LOS ANGELES, November 7, 2003 —
The Tennis Channel, the 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, announced today its championship tournament coverage for November. The Tennis Channel will broadcast these tournaments live and in their entirety from the Bank of America WTA Tour Doubles Championships presented by Porsche, The Tennis Masters Cup Doubles, the Fed Cup Finals and the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals. These competitions culminate a year's worth of qualifying and bring together some of the best tennis athletes in the world.
"We're bringing tennis fans to the court of some of the most highly anticipated competitions of the 2003 season," said Steve Bellamy, president and co-founder, The Tennis Channel. "The strength of our November schedule shows viewers and the cable industry alike we're delivering on our promise of becoming the place for regular, comprehensive coverage of tennis' great tournaments on television."
Tournament broadcast information as well as competition highlights are as follows:
Bank of America WTA Tour Doubles Championships presented by Porsche
Nov. 9 - Doubles Semifinals at 8 p.m. ET
Nov. 10 - Doubles Finals at 12 a.m. ET (repeating Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ET)
The Tennis Channel is exclusively airing the doubles championship tournament from the Bank of America WTA Tour Doubles Championships presented by Porsche from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The four teams competing in the 2003 double's competition in the 30th anniversary year of the WTA are: Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva; Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez; Ai Sugiyama and Kim Clijsters, the defending singles champion, currently ranked #2 in the world; and, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Martina Navratilova, who at 47-years-old holds 172 career doubles titles.
The Tennis Masters Cup Doubles
Nov. 10 - Complete tournament coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET
Nov. 15 - Finals at 8 p.m. ET
The Tennis Channel provides exclusive coverage from Houston of the nine match The Tennis Masters Cup Doubles tournament which follows the season's highest-ranking men's teams in their battle for this championship title. This year's broadcast features a unique rotating commentator format on The Tennis Channel, where players within the tournament will voice the play-by-play coverage. The eight teams in the Masters Cup Doubles competition are: No. 1-ranked twins Bob and Mike Bryan; Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi; Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge; Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor, Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley, Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, Leander Paes and David Rikl; and Martin Damm and Cyril Suk. A tournament win for Woodbridge and Bjorkman means Woodbridge breaks the career doubles championship record of 79 wins. The title is currently held by The Netherland's Tom Okker.
The 2003 Fed Cup Finals
Nov. 19 - Day One: Semifinals - United States v. Belgium at 3 a.m. ET
Day One: Semifinals - Russia v. France at 9 a.m. ET
Nov. 20 - Day Two: Semifinals - United States v. Belgium at 2 a.m. ET
Day Two: Semifinals - Russia v. France at 9 a.m. ET
Nov. 22 - Day One: Finals at 7:30 a.m. ET
Nov. 23 - Day Two: Finals at 7:30 a.m. ET
Live coverage of the final four teams competing in The 2003 Fed Cup Championship is available exclusively on The Tennis Channel November 19-23. The semifinals will pit the United States versus Belgium and Russia versus France, with the winning teams moving on the finals. Hosted by Russia and held in Moscow, the 2003 team and player rosters are as follows: For the United States, team Meghann Shaughnessy, Lisa Raymond, Alexandra Stevenson and Martina Navratilova are led by Captain Billie Jean King. Ivo Van Aken coaches Belgium's team of Els Callens, Caroline Maes and Elke Clijsters, No. 2 ranked Kim Clijster's 18-year-old younger sister. France's team is Amelie Mauresmo, Natalie Dechy, Emilie Loit and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro with Coach Guy Forget. The Russian team, led by Coach Shamil Tarpischev, is Anastasia Myskina, Vera Zvonareva, Elena Dementieva and Elena Bovina. The Tennis Channel is airing these best-of-five match competitions live in their entirety.
2003 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals
Nov. 27 - First two Singles matches beginning at 7 p.m. ET
Nov. 28 - The Doubles match at 7 p.m. ET
Nov. 29 - Final two Singles matches beginning at 7 p.m. ET
The 2003 Davis Cup by BNP Finals competition between Australia and Spain November 28-30 airs exclusively on The Tennis Channel. Comprehensive coverage of the three-out-of-five match format will be broadcast live in its entirety from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia (Australia is GMT +11 hours). The Australian team, led by Captain John Fitzgerald, is Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge. Jordi Arrese leads Spain's team of Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Albert Costa and Alex Corretja. The marquee match-up will pit recent world No. 1-ranked Hewitt and Ferrero.
The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is the 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other exciting racquet sports that provides unparalleled coverage of the game, its elite championships and superstar athletes. The network features comprehensive coverage of major tournaments including ATP, WTA Tour, World TeamTennis, 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.