Wimbledon’s ‘Manic Monday’ with ‘Cross Court Coverage’ on ESPN & ESPN2

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Wimbledon’s ‘Manic Monday’ with ‘Cross Court Coverage’ on ESPN & ESPN2

  • Novak Djokovic Continues Quest for #20 and Calendar Year Grand Slam 
  • Coco Gauff to Face Former Champ Angelique Kerber 
  • Roger Federer into Second Week for 18th Time, Seeks 9th Wimbledon Crown 
  • Can Heralded Young American Sebastian Korda Continue to Impress?
  • Is This Madison Keys’ Time to Shine? 
  • “The Greatest Day in Tennis” as Everyone Plays; 8 Gentlemen’s Matches, 8 Ladies’ Matches 
  • “Cross Court Coverage” – ESPN, ESPN2 all Day – Monday-Wednesday
  • ESPN+ Continues with 14 Outer Courts including #2 Sabalenka vs. Rybakina and #8 Roberto Bautista Agut vs. #10 Denis Shapavalov 

While legendary stars top-seed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer seek history-making titles, three Americans look to make their mark on Wimbledon’s “Manic Monday” – called “The Greatest Day in Tennis” as all eight Ladies’ and all eight Gentlemen’s Round of 16 matches are played, unique in tennis.  ESPN and ESPN2 will once again present all the action with all day “Cross Court Coverage.”  This will be the last year of this format with all fourth-round matches on one day as there will be matches on the “middle Sunday.”    

With “Cross Court Coverage” the first three days of the second week, ESPN starts at 8 a.m. ET, focusing on Centre Court.  Meanwhile, ESPN2 will cover other courts beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday (8 a.m. on July 6 and 7).    

Top Storylines  

Both Djokovic and Federer look to add to their amazing resumes.  The top-seeded Serb hopes to tie Federer and Nadal for the men’s record of 20 Major crowns.  Also, a win in London would give him three quarters of the calendar year Grand Slam heading to New York for the US Open later this summer.  The Swiss – a month from turning 40 and the oldest man to reach the fourth round since 40-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1975 – seeks to break the tie with Nadal at 20 Majors and extend his Wimbledon record to nine trophies.    

The American trio hoping for big things: 

  • The youngest player in the draw who announced her presence at Wimbledon two years ago, 17-year-old #20 Coco Gauff hasn’t dropped a set in reaching the Round of 16.  She will face #25 Angelique Kerber, who counts the 2018 Wimbledon championship among her three Major titles.   
  • Quickly rising in the rankings to much acclaim, Sebastian Korda will celebrate his 21st birthday by playing #25 Karen Khachanov.  Their match is first on Court 18 starting at 6 a.m. 
  • #23 Madison Keys, long one of the top Americans but who only once has gone as far as the Wimbledon quarterfinals, will square off against Viktorija Golubic, 28 from Switzerland.  It is the second match on Court 18. 

Reflective of the wide-open women’s field of late, four of the 16 ladies playing Monday are making their Wimbledon main draw debut:  #14 Barbora Krejcikova, 18-year-old Brit Emma Raducanu ranked #338, #18 Elena Rybakina and Liudmila Samsonova.   

Matches on Centre Court and No. 1 Court 

Centre Court on ESPN will start at 8 a.m. with Djokovic against Christian Garin, a 25-year-old from Chile.  That will be followed by the Gauff-Kerber match.  Then Federer will take the court to play #23 Lorenzo Sonego, a 26-year-old from Italy.  

Action on No. 1 Court begins at 8 a.m. on ESPN2 and will be headlined by a meeting of French Open champions, #1 Ash Barty (2019) and #14 Krejcikova (2021).  Next on will be #4 Alexander Zverev playing the young Canadian #16 Felix Auger-Aliassime.  The third match will be a battle of unseeded players, Raducanu and Ajla Tomljanovic, 28 and a citizen of Australia. 

ESPN+:  More Round of 16 

ESPN+ will offer 14 courts starting at 6 a.m.:  3-12 and 14-17.  This includes: 

  • #2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. Rybakina, first on Court 3.   
  • #8 Roberto Bautista Agut vs. #10 Denis Shapavalov, second on Court 3. 
  • The matches on Court 12:  #7 Matteo Berrettini vs. Ilya Ivashka, #8 Karolina Pliskova vs. Samsanova and #19 Karolina Muchova vs. Paula Badosa. 

Gentlemen’s Round of 16 

#1 Novak Djokovic vs. Christian Garin 

#2 Danill Medvedev vs. #14 Hubert Herkacz 

#4 Alexander Zverev vs. #16 Felix Auger-Aliassime 

#5 Andrey Rublev vs. Martin Fucsovics 

#6 Roger Federer vs. #23 Lorenzo Sonego 

#7 Matteo Berrettini vs. Ilya Ivashka 

#8 Roberto Bautista Agut vs. #10 Denis Shapavalov 

#25 Karen Khachanov vs. Sebastian Korda 

Ladies’ Round of 16 

#1 Ash Barty vs. #14 Barbora Krejcikova 

#2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. #18 Elena Rybakina 

#7 Iga Swiatek vs. #21 Ons Jabeur 

#8 Karolina Pliskova vs. Liudmila Samsanova 

#19 Karolina Muchova vs. Paula Badosa 

#20 Coco Gauff vs. #25 Angelique Kerber 

#23 Madison Keys vs. Viktorija Golubic 

Emma Raducanu vs. Ajla Tomljanovic 

 

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Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $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, Darlington, Indy 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, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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