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The Tennis Channel's Spring Tournament Schedule Includes ATP Masters Series, WTA Tour Top-Tier Events, Davis Cup and Fed Cup

LOS ANGELES, March 10, 2004

The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, has unveiled a spring tournament lineup that includes five ATP Masters Series competitions, five WTA Tour (Women's Tennis Association) top-tier events, and live Davis Cup and Fed Cup coverage. This is in addition to a number of other tennis competitions over the next three months. The announcement was made today by Bruce Rider, executive vice president of programming and marketing, The Tennis Channel.

The Tennis Channel's spring tournament schedule begins in March, with special coverage of both the men's and women's action at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif., and the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. After the four Grand Slams, Indian Wells and Miami are considered the most prestigious events of the tennis season, and are included in the ATP Masters Series. In April the network's live tennis calendar includes second-round Davis Cup play in Switzerland and Belarus; the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston; The Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.; the Masters Series Monte-Carlo, in Monte Carlo, Monaco; and opening-round U.S. Fed Cup coverage in Slovenia, and other cup competition in Belgium.

The star-studded agenda yields no ground in May, beginning with the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland, and Open Seat Godo in Barcelona, Spain. The Tennis Channel rounds out the spring with four of the bigger events of the year: the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome; the Ladies German Open in Berlin; the Masters Series Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany; and the Telecom Italia Masters (WTA Tour), also in Rome.

"We're proud of the live-event programming we're able to offer tennis fans," said Rider. "It has always been integral to our mission to provide audiences with truly A-quality competitions in the sport they love. As the home of The Cups, the ATP Masters Series and the WTA Tour's best tournaments, we've built a tremendous foundation of top-quality competition."

On Saturday, March 13, The Tennis Channel will cover 12 hours of live tournament action from the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif. The network's first "Super Saturday" telecast will feature a number of the 250 best male and female players who are competing in this year's competition. Among those entered in the tournament are two-time defending singles champion Lleyton Hewitt, and his fiancée, Kim Clijsters, the women's reigning singles champion.

The next "Super Saturday" on The Tennis Channel's calendar takes place March 27 in Miami, at the NASDAQ-100 Open. Again the network will be live for 12 hours of tournament play, where Andre Agassi and Serena Williams (if she has returned from injury hiatus) will have to defend their 2003 singles championships from a field of contenders that includes Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Jennifer Capriati, Andy Roddick, Venus Williams and many other greats.

Davis Cup competition resumes in April as the remaining eight nations attempt to winnow the field and advance to the September semifinals. The Tennis Channel's exclusive U.S. coverage of two second-round ties offers France at Prilly, Switzerland, and Argentina at Minsk, Belarus. Both take place April 9-11, and will be shown in their entirety on the network. The Tennis Channel's live coverage of France at Switzerland begins April 9 at 7 a.m. ET, followed by 7:30 a.m. ET, April 10, and 6 a.m. ET, April 11. The network first serves matches between Argentina and Belarus at 2 p.m. ET, April 9. Weekend coverage gets underway at 5 p.m. ET, April 10, and 2 p.m. ET, April 11.

The top-ranked stars scheduled to compete in these events includes Switzerland's Roger Federer; Argentina's Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian; France's Arnaud Clement; and Belarus' Max Mirnyi.

The 2003 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships singles final pitted a No. 1 seed against a No. 2 seed, as Andre Agassi defeated two-time defending champion Andy Roddick for the crown. The Tennis Channel's live coverage includes quarterfinal, semifinal and championship action April 16-18.

The Family Circle Cup is one of the top tournaments on the women's tennis calendar. The tennis channel will telecast this year's doubles semifinal and championship final in Charleston, S.C., April 18. Last year Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated Serena Williams to win the title.

The Tennis Channel will be live at the Masters Series Monte-Carlo, with comprehensive singles and doubles coverage in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The network's exclusive U.S. telecasts will bring the first European ATP Masters Series event stateside April 19-25. Last year Juan Carlos Ferrero took home the tournament's top prize, defeating Guillermo Coria in the process.

One of the most exciting annual competitions in women's tennis gets underway April 24-25, when the 2004 Fed Cup season begins. The U.S. team, hoping to rebound after losing in last year's final to France, opens the year in Portoroz, Slovakia, with live network coverage of each match. This year's American squad has a new coach in former Australian Open and Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Zina Garrison. The Tennis Channel's other first-round tie sees Croatia in Bree, Belgium, over the weekend. Live telecasts of the U.S. competition begins at 8 a.m. ET, April 24, and at 6 a.m. ET, April 25. Croatia and Belgium are underway at 12 p.m. ET, April 24, and 1 p.m., ET, April 25.

The women's game will also be on display in Warsaw, Poland, during The Tennis Channel's coverage of the J&S Cup May 1-2. The network will telecast semifinal and championship action during the event, where last year Amelie Mauresmo defeated Venus Williams for the title.

Rounding out its spring schedule, The Tennis Channel will join both the men and the women in Italy and Germany during two exciting weeks in May. The first week, May 3-9, the men compete in the Telecom Italia Masters, while the women play in Berlin's Ladies German Open. The next week - May 10-16 - they switch: with the women in Italy, at the Telecom Italia Masters, and the men in Germany, at the Masters Series Hamburg.

The Telecom Italia Masters gets underway in early May. The Tennis Channel will be in the Eternal City for live singles and doubles coverage throughout the week, May 3-9. In 2003 Felix Mantilla upset Roger Federer in the championship, becoming the first unseeded player to win the tournament in Rome since 1963. Last year Justine Henin-Hardenne stopped fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters in the championship match of the Ladies German Open in Berlin. The Tennis Channel's live semifinal and championship coverage takes place May 8-9.

The 2003 Masters Series Hamburg brought Guillermo Coria his first Masters Shield trophy. This year The Tennis Channel will be the exclusive U.S. home for live singles and doubles coverage from Hamburg, Germany, throughout the week, May 10-16. The network's spring tournament season winds down with the WTA Tour's Telecom Italia Masters May 15-16, with live semifinal and championship coverage. Last year Kim Clijsters defeated Amelie Mauresmo to claim the title.
The Tennis Channel's 2004 Spring Tournament Schedule:
(All times EST)
March 13
Pacific Life Open (ATP Masters Series)
Live "Super Saturday" coverage
March 13 - 1 p.m.-1 a.m.

March 27
NASDAQ-100 Open (ATP Masters Series)
Live "Super Saturday" coverage
March 27 - 1 p.m.-1 a.m.

April 9-11
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Second Round
Complete live coverage, France at Switzerland
April 9 - 7 a.m.-noon
April 10 - 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
April 11 - 6 a.m.-11 a.m.

Complete coverage, Argentina at Belarus
April 9 - 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
April 10 - 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
April 11 - 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

April 16-18
U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships
Live quarterfinal, semifinal and championship coverage
April 16 - 2 p.m.-6 p.m., 8 p.m.-midnight
April 17 - 2 p.m.-6 p.m., 8 p.m.-midnight
April 18 - 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

April 18
The Family Circle Cup
Doubles semifinal and championship coverage
April 18 - 12 a.m.-2 a.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

April 19-25
Masters Series Monte-Carlo
Live singles and doubles coverage throughout the week
April 19 - 4 a.m.-2 p.m.
April 20 - 4 a.m.-2 p.m.
April 21 - 4 a.m.-noon
April 22 - 4 a.m.-noon
April 23 - 5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
April 24 - 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
April 25 - 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

April 24-25
Fed Cup Opening Round
Complete live coverage, the United States at Slovenia
April 24 - 8 a.m.-noon
April 25 - 6 a.m.-noon

Complete coverage, Croatia at Belgium
April 24 - 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
April 25 - 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

May 1-2
J&S Cup
Semifinal and championship coverage
Times to be announced

May 1-2
Open Seat Godo
Live semifinal and championship coverage
Times to be announced

May 3-9
Telecom Italia Masters Rome (ATP Masters Series)
Live singles and doubles coverage throughout the week
Times to be announced

May 8-9
Ladies German Open
Live semifinal and championship coverage
Times to be announced

May 10-16
Masters Series Hamburg
Live singles and doubles coverage throughout the week
Times to be announced

May 15-16
Telecom Italia Masters (WTA Tour)
Live semifinal and championship coverage
Times to be announced

The Tennis Channel ( ) 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