ESPN at Indian Wells: Serena’s Back, No. 1 Federer Defending the Title


ESPN at Indian Wells: Serena’s Back, No. 1 Federer Defending the Title

  • First Ball to Last Ball across ESPN Networks, ESPN App
  • TV Coverage Starts March 15, includes Men’s and Women’s Semifinals, Championships

ESPN has extensive coverage on TV and on the ESPN app of the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, Calif., and two of the sport’s legends are key storylines:

  • Serena Williams will return to WTA Tour action for the first time in over a year – since the 2017 Australian Open, where she won her 23rd Major championship. She gave birth last September.
  • Australian Open champion Roger Federer – who recently reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the world, and at 36 is the oldest man ever to hold that distinction – is defending the champion’s points totals (also at the upcoming Miami Open, having successfully swept the “Sunshine Double” in 2017).

The ESPN app will offer first-ball-to-last-ball coverage beginning Thursday, March 8, with 23 hours on TV which include the women’s and men’s semifinals and championships of each tournament.

ESPN’s lead tennis host Chris Fowler will be joined by Chrissie Evert, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver.

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif.

  • ESPN3 / ESPN app: 520 total hours of daily coverage of ATP and WTA matches March 7 – 18, featuring multiple feed offerings and ATP matches from up to eight courts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9).
  • TV and ESPN app:  23 live hours, begins Thursday, March 15, and concludes with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on ESPN on Sunday, March 18.
  • Talent: Chris Fowler, Chrissie Evert, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver
  • Defending Champions: Roger Federer, Elena Vesnina
Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Mar 8 – 18 2 p.m. – finish BNP Paribas Open –

ATP & WTA feeds, up to 8 courts

Thu, Mar 15 2 – 6 p.m. BNP Paribas Open – Quarterfinals ESPN2
  8 p.m. – 12 a.m. BNP Paribas Open – Quarterfinals ESPN2
Fri, Mar 16 3 – 5 p.m. BNP Paribas Open – Men’s Quarterfinal #3 ESPN
  5 – 7 p.m. BNP Paribas Open – Men’s Quarterfinal #4 ESPN3
  10 p.m. – 2 a.m. BNP Paribas Open – Women’s Semifinals ESPN2
Sat, Mar 17 2 – 7 p.m. BNP Paribas Open – Men’s Semifinals ESPN
Sun, Mar 18 2 – 6 p.m. BNP Paribas Open – Men’s & Women’s Championships ESPN


Next Tennis from ESPN

ESPN will have extensive coverage of the Miami Open presented by Itaú beginning Wednesday, March 21, including first-ball-to-last-ball coverage on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.  TV joins on Wednesday, March 28, and continues through the semifinals and championships.




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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