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CLOSE TO 150 HOURS OF LIVE AND SAME-DAY COVERAGE ON TENNIS CHANNEL DURING THIS SUMMER’S EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2014

Network to Showcase Summer Hard-Court Season Prior to 2014 US Open

Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, will offer close to 150 live or first-run match hours during this summer’s Emirates Airline US Open Series, with coverage underway Thursday, July 21. The network will show encore replays throughout the five-week North American hard-court season, and devote more than 300 overall hours to this year’s competition. The eight-tournament series of men’s (ATP) and women’s (WTA) events is the annual lead up to the US Open in New York in late August.

Tournament coverage on Tennis Channel in 2014 will include semifinals, quarterfinals, round of 16 and early rounds. This year’s Emirates Airline US Open Series consists of: BB&T Atlanta Open (Atlanta – ATP); Citi Open (Washington, D.C. – ATP); Bank of the West Classic (Stanford, Calif. – WTA); Rogers Cup (Toronto – ATP and Montreal – WTA); Western and Southern Open (Cincinnati, Ohio – WTA/ATP); Winston-Salem Open (Winston-Salem, N.C. – ATP); Connecticut Open (New Haven, Conn. – WTA).

This summer marks the 11th consecutive year that Tennis Channel will have comprehensive coverage of the US Open Series – every summer since the circuit was founded by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in 2004. The network has been producing all series coverage for itself and fellow broadcasters ESPN and CBS Sports since 2008, minus the events in Cincinnati and Canada.

On-Air Talent
Hall of Famers, former players and widely respected sportscasters make up Tennis Channel’s stable of on-air talent throughout the year, and many will be in the booth or on the sidelines again during the 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series. Newly enshrined Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) is part of the network’s summer-analysts team, as are former players Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob), Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs) and Mark Knowles (@knowlzee10s). Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson), Ian Eagle and Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) are among the award-winning announcers calling the Emirates Airline US Open Series for Tennis Channel, along with Brian Webber (@bwwebber) and former player Leif Shiras (@LShirock). Coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), whose expertise has guided all-time greats Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, is new to the network’s series booth this year.

The 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series Tennis Channel first-run telecast schedule (all times ET) and on-air talent follows: (*indicates same-day delayed broadcast). Live coverage during the week of July 28 will bounce between the ATP and WTA events. For encore replays, visit www.tennischannel.com/schedule.

July 24-26 BB&T Atlanta Open (ATP)
Thursday, July 24 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (round of 16)
Friday, July 25 – 9:15 p.m.-11 p.m. (quarterfinal)
Saturday, July 26 – 8 p.m.-10 p.m. (semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Robinson, Analyst – Gimelstob, Sideline Reporter – Knowles

July 28-Aug 2 Citi Open (ATP)
Monday, July 28 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (early round)
Tuesday, July 29 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (early round)
Wednesday, July 30 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (early round)
Thursday, July 31 – 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (round of 16)
Friday, Aug 1 – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (quarterfinals)
Saturday, Aug 2 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Gimelstob, Sideline Reporter – Annacone

July 29-Aug 2 Bank of the West Classic (WTA)
Tuesday, July 29 – 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; 10 p.m.-midnight (early round)
Wednesday, July 30 – 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; 10 p.m.-midnight (early round)
Thursday, July 31 – 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; 10 p.m.-midnight (round of 16)
Saturday, Aug 2– 1 a.m.-3 a.m. (quarterfinal)*; 10 p.m.-midnight (semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Robinson, Analyst – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Stubbs

Aug 4-7 Rogers Cup (ATP/WTA)
Monday, Aug. 4 – 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (early round)
Tuesday, Aug. 5 – 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (early round)
Wednesday, Aug. 6 – 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (early round)
Thursday, Aug. 7 – 6 p.m.-10 p.m. (round of 16)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analysts – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Webber

Aug 11-13 Western & Southern Open (ATP/WTA)
Monday, Aug. 11 – 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (early round)
Tuesday, Aug. 12 – 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (early round)
Wednesday, Aug. 13 – 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (early round)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Eagle and Haber,
Analysts – Davenport, Gimelstob, Stubbs, Annacone, Knowles

Aug 20-22 Winston-Salem Open (ATP)
Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; 9 p.m.-11p.m.* (round of 16)
Thursday, Aug. 21 – 9 p.m.-11 p.m.* (quarterfinal)
Friday, Aug. 22 – 9 p.m.-11 p.m.* (semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analyst – Knowles

Aug 20-21 Connecticut Open (WTA)

Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (round of 16)
Thursday, Aug 21 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (quarterfinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Stubbs

Tennis Channel will launch its 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series coverage with a 30-minute lead-in show live from the BB&T Atlanta Open prior to its first day of series coverage. The network will produce similar on-site lead-in programs prior to the first day of coverage at the Citi Open and every day of the Western & Southern Open.

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