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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2012 Roland Garros Championship: Starts Sunday on TSN

Tennis returns to the red clay of Roland Garros next week for the 2012 Roland Garros Championship, the second Grand Slam of 2012. TSN will show complete coverage in Canada; while NBC will broadcast weekend coverage including the finals. The men’s championship will be simulcast on CTV Two. Here is TSN’s press release.

As the world’s top tennis players hit the historic red clay courts of Roland Garros, TSN and TSN2 give Canadian fans more than 100 hours of extensive coverage of the 2012 FRENCH OPEN.

Live daily coverage from Paris of the 2012 FRENCH OPEN begins Sunday, May 27 at 5 a.m. ET on TSN2 and continues throughout the tournament on TSN and TSN2 with the Men’s final airing Sunday, June 10 on CTV2 (see below for complete broadcast schedule). Tennis fans on the go can also access coverage through TSN MOBILE TV.

French language coverage airs on RDS and RDS2.

Canadian sensation Milos Raonic looks for his first Grand Slam title in a packed field that includes top ranked Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal (#2) and Roger Federer (#3). Djokovic has won the last three Majors but has never reached the final in Paris.

On the women’s side, competition includes top seeded Victoria Azarenka who looks for her second major title this year in a field that includes superstars Maria Sharapova (#2) and Serena Williams along with Canadians Aleksandra Wozniak and Stephanie Dubois.

TSN announced last year the network has agreed to a multi-year rights extension to broadcast the French Open. TSN has been televising the FRENCH OPEN since 1985.

The FRENCH OPEN is part of TSN and TSN2’s tennis broadcast schedule that consists of all four Grand Slam tournaments, including the upcoming WIMBLEDON, running June 25 to July 8.

TSN will use a mix of ESPN, NBC and international feed broadcasts.Here are the NBC and ESPN commentators.

NBC: Ted Robinson, John McEnroe and Mary Carillo

ESPN: Chris Fowler and Chris McKendry (hosts/play-by-play); Chris Evert, Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver (analysts)

Continue after the break for a complete schedule with anticipated originating broadcaster (I’m making educated guesses on these).

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Raonic Plays Federer in Madrid Tomorrow

And Sportsnet One has it. If you haven’t had the chance yet, tune in just to see the blue clay. It’s worth it.

Sportsnet ONE will provide live coverage of Canada’s Milos Raonic (No. 23) taking on Roger Federer (No. 3) in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open, on Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. ET (Start time subject to change due to conclusion of scheduled matches earlier in the day).

Sportsnet One’s coverage gets underway at 7 a.m. ET and will include coverage of the Nikolay Davydenko vs. Rafael Nadal match at 9:15 a.m. ET.

Winners of the second round will advance to the Round of 16 on Thursday, May 10 at 7 a.m. ET.

Sportsnet ONE’s broadcast schedule for the remainder of the Mutua Madrid Open is below:

Friday, May 11
Quarter-finals – 7 a.m. ET

Saturday, May 12
Semifinals – 12 noon ET (**Tape Delayed on Sportsnet East and Ontario)
Semifinals – 2 p.m. ET (Joined in Progress on Sportsnet ONE)

Sunday, May 13
Final – 1 p.m. ET (Tape Delayed)

Davis Cup: Canada vs. France on Sportsnet

The 2012 Davis Cup begins this weekend, and for the first time since 2004 Canada is playing in the World Group. The Canadians are in tough against France, one of the top tennis countries in the world, in their first round matchup. One advantage for Canada is Vancouver’s Thunderbird Arena is the host venue for the matches. Sportsnet will broadcast 15.5 hours of live coverage. Here is their press release with more details.

Game, set, match. Sportsnet takes fans courtside at the Douglas Mitchell Thunderbirds Sports Centre in Vancouver for wall-to-wall coverage of the highly anticipated Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, featuring Canada vs. France. Live coverage begins Friday, Feb. 10 and continues to Sunday, Feb. 12, airing at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT each day on Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West, and Sportsnet Pacific. (Please see full broadcast schedule below for singles and doubles matches).

Headlining the Davis Cup are Milos Raonic, Canada’s highest ranking singles player ever, and Olympic Games gold medallist and seven-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion Daniel Nestor. Rounding out the home team are Frank Dancevic and Vasek Pospisil. This marks the first time Canada has qualified for the World Group stage of the Davis Cup since 2004 and together the team will be looking to continue to establish Canada as a major player in international tennis. The French team is comprised of world No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 13 Gael Monfils, No. 36 Julien Benneteau, as well as Michael Llodra, ranked fifth in doubles.

Rob Faulds will call the play-by-play alongside analyst Robert Bettauer, a former Canadian Davis Cup team member, while Arash Madani reports from courtside. Completing the broadcast team in Vancouver are host Brad Fay and analyst Damien Cox.

Sportsnet’s wall-to-wall coverage begins with the Davis Cup Preview Show, as the broadcast team sets the stage for the competition with news, updates and analysis, including special features on Milos Raonic and Canadian head coach Martin Laurendeau. The Davis Cup Preview Show premieres on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet Ontario); 11:30 p.m. MT (Sportsnet West); 11:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet Pacific); and 12 midnight ET (Sportsnet East).

Sportsnet is the one-stop-shop for all things Davis Cup, providing fans with complete coverage of the event, including the Davis Cup Aftershow, a live post match program streamed live on sportsnet.ca featuring highlights, analysis and press conference coverage, Friday through Sunday, following the television broadcast. Full news coverage of the event will also appear on Sportsnet Connected, Sportsnet Radio 590 The FAN and Sportsnet Radio 960 The FAN.

Here is the broadcast schedule (all times ET; all matches on East/Ontario/West/Pacific)

Friday 2/10, 5:00pm – Singles Matches
Saturday 2/11, 5:00pm – Doubles Match
Sunday 2/12, 5:00pm – Singles Matches

Sportsnet will also broadcast the tie between the USA and Switzerland from Fribourg. Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Mardy Fish and John Isner are among the headliners of that match. Here is the USA vs. Switzerland on Sportsnet One schedule.

Saturday 2/11, 8:30am – Doubles Match
Sunday 2/12, 6:00am – Singles Matches

It is nice to see Sportsnet making this a big event in Canada, much like they did with the Rogers Cup last summer.

2012 Australian Open on TSN

The 2012 Australian Open begins Monday morning in Melbourne, Australia (Sunday evening here in Canada). The Australian Open is the first of four tennis Grand Slams in 2012. TSN will broadcast exclusive coverage of the tournament in Canada, featuring 130 hours of live coverage on TSN and TSN2. Here is a section of TSN’s press release about players to watch.

Coverage will feature Canada’s Milos Raonic, coming off a thrilling win at the Chennai Open to make his second Australian Open appearance as the tournament’s No. 23 seed.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic enters the tournament as the top seed while 2009 champion Rafael Nadal is seeded No. 2. The star-studded men’s field also includes four-time Australian Open winner Roger Federer and Andy Murray – who has lost the past two finals at the Australian Open – seeded No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

On the women’s side, top-seeded player Caroline Wozniacki continues her quest to win her first Grand Slam title. Wozniacki’s competition includes Wimbledon champion and No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova, followed by Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. Defending champion Kim Clijsters and five-time Australian Open winner Serena Williams are expected to play in the tournament despite sustaining injuries during last week’s Brisbane International.

TSN will once again use ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open. Here is a section of ESPN’s press release with information on commentators and hosts.

Cliff Drysdale – who has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in 1979 – leads the ESPN2 team. Chris Evert, who joined ESPN last year for Wimbledon and the US Open, will make her Australian Open debut. Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver return as analysts. Chris Fowler will again host and call select matches, with Chris McKendry also hosting. Tom Rinaldi will contribute features, news and interviews.

Continue after the break for the complete Australian Open on TSN and TSN2 schedule.

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Breaking News: TSN Signs New Deal For Australian Open

Some breaking news this afternoon. TSN has signed a new 10-year deal to broadcast the Australian Open in Canada. The Australian Open is annually the first of tennis’ four majors. This new contract will run through 2021. Last summer TSN signed a new deal to exclusively show The Championships, Wimbledon in Canada. That deal also begins in 2012 and runs through 2021. In May 2011 TSN signed a new deal to show the Roland Garros Tournament from 2011 through 2016. TSN also continues to broadcast the U.S. Open Tennis Championship.

Last year Rogers Sportsnet signed a deal with Tennis Canada to show the Rogers Cup, other ATP and WTA tour events, the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup. However, in the time since, TSN has signed new long-term deals with three of the four majors. So, it looks like Sportsnet’s tennis coverage will be limited to those events.

More on TSN’s 2012 Australian Open coverage coming later this afternoon.

2011 Shanghai Masters on Sportsnet

This week Sportsnet will show coverage of the 2011 ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai, China. Canada’s Milos Raonic is playing. Here is the broadcast schedule.

Monday 10/10, 9am-5pm – Early Rounds – SN One
Tuesday 10/11, 9am-5pm – Early Rounds – SN One
Tuesday 10/11, 9pm-1am – Early Rounds – SN One
Wednesday 10/12, 9am-5pm – Early Round – SN One
Thursday 10/13, 9am-5pm – Round of 16 – SN One
Friday 10/14, 9am-5pm – Quarterfinals – SN One
Saturday 10/15, 7am-1pm – Semifinals – SN One
Sunday 10/16, 9am-12pm – Championship – SN One

Sportsnet Has Davis Cup This Weekend

Another press release from Rogers Sportsnet. This one about Sportsnet’s coverage of the Canada vs. Israel Davis Cup tie this weekend.

Milos Raonic returns to the court as a member of the Canadian tennis team when Canada meets Israel in the World Group Playoffs of the Davis Cup, starting Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 a.m. (ET)/4 a.m. (PT) on Sportsnet ONE.

Raonic’s appearance at the Davis Cup will be his first match since suffering a hip injury at Wimbledon in June. He had taken the tennis world by storm, rising as high as 28th in the ATP rankings after the Monte Carlo Masters in April of 2011.

The three-day Davis Cup event will continue on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. (ET)/5 a.m. (PT) on ONE and concludes Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 a.m. (ET)/4:30 a.m. (PT) on Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet Pacific.

Rob Faulds provides the play-by-play while Robert Bettauer, a former Canadian Davis Cup team member, handles the analysis. Arash Madani will be the courtside reporter in Tel Aviv and will also file reports for Sportsnet Connected. He will be joined by Sportsnet tennis insider Damien Cox.

Aside from Raonic, Canada’s Davis Cup team includes veteran Daniel Nestor, Vasek Pospisil, and Peter Polansky. The schedule for the three days includes two singles matches on Friday, a doubles match on Saturday and two more singles matches on Sunday. The country that wins at least three of these matches will move on to World Group stage.

Sportsnet.ca provides live streaming of the Davis Cup match-up between Rafael Nadal’s Spanish team and France beginning on Friday, Sept. 16 at 6 a.m. (ET)/3 a.m. (PT), continuing on Saturday, September 17 at 9 a.m. (ET)/6 a.m. (PT) and finishing on Sunday, September 18 at 6 a.m. (ET)/3 a.m. (PT).

2011 US Open: Begins Monday on TSN

The final Grand Slam of the 2011 tennis season hits the hardcourts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City Monday morning (weather pending of course). TSN and TSN2 will combine to show more than 130 hours of coverage of the 2011 US Open. During much of the competition TSN and TSN2 will combine to show 10 or more hours of coverage each day throughout the afternoon and evening. On many days coverage will be non-stop.

TSN will use coverage from ESPN2 and CBS. ESPN2’s commentary team consists of play-by-play commentators Cliff Drysdale and Chris Fowler. Analysts include John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Chris Evret, Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver. The McEnroe brothers will work together for primetime coverage again. Mike Tirico, Hannah Storm and Chris McKendrey will host ESPN2’s coverage. Tim Rinaldi will provide interviews and essays.

CBS’s coverage features lead play-by-play Dick Enberg, in his final US Open and final tennis Grand Slam. Enberg has called the US Open on CBS since 2000. He has covered at least one tennis Grand Slam every year since 1981. Analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo will join Enberg in the broadcast booth. Mary-Joe Fernandez will be a courtside reporter. CBS’s second broadcast crew will include play-by-play Bill Macatee and analyst Jim Courier. Ian Eagle will host CBS’s coverage over the Labour Day Weekend.

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