LOS ANGELES, January 29, 2004 —
The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, is going beyond the court again with its signature series No Strings, this time taking an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) stars Justin Gimelstob and Jan-Michael Gambill, and the WTA Tour's (Women's Tennis Association) Lisa Raymond. The announcement was made today by Bruce Rider, executive vice president of programming and marketing, The Tennis Channel.
Justin Gimelstob: No Strings telecasts Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT and follows Gimelstob from the breakfast table to the Mercedes-Benz Cup tournament in Los Angeles, before concluding with his interview on The Tennis Channel's Center Court with Chris Myers. Jan-Michael Gambill: No Strings debuts Sunday, Feb. 15, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT and highlights the fiercely competitive player's time with his family, his modeling career and his log cabin tucked away in the Pacific Northwest. Lisa Raymond: No Strings first runs on Sunday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, and showcases Raymond at the adidas International tournament in Sydney, Australia, earlier this month, training with tennis legend Martina Navratilova and out shopping with her best friend on the eve of her headline-making performance during this year's Australian Open.
"We're excited to bring the off-court lives of Justin, Jan-Michael and Lisa into our audiences' homes with these new episodes of No Strings," said Rider, who also serves as executive producer. "Viewers are going to enjoy seeing how Justin and Jan-Michael spend their time when they aren't playing tennis, and Lisa's sense of humor really shines through in her episode."
No Strings spends a day in the life of tennis stars, getting an inside look at their world away from the court. Each 30-minute episode features an intimate look at the lifestyles of professional tennis players. The series premiered May 25, 2003, with Pete Sampras: No Strings, taking a rare glimpse into the life of the game's all-time Grand Slam champion and has profiled other tennis stars such as Maria Sharapova and James Blake.
Justin Gimelstob is unique among tennis players, and one of the most charismatic and outspoken personalities on the ATP circuit. He was highly touted when he turned pro in 1996, the same year he led UCLA to the NCAA national championship final against Stanford and won the NCAA doubles title. In 1998 he won the mixed doubles championship at both the Australian Open and French Open with partner Venus Williams. He owns 10 career doubles titles. Gimelstob won the U.S. National Boys' 18s singles title, and was a French Open junior doubles finalist and Wimbledon Junior semifinalist in 1995. The 27-year-old New Jersey native is currently in Melbourne, Australia, interviewing tennis personalities and attending player festivities as host of The Tennis Channel's Open Access: Australia, a special look at the activities surrounding the Grand Slam event.
Jan-Michael Gambill won his third career ATP title at the International Tennis Championships at Delray Beach, Fla., in 2003, and finished in the Top 50 for the fourth consecutive year. Last year he also defeated then No. 6 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals in the Qatar ExxonMobile Open, on route to an eventual loss in the final at Doha. His highest singles rank was No. 14, and he has won more than $3 million in career prize money. Selected as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World 2000," Gambill also has a modeling career when he's not on the court, and spends his free time with his family, in his rustic log cabin or at endangered animal shelter "Cat Tales" Zoological Park, near his home in Colbert, Wash.
Lisa Raymond is the fifth-ranked doubles player in the world and has been ranked as high as No. 1, a spot she once held for more than a year. She has won 42 WTA Tour doubles titles during her career, including seven Grand Slam titles and the tour doubles championship in 2001. She currently plays doubles with Martina Navratilova, with whom she will partner during this summer's Olympic Games. Though widely renowned for her doubles ability, Raymond's singles play made headlines during the Australian Open over the weekend, where she upset pre-tournament favorite Venus Williams on her way to the best Australian Open singles performance of her career. Raymond next defeated Tatiana Golvin to earn a berth in the quarterfinals, where she lost to Patty Schnyder.
The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports that provides unparalleled coverage of the game, its elite championships and superstar athletes. The network features comprehensive coverage of major tournaments including those on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tour, those on the WTA Tour (Women's Tennis Association), Fed Cup, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Hyundai Hopman Cup competition, and the European tournaments of the Tennis Masters Series. The network 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.