LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2011 —
Network will Carry Nine Tournaments in High-Definition During Annual
North American Hard-Court Season that Leads to the US Open
Tennis Channel will provide the sport’s fans with close to 100 high-definition hours of live or same-day match play during the 2011 Olympus US Open Series this summer. The network will cover singles semifinal, quarterfinal and early round matches during the annual North American hard-court circuit this year, in addition to prime-time Sunday doubles finals. Matches from the six-week series will first appear on the channel Friday, July 22, and conclude Friday, Aug. 26, on the eve of the network’s US Open telecast that begins two days later.
During the 2011 Olympus US Open Series players will compete at five men’s ATP tournaments, four women’s WTA competitions and one combined event that features both men and women at the same venue. Tennis Channel will cover nine of the 10 tournaments that make up the series, with the exception being the women’s New Haven Open at Yale the week of August 21.
In Tennis Channel’s 2011 US Open Series lineup: ATP – Atlanta Tennis Championships (Atlanta), Farmers Classic (Los Angeles), Legg Mason Tennis Classic (Washington, D.C.), Rogers Masters (Montreal) and the new Winston-Salem Open (Winston-Salem, N.C.); WTA – Bank of the West Classic (Stanford, Calif.), Mercury Insurance Open (San Diego) and Rogers Cup (Toronto). The network will also cover the combined men’s and women’s Western and Southern Open (Cincinnati).
Tennis Channel has televised the Olympus US Open Series every summer since the United States Tennis Association (USTA) first linked the tournaments into a season in 2004, along with ESPN and CBS Sports. Other than the Cincinnati and Canada-based events, Tennis Channel will produce all Olympus US Open Series coverage for the three networks this year. The channel has been producing most of the series for the three networks since 2008.
Emmy Award-winning announcers Ian Eagle and Brett Haber will handle play-by-play duties for Tennis Channel during the 2011 Olympus US Open Series, as will former player and longtime Tennis Channel booth presence Leif Shiras. Analysts’ responsibilities fall on former players Lindsay Davenport, Jimmy Arias, Justin Gimelstob and Corina Morariu, with Morariu again sharing sideline-reporting duties with Australian doubles specialist Ashley Fisher on occasion.
The network will also feature a desk on the tournament grounds in Atlanta, Stanford, Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and Winston-Salem. An Olympus US Open Series tournament-by-tournament breakdown of the network’s booth assignments follows, included in the on-air coverage schedule.
Tennis Channel’s 2011 Olympus US Open Series live and same-day telecast schedule (all times ET): For encore replays, visit www.tennischannel.com/schedule.
July 22-24 Atlanta Tennis Championships (ATP)
Friday, July 22 – 12 p.m.-2 p.m. (singles quarterfinal)
Saturday, July 23 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (singles semifinal)
Sunday, July 24 – 10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (doubles final)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Gimelstob, Sideline Reporter – Fisher
July 29 Bank of the West Classic (WTA)
Friday, July 29 – 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (singles quarterfinals)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Morariu
July 29-31 Farmers Classic (ATP)
Friday, July 29 – 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (singles quarterfinal)
Saturday, July 30 – 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (singles semifinal, doubles semifinal)
Sunday, July 31 – 10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (doubles final)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analyst – Gimelstob, Sideline Reporter – Fisher
Aug. 4-7 Legg Mason Tennis Classic (ATP)
Thursday, Aug. 4 – 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (singles round of 16)
Friday, Aug 5. – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (singles quarterfinals)
Saturday, Aug. 6 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (singles semifinal)
Sunday, Aug. 7 – 10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (doubles final)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Gimelstob
Aug. 6 Mercury Insurance Open (WTA)
Saturday, Aug. 6 – 5p.m.-7 p.m. (singles semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analyst – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Morariu
Aug. 8-10 Rogers Masters/Rogers Cup (ATP/WTA)
Monday, Aug. 8 – 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (early round action)
Tuesday, Aug. 9 – 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (early round action)
Wednesday, Aug. 10 – 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (early round action)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analyst – Davenport, TPL World Feed Commentators
Aug. 15-17 Western & Southern Open (ATP/WTA)
Monday, Aug. 15 –11 a.m.-11 p.m. (early round action)
Tuesday, Aug. 16 – 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (early round action)
Wednesday, Aug. 17 – 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (early round action)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Eagle, Analyst – Davenport and Gimelstob, Sideline Reporter – Fisher
Aug. 25-26 Winston-Salem Open (ATP)
Thursday, Aug. 25 – 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (singles quarterfinals)
Friday, Aug. 26 – 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (singles semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analyst – Arias, Sideline Reporter – Fisher
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.