After Bob Ley’s retirement, Cliff Drysdale is ESPN’s longest-serving commentator, having worked the first tennis telecast on Sept. 14, 1979.
Here, from a year ago, Drysdale recalls his transition from the court to the TV booth – where the Hall of Famer can still be found – such as this week at the US Open.
In this video, he recalls joining the fledgling ESPN and the skepticism he encountered regarding cable television’s future.
The daily action from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will culminate with the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 7, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 8, both at 4 p.m. ET.
Dave Nagle and Shelby L. Lacy produced the video.