LOS ANGELES AND STAMFORD, CONN. , February 8, 2007 —
Action Starts Friday as Stars Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan Begin Quest for First American Championship Since 1995
Tennis Channel and VERSUS will provide complete coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round match up in the Czech Republic this weekend, with same-day and prime-time telecasts Friday through Sunday. The networks will cover all U.S. Davis Cup action again in 2007, continuing the domestic telecast partnership they began last year.
First-round competition between the Czech Republic and the United States will consist of two singles matches on Friday, Feb. 9, one doubles match Saturday, Feb. 10, and two singles matches Sunday, Feb. 11. Each of the five matches is worth one point, with the team that wins at least three points advancing to the yearlong tournament’s second-round quarterfinals April 6-8. VERSUS will carry all matches this weekend, beginning at 12 p.m. ET each day, followed by prime-time replays on Tennis Channel each night at 8 p.m. ET.
Coverage from Ostrava, Czech Republic’s CEZ Stadium is as follows (subject to change):
Friday, Feb. 9:
12 p.m. ET VERSUS Same-Day Coverage – Singles, First Day
8 p.m. ET Tennis Channel Prime-Time Replay – Singles, First Day
Saturday, Feb. 10:
12 p.m. ET VERSUS Same-Day Coverage – Doubles, Second Day
8 p.m. ET Tennis Channel Prime-Time Replay – Doubles, Second Day
Sunday, Feb. 11:
12 p.m. ET VERSUS Same-Day Coverage – Singles, Third Day
8 p.m. ET Tennis Channel Prime-Time Replay – Singles, Third Day
Should the U.S. team defeat the Czech Republic to advance to the next Davis Cup round, both Tennis Channel and VERSUS will cover its quarterfinal April 6-8. In that case, the American squad would play the winner of this weekend’s first-round competition between Switzerland and Spain.
Despite holding the overall Davis Cup record with 31 championships, the U.S. team has not won the title since 1995 when it was led by the likes of Pete Sampras and Jim Courier. This year’s team is captained by Patrick McEnroe and features four of America’s best tennis players. Andy Roddick is the World No. 4 singles player and comes into this weekend’s match after an impressive semifinal run in the Australian Open in January and a loss in the US Open final in September. James Blake, World No. 6, is building on a career year that saw him reach the top 10 rankings for the first time. On the doubles front, twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan continue to be the world’s most dominant pair, currently ranked No. 1, and winners of this year’s Australian Open and last year’s Wimbledon championships.
U.S. Davis Cup sponsor AIG continues its role as the presenting sponsor of all U.S. Davis Cup telecasts on VERSUS and Tennis Channel.
In addition to its U.S. Davis Cup telecast partnership with VERSUS this weekend, Tennis Channel will offer complete, live and same-day coverage of the first-round competition between Germany and Croatia in Krefeld, Germany. The action begins with two singles matches Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:45 a.m. ET, followed by the doubles match Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:45 a.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, Feb. 11, at 7 a.m. Among the respective squads’ notable players are Germany’s Tommy Haas and Benjamin Becker, and Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic.
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