Female tennis commentators for major tournaments are Chris Evert, Caroline Wozniacki, Rennae Stubbs and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
They are backed by a panel of tennis expert analysts consisting of Pam Shriver, Alexandra Stevenson, and Mary Joe Fernandez are seen leading the broadcast team.
ESPN was founded in 1979 and has actively provided telecasts of tennis since then. However, the network and its sister channels only cover the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open, out of the Grand Slams.
U.S. Open will air on the network until 2024, Australian Open till 2031, and Wimbledon till 2035. The successful years between these dealings may again result in further extension rights.
ESPN Tennis Commentators Female
ESPN commentators for the Tennis majors include:
- Chris Evert
- Alexandra Stevenson
- Bethanie Mattek-Sands
- Rennae Stubbs
- Mary Joe Fernandez
- Caroline Wozniacki
Chris Evert joined ESPN in 2011 as an analyst and has been with the broadcast team since then. The veteran ESPN commentator has covered all four Grand Slam events throughout these years.
Interestingly, she was named one of the No.50 ESPN's Greatest North American athletes of the 20th Century by ESPN in 1999. Evert is a former pro tennis player who bagged 18 major singles titles during her active days.
She played from 1972 to 1989 and has a record of seven French Open titles and a joint-record six US Open titles. She is also a former world No.1 player who held the position for 260 weeks.
Evert is now a tennis Hall of Famer whose broadcasting career continues to run. Likewise, she also runs a line of tennis and active apparel along with the Evert Tennis Academy.
Alexandra Stevenson started her ESPN career in August 2019, right after her retirement in 2018. She was a pro tennis player, reaching No. 18 in the world rankings on October 28, 2002.
She started with the coverage of qualifying and main draws of the 2019 US Open. She also commented on the 2020 and 2021 US Open for ESPN.
Alexandra is the daughter of NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving and sports journalist Samantha Stevenson. The Julius Erving Award was named after him to name the nation's top male small forward in NCAA Division I basketball.
Saddiq Bey, the NBA player who went to Villanova, won the award in 2020.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands has covered major Grand Slams for ESPN, that too on a high-fashion look. Her fashion choices on the ESPN set have often become bulletins.
She has bagged nine Grand Slam titles with five women's doubles and rest four in mixed doubles. Likewise, Bathanie is also an Olympic gold medalist and a former world No. 1 in doubles.
As she continues her playing career, she only hits the ESPN work sets when available. As of 2023, she last played at the Abu Dhabi Open with her field partner, Sania Mirza.
Tennis Channel Announcers List
The play by play announcers for the Tennis Channel are:
- Pam Shriver
- Andrea Petkovic
- Martina Navratilova
- Jim Courier
- Andy Roddick
Pam Shriver joined Tennis Channel in 2022 to cover the French Open with Caroline Wozniacki. She called on the tournament matches for the network as a leading announcer.
As a former Shriver is an iconic winner of 22 major tennis titles, of which she bagged 21 doubles titles and one mixed doubles. The winner of 133 WTA Tour titles also bagged a gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in women's doubles.
She then started her play-by-play commentary on ESPN in 1990 while still playing. After her 1997 retirement, she dedicated much of her time to the network as a commentator and continued to do so.
She fits ESPN's staff room perfectly with such a legendary history behind her tennis knowledge. Apart from her long-time employer, Pam has also worked with ABC, CBS, and the Tennis Channel, among many others.
Pam has been covering the Australian Open since 1984, Wimbledon since 2003, and the US Open since 2009 from start to finish.
Andrea Petkovic turned pro in 2006 and last played her game in 2022. She will be seen as a mentor for the new generation in the German Tennis Association (DTB).
Since her retirement, she has ventured into broadcasting with Tennis Channel. Andrea revealed that she is a natural on the mic during her March 2023 segment with the Tennis Channel Inside-In Podcast.
Petkovic is a former top-10 player who won 7 WTA Tour singles titles and one doubles title. She also won nine ITF singles and three ITF doubles titles.
She was also the German national champion in 2007 and 2009.
The Tennis Channel named Martina Navratilova as the second-greatest female tennis player of all time in March 2012. Coincidentally, Martina became the channel's broadcast member several years later.
She played tennis from 1974 to 2006 and has been a regular on the channel. However, she had to leave her work in two stances, first in 2010 when she was fighting a noninvasive form of breast cancer.
She successfully beat cancer but again got diagnosed with Stage 1 throat and early-stage breast cancer in January 2023. Tennis Channel in late March confirmed her treatment was successful, and she is returning to work.
Martina is a legendary 18-time Grand Slam singles champion. She also bagged 31 major women's doubles titles and ten major mixed doubles titles in her lifetime.
Tennis TV Commentators 2023
Tennis Channel commentators in 2023 are
- Adam Fielder
- Mikey Perera
- Barry Cowan
- Pete Odgers
- Philip Studd
- Lee Goodall
- Naomi Cavaday
- Arvind Parmar
- Lucie Ahl
- Sue Thearle
- Miles Maclagan
- Colin Fleming
- Chris Dennis
- Barry Millns
- Simon Reed
- Ravi Ubha
- Gilles Müller
- Nick Lester
- Jonathan Overend
- Candy Reid-Harrop
Tennis TV is the official live and online video streaming app of the ATP Tour. ATP Tour comprises the Grand Slam tournaments and its own ATP Finals, along with the ATP Tour Masters 1000, the ATP 500 series, and the ATP 250 series.
Hence, ATP Tour is one of the most-watched tours among tennis fanatics.
Adam Fielder first joined ATP Media in February 2017 and has appeared in 379 matches to date. He mainly provides live commentary for the World Feed on all of the ATP Masters 1000 and 500 events.
While the 500 events are done off the court, he covers the 1000s on-site. Besides Tennis TV, he is stationed at Amazon Prime Video in the same position.
His LinkedIn confirms that he has been a World Feed tennis commentator on the WTA since 2013 and a World Feed US Open Commentator at USTA as of August 2021.
Fielder also comments on football and is affiliated with UEFA, BT Sport, Eleven Sports HQ, IMG Media, and many others.
Mikey Perera started his tenure at ATP media house in March 2017. He has made 367 appearances as a commentator as of the ongoing 2023 season.
While he is mainly seen covering tennis on Tennis TV, he has avid experience in calling various kinds of sports. Mikey does tennis, football, and cricket for PERFORM and football for ITV and ITN Productions.
Mikey is based in London, England, but works with global companies, including the ATP Tour, Women's Tennis Association, Davis Cup, and Billie Jean King Cup as a sportscaster.
Meanwhile, his other employers are Amazon Prime Video, BT Sport, Eurosport, Inter Milan FC, and English Cricket Board.
Barry Cowan covers all the major ATP Tour and US Open tournaments. He has a record of appearing in 333 games at ATP grounds.
A former professional tennis player, he played from 1991 to 2001 and was known for being left-handed. Though he lost in the end, he is best known for playing against Pete Sampras and taking him to the five sets at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships.
Cowan started as a sports and tennis commentator in August 2002 and has continued his work for over two decades. He has also worked with Sky News, IMG, beIN Sports, Talksport, BBC Radio, Wimbledon radio channel, ATP Media TV, and radio.