June 28, 2017

Tennis Channel’s Wimbledon Primetime Coverage Begins July 3

TENNIS CHANNEL’S WIMBLEDON PRIMETIME COVERAGE BEGINS JULY 3

 

Network will Dedicate More than 200 Hours to Tennis’ Oldest Major

 

Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova, Jim Courier and Lindsay Davenport

Join Veteran Broadcasters Mary Carillo, Bill Macatee and Others in London

 

LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2017 -Tennis Channel will broadcast from the All England Lawn Tennis Club for its 10th year of Wimbledon Primetime beginning on the tournament’s first day, Monday, July 3. The network plans to dedicate more than 200 hours to Wimbledon coverage over the two-week event. Wimbledon Primetime will air each night of the competition followed by encore presentations that run throughout the late night. Tennis Channel will offer 100 hours of first-run Wimbledon Primetime, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET on July 3.

 

Wimbledon Primetime looks at each day’s play, delivering important news, expert analysis and encore matches from the famed grounds in London. The nightly show gives viewers a chance to catch-up on the action that took place at the tournament while many Americans are at work. As with years past, Wimbledon Primetime will feature Tennis Channel’s deep roster of commentators and broadcasters. Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova (@Martina) and Jim Courier will serve as lead analysts. Fellow Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) will also be in the booth. The two women share a combined 22 Wimbledon titles across singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Joining the network’s Hall of Famers will be coach and former Wimbledon mixed-doubles semifinalist Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob), and legendary coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone). Annacone, who is known for coaching two of Wimbledon’s greatest champions in Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, will coach three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka during the tournament this year.

 

Host and reporter Mary Carillo will provide special features and analysis, and join panel discussions throughout the tournament. Sharing hosting duties with Carillo is Bill Macatee (@BMacatee), who is back for his 10th year at Wimbledon with Tennis Channel. New to the announcing team this year are veteran broadcaster Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) and Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman). They will be joined by Sports Illustrated executive editor and senior writer Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim), a year-round reporter for Tennis Channel. He will offer analysis and produce in-depth essays in his unique storytelling style throughout the tournament. In a repeat of his time with Tennis Channel at Roland Garros, Boris Kodjoe (@BorisKodjoe) will head to Wimbledon as a juniors analyst. Likewise, actor Omar Miller (@OmarMiller) will also provide “Advantage Omar” segments for the network, as he did during the French Open, while he explores London.

 

There are usually two editions of Wimbledon Primetime each night, with the episodes highlighting different matches. The network will broadcast encore presentations of both throughout the late evening. During the first week of the tournament, Wimbledon Primetime will generally run from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET. For the second week, Wimbledon Primetime will have the two-episode format every day except Thursday, July 13, and will typically air during the late afternoon Eastern Time. The women’s and men’s championships will air Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, at 6 p.m. ET respectively. For a complete schedule of all Wimbledon coverage please visit: http://tennischannel.com/schedule.

 

Live on Friday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET, the network will offer its annual look at the tournament draw with Racquet Bracket: Wimbledon. Steve Weissman, Leif Shiras (@lshirock), Jimmy Arias (@ariastennis) and Chanda Rubin (@Chanda_Rubin) will break down the bracket and look ahead to tough matchups and surprises that may be on the way. On Sunday, July 2, at 8 p.m. ET viewers can find the same team during Tennis Channel’s Wimbledon Preview. This program focuses less on the draw itself and looks forward to the various storylines and players ahead of the tournament. On Sunday, July 2, at 9:30 p.m. ET, Tennis Channel will premiere Holding Serve with Judy Murray. Murray, the mother of World No. 1 Andy Murray and the first British Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry in 1935, discusses her life coaching her sons and how the sport has grown in Scotland with Carillo. Additionally, Tennis Channel will air classic Wimbledon matches the week prior to the tournament, including the 2008 final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, which many consider to be the greatest match of all-time.

 

All Wimbledon Primetime segments and interviews will be available digitally for online viewers. Along with its Wimbledon Primetime segments, all of the network’s short-form productions will be accessible digitally as well on as TennisChannel.com and Tennis magazine’s Tennis.com, the latter a recent addition to the family of network parent Sinclair Broadcast Group. These short-form pieces include “Destination Tennis,” “TenniStory,” “Advantage Omar” and “Mary in London,” as well as Tennis Channel’s multiplatform series My Tennis Life, which follows professional players Nicole Gibbs and Sam Groth.

 

Tennis Channel and Tennis magazine’s websites will also share content from each outlets’ reporters during the tournament.

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Tennis Channel French Open Broadcast Schedule; James Blake Added to On-Air Team

More than 100 Live Hours Planned from First Day of Play to Championship Sunday, with Another 500 Hours of Digital Competition on Tennis Channel Plus

LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2016 -Expanding the most comprehensive French Open coverage in television, Tennis Channel will add the women’s doubles final and retired American star James Blake (@JRBlake) to its 11th telecast of the world’s top clay-court event, set for May 29-June 11. This will mark Blake’s first time on air for the channel in Paris. The network will again show close to 80 percent of all live French Open hours on television this year, alongside another 500 hours of live matches on streaming service Tennis Channel Plus.

 

As in years past, the 15-day television experience will feature daylong match blocks; encore matches between the end of one day’s play and the start of the next; coverage from Opening Day to Championship Sunday; and an on-air team of Hall of Fame analysts, award-winning sportscasters and widely read tennis reporters. Tennis Channel plans more than 100 hours of live coverage at Roland Garros (commonly referred to as the French Open), and close to 340 overall via encore matches. This is following five days of coverage from this week’s French Open qualifier matches on air and on Tennis Channel Plus.

 

For much of the event, Tennis Channel’s live telecast begins with the start of play in Paris at 5 a.m. ET and runs through the last match of the day, typically around 3 p.m. ET (complete schedule follows). Match encores then run through the night up to the start of the next day’s play at 5 a.m. ET. Live coverage will include both women’s semifinals, one men’s semifinal, the mixed-doubles championships and – for the first time – the women’s doubles final. The network will air same-day encores of all French Open finals: men’s and women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. Tennis Channel will be the exclusive television home for seven days of this year’s French Open.

 

This Friday, May 26, at 9 p.m. ET, Tennis Channel will air one-hour tournament preview Racquet Bracket: Roland Garros an analysis of the competition’s draw and player matchups. On Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. ET, Tennis Channel Live at Roland Garros will evaluate the state and stories of the sport on the eve of the event, from the network’s set above the tournaments’ famed Musketeer Plaza. From Tuesday through Sunday of week two, Tennis Channel will also run daily editions of Tennis Channel Live at Roland Garros.

 

 

James Blake

On-Air Talent

Blake rose to No. 4 in singles rankings as a player and was one of the most popular American stars of his era, with a loyal, traveling cheering section known as the “J-Block.” His two victories in the championship against Russia helped the United States win the 2007 Davis Cup, the first for the country a dozen years. He brings his analysis to Tennis Channel’s French Open booth for the first time this year, after signing a two-year extension in March that expands his role with the network.

 

“There’s always a magic to the French Open and I look forward to experiencing it as part of the Tennis Channel team this year,” said Blake. “As dominant as Rafael Nadal has been this spring, can anybody stop him in Paris? And the women’s side seems wide open without Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. It will be fun to see what happens.”

 

He joins a team of Hall of Fame analysts that includes Martina Navratilova (@Martina), Jim Courier, Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76). Coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), for his fourth year, rounds out the analyst team in Paris. A French Open doubles quarterfinalist in 1985, he is known throughout the sport for his accomplishments as the coach of both Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, two of the greatest to play the sport.

 

Mary Carillo will handle play-by-play and special features in Paris again this year. In her seventh year on the Tennis Channel French Open team, she is a multi-award winning journalist. She also won the French Open mixed-doubles championship in 1977.

 

Announcer Bill Macatee (@Bmacatee) has also been a part of every major on Tennis Channel for the past 11 years, as has Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson) and Ian Eagle. Each of them highly decorated booth presences, their experiences run through many of sport’s most popular competitions including, in addition to tennis, MLB, NFL and NBA games; the Olympics; golf’s The Masters; and college football and basketball.

 

Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) is in his sixth year in Paris for Tennis Channel, and will again handle play-by-play and hosting duties for the network. Haber has covered a wide variety of sports in an Emmy Award-winning career that includes time spent at ESPN and as sports director for news stations in New York and Washington, D.C. Former player Leif Shiras (@LShirock) has been announcing tennis matches for two decades, and is in his 10th year on the Tennis Channel French Open team.

 

John Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) will return to Paris for Tennis Channel, his sixth time as a reporter, analyst and essayist. The Sports Illustrated executive editor and senior writer has authored numerous books and maintains the magazine’s widely read “Tennis Mailbag” column.

 

Broadband and Digital Coverage

Tennis Channel Plus will again offer the most comprehensive French Open media platform for viewers, with more than 200 matches and approximately 500 hours of live tournament coverage overall. The streamed subscription service – available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel on television – allows users to select which matches they want to watch, live or on-demand, from up to five different courts. The service is also showing live qualifier matches this week, available on-demand as well. On Friday, May 26, Tennis Channel Plus will stream the tournament draw ceremony and media day coverage live, beginning at 6 a.m. ET. It will provide similar Kids’ Day coverage on Saturday, May 27, starting at 8 a.m. ET. Tennis Channel Plus is a part of the network’s Tennis Channel Everywhere app, free to all iOS and Android users, and available on Apple TV, Roku TV and Amazon Fire devices.

 

In March Tennis Channel’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, announced the acquisition of Tennis magazine and digital platform www.tennis.com. Roland Garros is the first major since the unification of the largest print, television and digital media platforms devoted solely to the sport – and the synergies between Tennis Channel, www.tennischannel.com and www.tennis.com will be evident during the tournament. A new, daily digital wrap-up from the tournament grounds will be available on each platform and a variety of social media outlets, as will Tennis Channel Live at Roland Garros segments and interviews. In fact, 2017 will mark the first time all Tennis Channel French Open interviews that run on the network will appear on its website (and www.tennis.com) and they will be posted more closely to their original airtimes than interviews were in the past.

 

Tennis Channel short-form productions like “Destination Tennis,” “TenniStory,” “Holding Serve,” “Tough Call” and “Mary in Paris” will also appear on both Tennis Chanel’s and Tennis magazine’s websites after first airing on the television network. The same is true for the network’s first multiplatform series My Tennis Life, which allows viewers to follow life on the pro circuit in real time through updates and interaction from players Nicole Gibbs and Sam Groth.
Tennis Channel’s Live 2017 French Open Coverage

 

Date                                        Time (ET)                  Event                                      

Sunday, May 28                      5 a.m.-3 p.m.               First-Round Action

Monday, May 29                    5 a.m.-3 p.m.               First-Round Action

Tuesday, May 30                    5 a.m.-3 p.m.               First-Round Action

Wednesday, May 31               5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Second-Round Action

Thursday, June 1                     5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Second-Round Action

Friday, June 2                        5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Third-Round Action

Saturday, June 3                      5 a.m.-Noon                Third-Round Action

Sunday, June 4                        5 a.m.-Noon                Round-of-16 Action

Monday, June 5                      5 a.m.-3 p.m.               Round-of-16 Action

Tuesday, June 6                      7 a.m.-1 p.m.               Quarterfinals

Wednesday, June 7                 7 a.m.-1 p.m.               Quarterfinals

Thursday, June 8                     6 a.m.-2 p.m.               Mixed-Doubles Final,

Women’s Singles Semifinals

Friday, June 9                         6 a.m.-11 a.m.             Men’s Singles Semifinal

Sunday, June 11                      5:30 a.m.-9 a.m.          Women’s Doubles Final

 

The network will televise same-day replays of the men’s and women’s singles and double finals, as follows (ET):

 

Saturday, June 10 – 1 p.m.: women’s singles final, men’s doubles final; replayed throughout day

Sunday, June 11 – 2 p.m.: men’s singles final, women’s doubles final; replayed throughout day

 

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Tennis Channel Adds Martina Navratilova to Fed Cup TV Booth for U.S.-Czech Republic Semifinal This Weekend

TENNIS CHANNEL ADDS MARTINA NAVRATILOVA TO FED CUP BOOTH FOR U.S.-CZECH REPUBLIC SEMIFINAL THIS WEEKEND

 

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2017 -Tennis Channel will add Hall of Famer and on-air analyst Martina Navratilova (@martina) to its booth during coverage of this weekend’s Fed Cup semifinal between the United States and the Czech Republic. It is the first time in her 11-year Tennis Channel career that Navratilova will offer commentary during coverage of the event, the most prestigious international team tournament in women’s tennis. The two-day competition gets underway Saturday, April 22, at 12 p.m. ET, in Tampa Bay, Fla.

 

Considered one of the greatest tennis players – if not overall athletes – of all time, Navratilova won a Fed Cup championship for her native Czechoslovakia in 1975 before defecting to the United States later that year. She won another three Fed Cups as a U.S. team member, including the championship final against Czechoslovakia in 1986 in her hometown of Prague, marking her first return to the country in 11 years. In three decades of Fed Cup matches from 1975-2004, Navratilova amassed an astounding 40-1 record in singles and doubles play, dropping only her last doubles match in 2004, a few months shy of her 49th birthday. She lost only six sets in her entire Fed Cup career.

 

Navratilova will be paired with announcer Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) during Tennis Channel’s coverage of the U.S.-Czech Republic matchup at Florida’s Saddlebrook Resort this weekend.

 

The United States and three-time defending champion Czech Republic are the most successful nations in Fed Cup history, with the United States leading all countries with 17 titles. The Czech Republic is second on the all-time list of tournament champions, clinching the trophy on 10 occasions (five as Czechoslovakia). Australian Open doubles champion and World No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands will join singles semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe, Lauren Davis and Shelby Rogers as they attempt to put the United States in the Fed Cup final for the first time since 2010, and win the first American championship since 2000.

 

The battle between the United States and the Czech Republic will consist of two singles matches Saturday, and two singles matches and a doubles match Sunday. The winner of the semifinal matchup will advance to the championship round in November to face either Belarus or Switzerland

 

In addition to covering the United States-Czech Republic competition this weekend,Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus, will show the other Fed Cup semifinal between Belarus and Switzerland in Minsk, Belarus, live beginning Saturday, April 22. The matches will be available on-demand on the platform (www.tennischanneleverywhere.com), which is available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel. Other stars set to play Fed Cup this weekend include Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis.

 

Tennis Channel’s live Fed Cup coverageis as follows (all time ET):

Saturday, April 22:

12 p.m. -Singles USA v. Czech Republic

1 p.m. -Singles Belarus v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Sunday, April 23:

11 a.m. -Singles, Doubles USA v. Czech Republic

12 p.m. -Singles, Doubles Belarus v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

The United States holds a 9-2 advantage over the Czech Republic. The most recent meeting between the two was in 2009, when the United States beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in Brno, Czech Republic. However, the Czech Republic has won five titles in the last six years (2011-12, 2014-16). The Americans have reached the semifinals for the first time in seven years after defeating Germany 5-0 earlier this year.

 

As a player, U.S. Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1985 and achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 7 in 1986. Mattek-Sands, World No. 1 doubles player and Australian Open doubles champion, leads the Americans into this weekend after winning the Volvo Car Open women’s doubles title with the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova in Charleston this month. At this year’s Australian Open, Vandeweghe received her biggest career singles win by defeating reigning champion and then-World No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the fourth round and 2016 French Open champion Garbine Muguruza en route to the semifinals. Davis won her first WTA singles title in January at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. Rogers enters this weekend after an impressive quarterfinal run at the Volvo Car Open.

 

The Czech Republic has dominated Fed Cup competition in recent years, but will be without World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova this weekend, who helped the country beat Spain in the first round. The team is captained by Petr Palaand and features Katerina Siniakova, Kristyna Pliskova, Denisa Allertova and Marketa Vondrousova.

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Sock Versus Thompson to Lead Off U.S. – Australia Davis Cup Quarterfinal Tie

Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock

(April 6, 2017) As the United States top player, Jack Sock will lead off against Australia’s Jordan Thompson in Davis Cup World group play in Brisbane in Pat Rafter Arena on Friday, followed by Nick Kyrgios against John Isner.

This is the second year in a row that the two teams with the most Davis Cup titles are meeting in the World Group. Last year, the U.S. beat Australia in the first round. The last time they met in the final eight, Australian won 4-1 with Lleyton Hewitt, the current Australian Captain, making his Davis Cup debut and U.S. Captain Jim Courier was on the U.S. team.

“Jack’s going to be ready to go first-ball, he’ll be ready to get playing, and John will be there to back him up. It’s the same as every other draw,” said U.S. Captain Jim Courier. “We know what’s going to happen. We’re going to play.”

Jack Sock

Sock on playing Thompson: I’ve seen him play a decent amount. I know he had a great Aussie summer down here in January, had some great wins, played some great tennis. But I mean Davis Cup, you know, anything can happen. He’s going to come out playing in front of his home fans, home crowd. Like the captain said, fighting for every point, running down every ball, so I’m going to have to play very well to win, but yeah, I’m just going to go out and look to kind of play my style and hopefully get us off to a good start.

Nick Kyrgios

Fresh off reaching the semifinals of the Miami Open, No. 16 Kyrgios said: “I’m looking forward to getting back here and having some home support.” “I think anything is possible this year.”

“It’s obviously going to be pretty tough (playing Isner). We all know he’s got one of the greatest serves. I played him last year, and you know, I feel confident with that match up. But yeah, I feel comfortable playing second. I’ll be out there for some of Tommo’s match. I think it’s a good match up with him against Sock. I think he can do really good.”

 

“I’ve played him three times,” Isner said. “In my opinion in think he’s a lot more mature now. I think right now a lot of people could argue that he’s maybe playing the best tennis he’s ever played. Everyone knows what he can bring to the table, what his strengths are: his serve, his forehand, his backhand, his shot-making. He’s an incredible player, but I’ve played him three times, so I’m a little bit used to the matchup. I just know tomorrow’s going to be a very fun match, and I’m going to go out there and try to play my best.”

 

The U.S. holds a 26-20 record against the Aussies.

Lineup for the weekend:

 

Friday, 12:00 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)

Singles A:  Jack Sock (USA) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)

Singles B:  John Isner (USA) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

 

Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (11 p.m. ET)

Doubles:    Sam Querrey / Steve Johnson (USA) v. John Peers / Sam Groth (AUS)

 

Sunday, 12:00 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)

Singles C:   Jack Sock (USA) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

Singles D:   John Isner (USA) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)

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Tennis Channel to Air U.S. Versus Australia Davis Cup Quarterfinal Tie This Weekend

(April 5, 2017) -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s quarterfinal competition against Australia in Brisbane, Australia, this weekend, with the first match underway Thursday, April 6, at 10 p.m. ET. The United States and Australia are the most successful nations in Davis Cup history, with a rivalry that dates back to 1905. Australia is second only to the United States on the all-time list of tournament champions, with 28 to the Americans’ 32. The United States is bidding to reach the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 2012. Hall of Fame Captain (and Tennis Channel analyst) Jim Courier will lead the same four top-ranked American men’s singles players – Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson – who defeated Switzerland 5-0 in the first round.

 

The meeting will consist of two singles matches on Thursday, followed by the doubles match Friday, April 7, at 11 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Saturday, April 8, at 10 p.m. ET. Each match is worth one point, with three victories enough to secure a trip to the September semifinals to play the winner of the Belgium and Italy quarterfinal.

 

In addition to covering the United States-Australia matchup this weekend, Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus, will show the three other Davis Cup quarterfinals. Beginning Friday, April 7, viewers can watch 2015 Davis Cup champion Britain play France in Rouen, France; 2015 Davis Cup finalist Belgium host Italy in Charleroi, Belgium; and Serbia take on Spain in Belgrade, Serbia. Following live coverage, all three will be available on-demand on the digital subscription service (www.tennischanneleverywhere.com), which is available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel.  Other stars set to play Davis Cup this weekend include Serbia’s World No. 2 Novak Djokovic and Britain’s Jamie Murray.

 

Tennis Channel’s Los Angeles studio will be the central media hub for Davis Cup competition throughout the weekend, anchored by former U.S. Davis Cup player Leif Shiras (@LShirock).

 

Tennis Channel’s live Davis Cup coverage is as follows (all times ET):

Thursday, April 6:

10 p.m. – Singles USA v. Australia

 

Friday, April 7:

7 a.m. – Singles France v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

8 a.m. – Singles Serbia v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)

Singles Belgium v. Italy (Tennis Channel Plus)

11 p.m. – DoublesUSA v. Australia

 

Saturday, April 8:

7 a.m. – Doubles France v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

9a.m. – Doubles Serbia v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)

Doubles Belgium v. Italy (Tennis Channel Plus)

10 p.m. – Singles USA v. Australia

 

Sunday, April 9:

6:30 a.m. – Singles France v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

7 a.m. – Singles Serbia v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)

8:30 a.m. – Singles Belgium v. Italy (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

The United States and Australia have faced each other more times than any other countries in Davis Cup history, with a 26-20 U.S. advantage. The rivalry dates back to 1905, when the United States defeated Australasia, a combined team from New Zealand and Australia, 5-0 in London. Their most recent meeting came during last year’s Davis Cup first round, when the Americans beat the Australians3-1 in Melbourne, Australia. The American squad is bidding to win its first Davis Cup crown since 2007 and leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles.

 

Leading the U.S. team is Courier who,as a player, was on the 1999 team that lost to Australia in Chestnut Hill, Mass. That Australian team featured now retired star and current Davis Cup Captain Lleyton Hewitt. Sock, the top-ranked American player, leads the U.S. Davis Cup team into this weekend after an impressive semifinal appearance at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., last month before falling to eventual champion Roger Federer. Isner holds 10 career singles titles and four doubles titles, including two with Querrey (Memphis in 2010 and Rome in 2011) and one with Sock (Shanghai in 2016). Querrey won his ninth title at the Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico, last month after defeating former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final to become the first American champion in the event’s history. Last year, Johnson captured his first ATP singles title at the Nottingham Open in England, and started the year by reaching the semifinals at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zeeland.

 

Australia enters this weekend’s match after defeating the Czech Republic 4-1 in the first round. The Australians hold 28 titles and are second on the all-time list of Davis Cup champions, behind only the United States. Hewitt will lead Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson, Sam Groth and John Peers into battle this weekend.

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Tennis Channel’s BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open Broadcast Schedules

Tennis Channel’s Live BNP Paribas Open Coverage Schedule(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

 

Date                                        Time (ET)                  Event

Tuesday, March 7                   8 p.m.-9 p.m.               Racquet Bracket Live

Wednesday, March 8             1 p.m.-12 a.m.             First Round

Thursday, March 9                  1 p.m.-2 a.m.               First Round

Friday, March 10                    1 p.m.-2 a.m.               First Round, Second Round

Saturday, March 11                1 p.m.-2 a.m.               Second Round

Sunday, March 12                   1 p.m.-2 a.m.               Second Round, Third Round

Monday, March 13                 1 p.m.-2 a.m.               Third Round

Tuesday, March 14                 1 p.m.-2 a.m.               Third Round, Round of 16

Wednesday, March 15            1 p.m.-2 a.m.               Round of 16, Quarterfinals

Friday, March 17                    5 p.m.-7 p.m.               Quarterfinals

Saturday, March 18                7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.          Doubles Finals

 

Tennis Channel will show encores of the men’s and women’s singles finals Sunday, March 19, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

 

Tennis Channel’s Live Miami Open Coverage Schedule

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

 

Date                                        Time (ET)                                  Event          

Tuesday, March 21                 12 p.m.-9 p.m.                             First Round

Wednesday, March 22            10 a.m.-11 p.m.                           First Round

Thursday, March 23              10 a.m.-11 p.m.                        First Round, Second Round

Friday, March 24                    10 a.m.-11 p.m.                           Second Round

Saturday, March 25              10 a.m.-11 p.m.                       Second Round, Third Round

Sunday, March 26                 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.                        Third Round

Monday, March 27               10 a.m.-11 p.m.                        Third Round, Round of 16

Tuesday, March 28              10 a.m.-11 p.m.                          Round of 16, Quarterfinals

Wednesday, March 29         12 p.m.-7 p.m.                                   Doubles Quarterfinals

Thursday, March 30            12 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.   Doubles Semifinals

Saturday, April 1                  3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.                                  Doubles Final

 

The Miami Open men’s and women’s singles finals will run on Tennis Channel throughout championship Sunday, April 2.

 

LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2017 -Tennis Channel and on-air analyst James Blake (@JRBlake) have agreed to a two-year broadcast extension on the eve of the BNP Paribas Open, which begins Wednesday, March 8. The announcement comes just before the channel’s annual festival of all-day, all-night coverage at the Southern California event and South Florida’s subsequent Miami Open, both commonly referred to as “fifth slams” in tennis circles. Tennis Channel is also adding Hall of Famer and network commentator Martina Navratilova (@Martina) to its March telecast for the first time, as well as injured American star Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens).

Blake, who first appeared on the network in 2013 during Davis Cup and the US Open, will widen his analyst’s role to include more events on Tennis Channel’s 2017 and 2018 lineups. This includes time spent on the network’s Los Angeles set and in the field: he will be part of the network’s French Open team in Paris for the first time this year. One of the most popular American players during his career, Blake ranked as high as No. 4 in singles and was part of the 2007 United States team that won the Davis Cup, contributing two match victories in the championship round against Russia. This is Blake’s second year as part of Tennis Channel’s team in Indian Wells, where he was a singles finalist in 2006.

“It’s been great working with Tennis Channel and I look forward to spending more time in the studio and on the road with them,” said Blake. “We’ve had such an exciting start to the 2017 season with the Australian Open, Davis Cup and Fed Cup, and I can’t wait to see what happens in Indian Wells and Miami this year.”

Navratilova has won more professional tennis titles than anyone in history and has been a part of Tennis Channel’s on-air roster during every Grand Slam the network has covered. This marks her first time offering commentary for the channel at the BNP Paribas Open, an event – like so many others – where she claimed multiple championships as a player, winning singles crowns in 1990 and 1991.

Stephens is joining Tennis Channel while recovering from a foot injury. The young star will bring her singular style and energy to behind-the-scenes features during the network’s coverage in Southern California and Miami, events where she has reached the singles quarterfinals. Stephens will also be part of Tennis Channel’s telecast at April’s Charleston tournament, where she is the reigning singles champion.

This year Tennis Channel will devote 25 days of comprehensive coverage to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., and Miami Open – “Match Madness” for tennis bracketologists during the month of March. Beginning with the first day of play in Indian Wells on March 8 and running through championship Sunday in Miami on April 2, the channel will become the de facto “Fifth Slam Network,” with round-the-clock programming dedicated to the two events. Tennis Channel’s daylong live or encore matches and all-night re-airs will give viewers a virtually 24-hour opportunity to tune in to whichever tournament is underway. In all, the network will show 215 live hours and more than 520 hours total from Indian Wells and Miami.

Tennis Channel’s BNP Paribas Open telecast begins with one-hour lead-in show Tennis Channel Live at the BNP Paribas Open at 1 p.m. ET on March 8 (complete schedule for both tournaments below). Live matches then run into the night and early morning on most days, followed by encore replays up to the next day’s introductory program. In all, there will be eight days of live, daylong match blocks from Indian Wells, averaging almost 12 consecutive hours of play per day. The network will air 10 days of live matches at the 12-day event, running from the first round through singles quarterfinals and doubles championships March 8-19. Tennis Channel will air close to 110 live hours and more than 250 total during the competition.

Eleven days of live matches are planned for the network’s 13-day Miami Open coverage March 21-April 2. As with the BNP Paribas Open, the channel’s typical daily schedule in South Florida features live play all day, followed by encore re-airs throughout the late night and early morning, and an hour-long, daily lead-in show. The live telecast starts with the first day of play and runs through the singles quarterfinals and the men’s doubles final, with an average of 11 hours of matches the first nine days of competition. Tennis Channel will televise close to 110 live hours from the Miami Open this year, and close to 270 overall with encore replays.

On-Air Talent

In addition to Blake, Navratilova and Stephens, Tennis Channel’s BNP Paribas Open roster includes Hall of Fame analysts, retired stars, coaches, sportscast icons and one of the most admired tennis reporters in the game today. Hall of Famers Jim Courier and Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) also found on-court success in the Southern California desert during their playing days. Courier won singles and doubles championships in 1991 and another singles crown in 1993, while Davenport’s stat sheet includes singles titles in 1997 and 2000, and another six doubles-tournament wins in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003.

Hall of Famer Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) is also returning to Tennis Channel’s Indian Wells booth this year, and rounds out the analyst team with former players and coaches Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) and Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone).

Sportscast jack-of-all-trades Mary Carillo is back in Southern California for Tennis Channel with her trademark features, interviews, commentary and opinion. Award-winning announcers Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson), Brett Haber (@Brett Haber) and Steve Weissman (@steve_weissman) are also making a return to the network’s BNP Paribas Open team, as is Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim). The magazine’s executive editor and senior writer maintains weekly tennis columns and podcasts, and is the author of numerous books about the sport.

Haber will host Tennis Channel Live at the BNP Paribas Open at 1 p.m. ET most afternoons, for an hour leading up to the first match of play. With Austin, Blake and Wertheim, the daily show will recap the previous day’s activity, analyze upcoming battles, and provide features and special reports on everything that happens in Indian Wells.

Much of Tennis Channel’s BNP Paribas Open team will cover the Miami Open as well, with Austin, Davenport, Carillo, Robinson, Haber, Annacone and Gimelstob set for Southern California and South Florida double duty. Former players Leif Shiras (@LShirock) and Chanda Rubin (@Chanda_Rubin) will join them as an announcer and commentator, respectively. In 1996 Rubin was a singles finalist in Miami.

Digital

Tennis Channel will offer daily women’s matches live and on-demand on its Tennis Channel Plus digital subscription service during the Indian Wells and Miami events. The over-the-top (OTT) platform will stream the best WTA matchups of each day’s schedule from the beginning of each tournament through the women’s singles finals. Tennis Channel Plus is available to everyone in the United States, regardless of whether they subscribe to the Tennis Channel television network. Most viewers who subscribe to the network are able to follow the channel through its free Tennis Channel Everywhere app, available to all Apple and Android users. The app allows digital audiences to stay on top of the “fifth slam” action by taking Tennis Channel with them wherever they go during the tournaments. Users can also access Tennis Channel Everywhere via Apple TV and Roku and Amazon Fire devices.

On Tennis Channel’s website, www.tennischannel.com, visitors will have more ways than ever to keep track of Southern California and South Florida. This year players Nicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) and Sam Groth (@SamGrothTennis) star in the network’s first multiplatform content series, My Tennis Life, and are providing viewers with a digital and television glimpse into the world of professional tennis away from the courts. Likewise, the network’s online and social media activity will take followers into the broadcast booth with Tennis Channel announcers and analysts for a backstage pass into the off-air world of tennis television.

Veteran tennis reporters Steve Flink (@sFlinko) and Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) will file columns on both March events, while Wertheim will continue to post his Beyond the Baseline podcast on the network’s site in partnership with Sports Illustrated. Tennis Channel digital columnist Mike Steinberger (@WineDiarist) will be at the BNP Paribas Open as well, offering his unique observation on one of the world’s largest tennis competitions. At the same time online users can follow enhanced scoring data with Tennis Channel’s Live Play Tracker and catch up on news, highlights and other tournament fare.

Fans can also stay current with Tennis Channel’s social media activity this month, though conversations and posts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel).

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Sinclair To Acquire Tennis Media Company; Aligns Tennis Magazine, Tennis.Com and Tennis Channel on United Platform

From Sinclair Broadcast Group: (March 1, 2017) BALTIMORE – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that it has acquired the assets of Tennis Media Company, the owner of Tennis magazine and Tennis.com, for $8 million plus an additional $6 million earn-out potential based on certain contingencies.  The acquisition will create a unified media platform that combines Tennis.com, the most visited online tennis platform in the world, and Tennis magazine, the sport’s most circulated print publication, with Sinclair’s Tennis Channel, the 24-hour television and multimedia network dedicated to the sport. The transaction was funded with cash on hand.

 

“The acquisition of Tennis Media Company brings together tennis’ television, print and online platforms, with significant advantages in the tennis rights and stakeholder world,” said Chris Ripley, President and CEO, Sinclair.  “We are committed to enhancing Tennis Channel’s role as the undisputed tennis-media hub, and this combination of the sport’s foremost outlets, along with the Tennis Channel Plus subscription service, will lead to efficiencies that maximize all four platforms.”

 

Widely considered the most valued online tennis domain, Tennis.com garners 25 million monthly page views and 2 million unique monthly visitors. The site also houses its Baseline daily newsletter. Tennis Channel is currently expanding its digital activity to complement on-air programming and become more integrated with websites of other Sinclair stations and properties throughout the country, and Tennis.com will play a major part in that integration process.  Likewise, the network will pair Tennis magazine’s No. 1 circulation of 600,000 in its category (the magazine is a partner with the USTA, the sport’s governing body in the United States) with its own expanding subscriber base for the benefit of both assets. Since Tennis Channel was acquired by Sinclair in March 2016, it has jumped from 37 million viewing homes to close to 50 million, according to ComScore, and has deals in place to reach 60 million homes this year.

 

“Uniting Tennis Channel with Tennis.com and Tennis magazine lets us serve our combined audiences, the tennis community and fans of the sport in a way never seen before,” said Ken Solomon, President, Tennis Channel. “We’ve long been in the business of creating demand for and helping to grow the game of tennis across the country, and now our ability to translate content across these platforms and elevate awareness for the sport is unprecedented. Similarly, advertisers have never had the one-stop-shopping opportunity to sponsor the top print, television and online tennis destinations in the same place, in one transaction.”

 

Tennis fans consistently represent an affluent demographic that is among the most highly coveted by advertisers.  In the case of print, the median household income for Tennis magazine’s readership is just above $150,000 per year while in television, during the just-completed Australian Open for example, Tennis Channel was No. 1 in concentration of viewers living in homes with $100,000+ households incomes. These viewers represented 51 percent of the network’s audience, nearly doubling the national average among all ad-supported, English-language networks, according to Nielsen for January 2017.

 

“We have known Ken and his team for many years,” said Jeff Williams, Managing Partner, Tennis Media Company. “In becoming part of the Tennis Channel family, and combining the three greatest media brands in tennis – Tennis ChannelTennis magazine and Tennis.com – we are creating the kind of integrated media and marketing powerhouse that will better support our advertising and commercial partners, expand and enrich content for our highly coveted tennis enthusiasts globally and, ultimately grow the sport of tennis.”

 

There are pre-existing synergies in the content of Tennis magazine and Tennis Channel as well. Several members of the television network’s on-air lineup are already instruction editors or contributing editors for the magazine, including Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, coach Paul Annacone and Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Wertheim.  Five of the Tennis magazine’s other editors routinely appear as Tennis Channel on-air guests or interview subjects throughout the year, during tournaments and in original series and documentaries.  Tennis authority and International Tennis Hall of Fame historian Joel Drucker also has an ankle in each outlet, serving as a contributing editor for the magazine and historian and writer for the television network.

 

About Tennis Channel Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com), which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle.  A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community.  It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights at the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, ATP World Tour events, WTA competitions, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup.  Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 video providers.

 

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI)

 

Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 173 television stations in 81 markets, broadcasting 505 channels and has affiliations with all the major networks. Sinclair is the leading local news provider in the country, as well as a producer of live sports content. Sinclair’s content is delivered over multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

 

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United States Moves into Fed Cup Semis with 4-0 Win Over Germany

 

(February 12, 2017) The United States moved into its first Fed cup semifinal since 2010 by besting Germany 4-0 at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui on Sunday.

Rain shortened play on Saturday with the U.S. up 1-0. Prior to play on Sunday, CoCo Vandeweghe won her second match when Julia Goerges retired with a right knee injury, with the American up 6-3, 3-1 when the match was called for rain.

Vandeweghe began the day coming back to beat Andrea Petkovic for the first time 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, capturing the last 10 games after taking a medical time out for heat illness. This clinched the tie for the U.S.

 

“I just think at 4-2 I had 15-40 and I was playing well.” Petkovic said. “I think she served really well in the decisive moments there. She had four first serves and then I played a bad game at 4-3.
 

“I think in tennis it can change so quickly.

 

“Then she was just serving really well in the third set. I never really got any rhythm to begin with. It was difficult for me to find my way or grind my way back into the match then in the third set.”

 

“It’s really a team effort,” Vandeweghe said of the win. “It’s a home tie for a reason. I think that was a big motivating factor for me to come out there and represent my country. I don’t really need much of a reason more to give everything I have out there on the court.

 

“That was kind of it.”

 

She gave credit to the Maui crowd – “ It’s no secret I was feeling like crap out there. I definitely needed a big pick-me-up. I definitely feed off the crowd and my teammates. This is one of the few times we do have teammates.

 

“I think that is definitely what pushed me through the hump for sure.”

 

Singles match D was skipped and in the doubles rubber, the Germany team had to retire, down 1-4 when Laura Siegemund injured her elbow.

 

The U.S. will host the Czech Republic the weekend of April 22-23 at a place to be announced.

 

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi, making her debut as captain this weekend, spoke about the next tie: “Obviously Czech Republic is a very strong, tough team. They have many, many great players. One of our players knows one well.

 

“So, you know, yes. We’re going to enjoy this one. We’re going to look forward to playing them at home and have the home court advantage.

 

“Again, we’ll put together a strong team. I believe in all our American players. They’re doing great. They started off 2017 extremely strong.

 

“Yeah, we’re going to go for it.”

 

 

FINAL RESULTS

 

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. HST      

Singles A:

Alison Riske (USA) def. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 7-6(10), 6-2

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. HST  

Singles B:

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) def. Julia Goerges (GER) 6-3, 3-1, ret.

Singles C:

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) def. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

Singles D:

Alison Riske (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER) not played

Doubles:

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Shelby Rogers (USA) def.

Laura Siegemund/Carina Witthoeft (GER)   4-1, ret.

 

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND RESULTS

United States def. Germany, 4-0

Czech Republic def. Spain, 3-2

Belarus def. Netherlands, 4-1

Switzerland def. France, 4-1

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Tennis Channel To Air Live Coverage of U.S. Fed Cup Tie Against Germany

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9, 2017 -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s first-round competition against Germany in Maui, Hawaii, this weekend, with telecasts Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 4 p.m. ET, and Sunday, Feb. 12, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Australian Open doubles champion and World No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands will lead singles semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe, Alison Riske and Shelby Rogers as they begin their quest for the 2017 Fed Cup title.

The battle between the United States and Germany will consist of two singles matches Saturday, and two singles matches and a doubles match Sunday. The winner of the first-round matchup will advance to the semifinals in April to face either the Czech Republic or Spain.

In addition to covering the United States-Germany matchup this weekend, Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus will show two other first-round Fed Cup competitions. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 11, viewers can watch three-time defending Fed Cup champions Czech Republic play Spain in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and 2016 Fed Cup finalist France take on Switzerland in Geneva. Viewers can also catch both of these on-demand on the network’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus. The platform (www.tennischanneleverywhere.com) is available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel.  Other stars set to play Fed Cup this weekend include the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, France’s Alize Cornet and Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky.

Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman) will join Hall of Famer and former U.S. Fed Cup player Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) in Maui to call the United States-Germany matches for Tennis Channel. As a player, Davenport contributed to U.S. Fed Cup team championships in 1996, 1999 and 2000. The network’s on-air team will also include former player and renowned sportscaster Mary Carillo, Hall of Famer and former U.S. Fed Cup player Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin), and former U.S. Davis Cup players Leif Shiras (@LShirock) and Paul Annacone (@Paul_Annacone). During Austin’s U.S. Fed Cup career she contributed to three championships (1978-1980).

Tennis Channel’s live Fed Cup coverageis as follows (all time ET):
Saturday, Feb. 11:
7:30 a.m. -Singles Czech Republic v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)
8a.m. -Singles France v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)
4p.m. -Singles USA v. Germany

Sunday, Feb. 12:
7a.m. -Singles, Doubles Czech Republic v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)
Singles, Doubles France v. Switzerland (on Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus)
3p.m. -Singles, Doubles USA v. Germany

The United States and Germany have met 13 times in Fed Cup play, with the United States holding an 8-5 advantage. However, Germany won the last meeting 5-0 in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011. The Americans last defeated Germany in 2008, in La Jolla, Calif. The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup championships, the most recent in 2000.

The U.S. Fed Cup team is captained this year by retired American tennis star, Kathy Rinaldi who, as a player, reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1985. She also holds three WTA singles titles and achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 7 in 1986. Mattek-Sands, World No. 1 doubles player, leads the Americans into this weekend after winning the Australian Open women’s doubles title with Lucie Safarova. Vandeweghe also had an impressive run at last month’s Australian Open, with wins over reigning champion and then-World No. 1 Angelique Kerber and 2016 French Open champion Muguruza en route to the semifinals. Riske reached her fifth career WTA singles final in January at the Shenzhen Open in China and the third round at the Australian Open. Fed Cup newcomer Rogers achieved a career-high ranking after advancing to the quarterfinals at the WTA event in Hobart, Australia, prior to defeating Simona Halep in the first round of the Australian Open.

Germany has won the Fed Cup title on two occasions: 1987 and 1992. The team is captained by Barbara Rittnerand features Laura Siegemund, Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges and Carina Witthoeft.

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Tennis Channel To Air USA vs. Switzerland Davis Cup Tie; Tennis Channel, Tennis Channel Plus to Cover Six Davis Cup Matchups This Weekend

(February 1, 2017) LOS ANGELES –Tennis Channel will provide complete live coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round competition against Switzerland in Birmingham, Ala., this weekend, with the first match underway Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. ET. Hall of Fame Captain (and Tennis Channel analyst) Jim Courier will lead the four highest-ranked American men’s singles players – John Isner, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey – into battle this weekend.

 

The meeting will consist of two singles matches on Friday, followed by the doubles match Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, Feb. 5, at 12 p.m. ET. Each match is worth one point, with three victories enough to secure a trip to the April quarterfinals to play the winner of this weekend’s Australia and Czech Republic competition.

 

The match-up is one of six carried live in their entirety on Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus this weekend. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 2, television and digital subscribers will be able to watch Davis Cup action between: United States-Switzerland (Birmingham) Australia-Czech Republic (Melbourne, Australia), Japan-France (Tokyo), Croatia-Spain (Osijek, Croatia), Serbia-Russia (Nis, Serbia) and Canada-Britain (Ottawa, Canada). The network will offer live look-ins at the Australia-Czech Republic and Croatia-Spain competitions. Viewers can also catch Davis Cup matches on-demand on Tennis Channel Plus, the digital subscription service available to everyone in the United States, regardless of whether they currently subscribe to the television network. Among the stars set to play Davis Cup this weekend are Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, France’s Richard Gasquet, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Britain’s Jamie Murray.

The United States holds a 3-1 record against Switzerland. The most recent meeting between the two nations was in 2012, when the United States beat Switzerland 5-0 in Fribourg, Switzerland. The Swiss team’s sole victory over the Americans came in 2001. However, Switzerland will be without newly crowned Australian Open champion and former World No. 1 Roger Federer, who in 2001 led the team to a 3-2 triumph over the Americans in Basel, Switzerland. The United States, which leads all nations in Davis Cup titles, has clinched the trophy on 32 occasions, the most recent in 2007.

 

As a player, U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier was on the 1992 team that beat Switzerland 3-1 to win the Davis Cup championship. For the 2017 edition, Isner holds 10 career singles titles and recently advanced to the finals at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris in November before falling to World No. 1 Andy Murray. Sock started off the year by winning his second title at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, and comes into this weekend after an impressive third-round appearance at the Australian Open. Last year, Johnson captured his first ATP singles title at the Nottingham Open in England, and had his best performance at a Grand Slam in the fourth round at Wimbledon before falling to Federer. Querrey teamed up with Johnson at the Geneva Open in Geneva, Switzerland, to win their first doubles title as a pair in May, and enters this weekend’s match-up after falling to Murray in the third round at this year’s the Australian Open.

 

The Swiss team won the Davis Cup title for the first time in 2014 with the help of Federer and current World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka. This year’s team is captained by retired tennis player Severin Luthi and features Marco Chiudinelli, Henri Laaksonen, Adrien Bossel and Antoine Bellier.

 

Tennis Channel’s live Davis Cup coverage is as follows (all times ET):

Thursday, Feb 2:

7 p.m. – Singles Australia v. Czech Republic

9 p.m. – Singles Japan v. France (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Friday, Feb. 3:

9 a.m. – Singles Croatia v. Spain/Singles Serbia v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

3 p.m. – Singles Canada v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

4 p.m. – Singles United States v. Switzerland

8 p.m. – Doubles Australia v. Czech Republic

10 p.m. – Doubles Japan v. France (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Saturday, Feb. 4:

10 a.m. – Doubles Croatia v. Spain/Doubles Serbia v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

1 p.m. – Doubles Canada v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

3 p.m. – Doubles United States v. Switzerland

7 p.m. – Singles Australia v. Czech Republic

9 p.m. – Singles Japan v. France (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Sunday, Feb. 5:

8 a.m. – Singles Serbia v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

9 a.m. – Singles Croatia v. Spain

12 p.m. – Singles United States v. Switzerland/Singles Canada v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

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