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What major tennis matches does ESPN broadcast?

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ESPN holds exclusive broadcast rights to The Championships, Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as early round coverage rights for the French Open. Various ESPN outlets air assorted coverage of American ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, American WTA Premier Mandatory events, US Open Series, ATP World Tour Finals and WTA Tour Championships.

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ESPN only holds early round broadcast rights to the American ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and American WTA Premier Mandatory events, but it has full tournament coverage of the US Open Series. While ESPN holds exclusive broadcast rights to the ATP World Tour Finals and WTA Tour Championships, the tournaments are actually broadcast via ESPN 3, which is ESPN's Internet streaming service.

Final matches and semi-final matches from the major tournaments are often broadcast by ESPN on ABC, rather than one of the normal ESPN channels. ESPN does not broadcast every early round match, instead it just broadcasts the matches featuring the most high profile players. Some of the ATP and WTA tournaments broadcast by ESPN are the BNP Paribas Open, also known as the Indian Wells Masters, the Sony Ericsson Open, also known as the Miami Open and the Volvo Cars Open.

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