LOS ANGELES, July 30, 2003 —
The Tennis Channel will present unprecedented live weekday coverage of the biggest names in women's tennis during its coverage of the WTA Tour's JPMorgan Chase Open, Aug. 5-7, from the new 8,000-seat Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Twelve of the Top 20 players in the world are currently scheduled to participate, including No. 2 ranked Kim Clijsters and former tournament champion Lindsay Davenport, ranked No. 5.
The Tennis Channel's comprehensive weekday schedule features telecasts of both afternoon and evening sessions for the first time in tournament history from Tuesday, Aug. 5, through Thursday, Aug. 7. Live telecasts begin daily at 3 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, respectively.
Joining Clijsters and Davenport in the title chase is Chanda Rubin, who returns to defend her JPMorgan Chase Open singles crown from a year ago that helped catapult her to her current world No. 8 ranking. In 2002, Rubin upset three top 10 opponents, downing No. 1 Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, No. 5 Jelena Dokic in the semifinals and No. 9 Davenport, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, in the finals, to become the first 12th seed in tourney annals to seize the championship. Other Top 20 players participating this year include: Ai Sugiyama (No. 11), Dokic (No. 12), Magdalena Maleeva (No. 13), Conchita Martinez (No. 14), Amanda Coetzer (No. 15), Vera Zvonareva (No. 16), Elena Dementieva (No. 17), Meghann Shaughnessy (No. 18) and Silvia Farina Elia (No. 20).
In addition to Davenport and Rubin, past singles champions in the Los Angeles tournament's storied 33-year history include Serena Williams, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King.
"The JPMorgan Chase Open features the elite competitors in women's tennis, playing in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility which lends itself to these kinds of high-caliber events," says The Tennis Channel President and Founder Steve Bellamy. "As a broadcaster and a tennis fan, I don't think you could ask for much more. We're thrilled to be bringing this exciting and comprehensive weekday coverage to fans for the first time in the tournament's history."
The Tennis Channel's complete live telecast schedule for the 2003 JPMorgan Chase Open presented by Audi is as follows:
Date Matches Time
Tues., Aug. 5 Day Session Matches 3-7 p.m. ET
Tues., Aug. 5 Night Session Matches 10:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. ET
Wed., Aug. 6 Day Session Matches 3-7 p.m. ET
Wed., Aug. 6 Night Session Matches 10:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. ET
Thurs., Aug. 7 Day Session Matches 3-7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Aug. 7 Night Session Matches 10:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. ET
Telecasts of the JPMorgan Chase Open 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.
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 Tour, WTA Tour, 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.