(May 1, 2013) NEW YORK, N.Y. – “World Tennis” with Harry Cicma will return for a fifth season nationally on New England Sports Network (NESN & NESN National) with 18 high definition shows this Spring and Summer beginning May 31. Each episode will air twice a week on NESN-TV for 18 consecutive weeks.
Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the flagship sports Midwest Network, and the TV home for the Chicago Bulls, White Sox, Cubs and Blackhawks, has also picked up the show and will air 12 episodes starting on May 4.
Grand Slam Tennis Tours (www.GrandSlamTennisTours.com) and Albrecht Automotive (www.AlbrechtAuto.com) are the title sponsors for the 18 shows – AlbrechtAuto for 12 shows and Grand Slam Tennis Tours for the remaining six. Other sponsors include Babolat, Ashaway Tennis Strings, Boomer Tennisrobot.com, CruiseControlGear.com and “The Bud Collins History of Tennis” book published by New Chapter Press (www.NewChapterMedia.com).
This season’s series of shows includes interviews and features on tennis stars such as John Isner, Venus Williams, 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Martina Hingis, Andre Agassi, Anna Kournikova among others. The series also includes interviews with leading figures in the tennis industry and coaching tips from some of the country’s highly-regarded teaching instructors.
Excerpts from the show will also be available at www.WorldTennisMagazine.com and on the World Tennis Magazine YouTube channel following its airing on NESN.
The New England Sports Network (NESN) is the flagship station for both the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and is available on New England cable systems and nationally – in both standard definition and high definition through satellite TV providers DirectTV (Channel 628) and Dish Network (Channel 434). The Red Sox are a co-founder and majority owner (80 percent) of NESN with the Bruins owning the remaining 20 percent. NESN is delivered to over four million homes throughout New England and consistently receives higher ratings of any other national or regional sports channels in the region combined.
Cicma is an on-air correspondent for NBC Sports, the former sports producer and anchor at NBC in Providence, R.I.; CBS in Springfield, Mass., and ABC in Sioux City, Iowa. He also served as a commentator for other networks including Fox Sports Net and Tennis Channel and the U.S. Open tennis championship’s world feed. He is the TV voice of World Team Tennis, and host & producer of FOX Sports’ Ping Pong coverage, along with other productions on SNY, FOX, NESN and Comcast SportsNet. A former world-ranked doubles player, he is a graduate of Rutgers University.