The ESPN Tennis Team for the US Open

The ESPN Tennis Team for the US Open

James Blake, who made his ESPN debut at last year’s US Open, will serve as an analyst.  Once ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, Blake won 10 titles during his playing career (1999-2013) and seven additional in doubles.  He was part of the 2007 victorious U.S. Davis Cup team and placed fourth at the 2008 Olympics.  The tournament director of the Miami Open, his memoir, Breaking Back, was a New York Times Best Seller. 

Darren Cahill, who once reached the US Open semifinals and the Australian Open doubles finals and later coached fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi to No. 1 rankings, has worked for ESPN since 2007. He coached Simona Halep from 2015-19 and 2020-21, including helping Halep reach No. 1 and win a French Open title.

Cliff Drysdale, who was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2013, has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in September 1979 (Davis Cup, U.S. vs. Argentina).  He reached the US Open finals and is a two-time Wimbledon and French Open semifinalist.  Drysdale was a leader on the court – a top player for many years who was one of the first to use a two-hand backhand – and off the court, as the first president of the ATP. 

Chrissie Evert, a Hall of Famer who joined ESPN in 2011, her 18 Major titles include six at the US Open, a record she shares with Serena Williams. She recorded the best career win-loss record in history, reached more Major singles finals than any man or woman (34), and reached the semis or better in 34 consecutive Majors (1971-83). The AP Female Athlete of the Year four times, in 1976 she was the first woman to be the sole recipient of Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year.

Mary Joe Fernandez, an ESPN analyst since 2000, played in three Major singles finals and won two Majors in doubles, and won a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and a Bronze in singles in 1992.  She was the coach of the United States’ Fed Cup team for eight years, stepping down in 2016, and coached the 2012 and ’16 U.S. women’s Olympic team. 

Chris Fowler – who joined ESPN in 1986, is the lead ESPN/ABC college football play caller and joined the ESPN tennis team in 2003 – is the primary voice calling matches.  He hosted College GameDay on football Saturdays 1990-2014, and has hosted World Cup soccer, college basketball including the Final Four, the X Games and Triple Crown horse racing events.  Originally, he was the first host of Scholastic Sports America and later was a SportsCenter anchor. 

Brad Gilbert, whose flair and unique nicknames for players have enlivened ESPN’s tennis telecasts since 2004, parlayed his playing career – once reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open and at Wimbledon – into coaching Andre Agassi (six Major titles with Brad), Andy Roddick (US Open victory) and Andy Murray. 

Jason Goodall will serve as a studio and match analyst and calls matches.  A one-time standout among Juniors in Britain whose career was ended by injury at 21, he later coached ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez and Pam Shriver and the British Fed Cup team. 

Sam Gore, who has worked for ESPN since 2004, hosts the all-day multi-screen offering on AT&T DirecTV that ESPN produces at three Majors – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.  It offers the viewer the choice of five matches and the ESPN feed the first eight days of the events.  He also calls the action for a number of college sports, including basketball, gymnastics and soccer.

Luke Jensen, who first worked for ESPN in 1994, serves as the analyst on the all-day multi-screen offering on AT&T DirecTV that ESPN produces at three Majors – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.  It offers the viewer the choice of five matches and the ESPN feed the first eight days of the events. Jensen was an All-American in singles and doubles as a junior and at USC.  He and his brother Murphy won the 1993 French Open doubles title.   

John McEnroe won seven Major singles titles, including four in his hometown New York, during his storied career, which included 10 more Major crowns in doubles or mixed doubles. He also led the U.S. to four Davis Cup titles and won the NCAA’s while attending Stanford. He has worked for ESPN since 2009.

Patrick McEnroe, who has worked for ESPN since 1995, was the U.S. Davis Cup captain 2001-2010 and in 2007 the team won its first championship since 1995.  A three-time singles All-American at Stanford – where the team won NCAA titles in 1986 and 1988 – he served as General Manager, USTA Elite Player Development from 2008 – 2015.  He won the 1992 French Open doubles title and reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals in singles. 

Chris McKendry returns as host, a role she has filled at all the Majors for ESPN. She joined ESPN in 1996 as a SportsCenter anchor, and later hosted the Little League World Series and X Games. As of Spring 2016, she focuses on tennis. She attended Drexel University on a tennis scholarship.

Pam Shriver, who started working for ESPN in 1990, long before her Hall of Fame career ended, played in the US Open finals at age 16 (losing to Evert) and won 21 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles (another in Mixed) including five at the US Open plus a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1988 Olympics.

Jeremy Schaap, one of sports television’s most accomplished and honored feature reporters for nearly 30 years, will serve as a reporter and interviewer as he has at Wimbledon and the US Open starting last year. He hosts both E:60 and Outside the Lines. Schaap has covered virtually every major sporting event in the world, including Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowls, Tour de France, World Series, major golf and tennis events, the men’s and women’s Final Fours, New York City Marathon and Daytona 500.

Alexandra Stevenson, who first worked for ESPN at the 2019 US Open, will again serve as an analyst. At Wimbledon in 1999, she burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old, becoming the first qualifier to reach the semifinals. Injuries marred her later career, but she did peak in the rankings at No. 18 in 2002.

Rennae Stubbs, who enjoyed a long career in doubles – winning six Majors: four in women’s and two in mixed and representing Australia at four Olympic Games and for 17 years in Fed Cup, will be an analyst. She’s worked for ESPN for many years, and for NBC at the Olympics and for Tennis Channel.

Caroline Wozniacki, who retired just two years ago, will be with ESPN as an analyst as she was at Wimbledon. The two-time, year-end No. 1, she won the 2018 Australian Open among her 30 WTA titles. Twice a finalist at the US Open, the Dane won the Wimbledon Juniors title in 2006. She retired in 2020.

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