ESPN To Screen Tennis

by Clare on March 29, 2012 · 0 comments

in ATP News, WTA News

ESPN has secured the rights to televise 11 ATP World Tour 250 events during 2012, featuring some of the game’s top stars, as well as three WTA tournaments.

The events continue to broaden the range of sports ESPN offers its viewers following on from its recent acquisition of live darts and golf in the form of BDO World Professional Darts Championships, the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Open. Since it launched, ESPN has brought coverage of more than 40 sports to fans in the UK and Ireland including football from Europe’s leading competitions, including the Barclays Premier League and FA Cup, as well as top flight English and French rugby union, and exclusive coverage of major American sports such as NFL, NBA, MLB and UFC.

Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice-President TV Channels, ESPN EMEA, said: “As we continue to expand our content in the UK and Ireland, we’re delighted to add outstanding tennis tournaments from the ATP and WTA circuits. Through ESPN.co.uk and other media around the world, ESPN has a long and extensive association with tennis that we will look to expand in the UK and Ireland as we broaden our range and depth of sports programming.”

ESPN’s coverage of the ATP World Tour 250 begins on Friday April 13 with the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston. It is one of the first clay court tournaments of the season, as players begin to prepare for the French Open.

Focus on the clay circuit continues in the first week of May with the Estoril Open in Portugal – won last year by current World No. 11 Juan Martin Del Potro – and the Serbia Open, which world No. 1 Novak Djokovic won last year. The week before the French Open will see ESPN’s coverage from Open de Nice Cote D’Azur, which last year featured David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych, as players make their final preparations on clay before Roland Garros. Coverage continues with seven more tournaments from July to September.

ESPN will also have coverage of three WTA events – clay tournaments in Estoril and Strasbourg, and the season finale Tournament of Champions, which was won in 2011 by Serbian star Ana Ivanovic.

ATP World Tour 250 tennis on ESPN:

Week commencing Location Tournament
April 9 Houston, USA US Men’s Clay Court Championship
April 30 Estoril, Portugal Estoril Open
April 30 Belgrade, Serbia Serbia Open
May 21 Nice, Italy Open de Nice Côte d’Azur
July 9 Umag, Croatia Studena Croatia Open
July 16 Atlanta, USA Atlanta Tennis Championships
July 16 Gstaad, Switzerland Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad
July 23 Kitzbühel, Austria Bet-At-Home Cup Kitzbühel
August 20 Winston-Salem, USA Winston-Salem Open
September 17 St.Petersburg, Russia St. Petersburg Open
September 24 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysian Open

WTA International tennis on ESPN:

Week commencing Location Tournament
April 30 Estoril, Portugal Estoril Open
May 21 Strasbourg, Austria Internationaux de Strasbourg
Oct 29 Sofia, Bulgaria Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions

Courtesy: ESPN

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