ESPN nets US Open rights

Broadcast deal begins next year

NEW YORK -- ESPN said Monday that it would acquire the cable rights to the US Open of tennis beginning in 2009.

Financial terms of the six-year deal between ESPN and the U.S. Tennis Assn. weren't announced.

ESPN2 will have 100 hours of live coverage as well as extensive digital rights for ESPN360 broadband. It will join the ESPN's coverage of the Grand Slam, which also includes Wimbeldon, the Australian Open and the French Open.

ESPN2 will have the first week of the tournament beginning at 1 p.m. ET and continuing through the evening. ESPN will also on the second week have primetime Labor Day and long windows Tuesday-Thursday. It will air the women's doubles final on that Sunday.

USA Network had been the US Open cable partner for 25 years.