U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
THE U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – 45 YEARS OF BROADCAST HISTORY

 

CBS Sports, the exclusive network broadcaster of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, enters its 46th consecutive year of covering tennis’ fourth and final grand slam tournament of the year.  Over the past 45 years, CBS Sports has broadcast several of the greatest events in tennis history, including Jimmy Connors’ first singles championship (1974); Tracy Austin, at age 16, defeating Chris Evert Lloyd to become the youngest U.S. Open women's singles champion (1979); Steffi Graf becoming the first woman to win the Grand Slam since 1970 (1988) and Monica Seles’ second place finish to Steffi Graf after a two-and-a-half year absence from competitive tennis (1995).  Following is the complete broadcast history of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships on CBS Sports:

 

1968 -- United States Tennis Championships at Forest Hills became the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, the first time professionals and amateurs competed together...CBS Sports began an uninterrupted stint as "the" Network of the U.S. Open...Announcer Bud Collins and analyst Jack Kramer, two-time men's national champion, were the first commentators, and coverage of the season's final Grand Slam event consisted of four hours spread over the final two days...Sunday's finale was estimated to have reached more than 2 million homes--a record audience for tennis...Arthur Ashe won his first Grand Slam title...Virginia Wade bettered Billie Jean King for the women's title.

 

1969 -- CBS Sports signed a five-year agreement for exclusive broadcast rights to the Open and provided five hours of coverage in 1969...Kramer was joined by Bud Collins and Kathy Harter (Harter was the fifth-ranked player in the world in 1968) in the broadcast booth.

 

1970 -- Kramer and Collins called the action...The revolutionary "sudden death" nine-point tie breaking system was introduced.

 

1971 and 1972 -- CBS coverage, now 6-hours, was presented by Kramer, Collins and Ann Haydon Jones (Jones was the national women's singles runner-up in 1961 and 1967).

 

1973 -- CBS Sports entered into new multi-year agreement to continue exclusive television coverage...The Network's broadcasting tandem of Pat Summerall and Tony Trabert began their 20-year partnership in the broadcast booth and were joined by Julie Heldman and Kramer (Heldman defeated Billie Jean King in the third round of the 1973)...Coverage now expanded to 8 and 1/2  hours over four days.

 

1974 --  CBS Sports' hours of coverage hit double digits, jumping to 11 total hours...Jimmy Connors defeated a veteran Ken Rosewall to cop his first men's singles championship, and Billie Jean King won the last of her three women's titles...It was the last year the event was played  on grass

 

1975 -- A new Har-Tru clay surface was installed, the first night matches were played and the number of sessions increased to 20 from 12...Chris Evert won the first of her six women's singles titles...Jack Whitaker and Heldman joined Summerall and Trabert in the broadcast booth...Rick Barry and Phyllis George served as reporters...Frank Chirkinian took over as producer.

 

1976 --  15-minute highlights show was broadcast on eight weeknights during tournament...Julie Anthony worked with Summerall, Trabert and Whitaker (Anthony lost in the second round of that year's Open).

 

1977 -- CBS Sports' coverage of the U.S. Open expanded greatly the last year the event was played at Forest Hills...Network broadcast 29 hours of tennis, which at the time was the longest total television coverage of any single sports event ever in the United States...Highlights shows expanded to 10 weeknights...Summerall, Trabert and Whitaker are joined by Virginia Wade (U.S. Open women's singles champion in 1968), Gary Bender and Cliff Drysdale (U.S. men's national singles runner-up in 1965).

 

1978 -- U.S. Open moved to new USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, near the site of 1964 World's Fair...Chris Evert won her record-tying fourth straight women's title...Jimmy Connors thwarted Bjorn Borg's attempt at a third Grand Slam win as he captured his third men's title...Summerall, Trabert and Wade worked with John Newcombe, Billie Jean King and Tim Ryan.

 

1979 -- Armed with a new multi-year agreement, CBS Sports captured the drama as 16-year-old Tracy Austin defeated Chris Evert Lloyd to become the youngest U.S. women's singles champion ever...John McEnroe took the first of three straight men's championships...CBS Sports' talent consisted of Summerall, Trabert, Ryan and Newcombe.

 

1980 -- CBS Sports' coverage jumped over the 30-hour mark (33) as an electrified tennis world watched McEnroe defeat Bjorn Borg in a thrilling five-set men's final, while Chris Evert Lloyd won her fifth women's title...Summerall, Trabert, Whitaker, Ryan and Wade were joined by reporter Mary Carillo.

 

1981 -- CBS Sports signed new three-year deal with USTA...Brent Musburger, Pat O'Brien and John Tesh worked with Summerall, Trabert, Whitaker, Newcombe and Wade...Event is best remembered for five-set McEnroe-Gerulaitis semifinal and runner-up Martina Navratilova's emotional display during awards ceremony.

 

1982 -- Both men's and women's semifinal broadcast live for the first time...Chris Evert Lloyd won her sixth and last women's title...Coverage was broadcast by Summerall, Trabert, Musburger, Newcombe, Wade, O'Brien and Tesh.

 

1983 -- 34 hours of coverage is most comprehensive to date...Summerall, Trabert, Newcombe, Wade, O'Brien and Musburger worked tournament...First year the Network provided live coverage of men's doubles final.

 

1984 -- CBS Sports provided almost 38 hours of coverage, including 11 hours, 15 minutes and 45 seconds of what has become known as "Super Saturday", then the longest continuous coverage of a sporting event in American television history...Stan Smith-John Newcombe seniors match was followed by Ivan Lendl-Pat Cash semifinal, which led to the Martina Navratilova-Chris Evert Lloyd women's final, and concluded at 11:13 PM, ET with the John McEnroe-Jimmy Connors semi...Said Summerall of that memorable day, "We were on the air long enough for a shave and a birthday."...Working with Summerall were Trabert, Newcombe, Wade, O'Brien, Tesh and Musburger...David Winner became producer.

 

1985 -- A new multi-year agreement was signed by CBS Sports and USTA...Ivan Lendl snapped a string of three consecutive men's finals losses by defeating McEnroe...30-minute tournament preview show aired for first time the Sunday before event...Verne Lundquist was added to previous year's talent roster.

 

1986 -- The year of the all-Czech-born singles finals:  Lendl defeated Miloslav Mecir and Martina Navratilova bettered Helena Sukova in the men's and women's finals...Musburger, Summerall, Trabert, Newcombe and O'Brien were joined by Barry MacKay, Ann Butler and Mary Carillo.

 

1987 -- Lendl won third straight men's title, and Navratilova downed Steffi Graf to wear women's crown...The crew of nine announcers was the most used by CBS Sports to cover any single U.S. Open tournament...Ryan was named host of Network's coverage.

 

1988 -- Graf's U.S. Open singles victory gave her the first women's Grand Slam since Margaret Smith Court in 1970...On the men's side, Mats Wilander snapped Lendl's string of men's singles championships...Summerall and Trabert worked with Jim Nantz, Lesley Visser, Carillo, MacKay, Ryan and O'Brien.

 

1989 -- 38 hours of coverage were broadcast...Chris Evert played in her last Open...Andrea Joyce and Curry Kirkpatrick were added to announce team.

 

1990 -- Pete Sampras became youngest male player to win U.S. Open at 19 years and 28 days, and for the first time since 1981, Lendl was not a men's finalist...Bob Mansbach became producer...Summerall, Trabert, Ryan, Carillo, Visser, MacKay and Nantz were joined by reporter John Dockery. 

 

1991 -- Although the veteran Jimmy Connors did not reach the men's Open final in 1991, he was the talk of Flushing Meadow...The 39-year-old Connors fought his way to the semifinals before succumbing to Jim Courier...On the women's side, Monica Seles rebounded from her mysterious withdrawal at Wimbledon to defeat Martina Navratilova in straight sets for her first U.S. Open championship...CBS announce team consisted of Summerall, Trabert, Carillo, Ryan, MacKay, Nantz, and Joyce.

 

1992 -- Defending champion Stefan Edberg wins three straight five-set matches, after trailing by a service break in the final set, to reach the singles final.  His semifinal victory over Michael Chang lasts five hours and 26 minutes in what is believed to be the longest match in U.S. Open history.  Edberg then defeats 1990 champion Pete Sampras in the final.  Monica Seles needs the minimum 14 sets to repeat as U.S. Open champion, defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the final.  A new world attendance record is set as 520,868 fans attend the '92 Open...CBS Sports broadcasts first annual Arthur Ashe AIDS-Tennis Challenge...CBS announce team consists of Summerall, Trabert, Carillo, Ryan, MacKay, Nantz and O'Brien.

 

1993 -- United States Tennis Association celebrates 25th anniversary of the first U.S. Open...second seeded Pete Sampras wins his second U.S. Open title by defeating upstart Frenchman Cedric Pioline in the men's final...Steffi Graf encounters little difficulty winning her third U.S. Open women's title, defeating Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic...new world attendance record set as 530,764 fans attend the 1993 U.S. Open...Summerall, Trabert, Carillo, Ryan, Nantz, MacKay and O'Brien are joined by analyst Vitas Gerulaitis and reporter Jim Gray.

 

1994 -- Andre Agassi defeats Michael Stitch in three straight sets to become the first unseeded player in the Open era to win the men's singles title...Arantxa Sanchez Vicario defeats three time U.S. Open winner Steffi Graf becoming the first Spanish woman to win the women's singles title...CBS announce team consists of Trabert, Carillo, Ryan, Nantz, Gerulaitis, MacKay, O'Brien, along with first time reporter Dan Jansen and Joyce.

 

1995 -- Monica Seles, returning after a two and a half year absence from competitive tennis, was defeated by Steffi Graf in the finals, making this Graf's fourth U.S. Open women's title...Sampras wins his third U.S. Open title by defeating champion Andre Agassi in four sets...Analysts John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova join CBS announce team consisting of Carillo, Nantz, Ryan, O'Brien, Trabert, MacKay, and reporters Joyce and Tafoya.

 

1996 -- CBS Sports extends broadcast rights to the U.S. Open through the year 2000...Coverage concludes with the men’s and women’s finals played on the last Sunday of competition...Pete Sampras wins his second consecutive and fourth overall U.S. Open title by defeating first-time finalist Michael Chang 6-1, 6-2, 7-6...Steffi Graf and Monica Seles meet in the finals for the second year in a row, with Graf earning her fifth U.S. Open title by a score of 7-5, 6-4...Louis Armstrong Stadium hosts the last men’s and women’s finals...CBS Sports utilizes “Mac-Cam,” a high speed camera that can shoot 1,000 frames per second...Patrick McEnroe joins O’Brien in the studio as analyst...Carillo, J. McEnroe, Ryan, Trabert, Sean McDonough, MacKay and Joyce complete CBS announce team.

 

1997 -- 16-year-old phenom Martina Hingis became the second youngest U.S. Championships winner, by defeating unseeded 17-year-old Venus Williams in the youngest Grand Slam final in the Open era (6-0, 6-4)...Patrick Rafter wins his first U.S. Open title by defeating Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5...the newly built Arthur Ashe Stadium hosts its first U.S. Open...CBS announce team consists of Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Nantz, Ryan, Macatee, O’Brien, Trabert, and reporter Andrea Joyce.

 

1998 -- CBS Sports returned to its’ “Super Saturday” format showcasing both men’s semi-final matches and the women’s final as Lindsay Davenport defeated No. 1-seeded and defending U.S. Open champion Martina Hingis (6-3, 7-5) for the first Grand Slam title of her career...The men’s side featured an all-Australian final as Patrick Rafter defeated fellow Aussie Mark Phillipoussis (6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0) for his second consecutive U.S. Open title...CBS Sports announce team consists of Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Tafoya, Pam Shriver, Macatee, Trabert and reporter Joyce

 

1999 -- CBS Sports produced 18 hours of the U.S. Open for High Definition broadcasts.  The HDTV telecasts were produced and transmitted independent of the Network’s analog broadcast coverage…CBS’s coverage of the 1999 U.S. Open delivered a record setting performance on CBS…The women’s final delivered a 6.3/16, +103% higher than the delivery of the 1998 final (3.1/8)…In an All-American final, Andre Agassi captured his second U.S. Open Championship as he defeated Todd Martin (6-4, 6-7 (5) 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2).  On the women’s side, Serena Williams defeated No. 1 seeded and 1997 U.S. Open champion, Martina Hingis  (6-3, 7-6 (4)), for the first Grand Slam title of her career…CBS Sports announce team consists of Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Tafoya, Macatee, Trabert and reporter Bonnie Bernstein

 

2000 -- Dick Enberg calls his first U.S. Open.  CBS Sports announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Bernstein, Macatee, Trabert and reporter Shriver…For the second consecutive year CBS Sports broadcasts U.S. Open action in high definition…53.9 million viewers watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ 2000 U.S. Open coverage and/or late night highlight shows…Marat Safin defeated four-time U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras (6-4, 6-3, 6-3)…in the women’s final Venus Williams defeated Lindsay Davenport  (6-4, 7-5), capturing her first U.S. Open title and second grand slam title of the year (winner 2000 Wimbledon).

 

2001 – CBS Sports made television history airing the women’s final in primetime. The first ever grand slam final in primetime featured sisters Venus and Serena Williams, marking the first time sisters have met for a grand slam final since 1884. Venus defeated Serena (6-2, 6-4)… 22.7 million viewers watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ 2001 Women’s Final...Lleyton Hewitt defeated Pete Sampras (7-6(4), 6-1, 6-1) to win first U.S. Open and first grand slam…For the third consecutive year CBS Sports broadcasts U.S. Open coverage in high definition. CBS Sports announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, P.McEnroe, Macatee, Trabert and reporters Lesley Visser, Shriver and Jill Arrington.

 

2002 – For the first time CBS Sports expanded HDTV broadcasts to include all six days of U.S. Open coverage …This marks the fourth consecutive year CBS Sports’ U.S. Open coverage has been simulcast in HD…An estimated 78.3 million viewers watched all-or-part of CBS’s 2002 U.S. Open coverage and/or the late night highlights show…The women’s final featuring Serena Williams defeating sister Venus, was broadcast for the second consecutive year in prime time…An estimated 25.0 million viewers watched all-or-part of the 2002 Men’s Final in which Pete Sampras defeated Andre Agassi to capture his fifth U.S. Open title and 14th career grand slam title…The CBS Sports announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Macatee, Trabert and reporters Lesley Visser, Shriver and Jill Arrington.

 

2003 -- CBS Sports extends broadcast rights to the U.S. Open through the year 2006… Rich Eisen joins CBS Sports as a studio host/play-by-play announcer and Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo serves as feature reporter for the first time…The CBS Sports announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Macatee, Eisen, and reporters Visser, Shriver and Russo…For second year the Network expanded its HDTV broadcasts to all six days of tournament coverage. In an all Belgian final Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated Kim Clijsters for the women’s title; Andy Roddick beat Juan Carlos Ferrero, for his first grand slam title.

 

2004 - The CBS Sports announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Macatee, Eisen, Ian Eagle, Shriver, Russo, Wolfson and Armen Keyetian …For the third year all six days of live tournament coverage was broadcast in HDTV…In an all-Russian final, Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Elena Dementieva for the women’s title; top-seeded Roger Federer beat Lleyton Hewitt to become the first man since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in one year.

 

2005 - The CBS Sports announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Macatee, Eisen, Eagle, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Wolfson.   For the fourth consecutive year all six days of live tournament coverage was broadcast in HDTV. In the men’s final, Andre Agassi was defeated by top seeded Roger Federer in four sets; Kim Clijsters beat Mary Pierce for the women’s title.

 

2006 – Pat O’Brien returns to the U.S. Open to host the U.S. OPEN LATE NIGHT SHOW. The CBS Sports announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Macatee, Eisen, Eagle, Fernandez, Wolfson and O’Brien.  Andre Agassi retired after his loss to Benjamin Becker and says farewell to the tennis fans at Center Court on CBS Sports. In the men’s final, top seeded Roger Federer defeated American Andy Roddick; Maria Sharapovia beat Justine Henin-Hardenne for the women’s title.

 

2007 – CBS Sports broadcasts the U.S. Open Tennis Championship for the 40th consecutive year. The CBS Sports announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Macatee, Eagle, and Fernandez.  In the men’s final, top seeded Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic to win his fourth consecutive U.S. Open title; Justine Henin beat Svetlana Kuznetsova for the women’s title.

 

2008 – The CBS Sports announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, P. McEnroe, Macatee, Eagle and Fernandez.  CBS Sports debuts FLOMOTION replay, a virtual technology showing multiple images highlighting a player’s movements and motions on the court, each time they strike the ball. FLOMOTION was provided by Orad. Roger Federer set a tournament Open Era record by winning his fifth consecutive U.S.Open men's singles title, beating Andy Murray, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2, in the final. Serena Williams captured her third U.S. Open Championship by defeating Jelena Jankovic in the final, 6-4, 7-5.

   

2009 Jim Courier joins CBS Sports U.S. Open announce team. The announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, Courier, Macatee, Eagle and Fernandez. CBS Sports received an Emmy Award for its U. S. Open coverage winning the George Wensel TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for its use of “FloMotion” digital technology. FLOMOTION was provided by Orad.  Twenty-year-old Juan Martin del Potro ended the five-year reign of Roger Federer, defeating the No. 1- ranked player in the world in five-sets 3-6, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 to win the 2009 U.S. Open men's singles crown and his first career major title. Prior to his loss to del Potro, Federer had won 40 consecutive U.S. Open matches dating back to 2003. Belgium's Kim Clijsters returned to tennis after two-plus years of retirement to capture the women’s title, defeating Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3. Clijsters became the first ever female to win the event as a wild card entrant.

 

2010 CBS Sports, the USTA and Panasonic spearhead the first-ever 3D broadcasts of the U.S. Open.  CBS Sports produces 3D versions of all the Arthur Ashe Stadium matches on Labor Day weekend and Finals weekend.  The 3D productions earned CBS Sports its second consecutive Emmy Award for its U.S. Open coverage, again winning the George Wensel TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.  The announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, Courier, Macatee, Eagle and Fernandez.  Spain's Rafael Nadal won his first U.S. Open, capturing the men's singles title over Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in four sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.  At age 24, the top-seeded Nadal became the youngest player to complete the career Grand Slam in the Open Era. Kim Clijsters defeated Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1, in the women’s singles final to make it back-to-back Open victories for the Belgian and the third of her career in New York.

 

2011 Legendary play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg calls his final U.S. Open.  The announce team consists of Enberg, Carillo, J. McEnroe, Courier, Macatee, Eagle and Fernandez.  Novak Djokovic entered the 2011 U.S. Open on a role, already winning the 2011 Australian Open and Wimbledon men’s singles titles.  Djokovic continued his remarkable season defeating Roger Federer in a five-set semifinal en route to a title re-match with Rafael Nadal who beat him for the 2010 U.S. Open crown.  Djokovic avenged his 2010 final loss with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 to take his first U.S. Open title.  On the women’s side, ninth-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur shocked pundits and fans across the globe by defeating the heavily-favored Serena Williams of the United States in the women’s championship, 6-2, 6-3, to win her first major title, having never advanced past the quarterfinals in U.S. Open women’s singles competition in seven prior attempts.

 

2012 – For the first time ever in U.S. Open Tennis Championship history, CBS Sports Network added televised U.S. Open qualifying matches to its programming line-up.  Bill Macatee was named lead play-by-play announcer joining Carillo, J. McEnroe, Courier, Eagle, Fernandez, and Chris Wragge, who joined the team as a contributor this year.  Britain’s Andy Murray defeated last year’s U.S. Open men’s champion, Novak Djokovic, to win his first major title.  The match tied for the longest in U.S. Open history, clocking in at just under five hours.  On the women’s side, Serena Williams won her fourth U.S. Open title and 15th major title overall over Victoria Azarenka.  Serena became the first woman over 30-years-old to win the U.S. Open since 1987.

 

 

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