Tennis Champ Wooed by ESPN for Wimbledon Coverage

Jul 6, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A former tennis champion is being wooed by ESPN to call the Wimbledon finals when the cable network airs the event next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

John McEnroe, known for his fiery on-court behavior during his playing days, has been doing tennis analysis for NBC, which just ended its relationship with Wimbledon after 43 years.

“We’ve expressed to [McEnroe] that we would love to expand our relationship with him,” said John Skipper, executive vice president of content at ESPN. The network just won a 12-year Wimbledon rights package for live coverage of all matches, starting with next year’s tournament, the story notes.

“We think John is very strong,” Skipper said. “And we’ll continue to talk to him. But I’m not announcing anything.”

A representative for McEnroe didn’t return an email asking for comment, the story notes.

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