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. [4][5], Other than a three-year stint on CBS, NBC has remained the American television network home of the French Open since 1983. “His immense passion for the sport came across in his commentary. Meanwhile, live Coverage of the Woman's final began in 2003. Alexander Zverev attempts a needless tweener that does not go to plan during his France Télévisions and Eurosport hold the broadcast rights to the French Open until 2020. By Eurosport • 11/10/2020 at 20:26. Tsitsipas: Nadal thrashing made me want to come back stronger . Commentators in the UK, include Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam, Nick Lester, Jason Goodall, Jo Durie, Frew McMillan, Arvind Parmar and Chris Wilkinson. “John McEnroe called him a s*** once and he always enjoyed that,” said Mercer’s long-time agent Anthony Blackburn. “A keen sportsman, always proud of his Welsh roots, David wore many hats throughout a career that spanned nearly five decades. Watch this 'unbelievable angle' on a first serve from Andrey Rublev as his delivery stuns both Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Studio presentation for the French Open on Eurosport is hosted by Barbara Schett sometimes joined by Mats Wilander. Mercer umpired the Wimbledon men’s singles final between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in 1984 before focusing on the world of broadcasting. 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. France Télévisions and Eurosport hold the broadcast rights to the French Open until 2020. Finals are live nationwide. Coverage of morning window (U.S. time) matches were sub-licensed to ESPN for broadcast by ESPN2 from 2007 through 2015. 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. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”. “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. Latest Videos. 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. French Open could reschedule again, with support from tours, 'It is a big honour!' Here is everything you need to know about the first Grand Slam of the new season. Mercer started working as a freelance sports broadcaster for BBC Wales in 1979 and umpired at Wimbledon between 1973 and 1984. John Inverdale hosts the coverage. [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", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_French_Open_broadcasters&oldid=982204727, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, The 1978 tournament was a part of a series of "eight syndicated telecasts, produced by the independent. “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. By Enis Koylu • 10/02/2020 at 11:08. By Press Association Published: 28 August 2020 - 12.59am × To Note. Commentators include Nick Mullins, Jonathan Overend, Mark Petchey, Sam Smith, Jim Courier, Fabrice Santoro and Anne Keothavong. UK. 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. By Eurosport • 30/01/2020 at 11:21. He was a graduate of Nottingham University and qualified as a solicitor, running his own firm in Swansea for nine years. “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. “David wrote on tennis for many leading national newspapers but is probably best known in his capacity as a tennis broadcaster. 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Suivez vos évènements sportifs favoris. The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's notability guideline for sports and athletics. John Inverdale hosts the coverage. David Mercer enjoyed a a run-in with John McEnroe (PA). 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. Mercer was born in Swansea in 1950 and won a Welsh junior doubles tennis title in 1968. John’s very articulate and opinionated, which makes for great television.”. [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. Send. ITV Sport and Eurosport hold the broadcasting rights to show the French Open in the United Kingdom until 2021. Live coverage of Men's final began in the early 1980s. Mercer was married to his second wife Sue and had one daughter, Caroline, and two stepchildren, Liz and Chris. David Mercer, the BBC, Eurosport and BT Sport tennis commentator and former Wimbledon umpire, has died aged 70. Australian Open. [2] Tennis Channel owns pay television rights to the tournament. Roland-Garros. 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.