LOS ANGELES, January 8, 2004 —
The Tennis Channel the ultimate destination for everything tennis, is committed to providing a 360 degree perspective of the sport, as illustrated in channel's January programming highlights. Pancho and Glam Slam: WTA Fashion Show are two vastly different programs which share a singular goal: bringing tennis fans behind-the-scenes by showcasing the compelling personalities and diverse passions of the best athletes in tennis.
Pancho, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 - 8:00 p.m. ET
Crystal Spring Productions, the production company of famed boxing commentator and sports announcer Jim Lampley, presents a unique, one-hour documentary on tennis legend Pancho Gonzalez. This intimate portrayal follows Gonzalez over 30 years ago, in 1972, at his final tournament, which he won, at age 41. The great "Pancho", as he is best known, is one of the sport's more colorful, controversial characters. He grew up poor in the Latin barrio of Los Angeles dropped out of school to further his tennis game, and became one of the game's all time champions.
Glam Slam: WTA Fashion Show - Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004 - 8 p.m. ET
The Tennis Channel brings together the best athletes in the WTA and Hollywood celebrities at the annual WTA Tour Charities Gala for a night of glitz and glam. Hosted by Roshumba Williams, former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and accomplished correspondent, The Tennis Channel special showcases the televised debut of Venus and Serena Williams' respective clothing lines - Wilson Leather and Aneres. WTA athletes Jennifer Capriati, Kim Clijsters and Elena Dementieva joined surprise guests Brandy and Kelly Rowland on the catwalk to model the sisters' designs as well as clothes from the Poleci line.
The Tennis Channel catches up with guests Justine Henin-Hardenne, Amelie Mauresmo, Lindsay Davenport, Friends Matthew Perry, Boris Kodjoe of Showtime's Soul Food and others during the pre-event cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the gala benefit the City of Hope, one of the world's leading research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS, as well as the Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline (Stop The Violence), the STAPLES Center Foundation and WTA Tour Charities.
The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is the 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 US Open Series, 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.