ESPN+ To Cover Over 500 Matches of the 2018 Wimbledon Tournament
The Wimbledon fortnight commences on Monday, July 2, with 64 singles matches on the docket and ESPN has all the action exclusively in the U.S. with ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and — making its Major tennis debut — the new ESPN+ service. The latter’s offerings will include Court Two where the order of play begins with last year’s Gentlemen’s finalist, #3 seed Marin Cilic, five-time champion #9 seed Venus Williams, an intriguing matchup of French veterans — Gael Monfils and #24 Richard Gasquet, and #5 Elina Svitolina who has reached at least the fourth round in her last four Majors.
For the first time, every match from the 18 courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Club — celebrating its 150th anniversary — will be played in front of cameras. ESPN’s coverage — first ball to last ball — includes more than 500 matches, all available for fans between ESPN3 and the new ESPN+ on the ESPN app; 140 hours of action will be on TV. The action will climax with the Ladies’ Championship and the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships on ESPN on Saturday, July 14, and the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 15, followed by the Mixed Doubles Championship.
In addition to live matches, throughout Wimbledon ESPN+ also will offer:
- March Replays – every match that airs live on ESPN+ will be available for the entire tournament
- Wimbledon Archive Matches – 50 of the great Wimbledon matches of all time
- Official Wimbledon Films – Up to 30 one-hour films produced by AELTC and IMG.
- Daily Highlights Show – 52-minute show produced by IMG each day