LOS ANGELES, August 15, 2003 —
The Tennis Channel's "Summer Title Wave" telecasts continue from Long Island next week with 18 hours of exclusive live coverage of the ATP tour's superstar-laden 2003 TD Waterhouse Cup in Commack, N.Y. French Open champion and ATP Champions Race frontrunner Juan Carlos Ferrero, ranked No. 2 in the world, headlines the field, which also boasts defending TD Waterhouse Cup champion and Thai sensation Paradorn Srichaphan, German superstar and former tournament titleist Tommy Haas, American talents James Blake and Jan-Michael Gambill and Chilean phenom Fernando Gonzalez.
The Tennis Channel's live telecast schedule from the Hamlet Golf and Country Club's Stadium Court opens serve on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. ET and continues Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22 with 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET starting times both days. Calling the play-by-play action for The Tennis Channel will be veteran sportscaster Barry McKay.
Now in its 23rd year, the TD Waterhouse Cup's 32-player main draw this year includes five players ranked in the ATP Champions Race top 20, 10 in the top 30 and 15 in the top 40. The tourney's reigning singles champion Srichapan, a native of Bangkok, upset Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, last year for his first career ATP tournament title, a win that helped him become the first Thai player ever to finish the year in the Top 20.
"The TD Waterhouse Cup is one of the premier U.S. hard court events on the ATP tour and we are thrilled to be telecasting more hours of live national coverage than the tournament has ever had before," says The Tennis Channel President and Founder Steve Bellamy. "The field they've put together in Long Island is tremendous, and we're looking forward to bringing this exciting and unprecedented coverage to fans around the country for the first time."
The Tennis Channel's complete live coverage schedule of the 2003 TD Waterhouse Cup is as follows:
Weds., Aug. 20
Thurs., Aug. 21
Fri., Aug. 22 Session
Single Session Matches
Day Session Matches
Evening Session Matches
Day Session Quarterfinals
Evening Session Quarterfinals Time
4-10 p.m. ET
1-5 p.m. ET
7-9 p.m. ET
1-5 p.m. ET
7-9 p.m. ET
Telecasts of the TD Waterhouse Cup competition are part of The Tennis Channel's power-packed, seven-week "Summer Title Wave," which serves unprecedented coverage of 12 events from July 8 through Aug. 23. The program schedule features more hours of televised action for these competitions than ever before, beginning with first-round live coverage of many of the events.
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