via press release:
CBS SPORTS COVERAGE OF 2012 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS FEATURES PETE SAMPRAS ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 1
In 2002, Pete Sampras was nearing the end of his illustrious career. He spent two years struggling with his game, failing to win a tournament, and watching his ranking plummet lower and lower. With questions swirling about his retirement, and increasing calls for him to hang up his racquet, Sampras insisted on ending his career on his terms. Ten years later CBS Sports sat down with Sampras during its coverage of the U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS on Saturday, Sept. 1 (12:00 Noon-6:00 PM, ET) as he reflected on his storybook ending and saying goodbye to the sport he loves. (#USOpen)
“To be Number One for six straight years, it took a lot out of me,” said Sampras. “Week-in and week-out I just didn’t have that hunger to winning every match. Every time I walked into a press conference for a while there, it was about my retirement. ‘When am I going to retire? You’re not playing as well. What’s next?’ When you talk about it a lot, you start believing it. Then I asked myself, is it time for me to stop? Is it time for me to move on or do something else? It got to the point where it was affecting me. And it was affecting my results.” Click to view portion of the feature: http://cbsprt.co/PxjBR1. CBS Sports’ Julie Keryc is the producer.
CBS Sports marks its 45th consecutive year covering the U.S. Open Tennis Championships broadcasting over 36 hours of live comprehensive coverage beginning on Saturday, Sept. 1 with men’s and women’s third-round action and concluding with the men’s singles championship, on Sunday, Sept. 9.
Newly named lead play-by-play announcer Bill Macatee is joined by expert analysts Mary Carillo and John McEnroe in the booth. Ian Eagle is joined this year by Jim Courier in the booth as part of CBS Sports’ U.S. Open announce team. Mary Joe Fernandez serves as a reporter. And, Chris Wragge serves as a contributor.
For the first time, CBS Sports Network features U.S. Open coverage with three days of live Labor Day weekend outer-court action showcasing the most compelling third and fourth-round matches not shown during CBS Sports’ live simultaneous broadcast (11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET). The Network also presents TODAY AT THE US OPEN (10:00-11:00 AM, ET), a live studio show from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Dave Ryan anchors coverage from the Mojito Set with analyst Justin Gimelstob. Sam Gore teams with analyst Chanda Rubin, while Andrew Catalon pairs with analyst Taylor Dent. Danielle Santoro serves as reporter.
In addition, the entire slate of U.S. Open play on CBS Sports, including both the men’s and women's singles championships, will be streamed live on CBSSports.com. For the matches played during the opening weekend (Sept. 1, 2, 3), CBSSports.com will allow users to choose between any of the action played on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium or the Grandstand. Users also can visit CBSSports.com to watch daily news and match previews and highlights, as well as get highlights available on CBS Sports Mobile apps on Android devices and iPhone.
Working his 32nd U.S. Open, Bob Mansbach serves as coordinating producer of CBS Sports’ live coverage of tennis’ final major of the year. Mansbach and David Winner produce, and lead director Bob Fishman and Jim Cornell direct. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.