Boston — ESPN 3D is serving up expanded coverage from Wimbledon this year.
The enhanced network, which presented the first televised 3D tennis last year at the grass court Grand Slam, will feature live telecasts for the final five days of The Championships from Wednesday, July 4, through the ladies' and men's finals on Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8. All the matches aired on ESPN 3D will be competed on Wimbledon's famed Centre Court, and will be encored that night at 9 p.m. (ET).
ESPN, which has secured complete rights to the prestigious tournament via a 12-year deal through 2023 by outbidding NBC Sports Group last summer, has not yet announced its 3D announcing team from this year's Championships.
At the 2011 Wimbledon, ESPN 3D aired one men's semifinal live (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Novak Djokovic), plus the other semi and both finals on a delayed basis.
"On the dawn of new era of Wimbledon for fans with ESPN's exclusive and all-live multi-platform approach, it is only appropriate that ESPN 3D be there providing a unique view of Finals and the critical matches leading to them," said Bryan Burns, ESPN vice president, strategic business planning, in announcing the coverage. "We are proud to continue ESPN's heritage as a leader in technical innovations and that the ESPN 3D schedule is filled with top-level Championship events from around the world."
Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, said the 3D coverage is the latest in a line of innovations from the worldwide leader: "ESPN 3D adds to our depth of coverage with a compelling new look at ESPN's top events. It joins our long list of Emmy Award-winning innovations, including in-car cameras, the 1st and Ten line, the K Zone, tennis' ShotSpot and the Virtual Playbook."
Cliff Drysdale, who has been with ESPN since the network's first tennis telecast in 1979, worked with Brad Gilbert on ESPN 3D's coverage last year, says, "The picture is spectacular. You get a whole different view. It's like you are on the court and it comes right at you. It's amazing."
ESPN 3D is available to more than 60 million homes in the U.S. through carriage agreements with DirecTV, Comcast, Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV. It is available internationally in Australia with selected programs available from other distributors throughout the world.
ESPN 3D at Wimbledon 2012
Date Time (ET) Event
Wed, July 4 8 a.m. Two Gentlemen's Quarterfinals Live
9 p.m. Two Gentlemen's Quarterfinals Reair
Thur, July 5 8 a.m. Two Ladies' Semifinals Live
9 p.m. Two Ladies' Semifinals Reair
Fri, July 6 8 a.m. Two Gentlemen's Semifinals Live
9 p.m. Two Gentlemen's Semifinals Reair
Sat, July 7 9 a.m. Ladies' Final Live
9 p.m. Ladies' Final Reair
Sun, July 8 9 a.m. Gentlemen's Final Live
9 p.m. Gentlemen's Final Reair