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TENNIS CHANNEL’S EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES COVERAGE TO INCLUDE MORE THAN 100 HOURS OF LIVE AND SAME-DAY MATCHES

LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2012

Weekly Tournament Schedule Features Nine Events During

Summer Hard-Court Season before US Open

 

Tennis Channel will cover nine Emirates Airline US Open Series events during the seven weeks between now and the US Open, offering more than 100 match hours from the annual North American summer hard-court season.  The network’s lineup includes five men’s ATP and three women’s WTA tournaments, along with a combined event with both men’s and women’s draws at the same venue.  Featuring singles semifinal, quarterfinal, and early round action – in addition to select doubles play – series coverage will first air Thursday, July 12, and run through Friday, August 24.

 

In all, Tennis Channel will cover nine of the 10 Emirates Airline US Open Series tournaments, with the women’s New Haven Open at Yale as the lone exception.  The network’s lineup: ATP – BB&T Atlanta Open (Atlanta), Farmers Classic (Los Angeles), Citi Open (Washington, D.C.), Rogers Cup (Toronto) and Winston-Salem Open (Winston-Salem, N.C.); WTA – Bank of the West Classic (Stanford, Calif.), Mercury Insurance Open (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Rogers Cup (Montreal).  Tennis Channel will also showcase the men’s and women’s Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati).

 

This summer marks the ninth consecutive year that Tennis Channel has covered the Emirates Airline US Open Series, continuing a streak that began when the USTA created the circuit in 2004.  As it has done since 2008, the network will produce all coverage for itself and fellow series broadcasters ESPN and CBS Sports, other than the Cincinnati and Canada-based events.

 

On-Air Talent

Tennis Channel’s Emirates Airline US Open Series play-by-play team features network regulars Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle, Brett Haber and Leif Shiras.  The analyst roster includes Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob and Jimmy Arias, with Ashley Fisher and Corina Morariu handling sideline reporting duties.  Former player, sports agent, promoter, broadcaster and all-around tennis go-to guy Donald Dell also will make a special booth appearance during Tennis Channel’s coverage of Washington’s Citi Open, a tournament he co-founded in 1969.

Tennis Channel’s 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series live and same-day telecast schedule (all times ET) and on-air talent follows:  For encore replays, visit www.tennischannel.com/schedule.

 

 

 

 

July 12-13            Bank of the West Classic (WTA)

Thursday, July 12 – 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (singles round of 16)

Friday, July 13 – 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; 10 p.m.-12 a.m. (singles quarterfinals)

Talent: Play-by-Play – Robinson, Analyst – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Morariu

 

July 20-21            BB&T Atlanta Open (ATP)

                                Friday, July 20 – 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (singles quarterfinal)

                                Saturday, July 21 – 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (singles semifinal)

                                Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Arias, Sideline Reporter – Fisher

 

July 21                  Mercury Insurance Open (WTA)

                                Saturday, July 21 – 1 a.m.-3 a.m.; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (singles quarterfinal; singles semifinal)

                                Talent: Play-by-Play – Robinson, Analyst – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Morariu

 

July 26-29            Farmers Classic (ATP)

                                Thursday, July 26 – 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (singles round of 16)

                                Friday, July 27 – 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (singles quarterfinals)

                                Saturday, July 28 – 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (doubles semifinal)

                                Sunday, July 29 – 10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (doubles final)

                                Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analyst – Arias, Sideline Reporter – Fisher

 

Aug. 2-4                Citi Open (ATP)

Thursday, Aug. 2 – 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (singles round of 16)

Friday, Aug 3 – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (singles quarterfinals)

Saturday, Aug. 4 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (singles semifinal)

Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analysts – Arias and Dell, Sideline Reporter – Fisher

 

Aug. 6-9                Rogers Cup (ATP/WTA)

                                Monday, Aug. 6 – 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (ATP singles early round action)

                                Tuesday, Aug. 7 – 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (ATP/WTA singles early round action)

                                Wednesday, Aug. 8 – 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (ATP/WTA singles early round action)

                                Thursday, Aug. 9 – 6 p.m.-10 p.m. (WTA singles early round action)

Talent:   ATP: Host – Shiras, Play-by-Play and Analyst – TPL World Feed Commentators

                WTA: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Davenport

 

Aug. 13-15            Western & Southern Open (ATP/WTA)

                                Monday, Aug. 13 –11 a.m.-10 p.m. (ATP/WTA early round action)

                                Tuesday, Aug. 14 – 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (ATP/WTA early round action)

                                Wednesday, Aug. 15 – 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (ATP/WTA early round action)

Talent: Play-by-Play – Eagle and Haber, Analyst – Davenport and Gimelstob

 

Aug. 23-24            Winston-Salem Open (ATP)

                                Thursday, Aug. 23 – 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (singles quarterfinal)

                                Friday, Aug. 24 – 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, Emirates Airline 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 video providers.

 

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For Further information:
Eric Abner, Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445 or eabner@tennischannel.com