via press release:
CBS SPORTS’ 2011 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEN’S THIRD-ROUND COVERAGE OF
NO. 2-SEED RAFAEL NADAL vs. DAVID NALBANDIAN; NO. 21-SEED ANDY RODDICK vs. JULIEN BENNETEAU AND
NO. 24-SEED JUAN IGNACIO CHELA vs. DONALD YOUNG ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 4
CBS Sports presents the U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, tennis’ final major of the year and the only one played in the United States, for the 44th consecutive year. Labor Day Weekend coverage continues on Sunday, Sept. 4 (11:00 AM–6:00 PM, ET) with men’s third-round action.
Headlining CBS Sports’ coverage is the men’s No. 2-seed Rafael Nadal taking on David Nalbandian; No. 21-seed Andy Roddick againstJulien Benneteau; and No. 24-seed Juan Ignacio Chela against Donald Young.
Also scheduled is No. 28-seed John Isner against Alex Bogomolov, Jr.
In addition to live match coverage on Sunday, Sept. 4, CBS Sports will air a feature on five-time U.S. Open champion Jimmy Connors on the 20th anniversary of his magical semi-final run in the 1991 U.S. Open at age 39. In the feature, Connors recounts his U.S. Open run describing it as “the best 11 days of my career.”
Among those interviewed in the piece include Patrick McEnroe, who Connors defeated in the first round after trailing two sets and down 3-0 in the third set; Aaron Krickstein, who Connors beat in the fourth round in a five-set tie-breaker; and Paul Haarhuis, who Connors battled to win in four sets, including one of the most memorable points in U.S. Open history. CBS Sports’ Jason Ross is the producer. To watch a clip from the feature, go to: http://bit.ly/q8CTHM
Lead play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg will be joined by expert analysts Mary Carillo and John McEnroe in the booth for the 12thconsecutive year. Jim Courier returns for his third year as analyst and will call the action alongside Bill Macatee. Mary Joe Fernandez serves as reporter. Ian Eagle serves as contributor.
CBS Sports provides live comprehensive coverage during both weekends of the event and on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5 (11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET) and on Friday, Sept. 9 (12:30-6:00 PM, ET). The 2011 women’s championship highlights the Network’s “Super Saturday” coverage live in prime time on Saturday, Sept. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET). All the action during CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2011 U.S. Open will be broadcast in HDTV.
CBS Sports’ schedule of live U.S. Open Tennis action as follows:
Sunday, Sept. 4 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s third round/women’s fourth round)
Monday, Sept. 5 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s/women’s fourth round singles)
Friday, Sept. 9 12:30-6:00 PM, ET (men’s doubles final/women’s semi-finals)
Saturday, Sept. 10 12:00 NOON-6:00 PM ET (men’s semi-finals)
8:00-10:00 PM, ET (women’s singles championship)
Sunday, Sept. 11 4:00-7:00 PM, ET (men’s singles championship)
Additionally, 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. 3, 4, 5), CBSSports.com will allow users to choose between any of the action played on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium or the Grandstand. Users can also log onto CBSSports.com to watch daily news and match previews and highlights with Kaylee Hartung, Lauren Shehadi and CBS Sports tennis analyst Justin Gimelstob.
Working his 31st U.S. Open, Bob Mansbach will serve as coordinating producer of CBS Sports’ live coverage of tennis’ final major of the year. Mansbach and David Winner will produce, and lead director Bob Fishman and Jim Cornell will direct. Mansbach and Ken Mack will produce ARTHUR ASHE KIDS’ DAY, and Suzanne Smith will direct.
Harold Bryant is Executive Producer & Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
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QUOTABLE QUOTES OF THE DAY
? CBS Sports’ John McEnroe predicting the outcome of the No. 9-seed Tomas Berdych-No. 20-seed Janko Tipsarevic after Berdych got medical treatment following his first set, 4-6, loss: “This has ‘no mas’ potential.” Berdych retired five games later, 4-6, 0-5.
? No. 28-seed Serena Williams to CBS Sports’ Mary Joe Fernandez in a pre-match interview as she was taking the court against No. 4-seedVictoria Azarenka: “[The match] feels like the semi-finals or quarters.”