via press release:
ESPN 3D Adds Live Coverage of a Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Semifinal Friday
ESPN 3D has added a live telecast of the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Novak Djokovic Gentlemen’s semifinal at Wimbledon on Friday, July 1, at 7:45 a.m. ET to its schedule, the network’s first tennis programming. Later that day, ESPN 3D, which launched last year, will reair that semifinal and televise the other Gentlemen’s semifinal on a delayed basis. The network will also present the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Finals twice each on a delayed basis Monday, July 4.
Tsonga, the no. 12 seed, upset six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. Djokovic, the no. 2 seed, sports a 46-1 match record in 2011. In the other men’s semifinal, no. 1 seed and defending title holder Rafael Nadal will face no. 4 seed Andy Murray. Cliff Drysdale — who worked ESPN’s first-ever tennis telecast September 14, 1979, will call the match on ESPN 3D with analyst Brad Gilbert.
The ESPN 3D Wimbledon tennis schedule:
|Fri, July 1||7:45 a.m.||Gentlemen’s Semifinal #1 — LIVE|
|8 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Semifinal #1 (reair)|
|Sat, July 2||1 a.m.
(Friday, 10 p.m. PT)
|Gentlemen’s Semifinal #2|
|Mon, July 4||7 a.m.||Ladies’ Final|
|9 a.m.||Gentlemen’s Final|
|12 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Semifinal #1 (reair)|
|3 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Semifinal #2 (reair)|
|6 p.m.||Ladies’ Final (reair)|
|8 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Final (reair)|
ESPN 3D has presented several championships this year including the BCS National Championship, the Fiesta Bowl, the BIG EAST basketball tournament and the NBA playoffs and NBA Finals.
About ESPN 3D
ESPN was the first to announce in the United States an exclusive 3D network in January 2010 which was the culmination of more than three years of testing 3D television. ESPN has produced many 3D domestic telecasts in 2010 and 2011, including the BCS National Championship game, the Masters, X Games, multiple college football and basketball games, the State Farm Home Run Derby and more . ESPN has developed best practices for utilizing the technology in live game applications which have provided the ability to streamline workflow operations, adjust 3D camera positioning, perform transmission tests and gauge fan reaction to a 3D telecast versus a traditional telecast. In addition, ESPN utilizes cutting-edge technology located at the ESPN Innovation Lab in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World to continue to develop innovative production enhancements. ESPN 3D is available in the United States to more than 65 million households and has carriage agreements with AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. Sony was named the first official sponsor of the network in January 2010.