New No. 1 Djokovic Leads Field at Nitto ATP Finals from London with Weeklong Coverage on ESPN TV, ESPN3

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New No. 1 Djokovic Leads Field at Nitto ATP Finals from London with Weeklong Coverage on ESPN TV, ESPN3

Singles Championship Live on ESPN2 on November 18
All Singles and Doubles Matches Streaming Live on the ESPN App

Novak Djokovic put an exclamation point on his tremendous 2018 by reclaiming the No. 1 ranking in the world this week, and he will lead the field as ESPN will present first ball-to-last ball coverage of the year-capping Nitto ATP Finals, with 10 hours of television and an additional 50 hours on ESPN3.  The invitational singles and doubles round robin event takes place at London’s O2 Arena.

ESPN’s Patrick McEnroe, Darren Cahill and Brad Gilbert will call the matches on TV.

In addition to Djokovic – winner of the two most recent Major tournaments and a five-time winner of this event, the field includes Australian Open Champ Roger Federer who has won the event a record six times, 21-year old Alexander Zverev, Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson, Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic, French Open finalist Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and American John Isner.  Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro had qualified but withdrew due to injuries.

The doubles field is led by Austria’s Oliver Marach and Croatia’s Mate Pavic who have clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Doubles Team Ranking for the first time.

Daily Coverage starts November 11
Coverage of both singles and doubles begins Sunday, Nov. 11, with the first of four days of action on ESPN3 with round-robin matches at 7 a.m. ET, 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Starting Thursday, Nov. 15, ESPN3 will continue to present matches not on TV.  That day and Friday, ESPN2 will show singles matches at 9 a.m.  On Saturday, Semifinal #1 airs on ESPNEWS at 9 a.m., and that day at 3 p.m. the second semifinal will be seen live on ESPN3.  It will air on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 a.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 18, ESPN3 will show the Doubles Championship at 10:30 a.m. and the Singles Championship will be live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.

ESPN and Tennis
Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air, providing numerous memorable moments from around the world, but it has never been as important as today, with the unprecedented position of presenting three of the sports Major events from start to finish (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, with exclusivity at the latter two.

 

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