LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2008 —
Four-Hour Nightly Show Follows in Footsteps of Network’s Signature Grand Slam Analysis, Interview and Highlight Programs Australian Open Today, French Open Tonight
Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the surrounding lifestyle, will begin its coverage of one of the most hallowed tournaments in the sport with Wimbledon Primetime, beginning, Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. ET. The four-hour nightly program will present the day’s best tennis, previously unseen matches, original features and coverage from in and around Wimbledon Village.
Hosted by veteran sportscaster Bill Macatee, Tennis Channel’s Wimbledon Primetime offers analysis, interviews and highlights from the grounds of the most prestigious tournament in tennis. The show includes expert commentary from tennis legend and network Grand Slam mainstay Martina Navratilova, and insight from field reporter and former player Justin Gimelstob.
Wimbledon Primetime airs Monday, June 23-Wednesday, July 2, from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. ET. It is immediately repeated from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. ET on Monday, June 23-Sunday, June 29. During the final three nights of the show, Monday, June 30-Wednesday, July 2, the nightly repeat takes place one hour later, from 12 a.m.-4 p.m.
In addition to bringing one of tennis’ most cherished events to prime-time audiences for the first time in U.S. television history, Tennis Channel is presenting close to 100 hours of Wimbledon-dedicated programming leading up to and during the two-week competition. This includes classic matches made available through the vast video archives of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, tournament preview and wrap-up shows, and original series episodes that center on players who have found success in London, among them John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Pete Sampras.
Also during Wimbledon, Tennis Channel’s Web site, Tennischannel.com, will feature daily highlights, exclusive guest interviews, bloggers and columnists, and other tournament-related content.
Often listed alongside the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, Masters at Augusta and other elite championships that embody the crowning achievements of their particular sports, Wimbledon conjures images of timeless accomplishment throughout the ages. The mandatory tennis whites, inimitable grass courts, strawberries and cream, and scoreboard references to “gentlemen’s” and “ladies’” tournament fields continue to frame a tennis tradition that has not changed, but only grown with time. It has been the ultimate stage, launching pad and proving ground for the game’s giants – Laver, King, Connors, Evert, Navratilova, Borg, McEnroe, Graf, Agassi, Sampras, Federer – and remains the pinnacle of dreams for young tennis players the world over.
Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis. 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 to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by eight of the top 10 MSOs and has a national footprint via DIRECTV and DISH Network.
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