The US Open women’s final between Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez attracted a larger audience on ESPN than the male showdown between Novak Djokovic e Daniil Medvedev, reported on Wednesday the sports broadcaster of the United States.
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Saturday’s broadcast of the women’s final peaked at 3.4 million viewers, while the men’s final, in which Russia’s Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title, peaked at 2.7 million on Sunday, it said. ESPN.
The women’s title clash between two teens averaged 2.44 million viewers, up 37% from the 2020 final, when Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka.
A day after 18-year-old Raducanu became the first tennis player from qualifier to win a Grand Slam, world number one in the men’s ranking Djokovic entered the court at Arthur Ashe stadium against second-ranked Medvedev in the male end.
A win for the Serb would make him the first man in 52 years to win all four Grand Slams in the same year and give him the 21st title, to pass Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.
The Sunday afternoon final, which typically faces stiff competition from viewers due to the first week of the NFL season, averaged 2.05 million viewers — 37% more than last year.
The 2021 edition of the US Open averaged 881,000 viewers in US prime time, a 33 percent jump from last year and a 13 percent increase in the two-week broadcast, ESPN said.
Channel 4, which signed a last-minute deal with UK rights holder Amazon Prime to stream the match for free, peaked at 9.2 million viewers during Raducanu’s unlikely victory.