LOS ANGELES, August 30, 2004 —
The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, will telecast a special, hour-long edition of signature-series Center Court with Chris Myers, in which the host interviews five-time US Open champion Pete Sampras. The announcement was made today by Bruce Rider, executive vice president, programming and marketing, The Tennis Channel.
The episode will debut Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, a day that marks the second anniversary of Sampras’ final Grand Slam championship, during the 2002 US Open.
“This edition of Center Court offers a unique opportunity to spend an hour with perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time, as he reflects on his incredible career and his achievements on and life off the court,” said Rider.
Sampras, who collected 14 major-tournament titles before retiring in August 2003, talks to Myers about life after tennis, and reflects on the highlights of his illustrious career. The conversation includes the thought processes behind Sampras’ drive to be the No. 1 player in the world, and a 1992 loss to Stefan Edberg that signaled a turning point. The Emmy Award-winning Myers also discusses what Sampras considers the low point in his career – Wimbledon 2002 – and the role his wife played in the climb from this to his final triumph at the US Open later that year.
Pete Sampras is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time, and is regardless listed on any tennis fan’s “among the best ever” roster. His bio offers an outstanding glimpse of consistent performance in pressure situations. During his career, Sampras won an unprecedented 14 Grand Slam championships, by way of seven Wimbledon titles (to tie a 100-year-old record), five US Open titles and two Australian Open titles. He played in 18 major tournament finals. Of these his Wimbledon final record was a perfect 7-0. When he wasn’t winning Grand Slams, Sampras racked up 11 Tennis Masters Series shields, incorporating them within his 64 career titles overall. He is the youngest-ever US Open singles champion, winning his first title in 1990 at just 19 years, 28 days.
Center Court with Chris Myers is a half-hour, original production hosted by Chris Myers (SportsCenter, Up Close), who orchestrates exclusive conversations with the tennis world’s leading players, coaches, legends, luminaries and newsmakers, including in-depth interviews with Michael Chang, Hall of Fame tennis legends Jack Kramer and Billie Jean King, and the
game’s current stars. Among the latter: Serena Williams, one of only five women in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once; Roger Federer, who won the 2004 Australian Open and the past two Wimbledon championships; and Lleyton Hewitt, two-time Grand Slam champion and member of Australia’s 2003 Davis Cup championship team.
The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is the 24-hour 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.