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MELANIE OUDIN TO OPEN TENNISCHANNEL.COM “PLAYERS LOUNGE” WITH LIVE WEB CHAT NEXT WEEK

LOS ANGELES, November 4, 2009

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Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, is hosting a live chat with American US Open tennis sensation Melanie Oudin, who will christen the network’s new Web site players section on Wednesday.  The rising, young star will answer questions submitted by fans on www.tennischannel.com/oudin_chat.

 

The live chat marks the launch of Tennis Channel’s new Players’ Lounge, an online destination where tennis’ top players answer personal questions about their off-court lives, revealing an untapped side of these athletes’ personalities.  Viewers also have the ability to download players’ favorite songs directly from the Lounge through iTunes. 

 

“I’m excited to be part of Tennis Channel’s new Players’ Lounge, and I’m really looking forward to answering questions and talking with tennis fans on its first day,” said Oudin.

 

Oudin exploded onto the scene when in 2009 in only her second US Open, she upset three seeded players, Elena Dementieva (4), Maria Sharapova (29), and Nadia Petrova (13), consecutively before being defeated in the quarterfinals by eventual finalist Caroline Wozniacki.  Oudin also played number two singles for the U.S. Fed Cup in its first-round competition against Argentina in 2009, and in that contest secured a must-win victory against Betina Jozami in three sets that kept the United States alive in that tie.  Had she lost that match the United States would not have advanced to the semifinals to eventually win.  Her current world ranking is 49.

 

Oudin is one of the five players currently featured in the Players’ Lounge along with Rafael Nadal, six-time Grand Slam champion, Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner, and the up-and-coming Victoria Azarenka.  More players will be added at a later time.

 

“We work with tennis players every day and Players’ Lounge is just another way to share as much  of  their  personalities  as  possible  with  our  viewers,”   said  Robyn  Miller,  senior  vice president, marketing, Tennis Channel.  “This is also a unique manner in which to work with partners like Apple – where viewers connect with the players through products and services they can link in the Players Lounge, such as iTunes.”

 

Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle.  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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For Further information:
Natalie Verdugo, Tennis Channel, 310-430-7519 or nverdugo@tennischannel.com