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THE TENNIS CHANNEL NAMES TENNIS INDUSTRY VETERAN DAVID EGDES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TENNIS INDUSTRY RELATIONS, AND TENNIS CHANNEL OPEN TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

LOS ANGELES, August 14, 2006

THE TENNIS CHANNEL NAMES TENNIS INDUSTRY VETERAN DAVID EGDES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TENNIS INDUSTRY RELATIONS, AND TENNIS CHANNEL OPEN TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR 

The Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the healthy, active lifestyle that surrounds it, today announced the hiring of longtime tennis executive David Egdes as senior vice president, Tennis Industry Relations, and Tennis Channel Open tournament director. Egdes, who joins the network Aug. 15 after serving five years as vice president of World TeamTennis in Los Angeles, has close to ten years of professional tennis experience as an executive and agent at IMG, and a lifelong association with the sport.

Based in Los Angeles, Egdes will report to The Tennis Channel chairman and CEO Ken Solomon. In this position he will guide the tennis industry relations department, and act as a liaison between the network and tennis players, agents, tournament directors, associations, governing bodies, clubs, sponsors, manufacturers and retailers. As tournament director for the network’s “Panasonic presents the Tennis Channel Open,” he will oversee all aspects of the annual February event in Las Vegas, a 10-day gathering that includes men’s and women’s professional competitions; juniors events; fast-serve and fast-stringing contests; paddle tennis championships; and bar games such as table tennis, air hockey, billiards and foosball.

“In David we’ve found someone who will both further strengthen The Tennis Channel’s ties to the tennis community during this critical growth period, but also a talented executive who brings the critical management skills and organizational background that are vital to the ongoing success and evolution of the Tennis Channel Open,” said Solomon. “We’ve been proud broadcast partners with World TeamTennis since 2004 and I’m very excited to welcome him to our senior management team and to begin working with him on a day-to-day basis.”

Since 2001 Egdes has acted as vice president of World TeamTennis, the sport’s co-ed professional sports league, founded by groundbreaking tennis star Billie Jean King. In this role he negotiated and oversaw more than 50 player contracts per year, among them some of tennis’ most marquee names, including Pete Sampras, Venus Williams, John McEnroe, Martina Hingis, Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, James Blake, Anna Kournikova, Patrick Rafter and Anastasia Myskina, among others. He also was involved with the league’s relationship with its 12 franchises throughout the United States. Egdes additionally facilitated player appearances at all WTT venues and worked closely with the league’s external legal and public relations advisors.

World TeamTennis CEO and commissioner Ilana Kloss said, “We wish David the best of luck in his new position and look forward to growing our existing relationship with The Tennis Channel.”

“I’m excited to join The Tennis Channel at this point in its growth process,” said Egdes. “The network is surging right now, riding a huge upswing with recent distribution growth and the success of its first Las Vegas tournament. I’m really looking forward to being a part of this forward momentum, adding to the network’s rapid expansion and working with this great team.”

Before joining World TeamTennis, Egdes served as a client manager for the tennis practice at International Management Group (IMG) in Cleveland from 1997 to 2001. On behalf of agency clients, his duties included endorsement contract negotiation, sponsor relations and career management functions, the latter of which involved managing exhibitions, tour schedules, tournament entries, travel plans, coaches and practice facilities. He also scouted new talent and coordinated wild card selections and player relations at IMG-owned tennis events.

Egdes worked with such IMG clients as Mark Philippoussis, Mirjana Lucic, Nicolas Massu and Jennifer Capriati, and oversaw the agency’s interest in the Evert Tennis Academy.

From 1991 to 1997 Egdes worked as an associate attorney in the Los Angeles legal practices of Crowe & Day and Breidenbach, Swainston & Way. He handled general civil litigation for both firms.

Egdes holds a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and a bachelor of arts degree in political science and history from Trinity University in San Antonio, where he played for the men’s tennis team and was an all-American in 1984. He participated in the amateur and professional tennis circuit in the United States, Europe and South Africa from 1979 to 1984.

The Tennis Channel ( www.TheTennisChannel.com ) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the healthy, active lifestyle that surrounds it, and forges the personal connection between the professionals on the court and the game’s millions of aficionados. The home for people who watch, play and live their passions through tennis, the network is a hybrid of comprehensive sports coverage, health and fitness programming, pop culture and entertainment access, and lifestyle and travel information. The Tennis Channel is the most concentrated single-sport network in television, with telecast rights to the US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup, the combination of which offer the compelling, ongoing story of the game’s most dramatic rivalries, energetic personalities and emotional, yearlong journey. 

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For Further information:
Eric Abner , Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445 or eabner@tennischannel.com