LOS ANGELES, July 24, 2003 —
The Tennis Channel's "Summer Title Wave" of 12 tournaments in seven weeks continues Aug. 2-3, when it presents exclusive live coverage of the semifinals and finals of the superstar-laden ATP tour's 2003 Legg Mason Tennis Classic. World No. 1 ranked Andre Agassi, 2003 Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, No. 6 ranked Andy Roddick and the No. 1 ranked doubles team of Americans Bob and Mike Bryan are among the top-rated talents scheduled to participate. The Tennis Channel will telecast live semifinal singles and doubles action, Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, followed by the singles and doubles finals, Sunday, Aug. 3, starting at 11 a.m. ET. The network's broadcast team includes veteran sportscaster Brett Haber, who will call all the play-by-play action, and former U.S. Davis Cup captain and Legg Mason Tennis Classic founding father Donald Dell, who will provide analysis.
The Legg Mason Tennis Classic is an ATP International Series event featuring 48 singles and 16 doubles teams competing in a single elimination draw. Now in its 34th year, the tournament will be telecast from the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Washington, D.C.
Joining Agassi, Federer and Roddick in the hunt in 2003 is world No. 28-ranked American James Blake, who returns to defend his Legg Mason Tennis Classic singles crown from a year ago. In 2002, Blake outlasted Paradorn Srichaphan 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 to claim his first career tournament title on the ATP tour.
"The Legg Mason Tennis Classic is one of the most prestigious U.S. events on the ATP tour and we are thrilled to be telecasting the tournament's deciding matches in our first months of operation," says The Tennis Channel President and Founder Steve Bellamy. "They have assembled a tremendous field of superstar athletes, in both singles and doubles draws, and we're looking forward to bringing this exciting and comprehensive coverage to fans as it happens."
The Tennis Channel's complete live coverage schedule of the 2003 Legg Mason Tennis Classic is as follows:
Date Matches Time
Saturday, Aug. 2 Singles & Doubles Semifinal Matches 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
Saturday, Aug. 2 Singles Semifinal Match 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Sunday, Aug. 3 Singles & Doubles Finals 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Telecasts of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic 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.
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.