U.S. Open Tennis

ESPN Secures Rights to Entire U.S. Open Tennis Tournament

The migration of major sporting events from broadcast television…to partial cable/broadcast…to all cable continues as ESPn announced today that it has attained the exclusive U.S. rights to telecast the entire U.S. Open Tennis Championship beginning in 2015.  The contract runs 11 years.  When the new deal begins ESPN will have the U.S. rights to three of the four majors in tennis.

ESPN takes over the championship from CBS, which has had the rights to the Open since 1968.

Details from ESPN PR:

ESPN has televised approximately 100 hours of live US Open matches annually since 2009, and now will air 130+  hours with the addition of day-long coverage of the “middle weekend” – Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday – plus both the men’s and women’s semifinals and finals.  The new US Open schedule – previously announced to start in 2015 – places the women’s final on Saturday and the men’s on Sunday.

All rounds of the tournament will be also made available online via WatchESPN.

“Certain sporting events become synonymous with when they are held, and there is no better – or bigger – way to celebrate the end of summer than at the US Open in New York,” said John Skipper, ESPN president.  “We look forward to capturing every match, every star, every championship and all the drama on this grand stage.”

Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman of the Board and President, said, “This wide-ranging and broad relationship with ESPN positions tennis at the forefront of American sports.  By teaming with the world-wide leader in sports, the USTA will continue to ensure that tennis at every level thrives in the United States.”



U.S. Open Tennis Coverage on CBS Sports Network

Even though the tournament does not begin in earnest until next week, the CBS Sports Network has begun coverage of elements of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

U.S. Open qualifying began earlier this week and continues through Friday.

Dave Ryan teams with analyst Katrina Adams to call the action, while Andrew Catalon works with analyst Taylor Dent. Danielle Santoro serves as reporter. Adam Zucker anchors coverage from the Mojito Set with analyst Justin Gimelstob. Sam Gore and Chanda Rubin will also be involved in the network’s coverage.

Here is the U.S. Open schedule on CBS Sports Network:( all times ET)

Wednesday, August 22

1:00-9:00 PM – US Open Qualifying

Thursday, August 23

5:00-9:00 PM – US Open Qualifying 

Friday, August 24

11:00 AM-1:00 PM – US Open Qualifying
5:00-7:00 PM – US Open Qualifying

Saturday, August 25

9:00-10:00 PM – Inside the US Open

Saturday, September 1

10:00-11:00 AM – Today at the US Open
11:00 AM-6:00 PM – Men’s and Women’s Third Round; LIVE

Sunday, September 2

10:00-11:00 AM – Today at the US Open
11:00 AM-6:00 PM – Men’s 3rd Round and Women’s Round of 16; LIVE  

Monday, September 3

10:00-11:00 AM – Today at the US Open
11:00 AM-6:00 PM – Men’s and Women’s Round of 16; LIVE

U.S. Open Tennis Coverage on Tennis Channel

The Tennis Channel is planning to dedicate 245 hours of coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, 70 hours of which will be devoted to on-the-court matches.

Bill Macatee, Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle and Brett Haber will handle play-by-play detail along with analysis from former players Jim Courier, Martina Navratilova, Tracey Austin, Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob and Rennae Stubbs. Mats Wilander will handle analyst duties during the men’s singles final, once Courier segues into preparation for the following weekend’s Davis Cup semifinal in Spain.

Mary Carillo will return for her second stint on Tennis Channel’s US Open team as host and reporter. Reporters Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated and Cari Champion of Tennis Channel’s Court Report also will be on hand to deliver breaking news and in-depth story details.

In addition to matches most days, highlight and analysis shows US Open Tonight and Breakfast at the Open will air during the late-night and early morning hours with the latest on-court activity.

Match coverage gets underway at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 7:00 p.m. ET. US Open Tonight airs from 11:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. ET, followed by an immediate encore. At 6:00 a.m ET. Breakfast at the Open takes viewers to the start of the next day’s play at 10:30 a.m.

Here is the schedule of the Tennis Channel’s coverage of the Open beginning this Monday, August 27th:

Monday, Aug. 27                    10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        First-Round Action
Tuesday, Aug. 28                    10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        First-Round Action
Wednesday, Aug. 29              10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        First-Round, Second-Round Action
Thursday, Aug. 30                  10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Second-Round Action
Friday, Aug. 31                       10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Second-Round, Third-Round Action
Saturday, Sept. 1                    7 p.m.-11 p.m.             Third-Round Action
Sunday, Sept. 2                       7 p.m.-11 p.m.            Third-Round, Fourth-Round Action
Tuesday, Sept. 4                     10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Fourth-Round Action, Doubles
Wednesday, Sept. 5                10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Doubles
Thursday, Sept. 6                    10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Doubles, Juniors

CBS Sports Network to Air Live U.S. Open Tennis and PGA Championship Program

CBS Sports announced today that the CBS Sports Network will air live U.S. Open tennis matches as well as produce a program during the PGA Championship.

As a compliment to CBS Sports’ coverage, CBS Sports Network will air live U.S. Open matches during the Labor Day weekend September 1st through 3rd.  These third and fourth round matches will be those not seen on CBS itself.

The network will also produce a live studio show, Today at the U.S. Open, beginning at 10:00am.m ET during Labor Day weekend. CBS Sports Network will also televise US Open qualifying matches beginning Tuesday, Aug. 21 through Friday, August 24.

“The US Open is a marquee event and we’re proud to extend coverage to CBS Sports Network and further showcase live action from one of the biggest stages in sports,” said David Berson, Executive Vice President, CBS Sports and President, CBS Sports Network in a press release.   “This deal continues our aggressive expansion of CBS Sports Network programming around major CBS Sports properties.”

For the PGA Championship the CBS Sports Network will produce On the Range, a program featuring player interviews, analysis and a preview of the day’s action.  Grant Boone, Brian Crowell and Bobby Clampett will host the show each day of the tournament.

CBS Sports Network’s PGA Championship programming also includes encore airings of CBS Sports’ third and final-round broadcasts of the 2012 Tournament, as well as classic PGA Championships from years past.

Men’s U.S. Open Final Gives CBS Increased Ratings

From CBS PR:

CBS Sports’ live coverage of the 2011 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS on Monday, Sept. 12, featuring the men’s championship, an epic four-set rematch that saw No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeat No. 2 Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1, earned an average overnight household rating/share of 2.6/6, up 18% from last year’s 2.2/6, which saw Nadal defeat Djokovic in four sets on Monday afternoon, Sept. 13 (CBS’s 2010 coverage of the men’s championship was halted due to rain and concluded on ESPN2).

Overall, CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2011 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP earned an average overnight HH rating/share of 2.0/5, up 11% from last year’s 1.8/5.

Women’s U.S. Open Championship Ratings A Boost for CBS

From CBS P.R.:

CBS Sports’ live coverage of the 2011 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS on Sunday, Sept. 11, featuring the women’s championship match, which saw Samantha Stosur defeat Serena Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, earned an average overnight household rating/share of 4.2/8, up 100% from last year’s 2.1/4, which consisted of rain-out coverage on Sunday afternoon, and up 121%from a 1.9/4 for last year’s women’s championship in prime time on Saturday night, Sept. 11 (Kim Clijsters def. Vera Zvonareva).

ESPN Adds Evert to Wimbledon & U.S. Open Coverage

The stable of talent for tennis at ESPN continues to grow with the announcement today that 18-time grand slam tournament winner Chris Evert will join the network as an analyst for its coverage of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

“Chris Evert is an iconic figure, and with more than 100 hours on our plate at Wimbledon and the US Open, fans will benefit from Chris’ insights, experience and passion for the game,”  said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production in a prepared statement.  ‘ESPN is proud to welcome Chris to the most experienced and credible tennis team on television.”

“I am really excited about working again in tennis as an analyst. I’ve been away from TV for 10 years because my priority was raising my three boys, and now that they are older it is the right time to join the exceptional tennis team at ESPN”, said Evert. ” I have many friends there and enjoy watching their coverage so I look forward to getting back behind the microphone.”

ESPN’s coverage of Wimbledon begins Monday, June 20th.

ESPN’s U.S. Open Coverage

Not to be outdone, ESPN has also announced it’s plans to blanket cover the U.S. Open Tennis Championships beginning next week.  Here is the WWL’s live match schedule:

Mon, Aug 30 1-11 p.m. First Round Action
Tues, Aug 31 1-11 p.m. First Round Action
Wed, Sept 1 1-11 p.m. Men’s First Round/Women’s Second Round Action
Thur, Sept 2 1-11 p.m. Second Round Action
Fri, Sept 3 1-11 p.m. Men’s Second Round/Women’s Third Round Action
Mon, Sept 6 7-11 p.m. Round of 16
Tues, Sept 7 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Men’s Round of 16, Women’s Quarterfinals
Wed, Sept 8 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Quarterfinals
Thur, Sept 9 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals
8-11 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals, Mixed Doubles Final
Sun, Sept 12 1-3 p.m. Women’s Doubles Final

ESPN will begin it’s coverage this week with the announcement of the Men’s and Women’s brackets Thursday at 12 Noon on ESPN2.

The network will provide over 100 hours of live match coverage on television and 400 hours on ESPN3.com.

ESPN will also provide extensive coverage of the tournament on SportsCenter and online at ESPN.com.

Tennis Channel Providing Extensive Coverage of U.S. Open

The U.S. Open Tennis Championships begin next Monday and Tennis Channel is set to provide extensive coverage of the event on and off he court and across multiple platforms.

Here is the channel’s live match schedule:

Monday, Aug. 30 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  First-Round Action
Tuesday, Aug. 31 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  First-Round Action
Wednesday, Sept. 1 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  First-Round,  Second-Round Action
Thursday, Sept. 2 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Second-Round Action
Friday, Sept. 3 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Second-Round, Third-Round Action
Saturday, Sept. 4 7 p.m.-11 p.m.  Third-Round Action
Sunday, Sept. 5 7 p.m.-11 p.m.  Third-Round,  Round-of-16 Action
Tuesday, Sept. 7 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Round-of-16 Action,  Doubles
Wednesday, Sept. 8 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Doubles Quarterfinals,  Mixed Semifinals
Thursday, Sept. 9 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Doubles,  Juniors,  Wheelchair

Tennis Channel will also produce special studio shows around the tournament.  Their main offerings will be Breakfast at the Open and U.S. Open Tonight.  Here is that schedule:

11 p.m.-3 a.m. – US Open Tonight / Encore Match
3 a.m.-4 a.m. – US Open Tonight
4 a.m.-6 a.m. – Encore Match
6 a.m.-7 a.m. – Breakfast at the Open
7 a.m.-10 a.m. – Encore Match
10 a.m.-11 a.m. – Breakfast at the Open

The network will also be providing content online at tennischannel.com.