ESPN demonstrated its commitment to bringing tennis to the masses with its 11-year agreement to air the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series starting this year. But the network made just as bold of a statement with the innovative ways it plans to do so, including holding the first-ever on-court interview in the middle of a Grand Slam match.
During the first-round women’s singles match between CoCo Vandeweghe and No. 29 seed Sloane Stephens, Vandeweghe agreed to have ESPN commentator Pam Shriver interview her on court after winning the first set. She was briefly asked what she was most happy about in the first set and what she needed to do in the second set to finish off the match. It was a quick exchange, but it set the press area and player locker rooms abuzz.
Vandeweghe explained that she had been approached by ESPN the night before the match about the idea. She also said the interview was completely voluntary and there was the option of declining it at any time – even seconds before it was set to take place.Read More:
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