Big League Tennis All Summer Long

April 8, 2005 03:07 PM

A sizzling summer of tennis promises to keep players at the top of their games and fans on the edge of their seats during the US Open Series—the six-week summer tennis season that links 10 North American tournaments to the US Open.

Be sure to follow the sport’s top stars all summer long! Don’t miss the action of “the strongest summertime package in sports” in North America!

At each of the US Open Series events, the players will be competing to earn points toward the US Open Series Bonus Challenge, in which the men’s and women’s US Open Series winners will compete for double prize money at the 2005 US Open—a 100% increase over 2004 (the inaugural year of the US Open Series)—with the potential to earn $2 million each.

Last year, the US Open Series events—including the US Open—generated a record 1.5 million attendees and 126 million TV viewers. In 2005, the US Open Series will feature more than 115 hours of national television coverage and will include—for the first time—live, back-to-back men’s and women’s finals from each tournament every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET.

ESPN and ESPN2 will again provide a regular, weekly schedule of live broadcasts in prime-viewing time slots for US Open Series events, totaling more than 100 hours. In addition, CBS Sports and NBC Sports will televise select weekend coverage. When combined with 140 hours of US Open broadcasts on CBS Sports and USA Network, a record 254 hours of professional tennis coverage will be broadcast over eight weeks during the summer. The Tennis Channel will continue to broadcast early round action from several US Open Series events.

9 cities. 42 days. 10 tournaments that really count.
And then the US Open.