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The Championships – Wimbledon, tennis’ most popular major tournament of the year, will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN+, ABC and streaming on the ESPN app beginning Monday, July 2. There’ll be 140 hours of television plus 1,500 hours of streaming of the first-ball-to-last-ball tournament coverage that includes more than 500 matches from the All England Club’s pristine grass courts, culminating with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on July 14 and 15, respectively.
ESPN’s tennis announcers, analysts and studio hosts for Wimbledon are (in alphabetical order by their last name): Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chrissie Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Mardy Fish, Chris Fowler, Brad Gilbert, Jason Goodall, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Chris McKendry, Patrick Mouratoglou, Tom Rinaldi, Pam Shriver, and Rennae Stubbs.
Defending and eight-time champ Roger Federer is hoping his 2017 winning strategy works again: the 36-year-old again skipped the clay season to focus on Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal, now 32, looked stronger than ever with three clay championships including the French Open. Those two have shared the last six Major titles. Until very recently, three-time champion Novak Djokovic has not been himself for two years. Two-time winner Andy Murray didn’t play for nearly 12 months after Wimbledon 2017 because of a hip injury. Those four hold every Wimbledon crown back to 2003. In fact, the ATP “Big Four” have won 30 of the last 34 Majors and 48 of the last 53.
On the Ladies’ side, the last seven tennis Majors have seen seven different winners (four of whom were first-time Major champions): Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Jelena Ostapenko, Garbiñe Muguruza (Wimbledon), Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep. This year’s Wimbledon field also includes Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and two-time winner Petra Kvitova, as well as former champions Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams, still a top-10 player who reached the final a year ago.
The following are the Wimbledon tennis events including dates, start times, and TV networks. All times Eastern.
All Courts (up to 18), all day plus Spanish-language coverage
Monday, July 2 6:30 a.m. – Sunday, July 15 (no matches on Sunday July 8) on ESPN3 and ESPN+ (live)
Early Round Play on ESPN
Monday, July 2-Tuesday, July 3 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday, July 5-Friday, July 6 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 7 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Highlights of Week One on ABC
Sunday, July 8 3-6 p.m.
Round of 16
Centre Court: Monday, July 9 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 1 Court and others: Monday, July 9 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Centre Court – Ladies: Tuesday, July 10 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 1 Court – Ladies: Tuesday, July 10 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Centre Court – Gentlemen: Wednesday, July 11 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 1 Court – Gentlemen: Wednesday, July 11 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Ladies: Thursday, July 12 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live, ESPN)
Gentlemen’s: Friday, July 13 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live, ESPN)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship
Ladies’ Doubles Championship
Ladies’ Championship: 3-6 p.m. (ABC)
Ladies’ Championship: 9 p.m.-midnight (ESPNEWS)
Ladies’ Championship: 12:30-3:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mixed Doubles Championship
Gentlemen’s Championship: 3-6 p.m. (ABC)
Gentlemen’s Championship: 8-11 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Gentlemen’s Championship: midnight-3 a.m. (ESPN2)