ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert, Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver spoke with media Wednesday about the upcoming French Open and a wide range of current tennis topics.
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ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert and Brad Gilbert spoke with media Wednesday about a wide range of current tennis topics, focusing on the two big events this month with extensive ESPN coverage — the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, Calif., and the Miami Open.
In March, ESPN has extensive coverage of tennis’ two biggest tournaments outside the four Majors – the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, Calif., and the Miami Open presented by Itaú, including the most digital coverage ever with over 1100 total hours on WatchESPN. The 48 hours on TV and WatchESPN includes the women’s and men’s semifinals and championships from both events. In addition, the multi-court presentation on WatchESPN starts with first round coverage of each tournament – Wednesday, March 8, at Indian Wells and Wednesday, March 22, in Miami.
New Team Format, Americas vs. World, with Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt as Captains of Current Stars Americas Team Headlined by Americans Venus Williams, Roddick and Jack Sock Encore Presentation on ESPN2 March 7 WatchESPN will present the 10th annual BNP Paribas Showdown live from Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday, March 6, at … Read More
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