ESPN plays singles for US Open

ESPN serves up in a solo effort this month, announcing broadcast plans for the upcoming US Open with exclusive coverage as Serena Williams looks to lock up the first calendar year Grand Slam in nearly three decades. The action starts Aug. 31 and runs through the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 12, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 13. Overall, ESPN will produce over 130 hours of television as well as 1,100 on ESPN3 from up to 11 courts at once. ESPN and ESPN2 will include new 12-hour time slots at 11a on the “middle weekend” of Saturday, Sept. 5 – Labor Day Monday Sept. 7. Also, in the event’s new format, the Women’s Semifinals will now be played in prime time Thursday, Sept. 10, with the Men’s Semifinals on Friday, Sept 11.

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