LOS ANGELES, October 1, 2004 —
The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, is at the Thailand Open in Bangkok, Thailand, this weekend, where Switzerland’s Roger Federer and the United States’ Andy Roddick are in the semifinals tomorrow.
The Tennis Channel is telecasting both semifinal matches back-to-back, beginning when Federer (Ranked No. 1, top seed) clashes with Thailand’s native-son Paradorn Srichaphan (No. 20, four seed) Saturday, Oct. 2, at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT. The defending Tennis Masters Cup, Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open champion, top-ranked Federer is considered by many to be the best tennis player in the world today. Bangkok-resident Srichaphan is Thailand’s top-ranked tennis player, and is trying to win his country’s premiere tournament for the first time this weekend.
Federer’s rival and Wimbledon-finalist Roddick (No. 2, two seed), came to Bangkok this week after propelling the U.S. Davis Cup team into the finals on the strength of a blistering, 155-mph serve in Charleston, S.C., last weekend. His match Saturday is no walkover, as Russia’s Marat Safin (No. 9, three seed) comes to the semifinal after winning the title at China’s Beijing Open last week.
Saturday’s winners advance to the next day’s championship, also on The Tennis Channel. The final will be telecast Sunday, Oct. 3, at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT.
Oct. 2-3 Thailand Open (all times Eastern)
Singles semifinals and championship coverage
Saturday, Oct. 2 – 6 a.m.-10 a.m. (repeated Oct. 2 – 8 p.m.-midnight)
Sunday, Oct. 3 – 6 a.m.-8 a.m. (repeated Oct. 3 – 8 p.m.-10 p.m.)
The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is the cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, and provides unparalleled coverage of the game, its elite championships and its superstar athletes. The network’s comprehensive coverage includes telecasts of the US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup. The Tennis Channel also showcases instruction from the finest teachers, legendary matches, in-depth profiles of the greatest players, analysis and news, the latest on equipment, and tennis getaways.