ESPNTennis: Fireworks Expected on Wimbledon’s July 4 “Manic Monday”


ESPNTennis: Fireworks Expected on Wimbledon’s July 4 “Manic Monday”

·         “The Greatest Day in Tennis” – Everyone Plays; 16 Men, 16 Women

·         Could be a Star Spangled Day – Six Americans in Action:  Four Women, Two Men

·         Centre Court on ESPN with 42 Major Single Titles:  Federer-Johnson, Serena-Kuznetsova & Murray-Kyrgios

·         “Cross Court Coverage” – ESPN, ESPN2 all Day – Returns Monday-Wednesday

On Monday, July 4, American tennis fans can celebrate their independence by watching Wimbledon’s “Manic Monday” – called “The Greatest Day in Tennis” as all eight Ladies’ and eight Gentlemen’s Round of 16 matches are played with all-day “Cross Court Coverage” on ESPN and ESPN2.

With “Cross Court Coverage” the first three days of the second week, ESPN starts at 8 a.m. ET and focuses on Centre Court all day where on Monday 42 Major titles will take the court:  No. 3 Roger Federer (17) vs. Steve Johnson of the U.S., No. 1 Serena Williams (21) vs. No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova (2) and No. 2 Andy Murray (2) vs. No. 15 Nick Kyrgios.

Meanwhile, fans will enjoy a “grounds pass” on ESPN2 with matches from No.1 Court and elsewhere beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 4, and at 8 a.m. on July 5 and 6, focusing on No. 1 Court with quarterfinal action.  Monday’s Round of 16 matchups are highlighted by No. 5 Simona Halep vs. No. 9 Madison Keys of the U.S., No. 8 Venus Williams vs. No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro, a 2014 US Open finals rematch with No 5 Kei Nishikori facing No. 9 Marin Cilic, and No. 6 Milos Raonic vs. No. 11 David Goffin.

Fans can also celebrate their freedom by being free to choose the match they want on WatchESPN.  WatchESPN offers the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts, and a total of 1,500 hours from all 15 televised courts (Centre, Courts 1-3, 5-12, and 16-18.) presented from first ball to last ball each day, with action available on demand afterwards, plus AELTC’s daily [email protected].

Yankee Doodle Shriver

ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer Pam Shriver – a July 4 birthday baby – will celebrate her All-American birthday on British soil, as she has almost every year since she was 16.  In fact, she won her first Wimbledon title – the 1981 Ladies’ doubles crown, teaming with Martina Navratilova – on her 19th birthday.

“Manic Monday’s” Round of 16 Matches at Wimbledon on Monday, July 4

Centre Court – ESPN at 8 a.m.

  • (3) Roger Federer (SUI) vs Steve Johnson (USA)
  • (1) Serena Williams (USA) vs (13) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  • (2) Andy Murray (GBR) vs (15) Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

Other Matches – ESPN2 at 7 a.m.


  • (5) Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs (9) Marin Cilic (CRO)
  • (6) Milos Raonic (CAN) vs (11) David Goffin (BEL)
  • (7) Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs (12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
  • (10) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Jiri Vesely (CZE)
  • (19) Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs (32) Lucas Pouille (FRA)
  • (28) Sam Querrey (USA) vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA)


  • (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs (19) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
  • (4) Angelique Kerber (GER) vs Misaki Doi (JPN)
  • (5) Simona Halep (ROU) vs (9) Madison Keys (USA)
  • (8) Venus Williams (USA) vs (12) Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
  • (21) Anastasia Paylyuchenkova (RUS) vs (27) Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
  • (28) Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
  • Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) vs. Elena Vesnina (RUS)

Fun Facts

  • There are four Russian women in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2009 (Kuznetsova, Makarova, Pavlyuchenkova and Vesnina).
  • There are four Frenchmen in the Round of 16 for the first time since 1929 (Tsonga, Gasquet, Pouille, Mahut). Two of the four will square off:  Gasquet and Tsonga.
  • There are four American women in the Round of 16 for the second consecutive Major and second consecutive year at Wimbledon (Serena, Venus, Keys, Vandeweghe).
  • The remaining 16 men include seven of the top 10 seeds and three unseeded players.
  • The remaining 16 women include six of the top 10 seeds and four unseeded players
  • A 2014 US Open Final rematch: Nishikori will seek a piece of revenge vs. Cilic.

Championship Weekend

The action will climax with the Ladies’ Championship and the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships on ESPN on Saturday, July 9, and the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 10, followed by the Mixed Doubles Championship.  By coincidence, that day will be full of championship competition from Europe as following the Wimbledon telecast, ESPN will air the final match of the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 live from Paris.

ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2016 – July 4-6

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)  
Mon, July 4 – Sun, July 10 6:30 a.m. All TV Courts (up to 15), all day; [email protected] WatchESPN Live
Mon, July 4 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Round of 16, No.1 Court & others ESPN2 Live
  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16, Centre Court ESPN Live
Tue, July 5 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals,

 Centre Court

  8 – 2 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, No.1 Court ESPN2 Live
Wed, July 6 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals,

No.1 Court

ESPN2 Live




Dave Nagle

It was 33 years at ESPN for me as of November 2019 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals and Indy 500; Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Fan Relations, Archives and, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.
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