ESPN playing doubles with U.S. Open


ESPN said Monday that it will acquire the cable rights to tennis' U.S. Open beginning in 2009.

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

ESPN2 will have 100 hours of live coverage as well as extensive digital rights for ESPN360 broadband. ESPN already covers the other three Grand Slam events: Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the French Open.

ESPN2 will have the first week of the tournament beginning at 1 p.m. EDT. In the second week, ESPN will have primetime Labor Day and long windows Tuesday-Thursday. It will air the women's doubles final that Sunday.

USA Network had been the U.S. Open cable partner for 25 years. USA recently saw the first two rounds of its Masters golf coverage go to ESPN as well.

CBS will continue to cover the event on the broadcast side. (partialdiff)