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A Peek Into Season Three of “World of Tennis”

 

(December 5, 2012) NEW YORK, NY – The “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” enters its third season this year debuting on Tennis Channel.

The 30-minute seven episode program includes “Holding Court,” an interview segment hosted by Justin Gimelstob.

“It’s an opportunity to go deep,” said  show host and former touring pro turned tennis broadcaster Gimelstob of his “Holding Court” segment.

“It’s not a post-match ‘How did you play, what do you need to do to win your next match.’ It’s an opportunity to learn about people and I love people, I love telling the stories. I love the connection. I love being able to help people know more about the sport of tennis and the people that they look up to. I’m truly a lover of the sport a proponent and believer in tennis. The best way to grow the sport is to get people folks that are connected. To be able to do that is a long form interview. So I think that’s been something missing from our sport. Hopefully this could be something that could be the start of something very, very significant.

“Hopefully my relationships with the players in the sport make them more comfortable and more comfortable means they are more willing to open up.”

The show’s producer Jennie Silverstein talked about what would surprise viewers most about what goes on “behind-the-scenes” at “World of Tennis.”

“I think it might be how genuine what you see on the air is,” said the veteran tennis producer. “If you were to be hanging around while we were filming, you might not know when we actually started rolling the cameras. So many of these conversations you see on air continue once the camera stops.

“Some of the issues we get into with the Tennis.com team are things I think they could debate for hours if you gave them the chance. The “Holding Court” segments tend to be more conversations than a Q&A, so it’s almost like you just happened upon Justin and the guest in a coffee shop, not a formal interview set. I think that feeling of comfort is one of the strong suits of the show.”

“I think viewers will enjoy this new season. Our roundtable discussions with the Tennis.com editorial staff is always enjoyable because these guys know the sport so well. It’s like a guilty pleasure to eavesdrop on their debates. To have Jimmy Connors sit down for a long form interview with Justin for “Holding Court” was a great thrill because he doesn’t do a ton of interviews. There’s a long way to go during the season, but I look forward to the World Tennis Day preview in our final episode because that’s such a great initiative for the sport and I think we’ll be able to uniquely look ahead to what’s in store on March 4 with not only the BNP Paribas Showdown events in New York and Hong Kong but also the grassroots activities around the world.”

So what does it take to produce this type of program? “From start to finish, it takes a few weeks to do each episode, but the amount of day-to-day work varies during those weeks,” Silverstein elaborated. “Like anything, it starts with planning. We work to line up guests for Holding Court and topics for the Tennis.com staff to discuss. There are considerable logistics for the “Holding Court” interviews, including getting personnel to the interview locations, hiring crews, etc. So that’s time consuming. It’s easier with the Tennis.com group because they are here in New York, but we still have to coordinate schedules and a crew. The interviews take a day to shoot. Then the shows take a few days to edit, and that’s probably the trickiest part. You have to balance managing the time allotted for a particular segment against the content that is available. Once we have that formatted, we go through add other imagery and graphics to really complete the package.

“Producing live tennis and producing this show are very different,” said Silverstein who has produced at all of the “Grand Slams, ” Masters Series tournaments and many other tennis events.  “World of Tennis has a specific length, so everything we do has to fit within that parameter. A tennis match has it’s own pace and no set time limit. We can set an agenda for World of Tennis, and plan what stories we want to tell. A live match is more reactionary to how the match unfolds. So they both have unique challenges. I enjoy being able to be involved in both sides of it because they are so different. Regardless of that format, tennis is intriguing because of how many individual stories there are in the sport. Whether it’s World of Tennis or a match, the story telling is something I enjoy.”

Gimelstob is excited about the upcoming season with interviews with Hall of Famers Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker, current pros Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro and tennis enthusiast, skier Lindsay Vonn.

“It’s a really nice mix of the most well-known people in the sport from the past, the present and the future,” said Gimelstob.

The show will air every other Wednesday  beginning December 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. EST, until February 27 with a re-broadcast on Tennis Channel.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News

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Third Season of “World of Tennis” to Debut on Tennis Channel December 5

(November 29, 2012) NEW YORK, N.Y. – StarGames and MSG Sports have announced that the third season of “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” will debut next week. The first of seven episodes of the bi-weekly series will premiere on Tennis Channel at 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 5.

The 30-minute show will feature “Holding Court,” a profile segment hosted by Justin Gimelstob that this year will include interviews with tennis legends Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker as well as Olympic gold medal skier and tennis fan Lindsay Vonn. In the first two years of the show, Gimelstob’s guests included Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick and “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson.

The hot topics of tennis will also be covered on each episode during a round table discussion with Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Jon Wertheim and the editorial staff at Tennis.com.

Tennis Channel will debut a new episode of the magazine show every other Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EST, until February 27. Each show will then re-air on Tennis Channel.

“We’re happy to have the new season of World of Tennis back on Tennis Channel again,” said David Scott, vice president, programming, Tennis Channel. “Since its inception the series has allowed our viewers to get an insider’s look at some of the most exciting players and pressing issues in the sport today.”

The season finale on February 27 will be a preview of World Tennis Day, which includes BNP Paribas Showdown events in New York City and Hong Kong on March 4. The sixth annual event in New York at Madison Square Garden is part of Tennis Night in America (TNIA) and will feature Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal. TNIA is an annual celebration of the sport in the United States which encourages 10-and-under tennis.

The BNP Paribas Showdown at AsiaWorld-Arena will mark the event’s first year in Hong Kong and will feature Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe.

“There is a lot of tennis on television, but I think ‘World of Tennis’ separates itself as a unique look at the personalities and stories in the game,” said Jerry Solomon, executive producer and president of StarGames. “It is only possible to present this show with the help of our partners at MSG and BNP Paribas. Collectively, we want to present tennis to the widest possible audience, and this show is a chance to not only showcase tennis but also to give fans a real inside look at the stories and personalities that make the game so compelling.”

Long-time tennis producer Jennie Silverstein will produce “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” for StarGames and MSG Sports. BNP Paribas, a leader in banking and financial services and the world No. 1 tennis partner, will be presenting sponsor, with additional support being provided by Tennis Magazine, Wilson, Getty Images, USTA, Tennis Night in America and the BNP Paribas Showdown.

Video highlights and uncut versions of the interviews from “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” are found on www.stargamesinc.com.

More information on the BNP Paribas Showdown events in New York and Hong Kong can be found on www.worldtennisday.com.

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“World of Tennis presented by BNP Paribas” Episode 2 Preview

“World of Tennis presented by BNP Paribas”

Episode 2

Wednesday, July 13 – 10:00 pm on Tennis Channel

Saturday, July 16 – noon on MSG Plus

 

 

Episode 2 of the popular “World of Tennis presented by BNP Paribas” will feature tennis professional and this past weekend’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championship winner, John Isner. The American star, currently ranked no. 36 in the world will appear alongside host Justin Gimelstob during the “Holding Court with Justin” segment where he reveals he has a secret crush on Twilight star Ashley Greene.  The two shared a moment during the 2010 ESPY Awards where Isner received the Breakthrough Performance Award. The 6 foot 9 Isner participated in the longest tennis match in history when he defeated Nicolas Mahut during Wimbledon last year in an 11 hour and 5 minute match that took place over the course of 3 days.    The show will air Wednesday night at 10:00 pm on Tennis Channel (re-airs on Thurs. At 11:00 am and Sun. At 7:30 pm) and on MSG Plus Saturday at noon.

The annual eight-week series takes an inside look at the sport, from the professional tours to the history of the game.  The magazine-style show covers the sport in a way that no one else does, providing something unique for tennis fans.

Each week the show will feature a special guest as well as feature segments where you can hone your game with tennis and fitness tips from former world no. 1 Ivan Lendl.  Additionally, challenge your tennis acumen with new and riveting round table discussion topics brought to you by tennis.com.  “Holding Court with Justin” is an insider’s look at a variety of factors on the professional tour and furthermore, USTA President Jon Vogosen will take us behind the scenes at the USTA providing an in depth look at each facet of the sport’s governing body.

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World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas Returns for Second Season

MSG Sports and StarGames announced today that the popular “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” will return for a second season. This year, Tennis Channel will first air each episode on Wednesday nights throughout the summer at 10:00 p.m. followed by repeats on MSG Plus every Saturday at noon. The magazine-style show will debut July 6th on Tennis Channel (re-airs on Thurs. at 11:00 a.m. and Sun. at 7:30 p.m.) and July 9th on MSG Plus.

 

The annual eight-week series takes an inside look at the sport, from the professional tours to the history of the game. The magazine-style show covers the sport in a way that no one else does, providing something unique for tennis fans. Each 30-minute episode of “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” is hosted by former professional tennis player and current television personality, Justin Gimelstob.

 

“I’m very excited to be part of the 2011 edition of the World of Tennis presented by BNP Paribas,” said Justin Gimelstob. “I am especially looking forward to my new segment “Holding Court with Justin.” The stretch of tennis between Wimbledon and the US OPEN is one of the most intense and interesting of the year. I am going to be catching up with some of my friends on and off court as the action heats up. It should be a lot of fun.”

 

Each week the show will highlight a special guest including Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport as well as feature segments where you can hone your game with tennis and fitness tips from former world # 1 Ivan Lendl. Additionally, challenge your tennis acumen with new and riveting round table discussion topics brought to you by Tennis.com featuring the editors of Tennis Magazine.  Gimelstob will also host a segment called “Holding Court with Justin,” an insider’s look at a variety of factors on the professional tour which leads off with an unusually frank sit down with American star, Roddick. Furthermore, USTA President Jon Vegosen will take us behind the scenes at the USTA providing an in depth look at each facet of the sport’s governing body.

 

“World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” will be produced by StarGames and MSG Sports with accomplished producer Jennie Silverstein.  Presenting sponsor BNP Paribas will be joined by partners Tennis Magazine, Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy, the United States Tennis Association, Wilson, Getty Images, Tennis Night in America and the BNP Paribas Showdown.

 

The annual BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden, dating back to the inaugural event in 2008, has been produced by MSG Sports and StarGames.  Featured players have included Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova.  Last year four legendary players and two classic rivalries took to the court when John McEnroe took on Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras squared off against Andre Agassi before over 17,000 fans and a worldwide television audience.

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