An extensive U.S. Open tennis schedule has been finalized, with no great changes from last year.
ESPN2 is the primary cable carrier, with Tennis Channel providing additional court coverage. CBS Sports retains its three-day Labor Day weekend coverage and the final three days, featuring most of the finals.
ESPN2 will air matches from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., or later, during the opening five weeknights. The network won’t televise matches on the opening Saturday and Sunday, and picks up with Labor Day evening coverage at 7 p.m. The second Tuesday through Thursday resumes with 11-to-11 coverage. ESPN2 wraps up on the final Sunday with the women’s doubles final at noon.
Tennis Channel will go live from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Friday of the first week, adding the 7-11 p.m. prime-time show on Saturday and Sunday (when ESPN will be airing college football). Live coverage returns on the second Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
CBS will air matches from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on the first Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day. The women’s semifinals and men’s doubles final airs on the second Friday from 12:30-6 p.m. The men’s semifinals air on the second Saturday from noon-6 p.m., with the women’s finals going live at 8 p.m. The men’s final will air on the second Sunday at 4 p.m.
Tennis Channel will air two live editions of Breakfast at the U.S. Open, at 6 a.m. (re-air at 7 a.m.) and 10 a.m. The U.S. Open Tonight show airs at 11 p.m. (re-airs at midnight and 3 a.m.). Encore matches will air from 1-3 a.m., 4-6 a.m. and 8-10 a.m., much like USA Network used to do with its Match of the Day.