LOS ANGELES, September 9, 2003 —
The Tennis Channel will present the fourth episode of its original series - "Center Court with Chris Myers" - on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, with former US Open and Wimbledon Champion Lleyton Hewitt sitting down with broadcast veteran and series host Chris Myers.
The 22-year-old Australian, formerly ranked No. 1 in the world, is always considered a man to beat. With a fiercely competitive streak and a brash attitude that has found him glory on the court and controversy off, Hewitt is among the biggest tennis stars in the world. His quick moves, powerful strokes and ability to play on any surface make him a contender at every major tournament in the world.
At the age of 15 years and 11 months, Hewitt became the youngest qualifier in the history of the Australian Open and he hasn't stopped setting records and turning heads in the tennis world since. In 2002, he became the fourth player to ever rank No. 1 in the world for every week of the year, putting him in a league with Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras. That same year, he also became the seventh player to finish No. 1 in the rankings for at least two consecutive years, tying tennis greats Bjorn Borg and Stephan Edberg. Hewitt won the US Open in 2001, Wimbledon in 2002 and, in 2002, became the first player since John McEnroe to win the Queen's title for three straight years.
Hewitt, son of a former Aussie Rules Football player, also has a passion for helping others. As an international ambassador for Special Olympics, he helped launch the Special Olympics Tennis Program during the 2002 Masters Cup. In 2001, he started the Lleyton Hewitt International Tennis Camp, in an effort to develop junior tennis in Australia.
"At a young age, Lleyton has already brought a great deal to the sport of tennis," says The Tennis Channel President and Founder Steve Bellamy. "His accomplishments, his personal style and the limitless possibilities of his professional career are all things that make for an exciting interview."
A former host of ESPN's "SportsCenter" and "Up Close" programs, Myers now holds the reigns of The Tennis Channel's signature interview series. Each half-hour "Center Court" episode showcases Myers in exclusive conversations with the tennis world's leading players, coaches, legends, luminaries and newsmakers.
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 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.