2014/10/23

Signature Series: Arthur Ashe to Air on Tennis Channel

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Tennis Channel will celebrate the career of tennis pioneer, devoted activist and Hall of Famer Arthur Ashe in Signature Series: Arthur Ashe during the 2014 US Open. The newest edition to the network’s original Signature Series documentary lineup – Ashe’s first authorized television biography – will debut Sunday, August 31, at 11 p.m. ET at the conclusion of Tennis Channel’s US Open coverage. A complete schedule of episode airdates can be found on the channel’s website at www.tennischannel.com/schedule.

Signature Series: Arthur Ashe delves into the  tennis career, activism and untimely death of one of the most respected athletes of all time. In a pantheon with other 20th Century agents of change like Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens and Muhammed Ali, Ashe is remembered as a man who broke color barriers and affected human rights issues.  With perhaps nothing more important to him than education and the opportunities it can afford people, of all walks of life, Ashe took a leading role in advancing this cause of using a locker room as a means of promoting the classroom.  The dignity and grace with which he led his life, on and off the tennis court and in the face of his own mortality, remain respected around the world.

“Arthur Ashe’s legacy transcends tennis and even sports, and this is a story that simply had to be told,” said Ken Solomon, chairman and CEO, Tennis Channel. “For the first time television audience will experience Arthur in the context of history and learn why he was one of the greatest social leaders our world has seen.”

An eventual World No. 1, Ashe began as an outsider in tennis, an African-American unable to play junior tournaments – or even walk onto the same court with a white opponent – because of racial segregation laws in his home state of Virginia. He went on to lead the University of California Los Angeles’ championship tennis team, and became the first African-American to play for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963. This landmart “first” was one of many in a lifetime of firsts for Ashe.  He later became the first man to win the US Open in 1968, its inaugural year. In doing so, he also became the first – and to this day only – African-American man to win the singles title at the US Open or the U.S. National Championships, as the tournament was known before the Open Era.

Ashe added to his place in history with championships at the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975, also firsts for an African-American man. Even today his Wimbledon championship upset of Jimmy Connors is considered a match for the ages.  Ashe remains the only black man to win singles championships at the US Open, Wimbledon or the Australian Open. He also, with 1983 French Open winner Yannick Noah of France, became one of only two black men to win a major tennis singles title. He finished his career with 33 titles overall.

This documentary, however, charts the story of not only a Grand Slam champion, but also a lifetime leader, humanitarian, philanthropist and human rights activist who worked with three different U.S. presidents. Known for his character, Ashe’s passionate and tireless leadership translated into many causes – both politically and socially. He protested South African apartheid, championing human rights and serving as a beacon of hope to the people suffering under segregation there. Ashe became such a virtuous example to South Africans that they nicknamed him “Sepo” or “Hope.” After decades in prison, future South African president Nelson Mandela immediately sought a meeting with Ashe upon his release. Ashe was also committed to protesting U.S. crackdowns on Haitian refugees. He was arrested twice while demonstrating his beliefs regarding these issues. Above all Ashe was a fierce advocate of educational empowerment, and gave back to his community throughout his life. Paramount among his achievements may be his role as a founding member of National Junior Tennis and Learning, a non-profit dedicated to helping underprivileged youth through tennis.

“We are humbled to be able to honor Arthur Ashe’s memory in this edition of Signature Series,” said Laura Hockridge, vice president, original programming, Tennis Channel. “His actions as a player have helped to mold the sport as we know it today, and his convictions as an activist continue to inspire people and motivate positive change in the world.”

In 1992, Ashe announced that he had contracted AIDS during a blood transfusion years earlier while receiving treatment after heart surgery. In doing so, he became an early and public face for raising awareness about the disease. Ashe, with his wife Jeannne, helped to bring attention to AIDS by founding the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS, which generated funds for study into treating, curing and preventing the disease, with the eventual goal of finding a cure. He continued to bring light to the plight of AIDS victims by speaking before the U.N. General Assembly, inciting a call to action for delegates to increase funding for research and see the virus as a global issue. At a local level, Ashe also founded the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. He designed the institute to address poor health care delivery issues amongst urban minorities. Ashe died in 1993 of AIDS-related pneumonia.

“The greatness of Arthur Ashe was not his tennis. It was the way he carried himself and what he tried to create. He represented so many good ideals and values … and I always believed that America lost a great deal when we lost Arthur Ashe,’ said longtime friend and agent of Arthur Ashe, Donald Dell, in an interview that appears in the documentary.

Spending nine years in the World Top 10, Ashe contributed more to the sport than just great match play and big wins. In response to tennis’ growing popularity and the stalemate of tennis professionals’ earnings, he co-founded the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) with Jack Kramer and others in 1972. The ATP was formed to represent the interests and rights of the men who made their living on the pro tennis circuit. Ashe served as president for two years and went on to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. Today he is the namesake of the main venue at the US Open, “Arthur Ashe Stadium,” the largest tennis arena in the world. It was Ashe’s dedication to promoting equality and championing human rights – both in his professional and personal life – that keeps him in the hearts and minds of the public.

Ashe’s family, friends and contemporaries have joined together to help Tennis Channel honor the tennis great by speaking about their fondest memories of him on camera. Each was asked to write a personal letter to Ashe from the present, addressing the ways in which his legacy lives and the changes in the world today because of him.  Read in “Dear Arthur” segments throughout, the letters form the pillars of the film’s structure. His brother Johnnie Ashe, Ambassador Andrew Young, prize winning sports writer Frank Deford and tennis icon Billie Jean King are among those featured.  Other interviewees include contemporaries like all-time great Rod Laver and Cliff Drysdale, and tennis chroniclers Richard Evans and Steve Flink.

Signature Series: Arthur Ashe is a a part of Tennis Channel’s on going  Signature Series documentary lineup. Other tennis personalities and subjects have included Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Vitas Gerulaitis, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Rene Lacoste, Bud Collins and the sport’s centuries-old origins.

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Bethanie Mattek-Sands to be a part of Tennis Channel’s US Open Coverage Team

LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2014 – Bethanie Mattek-Sands – a 2012 mixed doubles Australian Open champion will be part of Tennis Channel’s US Open coverage team Monday, Aug. 25 -Wednesday, Aug. 27. Sidelined from tournament play with a left hip injury, Mattek-Sands will appear on Tennis Channel’s set on the second level of Arthur Ashe Stadium to offer original insider analysis during the network’s coverage, with possible in-booth duties.

“I’m excited to join Tennis Channel during one of the biggest and most exciting tournaments of the year,” said Mattek-Sands.

Ranked as high as No. 30 in singles and No. 11 in doubles, Mattek-Sands has been on the WTA pro circuit since 2005. Mattek-Sands is known for her daring on-court outfits and often colorful hair. She brings to Tennis Channel her intimate knowledge of the current state of the WTA pro circuit as well as her candid and humorous personality.

Tennis Channel’s 2014 US Open coverage begins Aug. 25, with the network devoting more than 260 hours to the 15-day US Open. Beyond Tennis Channel’s near 75 hours of live coverage, this includes almost 60 hours of encore matches, four hours of daily lead-in show Tennis Channel Live at the US Open, and 130 hours of nightly US Open Tonight and daily Breakfast at the Open. For a complete schedule go to www.tennischannel.com/schedule.

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2014 US Open Broadcast Schedules for CBS, ESPN2 and Tennis Channel

 

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2014 US Open Broadcast Schedule – CBS CBS Sports NetworkESPN/ESPN2Tennis Channel

 

Tue. 8/19

1pm-9pm

US Open Qualifying

CBS Sports Network

 

Wed. 8/20

1pm-9pm

US Open Qualifying

CBS Sports Network

 

Thu. 8/21

11am-1pm

US Open Qualifying

CBS Sports Network

 

7pm-9pm

US Open Qualifying

CBS Sports Network

 

Fri. 8/22

11am-1pm

US Open Qualifying

CBS Sports Network

 

5pm-7pm

US Open Qualifying

CBS Sports Network

 

Sun. 8/24

Noon-1:30pm

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

CBS

 

1:30pm-2pm

US Open Tribute Show

CBS

 

Mon. 8/25

10:30am-11am

Live at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

11am-7pm*

First Round

Tennis Channel

 

1pm-6pm

First Round

ESPN

 

6pm-11pm

Primetime at the US Open: First Round

ESPN2

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Tue. 8/26

6am-10:30am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10:30am-11am

Live at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

11am-7pm*

First Round

Tennis Channel

 

1pm-7pm

First Round

ESPN

 

7pm-11pm

Primetime at the US Open: First Round

ESPN

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Wed. 8/27

6am-10:30am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10:30am-11am

Live at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

11am-7pm*

Men’s First Round/Women’s Second Round

Tennis Channel

 

1pm-6pm

Men’s First Round/Women’s Second Round

ESPN

 

6pm-11pm

Primetime at the US Open: Second Round

ESPN2

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Thu. 8/28

6am-10:30am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10:30am-11am

Live at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

11am-7pm*

Second Round

Tennis Channel

 

1pm-6pm

Second Round

ESPN

 

6pm-11pm

Primetime at the US Open: Second Round

ESPN2

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Fri. 8/29

6am-10:30am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10:30am-11am

Live at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

11am-7pm*

Men’s Second Round/Women’s Third Round

Tennis Channel

 

1pm-6pm

Men’s Second Round/Women’s Third Round

ESPN

 

6pm-11pm

Primetime at the US Open: Men’s Second Round/Women’s Third Round

ESPN2

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Sat. 8/30

6am-11am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10am-11am

Today at the US Open

CBS Sports Network

 

11am-12noon

Third Round

CBS Sports Network

 

11am-6:00pm

Third Round

CBS

 

3:30pm-6:00pm

Third Round

CBS Sports Network

 

7pm-11pm

Third Round

Tennis Channel

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Sun. 8/31

6am-11am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10am-11am

Today at the US Open

CBS Sports Network

 

11am-6pm

Men’s Third Round/Women’s Round of 16

CBS/CBS Sports Network

 

7pm-11pm

Men’s Third Round/Women’s Round of 16

Tennis Channel

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Mon. 9/1

6am-11am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10am-11am

Today at the US Open

CBS Sports Network

 

11am-6pm

Round of 16

CBS/CBS Sports Network

 

7pm-11pm

Primetime at the US Open: Round of 16

ESPN2

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Tue. 9/2

6am-10:30am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10:30am-11am

Live at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

11am-7pm

Men’s Round of 16/Women’s Quarterfinals

ESPN

 

11am-7pm**

Men’s Round of 16/Various Doubles Matches

Tennis Channel

 

7pm-11pm

Primetime at the US Open: Men’s Round of 16/Women’s Quarterfinal

ESPN

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Wed. 9/3

6am-10:30am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10:30am-11am

Live at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

11am-7pm**

Doubles/Juniors

Tennis Channel

 

Noon-6pm

Quarterfinals

ESPN

 

6pm-11pm

Primetime at the US Open: Quarterfinals

ESPN2

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Thu. 9/4

6am-10:30am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

10:30am-11am

Live at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

11am-7pm**

Doubles/Juniors

Tennis Channel

 

Noon-6pm

Men’s Quarterfinal/Doubles

ESPN

 

7pm-8pm

Special Doubles Exhibition

Tennis Channel

 

8pm-11pm

Primetime at the US Open: Men’s Quarterfinal

ESPN

 

11pm-6am

US Open Tonight

Tennis Channel

 

Fri. 9/5

6am-11am

Breakfast at the US Open

Tennis Channel

 

12:30pm-6pm

Mixed Doubles Final/Women’s Singles Semifinals

CBS

 

6pm-7am

US Open Daily Match Encores

Tennis Channel

 

Sat. 9/6

7am-11am

US Open Daily Match Encores

Tennis Channel

 

Noon-6pm

Men’s Singles Semifinals/Women’s Doubles Final

CBS

 

6pm-8pm

US Open Daily Match Encores

Tennis Channel

 

8pm-2am

US Open Daily Match Encores

Tennis Channel

 

Sun. 9/7

6:30am-12:30pm

US Open Daily Match Encores

Tennis Channel

 

12:30pm-2:30pm

Men’s Doubles Final

ESPN2

 

4:30pm-7pm

Women’s Singles Final

CBS

 

8:30pm-9:30pm

SportsCenter at the US Open

ESPN2

 

9:30pm-1:30am

US Open Daily Match Encores

Tennis Channel

 

Mon. 9/8

9am-5pm

US Open Daily Match Encores

Tennis Channel

 

5pm-8pm

Men’s Singles Final

CBS

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US Open – Time Warner Cable Sweepstakes

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(July 11, 2014) NEW YORK, NY– Time Warner Cable and Tennis Channel are giving customers a chance to experience the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships like never before.  Now through July 31st, Time Warner Cable Facebook fans can enter the 2014 US Open VIP Experience presented by Time Warner Cable and Tennis Channel to be one of the two lucky Grand Prize winners to win a five-day trip for two to New York to attend select US Open Tournament matches – scheduled for September 2 through September 6, 2014.

 

Grand Prize winners will receive:

–          Round trip flights for two to New York City

–          Five (5) days/four (4)-night hotel accommodations for two

–          Two tickets to an earlier round US Open match

–          Two tickets to a later round US Open match

–          $500 spending money

–          Tennis Channel Experience for two which includes: a Tennis Channel set tour, visit to Broadcast truck; meet + greet with Tennis Channel talent

-          Access to Time Warner Cable Studios at the US Open

 

To participate, customers must ‘like’ Time Warner Cable on Facebook and complete the registration page (http://on.fb.me/VCCGLk).  Customers must be members of the Time Warner Cable Facebook community before registering.  Entries must be completed and submitted by 11:59 PM/ Eastern Time on July 31, 2014.

 

Winners will be notified via email and/or phone by August 4, 2014.

 

For updates and exclusive offers and extras, customers can like the TWC Facebook page and follow @TWC on Twitter.

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Open to legal U.S. residents who are Time Warner Cable residential subscribers in good standing, residing in a serviceable area of Time Warner Cable and those living in the same household in the following states/areas: AL, AZ, CA, CO (only in Gunnison), GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MA, MI, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV, or WI, and 18 years of age or older as of 6/30/14.

 

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Tennis Channel Opens Best of 5 Hearthrobs to Fans

 

LOS ANGELES, MARCH 17, 2014 – Tennis Channel’s original series Best of 5 is asking for fans’ help to choose the top five male and female heartthrobs of professional tennis in Best of 5 Heartthrobs, which will premiere during the 2014 US Open. Based on viewer votes, the show will count down the five hottest ATP and WTA fan favorites in today’s game.

Best of 5 Heartthrobs’ voters will be able to choose between a list of the 20 most handsome men and 20 most beautiful ladies in the game. This initial list features the big tennis stars that viewers will expect, such as Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer, but it will also include up-and-coming tennis champs, such as Grigor Dmitrov and Eugenie Bouchard. Fans can add to the list of Tennis Channel’s heartthrobs by tweeting us @TennisChannel with #bestof5. If the network receives enough tweets for someone, it will add them to the Best of 5 Heartthrobs list for contention.

“It’s great to be able to engage socially with viewers through this Best of 5 Heartthrobs countdown,” said Laura Hockridge, vice president of original programming. “Tennis is such a personality-driven sport, so we wanted to give fans the opportunity to interact with us while at the same time voting for their favorite tennis champ. It’ll be exciting to see who is elected to the top-five list; it’s anyone’s game at this point.”

Tennis fans can see the list of heartthrobs and vote now at http://www.tennischannel.com/bestof5_heartthrobs/.

Additional pictures of our tennis heartthrobs will be featured on the Tennis Channel Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/tennischannel/tennis-channel-heartthrobs/.

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Tennis Channel and Mary Carillo Agree to Three-Year Contract Extension

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(February 27, 2014) Tennis Channel and Mary Carillo have agreed to a three-year broadcast extension that expands her role with the network and keeps her on air through 2016. In addition to her current French Open, Wimbledon and US Open assignments, the Emmy Award-winning sportscaster will cover March’s Sony Open Tennis tournament in Miami – one of the sport’s six largest events – and numerous other competitions throughout the year from Los Angeles as part of Tennis Channel’s in-studio team. The announcement was made today by Bob Whyley, senior vice president of production and executive producer, Tennis Channel.

 

“This is a fascinating time to cover tennis and I’ve had a lot of fun as part of the Tennis Channel team,” said Carillo. “With everything that’s going on in the sport right now I’m happy to be there with the network as it all unfolds.”

 

Carillo joined Tennis Channel in 2011, when she hosted the network’s live tournament desks at the French Open in Paris and US Open in New York. In 2012 she added Wimbledon to the list and appeared in numerous segments on the network’s Wimbledon Primetime set on the tournament grounds in London. She was part of Tennis Channel’s on-air team at all three events again in 2013. Carillo made select on-air appearances during Tennis Channel’s 2012 coverage of Miami’s Sony Open Tennis tournament, an event she will add to her annual duties starting in 2014.

 

As an on-air host during Tennis Channel’s coverage at major tournaments, Carillo conducts interviews, produces special reports and offers analysis and perspective. Her numerous segments include “Fleet Street Beat” during Wimbledon, in which she convenes a panel of longtime British tennis reporters for Tennis Channel’s American audiences. She has been praised by network viewers and sports reporters alike for the energy, enthusiasm and tone she brings to Tennis Channel’s major telecasts.

 

“It’s been a privilege to work with Mary at the most prestigious events in our sport, and we’re excited that Tennis Channel viewers will get to see even more of her in the years ahead,” said Whyley. “Her humor, tennis expertise and innate sense of story have been invaluable additions to our on-air coverage.”

 

A former tennis player who won the 1977 French Open mixed-doubles crown with childhood friend John McEnroe, Carillo remains one of the most respected voices in sports journalism today. After retiring from professional tennis in 1980, she began her on-air career as a tennis analyst for USA Network, and has since covered a variety of sports for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, HBO Sports, ESPN and Bravo. Carillo is renowned for a no-nonsense approach laced with wit and humor, and is widely recognized for her work at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games for NBC Sports, and as a correspondent on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

 

A Sports Emmy Award and George Foster Peabody Award winner, Carillo was the first female winner of the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism (in 2010). Tennis magazine has repeatedly named her “Best TV Commentator,” while women’s professional tennis’ governing body, the WTA, has twice honored her as its “Broadcaster of the Year.”

 

Carillo spent much of the past three weeks at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as part of the NBC Sports on-air team. Among her special reports was the documentary Nancy & Tonya, a 20-year-retrospective of the infamous Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding storyline at the 1994 Winter Olympics.a

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Murray Beats Querrey to Send Great Britain to the Davis Cup Quarterfinals

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By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

 

(February 2, 2014) SAN DIEGO – With the Americans’ place in the 2014 Davis Cup World Group on the line, Sam Querrey ran neck and neck with Andy Murray today.  Unfortunately, he only kept pace with the 2-time major champion for two sets. Of those, he won just one. Therein lies the story of the match.  After a valiant effort, Querrey succumbed 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 in 2 hours and 54 minutes at Petco Park In San Diego.  Such is the challenge of playing against a member of the modern game’s “Big Four.”

 

“I had some ups and downs definitely,” Querrey said reflecting on the weekend. “Still bummed I lost that first one…but I’m proud of myself for putting it behind me and coming out strong today.” While Querrey was miles more competitive today than he managed to be on Friday versus James Ward, his loss clinched the tie for Great Britain.

 

Andy Murray, all but singlehandedly wiping the negative recent history of British tennis, guaranteed his side their first berth in the World Group quarterfinals for 28 years.  For your reference, Murray is 26 years old.

 

Despite the loss, US captain Jim Courier found positives in his team’s performance.  “We kept our heads together,” he said.  “I was proud of Sam and the way he competed.  I think Donald (Young) got some valuable experience…. Of Course Bob and Mike (Bryan) did that they do so well, which is compete hard and typically get us the win.”

 

Despite the unpredictable way in which the tie ultimately played out: Isner’s injury, Querrey’s flat opening performance and two ruthless displays by Murray, one questionable call may have played a major part in writing the final script, the Americans’ choice of a red clay surface.  Courier defended the choice at every turn throughout the week, pointing to strong prior performances by his squad on the terre battue. For his part at least, Murray was skeptical, “I was surprised they put it on clay, to be honest,” he said, even noting that the surface may have been helped Britain to victory.  “Yeah, obviously, it did have a bearing in the tie, for Sam especially.  I think his best surface is hard courts….I don’t know if they thought I wasn’t going to play because I had problems on clay last year with my back and coming off surgery.  So I don’t know”

 

Oddly enough, the road for the advancing team, Great Britain, on paper at least, becomes presumably easier than that for the losing American squad.  The Brits will play their next World Group tie away versus an Italian team headlined by Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini.  The United States, in falling to the World Group playoffs for the first time since 2010, could potentially face three teams headlined by major champions: (Spain, Serbia and Argentina) or our surging neighbor to the north, Canada, just to stay in the World Group for 2015.

 

By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

Murray’s not quite thinking about the next tie just yet.  Still in the midst of recovery, the Dunblane native is still working his way back to playing his best ball.  “I’m proud of the way I’m playing just now because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I wanted to be,” said Murray. “I’m still not quite there yet, but winning matches of that length and quality so soon after the surgery is good.”

With a tough challenge behind him and Murray’s mood lightening, he added “I’ll have done 13 weeks consecutively without a break of training and I’m playing tournaments to try and get myself back.  I need a break now, so I’ll take some days off after I get home, because I deserve it.”

 

Related articles:

Motivated Murray Dismisses Young

Expectations, Or The Lack Thereof; Ward Upsets Querrey

Teams On The Edge

 

 

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“Battle of the Sexes” Pro-Celebrity Doubles Match will Feature Actors Rainn Wilson and Jason Biggs

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USTA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS OF WOMEN IN TENNIS

1973 SAW THE FORMATION OF THE WTA; EQUAL PRIZE MONEY FOR WOMEN AND MEN AT THE US OPEN; BILLIE JEAN KING’S TRIUMPH OVER BOBBY RIGGS

“Battle of the Sexes” Pro-Celebrity Doubles Match will Feature Actors Rainn Wilson and Jason Biggs Taking on Tennis Greats Chris Evert and Monica Seles

In Arthur Ashe Stadium on the Evening of Thursday, September 5

Match to be Broadcast Live on Tennis Channel

  Al Roker to Serve as Chair Umpire

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 4, 2013 – The USTA today announced that as part of its ongoing celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the WTA, of equal prize money for women and men at the US Open, and for the historic win by Billie Jean King over Bobby Riggs, it will hold a “Battle of the Sexes” doubles match featuring actors Rainn Wilson and Jason Biggs taking on tennis greats Chris Evert and Monica Seles. The match will be broadcast live on Tennis Channel.

 

Prior to the doubles match, the USTA Chairman of the Board and President Dave Haggerty will be joined by Billie Jean King, and WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster to look back at the historic year of 1973, a year that  brought radical change to the sports world and the sport of tennis.  The formation of the WTA, led by Billie Jean King, gave woman a voice for the first time in their sport.

 

Wilson, best known for his role in the hit TV series “The Office,” currently starring in “Orange is the Black,” Biggs, and is known for his role in the “American Pie” trilogy.  Evert and Seles, will be joined by the Today Show’s Al Roker, who will serve as chair umpire for this fun exhibition that will put a contemporary spin on the King-Riggs classic.

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Djokovic – Nadal French Open Semifinal to Air LIVE on Tennis Channel

 

LOS ANGELES, JUNE 6, 2013 – Novak Djokovic (1) and Rafael Nadal (3) will meet Live on Tennis Channel in the semi-finals of the 2013 French Open on Friday, June 7th at 7:00 a.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s French Open broadcast team of Ted Robinson and John McEnroe will call the match. For local listings visit www.tennischannel.com.

 

Eights are wild in Roland Garros as the top-seeded Djokovic looks for his first French Open title to become just the eighth man in tennis history to complete the career Grand Slam, while Nadal goes in search of his record eighth French Open title. The winner will take on the winner of the other men’s semi-final featuring Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) and David Ferrer (4). That match will be seen on NBC on Friday at 11:00 a.m. ET.

 

Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, has offered tennis fans wall-to-wall coverage of the two-weeks at Roland Garros. The network provided over 70 live match hours, more than 65 hours of encore replays, and 114 hours of French Open Tonight. Tennis Channel devoted more than 200 hours of seemingly round-the-clock coverage to the world’s most prestigious clay-court event this year.

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Tennis Channel Offers Free App During French Open

 

PARIS, May 26, 2013 – Tennis Channel is introducing a free mobile app during the 2013 French Open that will allow fans to watch the network’s match coverage on their favorite tablets and mobile devices.  The App is named Tennis Channel Everywhere

 

Tennis Channel Everywhere will be available on Apple and Android platforms beginning today with live French Open match coverage set to begin the first day of the French Open, Sunday, May 26, and continue through Sunday, June 2.  Archived matches will be available on demand throughout and following the tournament.  The app is available to everyone, regardless of whether or not they currently subscribe to Tennis Channel.

 

Similar to the live and on-demand streams Tennis Channel has offered on its Web site since its first year of French Open coverage in 2007, Tennis Channel Everywhere allows viewers to choose from multiple matches at the world’s most prestigious clay-court event.  These include Court Philippe Chatrier, Court Suzanne-Lenglen and the other currently televised courts throughout the tournament grounds.

 

“The French Open is two weeks of dramatic storylines and one of the most prestigious events in all of sports, the ideal event for us to introduce Tennis Channel Everywhere,” said Ken Solomon, chairman and CEO, Tennis Channel.  “Tennis Channel has become the television home of our sport throughout the year, and a mobile app is the next step in our effort to be an always-on, reliable source for fans everywhere – in this case expanding to let viewers watch everywhere from the beach in Miami to walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, whenever they want.  This is really version 1.0 though, just a glimpse of what it will rapidly grow into with the help of our distribution partners and the fact that tennis, by its multi-event, multi-player nature, is the perfect sport to lead this fast-developing arena.”

 

The app is comparable to the video page on Tennis Channel’s Web site, and will offer daily highlights, interviews and other segments from nightly show French Open Tonight, as well as popular short clips like Bag Check features and Court Report news updates.

 

Users can download the Tennis Channel Everywhere  mobile app for Apple at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id651092377?mt=8 and Android at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tennischannel.tceverywhere.

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