Courier Joins Tennis Channel's 'Wimbledon Primetime' Presentation180 Hours of Coverage Extends throughout the Tourney 6/24/2013 11:58 AM Eastern
Jim Courier is joining Tennis Channel’s coverage from the Wimbledon fortnight.
The dedicated racquet service will begin its sixth year of coverage from London via Wimbledon Primetime on June 24.
Tennis Channel has extended its contract with Courier, a Hall of Famer and current U.S. Davis Cup captain, who will now offer his insight as part of a Wimbledon Primetime roster that includes fellow Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova, sportscast veteran Bill Macatee and Mary Carillo. Former players Lindsay Davenport and Justin Gimelstob also will return in 2013, joined this year by former player Rennae Stubbs and frequent contributor Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated.
The multiyear agreement also expands upon Courier's role as Tennis’ full-time lead men's U.S. Open analyst, begun in 2012.
In its second year of a 12-year agreement with the All England Lawn and Tennis Club, Tennis Channel's Wimbledon Primetime features the stars of the day as the tournament progresses, with headline-makers visiting Macatee and others for interviews and in-depth conversation. The studio segments are interwoven with encore match play, highlights, Wimbledon features like Wertheim's daily "Unstrung" reports and analysis such as Carillo's "Fleet Street Beat" panels with British media. This year, Wimbledon Primetime will begin with a live segment in which Carillo, Courier and Wertheim will break down the day with free-form, high-level analysis from the set, before Macatee commences with the show.
The network's coverage starts with the first day of play on June 24, and will continue nightly through the final weekend. Wimbledon Primetime typically runs from 5 p.m. (ET) each afternoon until 8:30 p.m. This first edition will be followed immediately by a second, entirely new three-and-a-half-hour show from 8:30 p.m.-midnight.
Schedule exceptions occur on the weekends. On the middle Sunday, June 30, an annual day without any matches, Wimbledon Primetime will focus on the best of week one, and air one edition from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The following weekend, Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, also will feature single editions in that time slot each night, as the tournament concludes and champions are crowned.
Tennis also will run encore editions of Wimbledon Primetime throughout late night and early morning until 7 a.m. ET, on the eve of the following day's play, when U.S. rights-holder ESPN initiates its exclusive live coverage. Nightly encores usually will begin at 12 a.m., with 11 a.m. starts on altered-schedule evenings. The network plans close to 90 hours of first-run Wimbledon Primetime coverage during the tournament, with late-night encores pushing the overall number of hours to more than 180.