Biggest Year Ever: TSN Serves Up 1000+ Hours of Grand Slam Tennis in 2015, Beginning This Weekend with the AUSTRALIAN OPEN

— January 15, 2015

– New expanded five-feed lineup delivers more hours of Grand Slam tennis than ever before across TSN platforms –
– Fans can follow Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard throughout the AUSTRALIAN OPEN on TSN –
– Early Round Coverage of the AUSTRALIAN OPEN begins Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on TSN5 –

TORONTO (January 15, 2015) – The 2015 tennis season will be the biggest ever on TSN, as the network’s five-feed lineup delivers expanded coverage of all four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. In total, TSN platforms deliver more than 1000 hours of live tennis from the sport’s crown jewels: the upcoming AUSTRALIAN OPEN, as well as FRENCH OPEN, WIMBLEDON, and US OPEN. Grand Slam tennis on TSN begins this weekend with the AUSTRALIAN OPEN, as some of the biggest names in the sport’s history – including four with career Grand Slams – play the first major tournament of 2015. Live coverage begins Sunday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN5 with 12 consecutive hours of Early Round Coverage. In total, TSN delivers more than 180 hours of live AUSTRALIAN OPEN coverage, as well as encore broadcasts of overnight matches during the afternoons. Coverage culminates with the women’s and men’s finals live on TSN at 3 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1, and will be followed by afternoon encore presentations (see broadcast schedule below). TSN Digital keeps fans up-to-date throughout the tournament with:
  • All the latest news, highlights, recaps, scores, and stats from Melbourne Park
  • Live, in-progress coverage of matches featuring Canadian stars Genie Bouchard and Milos Raonic
  • Previews, analysis, and bonus video content from ESPN
French-language coverage of the AUSTRALIAN OPEN is available on RDS and RDS2. Fans can follow Canadian stars Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN on TSN. Raonic looks to continue his steady rise up the ATP rankings, and arrives at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN on the heels of a stellar 2014 season that saw him reach his first major semifinal and a career-high World #6 ranking.  As the top-ranked Canadian, Genie Bouchard returns to the tournament that kick-started her unprecedented 2014 season, following her breakout performance at last year’s AUSTRALIAN OPEN. Defending men’s champion Stanislas Wawrinka returns to Melbourne Park with hopes of defending his 2014 title, which saw him defeat the #1 and #2 seeds on the way to his first major championship. The star-studded men’s field also includes 2014 WIMBLEDON champion Novak Djokovic, four-time AUSTRALIAN OPEN winner Roger Federer, and current World #3 player and last year’s Aussie Open runner-up Rafael Nadal. The women’s side features 18-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, World #2-ranked player Maria Sharapova, and 2014 AUSTRALIAN OPEN finalist Dominika Cibulkova. Surveying the Fields (via ESPN PR)
  • The “Big Four” of men’s tennis – Roger Federer (17 career Grand Slam titles), Rafael Nadal (14), Novak Djokovic (7) and Andy Murray (2) – have won 36 of the last 39 Grand Slams, but captured “only” two of four in 2014
  • Of the last 12 Grand Slams, only four active women have titles – Serena Williams (five), Maria Sharapova (two), Victoria Azarenka (two), and Petra Kvitova (one). The other winners, Marion Bartoli (Wimbledon 2013) and Li Na (Australian Open 2014), have retired
  • The current top-ranked players and No. 1 seeds – Djokovic and Williams – each have enjoyed great success in Melbourne with five and four championships, respectively, but neither player won the tournament last year
  • Former champions Nadal (2009) and Azarenka (2011, 2012) are question marks, having been hampered by health issues and playing little since Wimbledon 2014
  • Two men (Federer, Nadal) and two women (Williams, Sharapova) in the field have completed a career Grand Slam
  • Will someone from "Generation Next" break through for their first Grand Slam title? Japan's Kei Nishikori has been the closest on the men's side, reaching the US Open final, and is joined by two under-25 players near the top of the rankings – Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov
  • Another player to watch is former World #1 player Caroline Wozniacki, a finalist at the most recent major, the US Open, who is no doubt well-rested after the remarkable time she posted in the New York Marathon
  Broadcast Schedule TSN’s broadcast schedule* for the 2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN is as follows: Sunday, Jan. 18
  • 7 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #1 (TSN5)
  Monday, Jan. 19
  • 3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #1 (TSN5; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4, TSN5)
  • 7 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #2 (TSN3)
  • 9 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #2 (TSN1, TSN3, TSN5)
  Tuesday, Jan. 20
  • 3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #2 (TSN1, TSN3, TSN5; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4, TSN5)
  • 7 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #3 (TSN3)
  • 9 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #3 (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4)
  Wednesday, Jan. 21
  • 3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #3 (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4, TSN5)
  • 7 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #4 (TSN3)
  • 9 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #4 (TSN Network)
  Thursday, Jan. 22
  • 3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #4 (TSN Network; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4, TSN5)
  • 7 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #5 (TSN4, TSN5)
  • 11 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #5 (TSN4, TSN5; joined in progress at 12 midnight ET on TSN1, TSN3)
  Friday, Jan. 23
  • 3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #5 (TSN Network; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN2)
  • 7 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #6 (TSN3)
  • 9 p.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #6 (TSN3; joined in progress at 10 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5)
  Saturday, Jan. 24
  • 3 a.m. ET – Early Round Coverage: Day #6 (TSN Network; encore at 9 a.m. ET on TSN2)
  • 7 p.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN1, TSN3, TSN5)
  • 9 p.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN1, TSN3, TSN5)
  Sunday, Jan. 25
  • 3 a.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN Network; encore at 9 a.m. ET on TSN2)
  • 7 p.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN Network)
  • 9 p.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN Network)
  Monday, Jan. 26
  • 3 a.m. ET – Round of 16 (TSN Network; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4, TSN5)
  • 7 p.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN Network)
  • 9 p.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN Network)
  Tuesday, Jan. 27
  • 3 a.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN Network; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4, TSN5)
  • 7 p.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN1, TSN4, TSN5)
  • 9 p.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN1, TSN4, TSN5; joined in progress at 9:30 p.m. ET on TSN3)
  Wednesday, Jan. 28
  • 3:30 a.m. ET – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-Finals (TSN Network; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4, TSN5)
  • 9:30 p.m. ET – Women’s Semifinals (TSN Network)
  Thursday, Jan. 29
  • 3:30 a.m. ET – Men’s Semifinal #1 (TSN Network; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4, TSN5)
  Friday, Jan. 30
  • 3:30 a.m. ET – Men’s Semifinal #2 (TSN; encore at 1 p.m. ET on TSN4, TSN5)
  Saturday, Jan. 31
  • 3 a.m. ET – Women’s Final (TSN Network; encore at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN2)
  Sunday, Feb. 1
  • 3 a.m. ET – Men’s Final (TSN Network; encore at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN2)
  *Broadcast schedule subject to change  

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