Serena Williams’ final US Open match most watched tennis telecast in ESPN history

NEW YORK – Serena Williams’s defeat on the U.S. Open on Friday in what was doubtless the ultimate match of her glittering profession was the most-watched tennis telecast in ESPN’s 43-year historical past, the community stated on Tuesday.

Williams’s third-round loss to beat Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York averaged 4.8 million viewers from 7:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET and peaked with 6.9 million viewers within the 10:15 p.m. quarter-hour.

Williams and sister Venus took the tennis world by storm once they emerged from the courts of Compton, California as youngsters and went on to dominate and alter the face of the predominantly white sport.

Serena Williams waves to the gang after being defeated by Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia in Flushing Meadows, New York.

The winner of 23-Grand Slam singles tournaments, Williams transcended the game and her doubtless departure from aggressive tennis to give attention to rising her household and enterprise pursuits led to a flood of tributes from athletes, celebrities and politicians.

Williams’s three singles matches and one doubles match alongside Venus helped drive up viewership via the primary 5 days of the event as a median of 1.1. million viewers tuned in to ESPN networks, up 101% versus 2021.

Serena Williams celebrates a point during her last career match against Ajla Tomljanovic at the US Open.
Serena Williams celebrates a degree throughout her final profession match towards Ajla Tomljanovic on the US Open.
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“These are the most-viewed first 5 days of the U.S. Open on file on ESPN networks,” ESPN stated in a press launch.

A spokesman for community, whose secure of tennis analysts embody former world quantity ones Chris Evert, John McEnroe and Caroline Wozniacki, final week instructed Reuters that the community could be comfortable to debate the potential of bringing Williams into the published sales space if she wished to go in that course in retirement. 

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