@ESPNTennis: US Open Series Starts in Atlanta on Road to New York; Nadal on ESPN3 from Hamburg
ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the Emirates Airline US Open Series starts this week in Atlanta with the ATP BB&T Atlanta Open, the first of eight hard-court events (four ATP, three WTA, one combined) across North America in five weeks. ESPN3 coverage from Atlanta is daily, totaling 30 hours, while ESPN2 airs a semifinal Saturday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m. (ESPN3 has the other at 8 p.m.) and the championship on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tom Rinaldi will call the action alongside Patrick McEnroe with Brad Gilbert courtside. Defending champion John Isner is one of three Americans among the top seeds, joined by No. 3 Jack Sock and No. 6 Steve Johnson.
In addition, ESPN3 has weeklong coverage of the ATP German Open Tennis Championships from Hamburg, including Saturday’s semifinals at 7 a.m. and Sunday’s championship at 7 a.m. Rafael Nadal leads the field at this clay court even.
The US Open Series continues next week with the WTA Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., starting on ESPN3 on Monday, Aug. 3.
@ESPNTennis: Mylan World TeamTennis Conference Championships Thursday on ESPN3; Finals Sunday on ESPN2; Washington Seeks Fifth Straight Title
The 40th season of Mylan World TeamTennis concludes this week with the Eastern and Western Conference Championships on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m., and the finals live on ESPN2 on Sunday, August 2, at 1 p.m.
The Washington Kastles – with the superstar team of Martina Hingis, Leander Paes, Venus Williams and Sam Querrey – have secured the No.1 spot and home-court advantage for the East and are seeking the first ever five-peat in professional team tennis. The Kastles’ opponent could be determined tonight in a match between The Philadelphia Freedoms – joined by 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist CoCo Vandeweghe – and The Boston Lobsters.
For the West, the Austin Aces clinched the top-seed and will be playing their first postseason match in franchise history on their new home court at Gregory Gymnasium at The University of Texas, joined by the California Dream who confirmed a place in the conference championships in their debut year in the league.
The winners of Thursday’s matches will meet for the Mylan WTT Finals on Sunday, August 2, live on ESPN3 at 11:30 a.m., with ESPN2 joining the action at 1 p.m.