LOS ANGELES, November 2, 2012 —
More than 45 Hours of Live or Same-Day Match Play Set for Clash of Top-Eight Singles, Doubles Points Earners at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London
Federer, Djokovic, Murray Highlight Singles Stars
as American Bryan Twins Seek Doubles Crown
Tennis Channel will air more than 45 hours of live or same-day coverage during next week’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, with daylong matches and late-night encores as the year-end championships unfold Nov. 5-11. In all, the network will devote more than 150 scheduled hours to the high-intensity competition that pits the year’s eight best singles players and doubles teams in a winner-take-all annual title fight to determine the ATP’s 2012 tour champion. Coverage starts at 7 a.m. ET Monday, Nov. 5, the first day of play.
Set at the lively O2 Arena just off the shores of the River Thames, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is regarded by many as the best indoor tennis event in the world, with most sessions packed to capacity. Only the top-eight points earners of the singles and doubles season qualify for the prominent competition and the roster reads like a “who’s who” in the men’s game today. 2012 Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, arguably the greatest player of all time given his record 17 major singles titles, leads a highlight reel of stars that includes World No. 1 and 2012 Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic and the summer’s surging Olympic gold medalist and US Open champion Andy Murray.
Tennis Channel’s coverage typically features eight live matches a day, with four-hour blocks that begin at 7 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET (complete schedule follows). In addition to comprehensive round-robin singles and doubles coverage, the network will air live doubles semifinals and championship matches and same-day singles semifinal and final encores. Throughout the week, due to live coverage blocks and encore matches at virtually all other times, Tennis Channel viewers will have numerous opportunities to tune into every single match played at this year’s event.
Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Ted Robinson is back in the booth for Tennis Channel during this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, handling play-by-play responsibilities with an assist from analyst and former player Jimmy Arias.
With each match of potential Grand Slam semifinal or final caliber, the prestigious year-end championships are among the most important, entertaining events on the men’s tennis calendar.
The singles and doubles fields are split into two groups of four, with round-robin play to determine the top two in each group, who then advance to a traditional knockout bracket for the semifinals and championship. Beyond Federer (who won last year’s singles title), Djokovic and Murray, the singles field includes David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic.
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan remain at the top of the doubles rankings and are a formidable favorite in every tournament they play, considering their Open Era doubles team record of 82 titles. Joining them at this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals are the teams of defending champions Max Mirnyi/Daniel Nestor, Leander Paes/Radek Stepanek, Robert Lindstedt/Horia Tecau, Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi/Jean-Julien Rojer and Jonathan Marray/Frederik Nielsen. The final doubles spot remains up for grabs.
Tennis Channel’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, will feature daily highlights, scores, schedules, columns from reporters Steve Flink and Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters), and more during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The network also maintains Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel) and Viddy (www.viddy.com/tennischannel) presences.
Tennis Channel’s 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Live/First-Run/Same-Day Schedule
Date Time (ET) Event
Monday, Nov. 5 7 a.m.-11 a.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Round-Robin Singles and Doubles
Tuesday, Nov. 6 7 a.m.-11 a.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Round-Robin Singles and Doubles
Wednesday, Nov. 7 7 a.m.-11 a.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Round-Robin Singles and Doubles
Thursday, Nov. 8 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.,
5 p.m.-9 p.m. Round-Robin Singles and Doubles
Friday, Nov. 9 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.,
5 p.m.-9 p.m. Round-Robin Singles and Doubles
Saturday, Nov. 10 7 a.m.-11 a.m., 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Round-Robin Singles and Doubles
Sunday, Nov. 11 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.,
5 p.m.-9 p.m. Doubles and Singles Semifinals
Monday, Nov. 12 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Doubles Final, Singles Final
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