Wimbledon begins, Roger Federer squeezes out win


ESPN2 started their daylong live weekday programming in high definition when the first ball aired this morning, Monday, June 21, continuing daily through Friday, July 2, sharing coverage during the first week with ESPNU (now seen in more than 72 million homes and being utilized while FIFA World Cup games are aired on ESPN and ESPN2).  The schedule is again highlighted by one Ladies’ and one Gentlemen’s semifinal, Thursday, July 1, and Friday, July 2, respectively. 

Cliff Drysdale and Dick Enberg lead the ESPN tennis team, working with Darren Cahill, Mary Carillo, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Luke Jensen, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver.  Hannah Storm will host while Tom Rinaldi will be on hand for essays and features.

Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ First Round commences Monday, June 20, on ESPN2 from 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with the following matches:
(8) Kim Clijsters (BEL) vs Maria Elena Camerin (ITA)
(1) Roger Federer (SUI) vs Alejandro Falla (COL) (Federer winner)
(5) Andy Roddick (USA) vs Rajeev Ram (USA)
Mardy Fish (USA) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS)
(3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Olivier Rochus (BEL)
(2) Venus Williams (USA) vs Rossana De Los Rios (PAR)
(33) Melanie Oudin (USA) vs Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)

(source: ESPN)