Wimbledon Trophies on 'Good Morning America', to Visit ESPN in First Visit to U.S.

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June 14th, 2012

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Wimbledon Trophies on Good Morning America, to Visit ESPN in First Visit to U.S.

Trophies to Appear with ESPN’s Chris Evert, John McEnroe on GMA on Friday; Visit to ESPN Monday

All New, All Live, All ESPN Wimbledon Starts June 25

The Wimbledon championship trophies – which have never before left London and rarely leave the famed grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club – will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, June 15. ESPN analysts Chris Evert and John McEnroe – who each held a Wimbledon trophy aloft three times after winning titles – will be on hand in New York to discuss their memories of Wimbledon as well as prospects for the 2012 event. The Championships, Wimbledon, will begin exclusively across ESPN networks Monday, June 25, in the first year of a new 12-year agreement in which for the first time the tournament will be televised all live from first ball to the finals.

 

The Wimbledon segment is expected to appear during the 8:30 a.m. ET half hour of the two-hour show (7 – 9 a.m.). Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and Sam Champion host GMA, which originates from its Central Park outdoor set on Fridays during the summer.

 

In addition, on Monday, June 18, the Wimbledon trophies will visit ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., where they will feel at home: the center quad on the ESPN campus has been turned into a grass tennis court complete with a Wimbledon scoreboard. The trophies will appear with ESPN analysts Mary Joe Fernandez and Patrick McEnroe on a number of editions of SportsCenter throughout the day. Fernandez and McEnroe will also chat with fans on ESPN.com.

ESPN’s Evert, Fernandez and the McEnroes

Chris Evert, who joined ESPN at Wimbledon in 2011, won 18 major singles championships, including at least one each year for 13 consecutive years (1974-1986). She won seven French Open titles and six US Opens – both records – plus three Wimbledon championships and two at the Australian Open. She retired in 1989 with 157 singles titles overall, and a career win-loss record of 1,309-146 (.900), the best of any professional player in history.

 

Mary Joe Fernandez first came to the tennis world’s attention in 1985 – at age 14 years and eight days – as the youngest player to win a match in the main draw of the US Open. She went on to be ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, appear in three Major finals (Australian Open 1990 and 1992, French Open 1993) and won two Major titles in doubles (1991 Australian Open, French Open 1996). She also won a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and earned a Bronze in singles in 1992. An ESPN analyst since she retired from competition in 2000, she has served as Captain of the United States’ Fed Cup team since 2009.

 

John McEnroe’s Hall of Fame career was launched by reaching the Wimbledon semifinals in 1977 as an 18-year old amateur and he later played one of the sports’ iconic matches on the famed Centre Court. His 77 singles titles include four US Open titles and three at Wimbledon. Although a loss, his five-set duel with Bjorn Borg in the 1980 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final – highlighted by McEnroe surviving an 18-16 fourth set tiebreak – is one of the most memorable events in tennis history. He has worked at the US Open for ESPN since 2009 and will work his first Wimbledon for the company.

 

Patrick McEnroe has worked for ESPN since 1995 (before he retired as a player) and he now fills all three roles – studio host, analyst and play-by-play. From 2001-2010, he was the U.S. Davis Cup captain, and in 2007 the team won its first championship since 1995. He currently serves as General Manager, USTA Elite Player Development. A three-time singles All-American at Stanford – where the team won NCAA titles in 1986 and 1988 – McEnroe won the 1992 French Open doubles title and reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals in singles. His singles career peaked in 1995, reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open and a career-high ranking of 28 in the world.

 

ESPN & Wimbledon

  • · ESPN will televise The Championships, Wimbledon across its networks starting Monday, June 25, with day-long marathon telecasts through to the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Finals, Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8, respectively.
  • · All the action on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.
  • · On the “middle Sunday,” a scheduled day off as is Wimbledon tradition, ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m. ABC will also reair the finals on the day they take place, July 7 and 8, at 3 p.m.
  • · ESPN3 will again offer its multi-screen offering of all televised courts, including a simulcast of ESPN/ESPN2 telecasts.
  • · The new schedule is the result of a 12-year agreement between ESPN and the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced just after the conclusion of the 2011 Championships.

 

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 added 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.

 
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