LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2013 —
Eight-Hour Weekday Match Windows, Prime-Time Labor Day Weekend
During Network’s Fifth Year in Flushing Meadow
Two-Week Coverage Begins with First Ball August 26, Features 24-Hour
with US Open Tonight and Breakfast
at the Open
Monday, Aug. 26, Tennis Channel will televise 75 live or first-run match hours
of the 2013 US Open, in addition to 90 original hours of nightly show US Open Tonight and morning program Breakfast at the Open. In its fifth year of covering the world’s
largest annually attended paid sporting event, the network’s round-the-clock schedule
will dedicate close to 240 hours to the two-week tournament. This includes live coverage from first ball
through Thursday of the second week, eight-hour match windows the first week,
prime-time windows the first weekend, and encore coverage of the men’s and
women’s singles and doubles semifinals and finals.
the US Open is in session from August 26 through September 9, Tennis Channel
will bring the tournament to viewers all but a few hours per 24-hour day. The network’s typical day of coverage starts
with half-hour introductory show Live at
the US Open each morning at 10:30 a.m. ET.
In its second year after a 2012 debut, the program will tackle the
previous day’s results, coming day’s stories, and again will be hosted by Brett
Haber (@BrettHaber), Hall of Famer and
two-time US Open winner Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin)
and former player Mark Knowles.
year Live at the US Open allowed us
to set the stage each morning in a way that hadn’t been done before on
television,” said Austin. “I’m looking
forward to working with Brett to bring that excitement to Tennis Channel
viewers again this year.”
Channel’s eight-hour, live-match window runs from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. ET every day
of the first week. Nightly news and
highlight show US Open Tonight will
air from 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m., and again from 2:30 a.m.-6 a.m. Breakfast
at the Open will bring viewers a morning dose of tournament highlights and
updates from 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
the first weekend, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Tennis Channel’s live coverage window
runs in prime time, from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. ET.
it began covering majors with 2007’s French Open, Tennis Channel’s trademark
has been an immersive, “Olympic-style” telecast approach, designed to give
viewers the nearest approximation to an actual day on the grounds of the Billie
Jean King National Tennis Center.
Wherever the action takes place – on court, in the stands, near the
plaza – the network will spend two weeks bringing as much of it into America’s
living rooms as possible. There is no
tennis tournament like the US Open.
Beyond its status as the sport’s largest event, it is known for raucous,
vocal crowds and late-night survival contests that are more akin to prize
fights than to tennis matches. Coming as
it does toward the end of New York’s long, humid summer season, the US Open seems
an annual release point for the tension that has built for months inside the sweltering
pressure cooker of the city. Players feed
off the energy of the crowd and vice versa, perhaps more intensely than in any
other tennis venue. Tennis Channel does
everything to capture and convey this experience, unique in all of sports.
sportscaster Bill Macatee (@BMacatee) and Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova (@martina) and Jim Courier will be front and center
in New York this year, with Macatee handling play-by-play duties alongside the
former players’ analysis. Fellow Hall of
Famer Austin also will lend her expertise to the network’s coverage, as will
likely future Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76). Queens native Mary Carillo will return for a
third US Open, doing just about everything including hosting, analyzing,
reporting and interviewing.
Former players Knowles, Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob)
and Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs) also attended their share of tournament
championship ceremonies during their careers, and will be in the booth and on
the grounds for Tennis Channel in Flushing Meadow this year. Along with Macatee and Haber, the
network’s 2013 US Open play-by-play team features Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson)
and Ian Eagle, while Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) will
handle special reports and opinion.
Tennis Channel’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, will serve as an
online hub of US Open activity, with video highlights, scores, interviews,
features, Court Report news updates
and other tournament-themed content.
Tennis reporters Steve Flink and Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) will post
columns for the channel during the event, as will Richard Evans (@Ringham7),
new to the site for the US Open event after having joined during Wimbledon. Official US Open hairstylist Julien Farel
will return for a third year of blogging for Tennis Channel, and offer an
insider’s perspective like no other. The
network’s popular tournament prediction game, “Racquet Bracket,” also will be
back in 2013, as will the opportunity to enter Tennis Channel seasonal
viewers and tennis fans can stay on top of Tennis Channel through social media
platforms Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel),
and Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel).
Tennis Channel’s Live 2013 US Open Coverage Schedule
Monday, Aug. 26 10:30
a.m.-7 p.m. First-Round Action
Tuesday, Aug. 27 10:30
a.m.-7 p.m. First-Round Action
Wednesday, Aug. 28 10:30
a.m.-7 p.m. First-Round,
Thursday, Aug. 29 10:30
a.m.-7 p.m. Second-Round Action
Friday, Aug. 30 10:30
a.m.-7 p.m. Second-Round,
Saturday, Aug. 31 7
p.m.-11 p.m. Third-Round Action
Sunday, Sept. 1 7
p.m.-11 p.m. Third-Round, Fourth-Round Action
Tuesday, Sept. 3 10:30
a.m.-7 p.m. Fourth-Round Action,
Wednesday, Sept. 4 10:30
a.m.-7 p.m. Doubles
Thursday, Sept. 5 10:30
a.m.-8 p.m. Doubles, Juniors,
Tennis Channel’s US Open Tonight,
Breakfast at the Open Schedule
Tennis Channel’s US Open Tonight will air from 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. ET most evenings of the tournament,
followed by an encore presentation from 2:30 a.m.-6 a.m. ET. This schedule will take place Monday, Aug.
26, through Thursday, Sept. 5.
Breakfast at the Open will run from 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET from
Tuesday, Aug. 27, through Friday, Aug. 30, and again from Tuesday, Sept. 3,
through Thursday, Sept. 5. From
Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2, the show will air from 6 a.m.-11
a.m. ET. The final edition of Breakfast at the Open will take place
from 6 a.m.-11 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 5.
Tennis Channel’s usual 2013 US
Open daily coverage schedule (all times ET):
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Live Matches
11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. – US Open Tonight
2:30 a.m.-6 a.m. – US Open Tonight (Encore)
6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Breakfast at the Open
Channel (www.tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour,
television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional
sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of
comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle
and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the
wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community.
It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television,
with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon,
Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Emirates Airline US Open Series,
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup.
Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 video providers.
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