ESPN ANNOUNCES ATP 250 AND WTA TENNIS SCHEDULE FOR 2013
ESPN has announced its schedule of ATP 250 and WTA International tennis coverage for 2013, which will feature the world’s top players. Following ESPN’s coverage of the ATP 250 Brisbane International this month, where Wimbledon runner-up and London 2012 Olympic champion Andy Murray retained his title, the tennis line-up continues next month.
From February 8, ESPN will bring fans the ATP 250 – Open Sud de France, the indoor tournament which was won last year by Czech Tomas Berdych after a hard fought final against Gael Monfils. The next ATP 250 tournament to be shown will be the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston in April. The tournament is the last remaining ATP World Tour-level tournament in the US to be played on clay courts.
From May, ESPN will have coverage of the ATP250 Open De Nice Cote d’Azur and the WTA’s Internationaux de Strasbourg, giving fans the opportunity to watch the top women players prepare for the French Open.
The action from the women’s circuit continues with two WTA tournaments during July, starting with The Italiacom Open, which saw Britain’s Laura Robson reach her first WTA tour semi-final last year before Sara Errani became the first Italian to win four WTA titles in a single year. The Baku Cup is regarded as one of the most exciting new additions to the WTA tour.
In September, the ATP 250 and WTA begin the Asian leg of their tennis calendars. The Korea Open in Seoul has previously witnessed top players including Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and reigning champion Caroline Wozniacki. Returning for its fifth year, the Malaysian Open attracts the world’s top players and has provided some of the WTA’s most exciting tennis – most recently last year’s three-set singles final which lasted for more than three hours.
The WTA season is completed with the Tournament of Champions, which sees the top female players compete for the title in an eight-woman round robin format. The players will be split into two groups of four, with the top two from each group progressing to the Semi Finals. Previous stars include Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki.
SCHEDULE OF ATP 250 AND WTA INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS ON ESPN
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th ATP 250 – Open Sud de France, Montpellier
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th ATP 250 – US Men’s Clay Court Championship, Houston
Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th ATP250 – Open de Nice Cote d’Azur
Friday 24th – Saturday 25th WTA – Internationaux de Strasbourg
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th WTA – Italiacom Open, Palermo
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st ATP 250 – BB&T Atlanta Open
Thursday 25th – Saturday 27th WTA – Baku Cup
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th ATP 250 – Credit Agricole Suisse Open, Gstaad
Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th ATP 250 – Winston-Salem Open
Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th WTA – The Bell Challenge, Quebec
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd ATP 250 – St Petersburg Open
Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd KDB Korea Open, Seoul
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th Malaysian Open
Tuesday 29th – Sunday 3rd November WTA – Tournament of Champions