CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES TO BE FEATURED LIVE, FIRST BALL TO LAST BALL ON ESPN NETWORKS

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NEW HAVEN, Conn., August 1, 2017 – The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, a WTA Premier event taking place August 18-26, will feature expansive weeklong coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN3, it was announced today by Tournament Director Anne Worcester.

More than 50 hours of action at the Connecticut Open, featuring all singles matches played on Stadium Court, will be shown live across ESPN’s networks. The early rounds and quarterfinals will be available on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app, while the semifinals and finals will air on ESPN2.

The ESPN broadcast team covering the tournament will comprise Rennae Stubbs and Jason Goodall, with Pam Shriver joining for the weekend action. Stubbs, who won six Grand Slam doubles titles and represented Australia at four Olympic Games, will team up with Goodall, a one-time leading British junior who later coached his ESPN colleagues Mary Joe Fernandez and Shriver, plus the British Fed Cup team. Shriver began working for ESPN back in 1990 and adds 22 Grand Slam doubles titles and an Olympic gold medal to the collection of silverware behind the microphone.

“ESPN’s coverage of the Connecticut Open continues to expand through our partnership with ESPN and we are thrilled to be airing more than 50 hours of action as we celebrate 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven this summer,” said Worcester. “ESPN’s coverage of tennis in the US is unsurpassed, with ESPN2 and ESPN3 both available in 87 Million US Households, so we’re excited to have three of ESPN’s best commentators here to bring the Connecticut Open to life.”

Don’t miss a single shot: live coverage begins with the strike of the very first ball at 1pm EST on Sunday, August 20, on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app, and ends on ESPN 2 with the women’s singles final starting at 3pm EST on Saturday, August 26.

The tournament, part of the US Open Series and held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, will be streamed live on WTA TV, the new subscription service of the Women’s Tennis Association launched on July 31. An annual subscription to WTA TV provides access to nearly 2,000 live and on-demand matches from all WTA Premier tournaments and the majority of WTA International tournaments. The high-quality content and consumer-centric platform is highlighted by HD streaming and multi-match viewing.

“It’s fantastic news for the Connecticut Open that the WTA has launched their new streaming service in time for the US Open Series,” added Worcester. “Tennis fans around the globe will be able to tune in from whichever device is closest to them and will have the luxury of watching more than one match at a time.”

For more information about the 2017 Connecticut Open, to volunteer to be part of our team and to purchase tickets visit www.ctopen.org or call 203-776-7331. For the full television schedule, please go to www.ctopen.org/schedules/tvschedule

 

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