Aside from SportsCenter reports (see below), ESPN’s coverage of Wimbledon began in 2003 when it acquired rights for nearly 120 hours of original programming — at the time, the most hours dedicated to the event by any American network in history.
For its 10th Wimbledon in 2012, ESPN presented complete, live and exclusive coverage from first ball through to the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Championships — 140 live hours in high definition, including three days when ESPN and ESPN2 joined forces for all-day “Cross Court Coverage” (airing matches simultaneously), plus highlights and reairs of both Finals on ABC. In addition, ESPN3 offered more than 800 hours of a multi-screen offering – all available TV courts (up to nine) presented from first ball to last ball each day, which will be available along with ESPN and ESPN2’s action via the WatchESPN app.
In 2016, ESPN will present 140 hours on TV and now no fewer than 1,500 on WatchESPN as the number of televised courts has grown to 15. The action began this past Monday, June 27, and will culminate with the Ladies’ Championship and the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships on ESPN on Saturday, July 9, and the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 10, followed by the Mixed Doubles Championship.