2014/07/30

Tennis Channel Offers Nearly 150 Hours of US Open Series Live and Same Day Coverage

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LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2014 – Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, will offer close to 150 live or first-run match hours during this summer’s Emirates Airline US Open Series, with coverage underway Thursday, July 21. The network will show encore replays throughout the five-week North American hard-court season, and devote more than 300 overall hours to this year’s competition. The eight-tournament series of men’s (ATP) and women’s (WTA) events is the annual lead up to the US Open in New York in late August.

 

Tournament coverage on Tennis Channel in 2014 will include semifinals, quarterfinals, round of 16 and early rounds. This year’s Emirates Airline US Open Series consists of: BB&T Atlanta Open (Atlanta – ATP); Citi Open (Washington, D.C. – ATP); Bank of the West Classic (Stanford, Calif. – WTA); Rogers Cup (Toronto – ATP and Montreal – WTA); Western and Southern Open (Cincinnati, Ohio – WTA/ATP); Winston-Salem Open (Winston-Salem, N.C. – ATP); Connecticut Open (New Haven, Conn. – WTA).

 

This summer marks the 11th consecutive year that Tennis Channel will have comprehensive coverage of the US Open Series – every summer since the circuit was founded by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in 2004. The network has been producing all series coverage for itself and fellow broadcasters ESPN and CBS Sports since 2008, minus the events in Cincinnati and Canada.

 

On-Air Talent

Hall of Famers, former players and widely respected sportscasters make up Tennis Channel’s stable of on-air talent throughout the year, and many will be in the booth or on the sidelines again during the 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series. Newly enshrined Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) is part of the network’s summer-analysts team, as are former players Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob), Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs) and Mark Knowles (@knowlzee10s). Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson), Ian Eagle and Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) are among the award-winning announcers calling the Emirates Airline US Open Series for Tennis Channel, along with Brian Webber (@bwwebber) and former player Leif Shiras (@LShirock). Coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), whose expertise has guided all-time greats Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, is new to the network’s series booth this year.

 

The 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series Tennis Channel first-run telecast schedule (all times ET) and on-air talent follows: (*indicates same-day delayed broadcast). Live coverage during the week of July 28 will bounce between the ATP and WTA events.  For encore replays, visit www.tennischannel.com/schedule.

 

July 24-26      BB&T Atlanta Open (ATP)

Thursday, July 24 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (round of 16)

Friday, July 25 – 9:15 p.m.-11 p.m. (quarterfinal)

Saturday, July 26 – 8 p.m.-10 p.m. (semifinal)

Talent: Play-by-Play – Robinson, Analyst – Gimelstob, Sideline Reporter – Knowles

 

July 28-Aug 2      Citi Open (ATP)

Monday, July 28 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (early round)

Tuesday, July 29 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (early round)

Wednesday, July 30 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (early round)

Thursday, July 31 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (round of 16)

Friday, Aug 1 – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (quarterfinals)

Saturday, Aug 2 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (semifinal)

Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Gimelstob, Sideline Reporter – Annacone

 

July 29-Aug 2      Bank of the West Classic (WTA)

Tuesday, July 29 – 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; 10 p.m.-midnight (early round)

Wednesday, July 30 – 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; 10 p.m.-midnight (early round)

Thursday, July 31 – 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; 10 p.m.-midnight (round of 16)

Saturday, Aug 2- 1 a.m.-3 a.m. (quarterfinal)*; 10 p.m.-midnight (semifinal)

Talent: Play-by-Play – Robinson, Analyst – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Stubbs

 

Aug 4-7           Rogers Cup (ATP/WTA)

Monday, Aug. 4 – 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (early round)

Tuesday, Aug. 5 – 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (early round)

Wednesday, Aug. 6 – 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (early round)

Thursday, Aug. 7 – 6 p.m.-10 p.m. (round of 16)

Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analysts – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Webber

 

Aug 11-13       Western & Southern Open (ATP/WTA)

Monday, Aug. 11 – 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (early round)

Tuesday, Aug. 12 – 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (early round)

Wednesday, Aug. 13 – 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (early round)

Talent:   Play-by-Play – Eagle and Haber,

Analysts – Davenport, Gimelstob, Stubbs, Annacone, Knowles

 

Aug 20-22       Winston-Salem Open (ATP)

Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; 9 p.m.-11p.m.* (round of 16)

Thursday, Aug. 21 – 9 p.m.-11 p.m.* (quarterfinal)

Friday, Aug. 22 – 9 p.m.-11 p.m.* (semifinal)

Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analyst – Knowles

 

Aug 20-21       Connecticut Open (WTA)

Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (round of 16)

Thursday, Aug 21 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (quarterfinal)

Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Stubbs

 

Tennis Channel will launch its 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series coverage with a 30-minute lead-in show live from the BB&T Atlanta Open prior to its first day of series coverage. The network will produce similar on-site lead-in programs prior to the first day of coverage at the Citi Open and every day of the Western & Southern Open.

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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 to Air International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2014 – Tennis Channel will offer live coverage as six-time Grand Slam tournament champion Lindsay Davenport is inducted into the International Tennis Lindsay Davenport Hall of Fame Saturday, July 12, at 12:30 p.m. ET. The ceremony will take place at the Hall’s historic grass-court stadium in Newport, R.I., and will include four other inductees. Davenport has been an on-air analyst with Tennis Channel since 2008.

 

The ceremony will feature speeches by the new Hall of Famers and the friends or family members that the inductees have personally picked to introduce them. Tickets for the event usually sell out, with 4,000 fans in the stands and another 300 watching a live simulcast in the Hall of Fame theater.

Davenport is one of five individuals slated for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this weekend. The other inductees include five-time Paralympic medalist and first wheelchair tennis ITF World Champion Chantal Vandierendonck; famous tennis coach Nick Bollettieri; Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA Jane Brown Grimes; and British tennis broadcaster and author John Barrett, who are all being recognized for their contributions to the growth and development of the sport.

In addition to the induction ceremony, Tennis Channel will be in Newport for live coverage of the Hall of Fame quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

 

Tennis Channel’s Live 2014 Hall of Fame Schedule:

Event

Date

Time ET

Quarterfinal 1

July 11

1:00 p.m.

Quarterfinal 2

July 11

3:00 p.m.

Induction Ceremony

July 12

12:30 p.m.

Semifinal 1

July 12

2:00 p.m.

Semifinal 2

July 12

4:00 p.m.

Final

July 13

2:00 p.m.

Inductees:

Lindsay Davenport: A former World No. 1 professional tennis player, she is a six-time Grand Slam champion in singles and doubles. She also holds an Olympic gold medal in singles.

Chantal Vandierendonck: The first female wheelchair tennis player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Vandierendonck was a three-time ITF World Champion and former world No. 1 in singles and doubles. She has won five Paralympic medals and seven singles titles at the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.

 

Nick Bollettieri: Founder of the IMG Academy, Bollettieri has coached 10 world No. 1 players, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova.  Bollettieri has set the bar for tennis coaching while also developing youth tennis programs in underserved communities.

 

Jane Brown Grimes: Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA since 2007, Brown Grimes has spent the past 29 years involved with the tennis industry. Among her many contributions, she helped build a strong foundation for the Hall of Fame as well as acted as a strong leader within the WTA.

 

John Barrett: One of the game’s premier historians and authors, Barrett has had played many roles in the tennis industry, including player, broadcaster, tournament director and equipment representative. He has worked on some of the sport’s most comprehensive works, including editing and contributing to “World of Tennis.”

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Tennis Channel Announces Nightly Wimbledon Primetime Schedule

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TENNIS CHANNEL’S NIGHTLY WIMBLEDON PRIMETIME
 BEGINS MONDAY, JUNE 23, AT 4 P.M. ET

Network to Devote 85 First-Run Hours, and Close to 215 Overall, to World’s Most Prestigious Grass-Court Competition during Two-Week Tournament

 

Navratilova, Courier, Davenport, Carillo, Macatee, Gimelstob, Stubbs and Wertheim Return to London in Tennis Channel’s Seventh Year, Along with Newcomer Annacone

TENNIS CHANNEL- LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2014 -Tennis Channel, will Bill Macatee dedicate close to 215 hours to Wimbledon during its seventh year of nightly Wimbledon Primetime coverage. Beginning with the opening day of play, Monday, June 23, the three-and-a-half-hour show will air each evening of the two-week competition, followed by immediate replays that run throughout the late night and early morning. The network plans 85 first-run Wimbledon Primetime hours in 2014, beginning at 4 p.m. ET the first night.

 

Since its debut in 2008, Tennis Channel’s first year of covering the sport’s oldest major, Wimbledon Primetime has been hosted by sportscaster Bill Macatee (@BMacatee) and offered a nightly recap of each day’s action. News, analysis, in-depth interviews and encore matches are interwoven with features and special segments to give American tennis audiences – typically at work while Wimbledon play takes place in London – a primetime television place to keep abreast of the tournament as it unfolds. In addition to Macatee,  Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova (@Martina) and Jim Courier, Wimbledon Primetime‘s signatures include Mary Carillo’s “Fleet Street Beat” panels with British media and daily “Unstrung” reports from Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim).

 

Based in the largest on-site studio on the grounds of the hallowed All England Lawn and Tennis Club, Wimbledon Primetime‘s other on-air team members include newly elected Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), who won singles and doubles crowns at the event in 1999, and 2001 and 2004 Wimbledon doubles champion Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs). Former player Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) also returns and, along with Macatee and Navratilova, has been a part of Tennis Channel’s team at every Grand Slam event the network has covered. Coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), who at different points helmed the careers of legends Pete Sampras and Roger Federer and now guides young American star Sloane Stephens, will appear regularly on Wimbledon Primetime for the first time this year.

 

Wimbledon Primetime typically runs in two editions each night of the two-week event, from 4 p.m. ET-7:30 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET-11 p.m. ET. There are three exceptions: the match-free, mid-tournament break Sunday, June 29, and championship weekend Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6. For the final weekend a single four-hour show will air from 6 p.m. ET-10 p.m. ET. Each evening, immediately following its first-run conclusion, Wimbledon Primetime will re-air throughout the night and early morning up to the following day’s play.

 

After the final edition of Wimbledon Primetime on Sunday, July 6, Tennis Channel will air a one-hour roundtable with network analysts at 10 p.m. ET. The conversation will review the fortnight in London and look ahead to the upcoming men’s and women’s summer hard-court seasons. Also new in 2014, special five-minute Center Court Wimbledon reports will run at 8 p.m. ET during the weekend leading into the tournament, Friday through Sunday, June 20-22. Additionally, on Saturday, June 21, Tennis Channel will televise the U.S. premiere of BBC documentary Andy Murray: Behind the Racquet, which offers an inside look at the first British man to win Wimbledon in almost eight decades. The film will run at 10 p.m. ET and again Sunday, June 22, at 11:30 p.m. ET – commercial free both nights.

 

During Wimbledon, Apple and Android users can access Tennis Channel’s app, Tennis Channel Everywhere, for free, regardless of whether or not they currently subscribe to the network. The app offers highlights, daily updates, Court Report news segments and player Bag Check videos. Select distribution partners also have made Tennis Channel’s live television stream available on the app through its authenticated TV Everywhere function, at no extra charge.

 

The network’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, is another digital venue for keeping up with Wimbledon this year. In addition to daily interviews and segments from Wimbledon Primetime, visitors can enter Tennis Channel’s “London Calling” sweepstakes and “Racquet Bracket” tournament prediction game. Longtime tennis reporters Steve Flink, Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) and Richard Evans (@Ringham7) will again file regular columns on the network site in 2014 as well. Tennis Channel is active on a variety of social media and digital platforms, among them Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel), Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/tennischannel)

 

Tennis Channel will devote 18 hours to the All England Lawn and Tennis Club’s hour-long daily highlights program throughout the tournament, typically from 11 p.m.-midnight ET, followed by encore replays on select nights. In the week immediately following the tournament, July 7-11, each night at 8 p.m. ET the network will air encore presentations of the men’s and women’s singles and doubles championships, as well as the mixed doubles final.

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Tennis Channel French Open Cross Promtional Partnerships

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TENNIS CHANNEL WORKS WITH NEW CROSS-PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS TO BRING ADDITIONAL FRENCH OPEN CONTENT TO FANS 

Exclusive Tie-Ins with Tennis Channel Give Viewers Additional Opportunities to Engage with Tournament Coverage

LOS ANGELES, JUNE 3, 2014 – Tennis Channel is joining forces with AccuWeather, ClearVision Airport Network and Le Pain Quotidien in a series of content partnerships that will help keep viewers informed and entertained during the network’s French Open coverage, underway May 25 – June 8.

“As an independent network, we always need cross-promotion partners who reach similar audiences to ours, enabling all parties to pool our resources,” said Robyn Miller, senior vice president of marketing, Tennis Channel. “AccuWeather, ClearVision Airport Network and Le Pain Quotidien exemplify this perfectly.”

The network’s partnership with AccuWeather, Inc. a leading global digital media company that provides up-to-the-minute weather reports and forecasts with Superior Accuracy™, will give Tennis Channel viewers a preview on what conditions the players will deal with during one of the most prestigious events of the year. AccuWeather.com features videos with corresponding graphics and articles that provide insider analysis from the experts at AccuWeather and Tennis Channel into the tournament’s weather conditions and how they might affect match play. The videos and articles are accessible across smartphones, tablets and computers.

ClearVision Airport Network will provide on-the-go French Open fans the chance to catch up on the day’s highlights while waiting in an airport terminal. Customized Court Reports will air each day during the French Open and will recap the day’s matches and preview the next day’s play. Airports include Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport.

Additionally, Tennis Channel and Le Pain Quotidien partnered to develop co-branded recipe cards for Le Pain Quotidien customers. The easy-to-make hummus and shaved vegetable tartine recipe will be available in over 70 Le Pain Quotidien restaurants during the French Open. Tennis fans can now enjoy a taste of Paris right from their own homes.

Tennis Channel’s French Open on-air talent, such as Martina Navratilova, Bill Macatee, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Carillo and Ted Robinson, among others, will bring tennis fans more than 250 hours of seemingly round-the-clock coverage at the 2014 tournament – one of the most esteemed tennis events of the year. During the event, the network plans close to 70 live match hours, with almost 60 hours of encore replays and 120 hours of French Open Tonight.

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2014 Roland Garros/French Open TV Schedule

Sunday, May 25

ESPN2/3

5:00-10:00 a.m. ET (live) R128

Tennis Channel

10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET (live) R128
7:00-10:00 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

NBC

12:00-3:00 p.m. ET (live) R128

Monday, May 26

ESPN2/3

5:00-10:00 a.m. ET (live) R128

Tennis Channel

10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET (live) R128
7:00-10:00 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

NBC

12:00-3:00 p.m. ET (live) R128

 

Tuesday, May 27

ESPN2/3

5:00-10:00 a.m. ET (live) R128

Tennis Channel
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET (live) R128
7:00-10:00 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

Wednesday, May 28

ESPN2/3

5:00-10:00 a.m. ET (live) R128

Tennis Channel
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET (live) R64
7:00-10:00 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

 

Thursday, May 29

ESPN2/3

5:00-10:00 a.m. ET (live) R128

Tennis Channel
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET (live) R64
7:00-10:00 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

Friday, May 30

ESPN2/3

5:00-10:00 a.m. ET (live) R128

Tennis Channel
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET (live) R32
7:00-10:00 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

 

Saturday, May 31

Tennis Channel

5:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET (live) R32
3:00-6:00 p.m. French Open Tonight

NBC
12:00-3:00 p.m. ET (live) R32

Sunday, June 1

Tennis Channel
5:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET (live) R16
4:00-7:00 p.m. French Open Tonight

NBC
1:00-4:00 p.m. ET (live) R16

Monday, June 2

ESPN2/3

5:00-10:00 a.m. ET (live) R128

Tennis Channel
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET (live) R16
7:00-10:00 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

Tuesday, June 3

Tennis Channel

8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET (live) quarterfinals
7:00-10:00 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

ESPN2/3

1:00-7:00 p.m. ET (live) quarterfinals

Wednesday, June 4

ESPN2/3

8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET (live) quarterfinals

Tennis Channel
7:00-10:00 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

Thursday, June 5

Tennis Channel
6:00-9:00 a.m. ET (live) mixed doubles final
7:00-11:30 p.m. ET French Open Tonight

ESPN2/3

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ET (live) women’s semifinals

NBC

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ET (live) women’s semifinals

Friday, June 6

Tennis Channel

7:00-11:00 a.m. ET (live) men’s semifinal #1
5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET men’s semifinals

NBC

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ET (live) men’s semifinal #2

Saturday, June 7

NBC
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET (live) women’s final

Tennis Channel

9:00-11:00 p.m. ET women’s final
11:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET men’s doubles final

Sunday, June 8

NBC

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ET (live) men’s final

Tennis Channel
9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET men’s final

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Tennis Channel Teams with Cox Communications to Serve TV Everyhwere in Time for the French Open

 

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LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2014 – Tennis Channel and distribution partner Cox Communications are bringing Cox subscribers TV Everywhere access to Tennis Channel in conjunction with the start of the French Open. At no additional cost, Cox users with a Tennis Channel subscription are now able to access the network’s linear coverage stream – from nearly everywhere – on a wide variety of platforms, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

The two-week French Open, one of the sport’s four majors and the most prestigious clay-court championship in tennis, will begin Sunday, May 25.

Now with the Cox Contour, Cox TV Connect, and Tennis Channel Everywhere apps active there are a number of ways for Cox customers to enjoy Tennis Channel live in home and on the go. The Tennis Channel Everywhere app has an authentication feature that allows Tennis Channel subscribers of participating distribution partners, Cox now among them, to access the network’s linear stream. Once Cox users download the Tennis Channel Everywhere app, they can tap into the live stream of Tennis Channel’s linear television programming by logging in through their Cox user ID and password.

“As we continue to roll out Tennis Channel TV Everywhere through our distribution partners like Cox Communications, we are excited to be able to give tennis fans the access and the content they both want and deserve,” said Patrick Wilson, senior vice president of distribution, Tennis Channel. “Viewers will now be able to take more than 85 percent of the live tennis available on television in the U.S. with them wherever they go and view it whenever they want.”

Tennis is unique among sports. It has overlapping events; multiple, simultaneous matches; and a variety of international time zones to contend with. Thus, tennis’ far-ranging, daylong tournament nature is tailor made for the mobile applications from Cox and Tennis Channel that allow fans to keep up with continuous, live play throughout the entire day with TV Everywhere.

Tennis Channel’s French Open on-air talent, such as Martina Navratilova, Bill Macatee, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Carillo and Ted Robinson, among others, will bring tennis fans more than 250 hours of seemingly round-the-clock coverage at the 2014 tournament – one of the most esteemed tennis events of the year. During the event, the network plans close to 70 live match hours, with almost 60 hours of encore replays and 120 hours of French Open Tonight.

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Jim Courier Joins Tennis Channel French Open Team: French Open Broadcast Schedule

 

LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2014 -Tennis Channel is adding 1991 and 1992 French Open Champion Jim Courier to its team for its eighth year of coverage at the Paris-based major. Starting with Opening Day Sunday, May 25, through the men’s semifinal round Friday, June 6, the network will offer 12 days of live coverage at the 2014 French Open, followed by same-day encore matches during championship weekend. In all, Tennis Channel will dedicate more than 250 round-the-clock hours to this year’s Roland Garros – 70 to live or first-run matches, almost 60 to encore replays and 120 to three-hour nightly show French Open Tonight (37-and-a-half first-run), hosted by Bill Macatee.

 

“I’m a big fan of the new things Tennis Channel is doing to enhance the coverage of our sport and I’ve enjoyed being a part of their coverage at other events the past few years,” said Courier. “Roland Garros is a very special place for me and I’m thrilled to get a chance to add this to the other events I get the opportunity to cover with the Tennis Channel team.”

 

Courier has steadily expanded his presence on Tennis Channel since joining the network at the US Open in 2012. Last year he became part of the network’s Wimbledon team and has added the Australian Open and BNP Paribas Open so far in 2014. With Roland Garros, the Hall of Famer will now contribute to Tennis Channel’s coverage at all four of the sport’s major events.

 

“Getting Jim Courier on our French Open All-Star team and thus, at all four majors for us, has been Tennis Channel’s goal for many years,” said Ken Solomon, chairman and CEO, Tennis Channel. “He’s a Hall of Famer, major champion, former No. 1, PowerShares Champion Series leader, current Davis Cup captain, and one of the most exceptional and highly regarded analysts in the sport today. His insight and ability to contextualize and deconstruct every aspect of the game are second to none. I really believe we have one of the strongest on-air teams in all of sports, and Jim’s addition in Paris adds to that significantly.”

 

Tennis Channel’s typical French Open daily schedule consists of nine-hour match blocks starting at 10 a.m. ET followed by French Open Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, which then re-airs throughout the night until the following morning on the eve of the upcoming day’s play (a complete schedule follows, below). Live coverage runs from 10 a.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET most days, with three-and-a-half hours of encore replays bridging the live programming and French Open Tonight.

 

French Open Tonight generally runs from 7 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET, then two more times until 4 a.m. In its eighth year – all of them hosted by Macatee, one of America’s top national sportscasters – the show gives American audiences a nightly digest of that day’s tournament excitement via interviews, highlights, features and full game or set replays when appropriate. Guests include players, coaches, Hall of Famers, tennis officials, occasional celebrities, reporters, Tennis Channel analysts and others associated with Roland Garros. The show’s tone reflects Macatee’s warm, conversational approach rather than the often too high-adrenaline world of televised sports, and takes place on an elevated studio set overlooking the tournament’s historic Musketeer Plaza.

 

During most early mornings, Tennis Channel will air daily highlights from 4 a.m. ET to 5 a.m. ET, produced by the tournament’s governing French Tennis Federation. This is just before ESPN2 begins its first-ball coverage at the start of each day’s play at 5 a.m. As they have done since 2007, Tennis Channel and ESPN2 are offering viewers virtually non-stop, 24-hour coverage of the French Open. Tennis Channel produces all telecasts for both networks, with each cross-promoting the other’s telecast.

 

On-Air Talent

In addition to Courier and Macatee (@Bmacatee), Tennis Channel’s French Open on-air team includes lead women’s analyst and Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova (@Martina), who has won more singles titles than anyone who has ever played professional tennis (among them two French Open championships). Navratilova and Macatee have appeared on air together during every one of Tennis Channel’s Grand Slam telecasts, beginning with the 2007 French Open.

 

Analyst Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) is working her fifth French Open for Tennis Channel. The former No. 1 was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame earlier this year and will become Tennis Channel’s most recent Hall of Famer when she is inducted this summer. She will be joined by fellow Grand Slam champions Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs) and Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob), who are in their third and eighth years in Paris for the network, respectively. Katrina Adams (@katadams68), who won 21 doubles titles as a WTA player and currently serves as First Vice President of the United States Tennis Association, is also on Tennis Channel’s analyst roster, for the seventh time.

Legendary coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), is known for guiding both Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, and currently instructs American star Sloane Stephens. He is in his first year as a member of Tennis Channel’s French Open analyst team, after joining the network in early 2014.

 

Live desk host, analyst and reporter Mary Carillo’s path has taken her from winning the French Open mixed-doubles title in 1977 to her status as one of television’s most admired journalists today. This will be her fourth French Open as a part of Tennis Channel’s on-air team. Tennis Channel’s award-winning announcers also have logged numerous hours in the network’s Paris booth prior to this year. They include Ted Robinson (eighth French Open for Tennis Channel), Ian Eagle (eighth), Brett Haber (@BrettHaber; third) and former player and longtime tennis broadcaster Leif Shiras (@LShirock; seventh).

Author and Sports Illustrated executive editor and senior writer Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) is covering his third French Open for Tennis Channel this year, and will again handle special reports and offer opinion for the network.

 

Broadband and Digital Coverage

When not watching television, fans can visit Tennis Channel’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, for interactive tournament draws, real-time scoring, photos, daily highlights, interviews, features and segments from French Open Tonight. Veteran reporters Steve Flink and Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) will file online columns from the City of Light again in 2014, while online visitors will have the chance to enjoy the network’s annual “Racquet Bracket” French Open prediction came.

 

Tennis Channel’s app, Tennis Channel Everywhere, is free to all Apple or Android users regardless of whether or not they currently subscribe to the television network. The app contains daily updates, online video highlights, Court Report news updates and player Bag Check clips. Additionally, many app users who subscribe to Tennis Channel are able to watch the network’s live television feed wherever they go, through its authenticated TV Everywhere function, made available by various distribution partners at no extra charge.

 

Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel), Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/tennischannel) offer other digital avenues for fans to stay engaged with Tennis Channel during the French Open.

 

Tennis Channel’s Live 2014 French Open Match Schedule

(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

 

Date                                        Time (ET)                  Event                                     

Sunday, May 25                      10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.        First-Round Action

Monday, May 26                    10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.        First-Round Action

Tuesday, May 27                    10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.        First-Round Action

Wednesday, May 28               10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.        Second-Round Action

Thursday, May 29                   10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.        Second-Round Action

Friday, May 30                       10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.        Third-Round Action

Saturday, May 31                   5 a.m.-Noon                Third-Round Action

Sunday, June 1                        5 a.m.-1 p.m.               Round-of-16 Action

Monday, June 2                      10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.        Round-of-16 Action

Tuesday, June 3                      8 a.m.-1 p.m.               Quarterfinals

Thursday, June 5                     6 a.m.-9 a.m.               Mixed-Doubles Final

Friday, June 6                         7 a.m.-11 a.m.             Men’s Semifinal

French Open encore match coverage on Tennis Channel this year will include same-day replays of men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, as follows (ET):

Wednesday, June 4 – 1 p.m.-7 p.m.: men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals

Thursday, June 5 – 2 p.m.-7 p.m.: women’s semifinals

Friday, June 6 – 5 p.m.-midnight: men’s semifinals

Saturday, June 7 – 12 a.m.-7 a.m.: men’s semifinals; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. women’s final

Sunday, June 8 – 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m.: women’s final; 9 p.m.-midnight: men’s final

(Additional encores will air after the tournament during the week of June 8)

The network will also show the men’s doubles final Saturday, June 7, at 11 p.m. ET, and women’s doubles final Monday, June 9, at 12 a.m. Both telecasts will be same-day delay.

Tennis Channel’s French Open Tonight Schedule (ET)

From Sunday, May 25, through Friday, May 30, French Open Tonight will premiere from 7 p.m.-10 p.m., followed immediately by back-to-back replays from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. and 1 a.m.-4 a.m. This lineup also will be used Monday, June through Wednesday, June 4.

During the first weekend, on Saturday, May 31, French Open Tonight will debut from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and re-air three consecutive times, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight and 12 a.m.-3 a.m. On Sunday, June 1, the show will originally run from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., and then encore from 7 p.m.-10 p.m., 10 p.m.-1 a.m. and 1 a.m.-4 a.m.

On Thursday, June 5, the final French Open Tonight will consist of a four-and-a-half hour special edition from 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m., and will run again once, from 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m.

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ASICS Easter Bowl Show To Air on Sunday on Tennis Channel

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (May 17, 2014) – The annual ASICS Easter Bowl national TV show will premiere this Sunday with multiple airings on Tennis Channel, according to tournament Chairman Lornie Kuhle.

The show will air Sunday, May, 18, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, immediately following the finals of the Italian Open. Another airing will take place later in the day at 10 p.m. PT.

Once again this year the show was edited and produced by award-winning Harold Hecht. The show is hosted by former ATP World Tour star Taylor Dent and USTA First Vice President Katrina Adams.

“We have another great show this year that we have produced and some surprises in there, as well,” said Kuhle, who served as the executive director on the show. “We are asking everyone to watch until the credits of the show for a nice tribute to longtime ASICS Easter Bowl friend and supporter Jackie Cooper.”

Kuhle’s good friend Cooper passed away last year, and Kuhle decided to honor Cooper and former women’s great Tory Fretz by naming a daily Sportsmanship Award after the two.

Fretz of the Coachella Valley was on hand the entire week during last month’s ASICS Easter Bowl handing out each of the awards.

Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Taylor Dent Junior Academy, Tennis Warehouse, TennisPlayer.net Digital Magazine, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters.

To keep up with all the ASICS Easter Bowl news, visit the website at www.easterbowl.com and check out the tournament on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EasterBowl) and Twitter (@easterbowl). For more information on ASICS, check out: www.ASICSAmerica.com and follow on Twitter @ASICSAmerica.

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U.S. Fed Cup Coverage on Tennis Channel this Weekend

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LOS ANGELES, April18, 2014 Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s playoff competition against France in St. Louis this weekend, with live world-whiparound telecasts on Center Court Saturday, April 19, beginning at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 20 ET, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Similar to the setup used at major events like the US Open, French Open and Wimbledon, Center Court utilizes a central-desk format and seamless coverage of matches playing simultaneously on multiple courts. The United States must defeat France to qualify for the 2015 Fed Cup tournament. Former Australian Open semifinalist (2013) Sloane Stephens will join Madison Keys, Varvara Lepchenko and Christina McHale as they fight for a spot in next year’s Fed Cup tournament after losing their first-round match to Italy in February.

 

In addition to televising the United States-FranceFed Cup playoff this weekend, Tennis Channel will cover the 2015 Fed Cup semifinals live on Center Court with Italy-Czech Republic play, in Ostrava, Czech Republic, beginning at 7 a.m. ET, and Germany-Australia competition in Brisbane, Australia, beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET.

 

Tennis Channel will also feature the men’s Monte Carlo tournament and the women’s Kuala Lumpur tournament this weekend, which feature such stars as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka and Dominika Cibulkova.

 

Coverage on Center Court is as follows (all time ET):

Saturday, April  19:

7a.m. – Live Singles #1 Italy v. Czech Republic 

7:30 a.m. – Live ATP Monte Carlo

4:30 p.m. –Live Singles #1 USA v. France

6:30 p.m. – Live Singles #2 USA v. France

10:45 p.m. – Live Singles #3 Germany v. Australia 

1a.m. – Live Singles #4 Germany v. Australia 

3a.m. – Live Doubles Germany v. Australia 

 

Sunday, April 20:

6a.m. – Live Singles Italy v. Czech Republic / WTA Kuala Lumpur

6:30a.m. – Live Doubles ATP Monte Carlo

9a.m. – Live Singles ATP Monte Carlo

2 p.m. – Live Singles #3 USA v. France

4p.m. – Live Singles #4 USA v. France

6p.m. – Live Doubles USA v. France

 

The United States and France have faced each other 11 times in Fed Cup play, with the United States winning all but one of those meetings. However, France captured its sole victory against the United States in 2003in the final.The American squad must defeat France in order to compete in the 2015 Fed Cup competition. The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup championships, the most recent in 2000.

 

Retired tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez, a member of the winning U.S. Fed Cup team in 1996, will lead the United States Fed Cup team for her sixth year as captain. Stephens reached her first seminal at a Grand Slam last year when she defeated Serena Williams in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. Keys received her first victory over a top-ten player last year at the Madrid Open when she defeated Li Na in the first round before falling to Angelique Kerber. Lepchenko had a breakout season last year when she advanced the fourth round at the French Open and the third rounds at both Wimbledon and the US Open. McHale earned praise for her impressive performance at the 2013 US Open in the third round before falling to former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.

 

If France wins this weekend it will qualify for a chance to play for the 2015 Fed Cup.  France’s team is captained by Amelie Mauresmo and features Alize Cornet, Caroline Garcia, Virginie Razzano and Claire Feuerstein.

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