The audience for tennis’ first Major of 2020, the Australian Open, was up 4% across ESPN and ESPN2 compared to the 2019 event.
Tennis legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play an exhibition – Match in Africa 6 – live on ESPN2 on Friday, Feb. 7, at 1:30 p.m. ET from Cape Town, South Africa.
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ESPN’s tennis team will continue to feature many faces long familiar to tennis fans with one notable addition – James Blake has joined ESPN for Wimbledon and the US Open. No fewer than eight returning commentators have signed new agreements.
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Tennis’ first Major of a new decade – the 2020 Australian Open, starting Sunday, Jan. 19, with every match available across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN+ – will see a women’s field that is both wide open and getting younger at the top whereas the greats of the men’s game continue to emerge triumphant on the final Sunday of Majors. Daily marathon telecasts from Melbourne, totaling more than 100 hours of television plus 1,400 hours streaming, will culminate with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on February 1 and 2, respectively, both at 3:30 a.m. ET.
ESPN will bring fans closer than ever to Roger Federer with Roger Federer: Everywhere is Home on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. ET and unprecedented access to the 38-year-all tennis legend during his recent five-exhibition tour of Latin America.
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The new ESPN Films 30 for 30 Short “Subject to Review” takes a close look at not just the technology that’s been developed to determine the right calls with better accuracy, but the meaning and significance of that pursuit. The film will air Sunday, Dec. 22, at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – the top two ranked players in the world – will battle for the coveted year-end top ranking as ESPN presents first ball-to-last ball coverage of the year-capping Nitto ATP Finals, with 10 hours of television and an additional 50 hours on ESPN3.
Monster College Football Audiences and Record-Breaking US Open Viewership Propel ESPN and ABC to Reach 72 Million Viewers during 48-Hour Stretch; ESPN App Sets New Daily and Weekend Usage Records
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