – plus 800 on ESPN3’s multi-screen presentation of all TV courts – will take fans from first ball to the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Championships, Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, respectively.
All the action on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is accessible in 55 million households to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription via Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Charter, Cox or AT&T U-verse.
After debuting “cross court coverage” a year ago, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will again both be live for three days to start the second week. From Monday, July 1 – widely considered the greatest day in tennis as all Round of 16 matches are played – through Wednesday, July 3, ESPN will focus on Centre Court while ESPN2 airs matches from Court One and elsewhere around the grounds.
In addition, ESPN3 will offer 800 hours of a multi-screen offering – all available TV courts (up to nine) presented from first ball to last ball each day – which will be available along with ESPN and ESPN2’s action via the WatchESPN app. The service will also offer matches on demand after they occur. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually via WatchESPN. It is available to 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.
On the “middle Sunday,” June 30, a scheduled day off as is Wimbledon tradition, ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m. ABC will also present encore presentations of the finals on the day they take place, July 6 and 7 at 3 p.m.
The new schedule is the result of a 12-year agreement between ESPN and the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced just after the conclusion of the 2011 Championships.
ESPN, Inc. and Wimbledon
ESPN networks will show all of Wimbledon live, from first ball through the finals, including up to nine courts simultaneously on ESPN3 and the ESPN/ESPN2 “cross court coverage” for July 1-3:
- ESPN and ESPN2 will combine for daylong live weekday action the first week, starting Monday, June 24, at 7 a.m. (ESPN on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; ESPN2 Wednesday and Thursday).
- Breakfast at Wimbledon returns as a one-hour preview on ESPN of the day’s matches Saturday, June 29, and the live, national telecasts of the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Semifinals and Finals, Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7.
- On the “middle Sunday,” June 30 – a scheduled day off as is Wimbledon tradition – ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m. ABC will also air encore presentations of the finals on the day they take place, July 6 and 7 at 3 p.m.
- For the second Monday – Wednesday (July 1-3), ESPN will be live alongside ESPN2 to allow for live coverage of each and every match from the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals. In this unprecedented “Cross Court Coverage,” ESPN will focus on Centre Court matches while ESPN2 offers fans a “grounds pass” with action from Court 1 and other courts. The first of these three days, Monday, July 1 – when all 32 players are on the court in eight Gentlemen’s and eight Ladies’ Round of 16 matches, something that is unique to Wimbledon – is commonly referred to as “the greatest day in tennis.”
- ESPN 3D will again televise five days of action live from Centre Court. ESPN 3D’s coverage will begin with the Gentlemen’s quarterfinals Wednesday, July 3, and continue through the Finals.
- ESPN3 will provide a daily multi-screen offering of live play from all nine TV courts, including a simulcast of ESPN and ESPN2 action, plus press conferences totaling more than 800 hours.
ESPN.com will have previews, reviews, the latest news and videos and more:
- Courtcast: A multi-tool application with live events via the ESPN3 syndicated player, all-court scoring, match stats, Cover It Live conversations, poll questions, rolling Twitter feeds and scrolling bottom line;
- Five Things We Learned: Video series reviewing the top news of the day;
- Grass Stains: A daily notebook wrapping up the best and worst of the day;
- Digital Serve: Daily original videos previewing the next day;
- Star Watch: Daily blog focusing on one of the game’s elite.
espnW.com will offer daily columns, blog posts and video, with an emphasis on the women’s side of the tournament.
ESPNDeportes.com will provide live scores and draws, in depth news and coverage of Latin American players, columns, blogs, live chats, video, highlights and news, including ESPiando Wimbledon that will recap the day’s play. The site will also feature Slam Central, a special index page dedicated to all four Grand Slams.
ESPN International – the home of tennis’ Grand Slam events in the Caribbean and in Spanish-speaking Latin America– will air over 70 hours of live Wimbledon coverage to 35 million homes on its multiple television networks throughout the region. Notable among those, ESPN+ in the Southern Cone will present 40 additional live hours plus daily prime-time highlight programs. Broadband’s ESPN Play — ESPN International’s multi-screen broadband service — will offer over 700 hours of live coverage throughout Latin American and the Caribbean with over 10 windows of simultaneous early round action available. ESPN’s Spanish-language commentator team at Wimbledon is led by Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Edurado Varela calling matches with analysts Javier Frana and Jose Louis Clerc along with reporters Nicolas Pereira and Pablo Stecco. Sam Gore and Mark Brown will describe the action for English-language feeds with analysts Jimmy Arias and Mark Donaldson.
ESPN Mobile TV will simulcast over 87 hours of live ESPN/ESPN2 coverage throughout the tournament.
ESPN On Demand (TV/Mobile) will offer historic matches and highlights of the 2013 Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ finals.
ESPN Mobile will provide point-by-point coverage of every Wimbledon match with live scores on the ESPN mobile Web and ScoreCenter app. Additionally, ESPN will offer video highlights of Wimbledon via the ScoreCenter app for iPhone. ESPN Alerts will also notify fans who opt in to receive alerts of developing stories, match results and highlights.
ESPN Interactive TV, now in its sixth year at Wimbledon, will provide multi-screen coverage of five matches in addition to the match airing on ESPN2 or ESPN through the second Monday of the tournament through DirecTV. Fans will also receive interviews, features, press conferences and a studio wrap-around presence hosted by SportsCenter anchor Steve Weissman, along with a roster of guest analysts. In addition to the video offerings, DirecTV viewers can access results, schedules, draws and other interactive features through the remote control “Red Button.” In total, ESPN will provide more than 350 hours of coverage through this unique application.
ESPN Classic will air championship matches upon (or near) their 5th, 10th….all the way to a 40th anniversary, the 1973 Ladies Championship between Billie Jean King and Chris Evert (Sunday, July 8, at 10 a.m.). The lineup includes the first Wimbledon titles for Stefan Edberg (1988), Steffi Graf (1988), Martina Navravtilova (1978) and Pete Sampras (1993), plus two matches pitting the Williams Sisters against each other (both on July 5, from 2003 and 2008. The schedule – which also includes related interview and documentary programming – begins Tuesday, July 2:
4 p.m. ET Schaap One on One: Martina Navratilova-Part I
4:30 p.m. Schaap One on One: Martina Navratilova-Part II
5 p.m. 1983 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Andrea Jaeger (30th Anniversary on July 1) – Navratilova won 6-0, 6-3, but in 2008 Jaeger claimed that she threw the match
6:30 p.m. SportsCentury: Steffi Graf
7:30 p.m. 1988 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Steffi Graf (25th Anniversary) – 19-year-old Graf defeats Navratilova for her first Wimbledon crown
9:30 p.m. SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova
10:30 p.m. 1983 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Andrea Jaeger (30th Anniversary on July 1) – Navratilova won 6-0, 6-3 but in 2008 Jaeger claimed that she threw the match
6 p.m. 1993 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Jana Novotna vs Steffi Graf (20th Anniversary) – Graf claimed her third consecutive Wimbledon title with a comeback in the final set from down 4-1.
3 p.m. 1988 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Boris Becker vs Stefan Edberg (25th Anniversary) – This was Edberg’s first Wimbledon title.
5 p.m. 1993 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Jim Courier vs Pete Sampras (20th Anniversary) – Sampras claimed his first Wimbledon title with a 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win over Courier.
12 a.m. 1998 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Goran Ivanisevic vs Pete Sampras (15th Anniversary) – Sampras claimed his fifth Wimbledon title 6-7(2-7), 7-6(11-9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
4 p.m. 2003 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams (10th Anniversary) – Serena claimed her second Wimbledon title with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over sister Venus.
6 p.m. 2008 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Venus Williams vs Serena Williams (5th Anniversary) – Williams sisters face off with Venus taking a 7-5, 6-4 victory, her fifth Wimbledon title.
9:30 a.m. Schaap One on One: Billie Jean King
10 a.m. 1973 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Chris Evert vs Billie Jean King (40th Anniversary on July 7) – Billie Jean King defeated Evert 6-0, 7-5 to claim her fifth Wimbledon crown.
Noon SportsCentury: Chris Evert
12:30 p.m. SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova
1:30 p.m. 1978 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Chris Evert (35th Anniversary on July 7) – Navratilova came back to defeat Evert 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 to claim her first Wimbledon title.
3:30 p.m. 30 For 30: Unmatched
4:30 p.m. SportsCentury: John McEnroe
5:30 p.m. Up Close Classics: Jimmy Connors
6 p.m. 1978 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Bjorn Borg vs Jimmy Connors (35th Anniversary) – Borg took home his third consecutive Wimbledon crown with a straight-sets win over Connors.
ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2013
|Mon, June 24||7 a.m. – 5 p.m.||Early Round Action||ESPN / ESPN3 – *||Live|
|Tue, June 25||7 a.m. – 5 p.m.||Early Round Action||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|Wed, June 26||7 a.m. – 5 p.m.||Early Round Action||ESPN2 / ESPN3||Live|
|Thur, June 27||7 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Early Round Action||ESPN2 / ESPN3||Live|
|Fri, June 28||7 a.m. – 5 p.m.||Early Round Action||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|Sat, June 29||7 – 8 a.m.||Breakfast at Wimbledon||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|8 a.m. – 4 p.m.||Early Round Action||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|Sun, June 30||3 – 6 p.m.||Highlights of Week One||ABC||Tape|
|Mon, July 1||7 a.m. – 5 p.m.||Round of 16||ESPN2 / ESPN3||Live|
|8 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Round of 16, Centre Court||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|Tue, July 2||7 a.m. – 4 p.m.||Ladies’ Quarterfinals||ESPN2 / ESPN3||Live|
|8 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Ladies’ Quarterfinals,
|ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|Wed, July 3||7 a.m. – 4 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals||ESPN2 / ESPN3||Live|
|8 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals,
|ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3||Live|
|Thur, July 4||7 – 8 a.m.||Breakfast at Wimbledon||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|8 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Ladies’ Semifinals||ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3||Live|
|Fri, July 5||7 – 8 a.m.||Breakfast at Wimbledon||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|8 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Semifinals||ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3||Live|
|Sat, July 6||8 a.m. – 9 a.m.||Breakfast at Wimbledon||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Ladies’ Final||ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3||Live|
|3 – 6 p.m.||Ladies’ Final||ABC||Tape|
|Sun, July 7||8 a.m. – 9 a.m.||Breakfast at Wimbledon||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Final||ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3||Live|
|3 – 6 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Final||ABC||Tape|
* – ESPN3 will start at 6:30 a.m. ET each day June 24 – July 5 (no matches June 30)