Photo of Del Po at the Bangkok airport by AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit via Daylife.com
I know all of you want to watch Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro – not to mention dreamboats Verdasco and Gulbis – playing the PTT Thailand Open on TV, but given the tournament’s lowly 250-level status, it’s going to be a challenge unless you have access to Southeast Asia’s ESPN Star Sports channel.
For those in the States, the ATP website claims that you can find live streaming of the tournament on ESPN3 starting on Wednesday, September 29. But I didn’t see the tournament listed on the ESPN3 website, so I can’t guarantee it. TennisTV.com isn’t streaming it, either. A site like livescorehunter.com may provide some additional options for both the Thailand Open and the other ATP 250 in Malaysia this week (Davydenko, Soderling, Berdych.)
WTA fans are in luck this week. The Toray Pan Pacific Open, featuring defending champ Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva and nearly all the other top players besides the Williams sisters and Kim Clijsters – is a Premier event and therefore available any number of ways, including live streaming via good old TennisTV.com. Tennis Channel is broadcasting the Tokyo Open in the States.
TENNIS TV SCHEDULE: 2010 WTA TOKYO
All times eastern. All broadcast on TENNIS CHANNEL
Wednesday, September 29
11:00pm – 3:00am (Sept 30): WTA TOKYO quarterfinals – LIVE
Thursday, September 30
9:00am – 1:00pm: WTA TOKYO quarterfinals – repeat
Friday, October 1
12:00am – 4:00am: WTA TOKYO semifinals – LIVE
9:00am – 1:00pm: WTA TOKYO semifinals – repeat
Saturday, October 2
12:00am – 2:00am: WTA TOKYO final – LIVE
9:00am – 11:00am: WTA TOKYO final – repeat
12:00pm – 2:00pm: WTA TOKYO final – repeat
Sunday, October 3
6:00am – 10:00am: WTA TOKYO semifinals – repeat
10:00am – 12:00pm: WTA TOKYO final – repeat
You can also catch “Premiers” of this week’s ATP tournaments in Bucharest and Metz on Tennis Channel next weekend. Yeah, I know it’s lame. But that probably means replays of Nadal and del Po the weekend after that.