Since acquiring rights to the Indianapolis 500 in 2019, NBC's coverage begins on Memorial Day, the second day of the tournament; the network provides coverage windows on the holiday and the second weekend in the afternoon U.S. time. As well as tennis, he commentated on sports such as American football, cricket, rowing, rugby union and skiing. “His immense passion for the sport came across in his commentary. David Mercer, the BBC, Eurosport and BT Sport tennis commentator and former Wimbledon umpire, has died aged 70. “David wrote on tennis for many leading national newspapers but is probably best known in his capacity as a tennis broadcaster. This page was last edited on 6 October 2020, at 19:13. “John McEnroe called him a s*** once and he always enjoyed that,” said Mercer’s long-time agent Anthony Blackburn. I consent that the Eurosport family of companies may provide me with news and marketing information about their products and services. These windows consist of exclusive tape-delayed matches from earlier in the day, but any ongoing matches at the window's start are shown live to their conclusion. [6], CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (, ITV_Sport#List_of_Current_ITV_Sport_Personnel, "NBC Begins Coverage of The 2013 French Open This Sunday", "ESPN drops the French Open, NBCSN could step in", "Tennis Channel Extends French Open Pay TV Rights", "ESPN bids French Open adieu after 13 years",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, The 1978 tournament was a part of a series of "eight syndicated telecasts, produced by the independent. He continued to travel the tennis circuit as a freelance commentator for the BBC and Eurosport, and would have worked at Wimbledon this year but for the tournament being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mercer started working as a freelance sports broadcaster for BBC Wales in 1979 and umpired at Wimbledon between 1973 and 1984. If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be merged, redirected, or deleted ITV Sport and Eurosport hold the broadcasting rights to show the French Open in the United Kingdom until 2021. Australian Open. Studio presentation for the French Open on Eurosport is hosted by Barbara Schett sometimes joined by Mats Wilander. He began commentating for the BBC in 1992, initially on radio, and was behind the mic for the 1999 and 2000 Wimbledon men's singles finals. [3] In August 2015, ESPN announced that it would discontinue its sub-licensing and drop coverage of the French Open beginning in 2016, with network staff citing that because of the structure of the arrangement, its coverage "did not fit our successful model at the other three Majors"—where ESPN is the exclusive rightsholder. Commentators include Nick Mullins, Jonathan Overend, Mark Petchey, Sam Smith, Jim Courier, Fabrice Santoro and Anne Keothavong. Mercer was born in Swansea in 1950 and won a Welsh junior doubles tennis title in 1968. David Mercer enjoyed a a run-in with John McEnroe (PA). Nadal: 'Roland Garros means everything to me' By Eurosport • 11/10/2020 at 20:52 . Commentators in the UK, include Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam, Nick Lester, Jason Goodall, Jo Durie, Frew McMillan, Arvind Parmar and Chris Wilkinson. Please help to establish notability by citing reliable secondary sources that are independent of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention. “David was a lovely, kind man who I was fortunate to represent for many years.”, McEnroe later worked with Mercer as his co-commentator and said: “My God, they’re giving me an umpire!”, Mercer was good-hearted in his post-match response, saying: “It’s been great fun. 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With BT Sport and the NOW TV Sky Sports Pass, enjoy Premier League football and rugby, plus Champions League, Europa League, UFC, and much more. Alexander Zverev attempts a needless tweener that does not go to plan during his Send. By Eurosport • 11/10/2020 at 20:26. Coverage of morning window (U.S. time) matches were sub-licensed to ESPN for broadcast by ESPN2 from 2007 through 2015. Mercer also worked for Eurosport for many years and was a staple of BT Sport's live coverage of the WTA Tour between 2013 and 2019. French Open could reschedule again, with support from tours, 'It is a big honour!' Latest Videos. John’s very articulate and opinionated, which makes for great television.”. Tsitsipas: Nadal thrashing made me want to come back stronger . Eurosport est votre destination pour toute l'actualité sportive, vidéos à la demande, commentaires et résumés: le tout en un même lieu. Here is everything you need to know about the first Grand Slam of the new season. The bulk of the daily coverage is broadcast on ITV4 although both singles finals plus other weekend matches are shown on ITV. [2] Tennis Channel owns pay television rights to the tournament. Australian Open men. NBC's coverage of the French Open began in 1975. By Enis Koylu • 10/02/2020 at 11:08. France Télévisions and Eurosport hold the broadcast rights to the French Open until 2020. By Press Association Published: 28 August 2020 - 12.59am × To Note. ITV Sport and Eurosport hold the broadcasting rights to show the French Open in the United Kingdom until 2021. [4][5], Other than a three-year stint on CBS, NBC has remained the American television network home of the French Open since 1983. “The LTA is saddened today to hear of the passing of one of our sport’s most iconic and distinguished voices in David Mercer,” said Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Scott Lloyd. “A keen sportsman, always proud of his Welsh roots, David wore many hats throughout a career that spanned nearly five decades. Draws. [1] The bulk of the daily coverage is broadcast on ITV4 although both singles finals plus other weekend matches are shown on ITV. The 2020 Australian Open will be LIVE on Eurosport and the Eurosport Player. The later men's and women's semifinals are broadcast live on NBC in the Eastern Time Zone and tape-delayed in others, but since 2017 these matches are also simulcast on NBCSN to allow nationwide live coverage. Published: 28 August 2020 - 12.59am. By Eurosport • 30/01/2020 at 11:21. Watch this 'unbelievable angle' on a first serve from Andrey Rublev as his delivery stuns both Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Mercer umpired the Wimbledon men’s singles final between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in 1984 before focusing on the world of broadcasting. Roland-Garros. John Inverdale hosts the coverage. Finals are live nationwide. Meanwhile, live Coverage of the Woman's final began in 2003. [3] Tennis Channel chose to retain these rights under its new owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, nearly doubling the amount of coverage Tennis Channel will air from Roland Garros. Mercer was married to his second wife Sue and had one daughter, Caroline, and two stepchildren, Liz and Chris. The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's notability guideline for sports and athletics. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”. Live coverage of Men's final began in the early 1980s. John Inverdale hosts the coverage. United Kingdom. Tennis commentator and former umpire David Mercer dies aged 70 The Welshman, who commentated for the BBC, Eurosport and BT Sport during a distinguished broadcasting career, also umpired the Wimbledon men’s singles final between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in 1984. He was a graduate of Nottingham University and qualified as a solicitor, running his own firm in Swansea for nine years. France Télévisions and Eurosport hold the broadcast rights to the French Open until 2020. UK. “He captained his university tennis team… umpired all over the world including Queens and Wimbledon, where he had the honour of presiding over the 1984 men’s singles final.

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