US Open Series Ratings Climb on NBC; RCA Championships final up 50% with Semifinals up 13%

July 25, 2006 06:47 PM

First Use of Instant Replay Technology at US Open Series a Success

The USTA announced that ratings on NBC for the first week of the US Open Series increased on NBC, with the Sunday final of the RCA Championship that featured James Blake defeating Andy Roddick up 50% over 2005 (1.2 vs. .8) and the Saturday semifinal (Roddick vs. Robby Ginepri) up 13% over last year (0.9 vs. 0.8).

The US Open Series continues this weekend with stops in California with the men playing in Los Angeles at the Countrywide Classic and the women competing in Stanford at the Bank of the West Classic. ESPN2 will have 12 hours of US Open Series coverage this weekend, including back-to-back coverage of the men’s and women’s Semifinals (4-8 p.m. ET) and Finals (3-7 pm ET). ESPN2’s television schedule is as follows, with all times Eastern:

The Tennis Channel will also provide coverage, beginning with the Countrywide Classic on Friday, July 27, and then from both tournaments on Sunday, July 30.

All ten tournaments of the US Open Series, the six-week summer tennis season of 10 major North American tournaments linked to the US Open, will use instant replay technology with a player challenge system. At the RCA Championships a total of 69 calls were challenged with 29 calls reversed upon review.