THE LINEUP: 10 Bristol-based
“night owls” monitoring Aussie Open coverage

Editor’s note: ESPN’s 30th Australian Open coverage extends into the quarterfinal stage today and culminates this weekend with the women’s and men’s championship matches, respectively. ESPN relies not only on a first-rate production team Down Under, but top-notch teammates in Bristol, Conn. Meet 10 members of the Connecticut night watch.

1. Joshua Kramer – Production Assistant

Shift: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET or 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET

Why did you want to work on the Aussie Open? My passion for tennis. I played competitively throughout my childhood and even spent some time at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas while in high school.

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2. Lilliana Pastor – Highlight Producer

Shift: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Why did you want to work on the Aussie Open? Tennis is my favorite sport, and Grand Slams are the Super Bowl for tennis fans. The good thing is that we have four each year and you can see your favorite player each time.

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3. Lenaya Price – Studio Operator

Shift: Men’s Semis 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m./Women’s Finals 1:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Why did you want to work on the Aussie Open? I enjoy the competitive nature and rhythm of the game. High intensity plays usually result in crazy facial expressions or awkward aerobic positioning. I can’t forget about the player’s apparel; I call it “serving in style.”

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4. Megan Casey – Production Assistant

Shift: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

What has been your favorite match so far? Serena Williams versus Ana Ivanovic, though I did not cut that highlight. There is a lot of good tennis still to be played.

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5. Marcela Salomon – Associate Producer

Shift: 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Tricks to stay awake? Sugar, tons of sugar.

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6. Taylor Pugliese – Production Assistant

Shift: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

What has been your favorite match so far? The Milos Raonic versus Grigor Dimitrov match. It featured two promising young guns playing a highly dramatic match at a high level.

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7. Zachary Feldman – Production Assistant

Shift: 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Tricks to stay awake? Getting some sleep right before my shifts. During my shifts, I tend to keep food on me and take a couple minutes outside the control room when I need a bit of time.

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8. Monica Rivera – Associate Producer

Shift: 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Which match do you think people want to see? Rafael Nadal versus Roger Federer.

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9. Luis Alvarez – Commentator, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International

Shift: 3:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

What has been your favorite match so far? I have to admit that my favorite match so far was one that I didn’t call: Roger Federer-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in the round of 16. I got home around 3:30 a.m. after being on the air for eight and a half hours and watched the whole match.

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10. Javier Frana – Analyst, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International

Shift: 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Why did you want to work on the Aussie Open? I really enjoy analyzing Grand Slam matches because they always bring a lot of drama. You can tell because viewers are sending tons of tweets when that happens. As an ex-pro tennis player, calling the history is really an honor and privilege.

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Editor’s note: Also involved in ESPN International’s Australian Open production but not pictured: Eduardo Varela (play by play), Jose Luis Clerc (analyst) and Nicolas Pereira (host and analyst).

Photos by Tania Eicoff

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