LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2010 —
Men’s and Women’s Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, Australian Open and Year-End Singles Finals Set for Dec. 20-31, with Lineup Determined by Online Fan Poll
Tennis Channel Voters Elect Year-End Championship Between
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Best Final of 2010
A network holiday tradition, Tennis Channel is letting fans relive the best moments of the tennis season this month when it replays 10 of the year’s singles championship matches as part of its annual You Make the Call year-end series. Rather than airing the men’s and women’s matches in chronological order, network has turned its programming schedule over to its audience from Dec. 20-31, and will present the matches as a countdown to the one match viewers selected as their favorite of 2010. Not surprisingly given the players’ recent history, the only match between superstars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer this year – the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals final – was selected as the top championship match of 2010, by viewers who voted on the network’s Web site.
The countdown will begin on Monday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET, with match No. 10 on the viewers’ list – the singles battle with the least online fan votes. The You Make the Call series wraps up with the top vote recipient – Federer vs. Nadal – on New Year’s Eve, Friday, Dec., 31, at 8 p.m. ET. Each match will air twice in its entirety, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.
The online fan and viewer poll, which was conducted during November and early December, asked visitors to select their favorite match from among the eight men’s and women’s Grand Slam singles finals, plus the year-end men’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and women’s WTA Championships. Highlights of each match are currently on the network’s Web site: www.tennischannel.com.
Here are the results and programming schedule for Tennis Channel’s 2010 You Make The Call series (all times 8 p.m. ET):
Monday, Dec. 20 – US Open Women’s Final – Kim Cljisters def. Vera Zvonareva
Tuesday, Dec. 21 – WTA Championships Final – Kim Cljisters def. Caroline Wozniacki
Wednesday, Dec. 22 – Wimbledon Women’s Final – Serena Williams def. Vera Zvonareva
Thursday, Dec. 23 – French Open Men’s Final – Rafael Nadal def. Robin Soderling
Friday, Dec. 24 – French Open Women’s Final – Francesca Schiavone def. Samantha Stosur
Monday, Dec. 27 – Wimbledon Men’s Final – Rafael Nadal def. Tomas Berdych
Tuesday, Dec. 28 – Australian Open Men’s Final – Roger Federer def. Andy Murray
Wednesday, Dec. 29 – Australian Open Women’s Final – Serena Williams def. Justine Henin
Thursday, Dec. 30 – US Open Men’s Final – Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic
Friday, Dec. 31 – Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Final – Roger Federer def. Rafael Nadal
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 World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 MSOs, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse, DIRECTV and DISH Network.
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