ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert and John McEnroe spoke with media today, previewing the US Open. ESPN’s usual first ball to last ball coverage begins Monday, August 26.
ESPN will have exclusive live coverage from tennis’ fourth and final Major of the year, the US Open, beginning with qualifying Monday, Aug. 19, and the main draw Monday, Aug. 26. In what is ESPN’s largest production all year, once again all 16 courts will be covered, with more than 160 hours on television and 1,300 more streaming live on the ESPN app via ESPN3 and ESPN+.
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ESPN will have extensive coverage of two major events on the tennis summer calendar, the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Tennis star Sloane Stephens is part of ESPN’s new public service campaign, Don’t Retire, Kid, created in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Project Play. The 2017 US Open champion taped a public service announcement (https://vimeo.com/352047671) for the initiative, which is aimed at reversing a national trend of diminishing participation in youth sports.
The 2019 Wimbledon Championships on ESPN averaged 877,000 viewers (P2+), an increase of 30% over last year (675,000), according to Nielsen. The two weeks of coverage included nearly 150 hours from London. Eleven of the 13 days experienced an increase in viewership.
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The historic and drama-filled Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship – won by Novak Djokovic over Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 – earned an overnight rating of 3.0 for its more than five hours, up more than double (114%) compared to the championship match a year ago (1.4) for Djokovic vs. Kevin Anderson.
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A meeting of two of tennis’ all-time greats will conclude ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon in the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 14, at 9 a.m. ET — top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic vs. #2 Roger Federer in their 48th meeting.
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The 40th meeting between tennis immortals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinals led to an increase of 20% in the overnight rating – a 1.2, up from 1.0 — compared to the same day in 2018.
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ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon continues with the Ladies’ Championship on Saturday, July 13, at 9 a.m. ET with #7 seed Simona Halep facing #11 Serena Williams.
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The 40th meeting in what many consider the greatest rivalry in tennis history — #2 seed Roger Federer vs. #3 Rafael Nadal in their first Wimbledon meeting since their epic 2008 championship match – headlines the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinals on Friday, July 12.
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