2015 Australian Open Begins Tonight on TSN; More Tennis This Year Than Ever

Tennis fans will see more matches than ever this year as TSN brings multi-feed coverage to all four grand slams beginning tonight with day one of the 2015 Australian Open. TSN launched their five feeds with the US Open last summer so this year we will over 1000 hours of coverage of the Aussie Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

With the additional coverage, viewers will be able to see every set of Canadian’s Genie Bouchard and Milos Raonic on their television or via TSN GO. Bouchard’s tournament begins tonight with her first round match scheduled for 3am ET on TSN5.

Day one’s coverage starts at 7pm ET tonight with just one feed on TSN5 and runs for 12 hours straight. Day two tomorrow night will see multiple feeds used. As usual with this mostly overnight tournament, TSN will show encore matches during the day. The women’s final will be at 3am ET on Saturday January 31 and the men’s on Sunday February 1 at 3am ET. As usual, a majority of the coverage will come from ESPN and Tennis Channel.

Full TSN schedule is below. Click to embiggen.

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US Open Coverage on TSN Begins Monday With More Tennis Than Ever

tsntennisfourThe 2014 US Open from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York begins on Monday and coincides with TSN expanding from two national channels to five, and with the additional channels comes more grand slam coverage than Canada has ever seen with nearly 300 hours of tennis action over the next two weeks.

During the first week, TSN will offer up to four different feeds across the network enabling viewers to potentially watch four matches at once. Before action begins on Monday, Rod Smith will host a 30-minute special at 10:30am ET on TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5 previewing the US Open as well as giving a rundown of the new feeds and what choices will be available.

Fans will be told what games are currently on what channel via onscreen graphics as well from studio host Kara Wagland. Mark Masters will be onsite to follow Canadians Milos Raonic, Genie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil as they look to continue their form from Wimbledon, providing live reports during the broadcast as well as online at TSN.ca.

As per the schedule below, TSN will have two channels dedicated to specific courts and two channels floating between matches, interviews and press conferences. One floating feed will definitely be ESPN, with the second either being Tennis Channel or CBS Sports Network (who are in their final year of broadcasting the US Open after 47 years. ESPN takes over full rights in 2015).

CBS will cover the women’s and men’s finals (Sun. Sept. 7 at 4:30pm ET and Mon. Sept. 8 at 5pm ET) and have a special ‘CBS Salutes the US Open’ on Sunday at 1:30pm ET looking back at the past 46 years of coverage featuring long-time play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg, who will also call a match on Sunday alongside former partners John McEnroe and Mary Carillo.

While TSN has stepped up its coverage dramatically, it still lags behind what ESPN offers online, and this year, ESPN will have a new feature called “ESPN 3 Surround” during prime-time matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Matches will be able to be viewed online with four windows — the traditional end court view, the view from above via Spidercam, and two smaller boxes showing each player exclusively. ESPN3 also offers 400 hours of live compeition online with up to seven courts available to choose from. TSN will only feature streams of the four feeds at TSN.ca and via the TSN GO app.

RDS will provide around 115 hours of coverage with Yvan Ponton and Hélène Pelletier providing commentary throughout the tournament. Anouk Grignon-L’Anglais will be onsite. The full RDS schedule can be found at RDS.ca.

TSN’s schedule for the first week is below with the second week coming out later during the tournament. All times are Eastern.

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TSN Showing More Wimbledon Than Ever This Year

Beginning Monday and running until July 7, TSN will serve up more than 200 hours of coverage across all their platforms as the third grand slam of the year takes place from the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. TSN will showcase matches from the Canadian’s in action including Milos Raonic. French-language coverage will be available across RDS platforms.

For the first time, TSN will be producing a daily highlights show hosted by Vic Rauter, showcasing the biggest matches of the day, plus all the Canadian action taking place on court. Times and channel will vary, but for the most part it can be seen around 7:30pm/8pm each night during the tournament. ‘Breakfast at Wimbledon’ will also return to TSN. The on-site, pre-match show begins on June 29 and will be led by ESPN’s Hannah Storm. TSN.ca will show exclusive bonus online coverage, including matches not being shown on television.

TSN will be using ESPN’s coverage, who will be using their usually crew for the fortnight of action. Chris Fowler and Mike Tirico will be calling matches and hosting in-studio, and they will be joined by Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Pam Shriver and John and Patrick McEnroe.

ABC will also air encore coverage on June 30, July 6 and July 7 (3pm to 6pm ET) with the latter two dates being the women’s and men’s singles final.

Full daily schedule is below.

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2013 Australian Open begins Sunday on TSN

Despite being played during the overnight hours (mostly for east coast viewers), the Australian Open — the first tennis grand slam of the year — can bring about some memorable moments and matches that are worth staying up for, as well as a reminder of what it’s like to have bright, hot sunshine ten hours a day.

Last year saw Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal play in the longest grand slam final in history, finishing in just under six hours, with Djokovic coming out on top. Victoria Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova to win her first grand slam title, though I’ll have to take Wikipedia’s word on that one, as I’ve had a long standing arrangement with myself not to watch any women’s matches until the ridiculous grunting is either done away with or punished to some extent. It didn’t used to be like this people!!

TSN, being the exclusive home of grand slam tennis in Canada, will bring viewers all the sweaty and grunt-filled action from Melbourne Park over the next two weeks, with the first ball toss coming tomorrow (Sunday) night on TSN2, with over eight hours of coverage on day one, and 110 hours in total (plus encore broadcasts during the day), culminating with the women’s final at 3am on January 26, and the men’s final the following morning.

RDS and RDS2 will have French-language broadcasts covered, and TSN.ca will stream select multi-court coverage throughout the tournament.

For fans of Ontario native Milos Raonic — who is ranked as the 14th seed — TSN or TSN2 will broadcast each one of his games, as long as the game is on a televised court. For those of you playing at home, those courts would be Rod Laver, Hisense, Margaret Court, and courts 2, 3, 6 and 8 (unless it has changed from last year).

As usual, TSN will be taking coverage from ESPN, so expect to see all the regular faces such as Darren Cahill, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver.

The full television schedule is below.

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2012 Olympic Tennis TV Schedule

The 2012 Olympic tennis tournament has a bit more lustre than those at past Olympics. The host ground is the All-England Club in Wimbledon. For those who failed that that very venue just two weeks ago (Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova etc.) it is a second chance. For the two greatest players of the past 10 years (Roger Federer and Serena Williams), it is a rare chance to win two major events in one season at the most famous tennis club in the world.

Canada has a few medal hopefuls in tennis. The best chance for a medal likely comes in mixed doubles, which is making its Olympic debut. Daniel Nestor will play with a to-be-confirmed partner. Nestor is the top ranked doubles player in the world. He is also a contender in men’s doubles, where he is paired with Vasek Pospisil. The Canadian duo are considered somewhat of a wildcard considering Nestor doesn’t have another top Canadian doubles player to play with. He did win the 2000 Olympic gold medal in similar circumstances though.

Milos Raonic is widely regarded as one of the best young tennis players in the world. Most analysts agree it is only a matter of time before he wins a major event. It would be quite a surprise if he breaks through for that win at the Olympics though. Tennis is a sport that can lend itself to Olympic surprises though. Who would have thought the podium in 2004 would be Nicolas Massu, Mardy Fish and Fernando Gonzalez? It was a major breakthrough for Gonzalez, while Massu fell back into obscurity. Fish would also go back under the radar until breaking into the world’s elite last season.

As a result of a higher profile of Olympic tennis from Wimbledon, coverage on the Canadian Broadcast Consortium has also increased over how much tennis CBC has showed at past Olympics. Tennis will take place over the first eight days of the Games. CTV, TSN or Sportsnet will show coverage every day. NBC will also broadcast the singles finals. Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.

Saturday 7/28, 5:15-7:00pm – Early Round Highlights – CTV
Sunday 7/29, 8:40-10:45am – Early Rounds: Day 2 – SN
Monday 7/30, 9:00-11:00am – Early Rounds: Day 3 – CTV
Monday 7/30, 5:15-7:00pm – Early Round Highlights – CTV
Tuesday 7/31, 9:00-11:00am – Early Rounds: Day 4 – CTV
Tuesday 7/31, 11:45am-3:30pm – Early Rounds: Day 4 – OLN
Wednesday 8/1, 9:10-11:00am – Early Rounds: Day 5 – CTV
Wednesday 8/1, 5:00-6:00pm – Early Round Highlights – SN
Thursday 8/2, 9:00-11:00am – Men’s or Women’s Quarterfinal – CTV
Friday 8/3, 10:00am-12:50pm – Men’s & Women’s Semifinals – TSN
Saturday 8/4, 10:00am-12:00pm – Women’s Singles Final – NBC
Saturday 8/4, 1:00-3:30pm – Men’s Doubles Final – CTV
Sunday 8/5, 8:00-10:00am – Men’s Singles Bronze Match – OLN
Sunday 8/5, 10:00am-1:00pm – Men’s Singles Final – TSN, NBC

2012 Wimbledon Final is the Most Watched Ever in Canada

A general complaint from fans when a sports event moves from free television to a speciality channel is that it won’t attract as many viewers. Once again the theory was proved wrong as the 2012 Wimbledon men’s championship match between Roger Federer and Andy Murray was the most watched ever in Canada. This is the first year the championship match at Wimbledon has aired on TSN. In the past Global broadcast it. Overall Wimbledon ratings are up 16% over last year.

Here is TSN’s press release.

An historic WIMBLEDON final delivers an historic audience. Overnight audience data from BBM Canada confirms a record average audience of 515,000 viewers tuned in to TSN to see Roger Federer win his seventh WIMBLEDON Gentlemen’s Championship with a riveting victory over Scotland’s Andy Murray yesterday.

This is the most-watched WIMBLEDON final ever on Canadian television – up 16% compared to the previous high set during the 2008 final (445,000 viewers on Global/NBC)*.

Overall, more 2.9 million Canadians tuned in to watch some or all of the WIMBLEDON Gentlemen’s Championship on TSN on Sunday.

Full coverage of the WIMBLEDON championship on TSN and TSN2 this year was up 16% compared to last year’s coverage on TSN, TSN2 and Global/NBC.

This was the first time TSN has delivered complete coverage of the WIMBLEDON final weekend. Last year the network reached an extensive multimedia rights agreement with the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet club for exclusive live coverage of all rounds of the WIMBLEDON Championships for the next 10 years.

TSN’s extensive coverage of all of tennis’ Grand Slam events continues with the 2012 U.S. OPEN beginning August 27.

2012 Wimbledon Championships: Start Monday on TSN

The Wimbledon Championships are one of the greatest traditions in international sport. For years Canadian coverage of the finals has aired on Global. A channel that most everybody can get with just an antenna. This year everything changes as TSN takes over exclusive Canadian coverage of the entire fortnight of The Championships.

The story is much the same in America where ESPN now hold exclusive rights. For more than 40 years NBC broadcast Wimbledon to American audiences. They inaugurated Breakfast at Wimbledon, delivering the ladies’ and gentlemen’s finals live to American audiences in the early morning hours. The major problem with NBC’s coverage was tape delay during the important second week of The Championships. NBC would force west coast viewers to watch matches on a 3 hour delay. And as a result ESPN’s afternoon ET matches were also not broadcast at all on the west coast. This wasn’t an issue in Canada because TSN broadcast most coverage live. However, it is one of the primary reasons why Wimbledon has moved away from Global and NBC to TSN and ESPN for the next ten years.

Milos Raonic is the top ranked Canadian singles player, seeded 21st.

ESPN will carry on and enhance the Breakfast at Wimbledon tradition. All four semifinals will air live for the first time in America. ESPN will also broadcast five pregame shows under the “Breakfast at Wimbledon” moniker. And while over-the-air coverage is a thing of the past in Canada, ABC will broadcast three highlights shows south of the 49th.

One of the most important parts of the new TSN deal for Canadians is it includes online streaming for TSN.ca. Select matches that are not on TSN or TSN2 will be available live online.

Overall, I’m not sure whether to embrace the new ESPN coverage, or long for the tradition of NBC. Breakfast at Wimbledon on NBC (well actually Global) is my first memory of watching tennis. For seven straight years from the time I began watching tennis I witnessed Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final on NBC. Their coverage had the feeling that it was important. Historical even. The task for ESPN is to carry that tradition on to their network. The next two weeks will tell whether they can.

ESPN’s broadcast team for the Wimbledon Championships is led by hosts and play-by-play commentators Chris Fowler and Mike Tirico. Fowler is ESPN’s top commentator, while Tirico is making his Wimbledon debut. Hannah Storm is also a part of ESPN’s coverage as a studio host. ESPN’s other main play-by-play commentator is veteran Cliff Drysdale. Analysts include John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Darren Cahill, Brad Gilbert, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez and Pam Shriver.

Continue after the break for a complete Wimbledon broadcast schedule. All times are Eastern.

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