LOS ANGELES, December 3, 2003 —
This December, The Tennis Channel, the 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, celebrates the legends of tennis with re-broadcasts of the 1974 World Invitational Tennis Championships (WITC), produced by IMG. The WITC featured the season's top players going head-to-head for a substantial tournament purse. These classic tennis matches are called by Chris Schenkel, who serves as host and provides the play-by-play, Poncho Gonzales is the analyst and Donald Dell covers the action from the sideline. The schedule with match-ups and airtimes (all programs run one hour) is as follows:
Monday, Dec. 8, 2003 (3-4 p.m.)
WITC Men's Singles Semifinal: Rod Laver v. John Newcombe.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 (9-10 a.m.)
WITC Men's Singles Semifinal: Arthur Ashe v. Stan Smith.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
WITC Men's Singles Final: Smith v. Laver.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 (10-11 a.m.)
WITC Women's Singles Semifinal: Chris Evert v. Billie Jean King.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 (4-5 p.m.)
WITC Women's Singles Final: Margaret Court v. Evonne Goolagong.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 (9:30 a.m.)
WITC Women's Final: Court v. Evert.
Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 - 8 p.m.
WITC Mixed Doubles Semifinal - Margaret Court/John Newcombe v. Evonne Goolagong/Rod Laver.
Monday, Dec. 15 - 11 p.m.
WITC Mixed Doubles Final - Court/Newcombe v. Arthur Ashe/Billie Jean King.
Thursday, Dec. 18 - 8 p.m.
WITC Women's Doubles Final: Court/Goolagong v. Evert/King.
Thursday, Dec. 18 - 11 p.m.
WITC Men's Doubles Final: Newcombe/Laver v Ashe/Smith.
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.