WASHINGTON’S CITI OPEN® BEGINS ON TENNIS CHANNEL JULY 30
Network is Exclusive Home of One of America’s Oldest Tennis Events Again,
with Close to 60 Live Hours on Television and Another 30 Matches
on Digital Tennis Channel Plus
LOS ANGELES, July 24, 2018 – Tennis Channel will be the exclusive television home of the prestigious Citi Open in Washington, D.C., for the fourth consecutive summer, with live action underway Monday, July 30 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The network plans close to 170 round-the-clock hours of men’s and women’s tennis coverage during the weeklong event this year, and an estimated 60 hours of total live match blocks. Digital subscription service Tennis Channel Plus will offer another 30 live matches unavailable on television, and provide on-demand access to Citi Open matches.
With four television courts and an on-site studio desk, Tennis Channel plans close to nine-consecutive hours of live television coverage each of the first six days of the event. On most afternoons the action begins at 2:30 p.m. ET and runs through the end of the day’s play at approximately 11 p.m. ET. At the end of each evening’s live session, the network will run encore matches throughout the late night, morning and early afternoon, right up to the start of the following day’s live competition. Championship Sunday, Aug. 5, will see three matches beginning with the men’s doubles final at 12:30 p.m. ET. Following the match, network analysts will break down the tournament and assess the upcoming singles championships during Tennis Channel Live at the Citi Open. The men’s singles championship is planned for 3 p.m. ET, with the women’s singles final immediately following its conclusion (complete schedule below).
Tennis Channel’s on-air analysts include Hall of Famer Jim Courier, 1999 Citi Open doubles champion Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob), and former player and legendary coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), the latter of whom guided both Pete Sampras and Roger Federer to major singles titles. Emmy Award-winning announcers Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson) and Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) will call the action for the network. This is the 15th year that Tennis Channel has provided television coverage of the Citi Open.
“I’m glad to be in Washington with Tennis Channel as hard-court season gets underway,” said Courier. “The Citi Open player field is strong again and we should have some good battles this year.”
Everyone in the United States has access to Tennis Channel Plus, regardless of whether they subscribe to the Tennis Channel television network. In addition to Citi Open competition that airs on television, 30 other live matches will appear on the digital subscription service during the event next week. Citi Open matches will also be available on-demand to Tennis Channel Plus viewers. Most television-network subscribers can also take Tennis Channel with them on the network’s mobile app, which offers authenticated streaming through most television providers.
Other Citi Open content will be available on Tennis.com and via Tennis Channel social media outlets: Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel).
Founded in 1969 by Hall of Famer Donald Dell with input from fellow Hall of Famer and friend Arthur Ashe, what is now known as the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., is one of the longest-running tennis destinations in the United States. A variety of stars and Hall of Famers have claimed the title over the years, including Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Michael Chang and Andy Roddick. The event introduced a women’s field in 2012, and this year features another roster of top stars, among them John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Nick Kyrgios, Caroline Wozniacki, Alexander Zverev, Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori.
Tennis Channel’s Live Citi Open Coverage Schedule
(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)
Date Time (ET) Event
Monday, July 30 2:30 p.m.-11 p.m. First Round
Tuesday, July 31 2:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Second Round
Wednesday, Aug. 1 2:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Third Round
Thursday, Aug. 2 2:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Fourth Round
Friday, Aug. 3 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Quarterfinals
Saturday, Aug. 4 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Semifinals, Women’s Doubles Final
7 p.m.-11 p.m. Semifinals
Sunday, Aug. 5 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Finals, Men’s Doubles Final