LOS ANGELES, October 13, 2003 —
The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other exciting racquet sports, adds new slate of guests to Center Court with Chris Myers. Coaching sensation Brad Gilbert, USTA President Alan Schwartz, Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer, Chanda Rubin, Jim Courier and Maggie Maleeva will join Chris Myers in upcoming October, November and December original episodes of Center Court. The announcement was made today by Bruce Rider, executive vice president of programming and marketing, The Tennis Channel.
Gilbert, a former 12-year touring professional and the new celebrated coach of 2003 US Open titleist Andy Roddick, shares his unique perspective on the game with Myers on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. Schwartz will appear on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, and discuss the USTA and the state of tennis today. Swiss sensation and 2003 Wimbledon Champion Federer joins Myers for a candid conversation about his breakout season on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. The popular Chanda Rubin details her life on and off the court at the age of 27 on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. Lining up Sunday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, Courier shares his analytical view of being a former number one in the world, and Maggie Maleeva tells her stories of a career on the rise after winning the nationals at the age 13, on Sunday, December 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
"Following the viewer interest regarding the Michael Chang interview last week, we are excited about the quality of our upcoming guests on Center Court with Chris Myers in the next three months," said Rider, who also serves as the shows executive producer. "Chris Myers' in depth style and wit are quickly making the show a must-see for any sport or tennis fan.
Brad Gilbert is credited for achieving great success as a top-five player with a strategic edge, which he successfully passed on to Andre Agassi as a coach during an eight-year run which began in 1994. His coaching style helped Agassi garner multiple Grand Slam wins and coached him from a 141 ranking to number 1. Gilbert has gone on to become one of the most sought-after coaches in tennis and is currently working with Andy Roddick, who has risen to No. 2 in the world and joined the ranks of the Grand Slam elite with 36-3 record since beginning their partnership. Gilbert also is the co-author of Winning Ugly, the book where he divulges his inside secrets to successful tennis.
Alan Schwartz is president of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) through 2004, previously serving a two-year term as First Vice President of the USTA. The Chicago native has been a member of the USTA Board of Directors for the past eight years. Founder and owner of the Tennis Corporation of America, Schwartz has served as its chairman for over 30 years.
Roger Federer is a 22-year-old Swiss native and currently ranked No. 3 in the world. He won his first career Grand Slam title earlier this year at Wimbledon and also led his country to a 3-2 Davis Cup victory over France in this year's quarterfinals, personally accounting for all three points. In 2002, Federer compiled his best season to date on the ATP circuit, winning three titles in five finals and improving his year-end ranking for the fifth straight year.
Chandra Rubin, the girl from Louisiana had an incredible 2002 season, after returning from knee surgery. She is currently ranked 10th on the WTA circuit and won a championship in Madrid tournament this season. She currently holds seven single and 10 doubles titles in her career.
Jim Courier, the 33-year-old from Florida had outstanding career achievements in the world Tennis. After turning professional in 1988, he exploded on to the tennis scene winning both Wimbledon in 1993, and the U.S. Open in 1991. He has excelled on the court in both double and single play. Courier holds on to 23 single titles and six double titles in his career.
Magdalena Maleeva is currently ranked 21 in the world on the WTA circuit and has been ranked as high as fifth earlier this year. She comes from a tennis family with three sisters and her mother who have played on the WTA tour. This Bulgarian native has won numerous titles in her professional career which began in 1989, including 10 WTA tour single titles and four doubles.
Center Court with Chris Myers is a half hour original production hosted by Chris Myer (SportsCenter, Up Close) who orchestrates exclusive conversations with the tennis world's leading players, coaches, legends, luminaries and newsmakers, including recent in-depth interviews with Michael Chang, coaching sensation Brad Gilbert, Hall of Fame tennis legends Jack Kramer and Billie Jean King and current stars like Australia's two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt.
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.