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ESPN Will Expand Coverage for 2012 Wimbledon Championships

Serena Williams
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Serena Williams at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships

The sports network will broadcast 140 hours of live footage for its tenth year covering the world’s oldest tennis tournament starting on June 25.

ESPN is going all out in its 10th year covering the Wimbledon Championships.

The network will expand to 140 live hours of footage with daylong marathon telecasts of the world’s oldest tennis tournament, starting with first ball June 25 through to the men’s finals July 7.

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ESPN and ESPN2 will offer high-definition coverage including three days of cross-court coverage of simultaneous matches all day July 2-4. ESPN3, the live 24/7 ESPN network, will also expand its schedule to present up to nine available TV courts. Viewers can catch all the action online at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app for smartphones and tablets.

The new schedule stems from an agreement between ESPN and the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced at the conclusion of the 2011 Championships. The agreement set out to ensure live broadcasts by the same company with live action in every time zone. 

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The two-week Wimbledon tournament has been held at the All England Club in London since 1877. It is one of pro tennis’ four Grand Slam events, which include the French, U.S. and Australian Opens.

The seedings will be announced Wednesday. The top seeds are likely to be defending champion Novak Djokovic, French Open winner Rafael Nadal and six-time Wimbledon singles champion Roger Federer.

On the women’s side, world No. 1 Maria Sharapova is coming off a win in the French Open, and four-time Wimbledon singles champ Serena Williams looks to rebound from her opening-round loss in Paris on May 29.