via press release:

US Open Underway on ESPN2 &
Beginning today, ESPN’s multi-platform and worldwide coverage of tennis’ final Grand Slam event of the year, the US Open from New York, will include 100 hours in high definition on ESPN2 HD, 420 hours on’s multi-court offering plus coverage across ESPN’s platforms in the U.S. and around the world (more details here).  The tournament will mark the ESPN US Open debut for Chris Evert, who joined ESPN this summer at Wimbledon.  For a taste of ESPN’s coverage, here is a promo spot: .

During the first week of the tournament, ESPN2’s coverage will start at 1 p.m. ET each weekday and will continue nonstop for at least 10 hours through both the day and evening sessions.  The latter, Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. or when play is concluded, whichever is later. The second week, ESPN2 will have Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM at 7 p.m. on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5, followed by day-long windows Tuesday – Thursday starting at 11 a.m.  All of ESPN2’s telecasts are also available online through, and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.  Both are accessible to fans who receive their video service from an affiliated provider.

The addition at Wimbledon of Evert bolstered television’s best tennis team, led by Cliff Drysdale, a former US Open finalist.  Chris Fowler will serve as a host and call matches. Mike Tirico of Monday Night Football, Hannah Storm and Chris McKendry will also serve as hosts.  John and Patrick McEnroe will again often be paired in the booth, and the rest of the ESPN tennis team returns:  Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver.  In addition, Tom Rinaldi will contribute features and essays.  This week’s schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event
Mon, Aug 29 1-7 p.m.
7-11 p.m.
First Round
Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM: First Round
Tues, Aug 30 1-7 p.m.
7-11 p.m.
First Round
Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM: First Round
Wed, Aug 31 1-7 p.m. Men’s First Round/Women’s Second Round
 Thur, Sept 1 7-11 p.m.
1-7 p.m.
7-11 p.m.
Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM: First & Second Rounds
Second Round
Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM: Second Round 


Fri, Sept 2 1-7 p.m.7-11 p.m. Men’s Second Round/Women’s Third Round
Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM: Second & Third Rounds


U.S. Open Coverage Highlighted This Week on
This week on, the site will provide extensive coverage of the U.S. Open including in-depth women’s match previews from the next day’s order of play. Also, “The Open Book” feature will offer a daily news and notes column from on the ground at the tournament as well as a round-up of on-site reporting and analysis of the women’s tournament. The column will cover both tennis and entertainment news, bringing readers the flavor of the event.  Feature stories from the tournament will include profiles of Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams and an interview with WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster.

Also this week, espnW contributor Whitney Holzman provides insight into the One Love Foundation, which was created in memory of UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love. One mission of the foundation is to use lacrosse to positively impact the lives of young athletes across the country.

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