ESPN2 will televise live the conclusion of the US Open Men’s Singles Semifinal between defending champion Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. ET. The match began today before approaching storms stopped play at Arthur Ashe Stadium with Ferrer serving and leading 5-2 in the first set. The action will also be available on ESPN3.
This unexpected addition to ESPN2’s extensive coverage of tennis final major event of the year comes after nearly 100 hours of action over the last two weeks from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
ESPN2’s scheduled live telecast of the Women’s Doubles at 12:30 p.m. will now take place at 1:30 p.m. The No. 3 seeded team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic will face Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, the No. 2 seed, on Armstrong Stadium. ESPN2 will air the previously scheduled special two-hour edition of SportsCenter at the US Open at 9 p.m.
All of ESPN2’s telecasts are also available online through WatchESPN.com, and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. Both are accessible to fans who receive their video service from an affiliated
The 30-year-old Ferrer of Spain, the No. 4 seed, is seeking is his first-ever appearance in the final of a Major. Djokovic, 25, has won the Australian Open three times and Wimbledon in 2011, in addition to his victory in New York a year ago. The No. 2 seed from Serbia, he has not lost a set to date in this year’s US Open. The winner will face Andy Murray of Scotland, the No. 3 seed, on Monday, Sept. 10.
ESPN – All Four Slams, All In One Place
Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air and provided many memorable moments, but it has never been as important as today, with the US Open joining the lineup in 2009, giving ESPN all four Grand Slam events, something no other U.S. network has ever done, let alone in one year. ESPN has presented the Australian Open since 1984, the French Open since 2002 (plus 1986 – 1993), and Wimbledon since 2003, with exclusivity for live television with all other rights extended in a 12-year agreement starting this year.
ESPN debuted September 7, 1979, and the first tennis telecast was exactly one week later, September 14, a Davis Cup tie, Argentina at U.S. from Memphis with Cliff Drysdale on the call and John McEnroe playing.
In addition, broadband network ESPN3, now in nearly 72 million homes, carries thousands of hours of tennis annually, including all four Grand Slam events, plus ATP 1000 and 500 tournaments and WTA Premier Events, and season-ending championships for both tours. Also, ESPN Classic shows great matches from the past and the sport receives extensive coverage on SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, Spanish-language ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. ESPN 3D aired its first tennis at Wimbledon in 2011.