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The Tennis Channel Features Live Coverage of The Hastings Direct International Championships

LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2004

The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, will have live quarterfinal, semifinal and finals coverage of the Hastings Direct International Championships in Eastbourne, England, Thursday through Saturday, June 17-19. The WTA Tour (Women's Tennis Association) grass court event is a warm up to Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the professional tennis season, if not the game's most hallowed grounds.

The 2003 Hastings Direct International Championships final saw the defending champion Chanda Rubin retain her crown against former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez. The 2004 edition will feature Rubin aiming for her third straight title in Eastbourne along with 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, Maria Sharapova and Jelena Dokic.

The Tennis Channel's 2004 Hastings Direct International Championships Schedule: (All times EST)

June 17-19 Hastings Direct International Championships (WTA Tour)

Live quarterfinal, semifinal and championship coverage

Thursday, June 17 - 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 18 - 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 19 - 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is the 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, and provides unparalleled coverage of the game, its elite championships and its superstar athletes. The network's comprehensive coverage includes telecasts of the ATP Masters Series, top-tier WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup. The Tennis Channel also showcases instruction from the finest teachers, legendary matches, in-depth profiles of the greatest players, analysis and news, the latest on equipment, and tennis getaways.

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