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The Tennis Channel's 12 Event "Summer Title Wave" Power-Packs Top Tennis Superstars Into Comprehensive Live U.S. Telecast Coverage

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2003

The Tennis Channel will present the biggest stars in tennis during its 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.

From the International Tennis Hall of Fame's grass courts in Newport, R.I. to the hard courts of Newport Beach, Calif., and from California's capital city of Sacramento to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., The Tennis Channel is set to telecast top-flight tennis action throughout July and August while showcasing the tennis world's premier performers in ATP and WTA Tour, Fed Cup and World TeamTennis events.

All the top men and women players in the world are scheduled to compete on The Tennis Channel's "Summer Title Wave," including ATP talents Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin and James Blake, as well as WTA Tour standouts Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Anna Kournikova and Jelena Dokic.

"When we launched the network, our goal was to become the leader in providing extensive live tennis coverage with the game's blockbuster stars, and we're proud to say we've come to that point so quickly," says The Tennis Channel President and Founder Steve Bellamy. "The summer hard court season in America is a cavalcade of intense, gut-wrenching matches every day of the week, and now more fans than ever will be able to witness live all the drama and excitement put forth by these incredible athletes."

The Tennis Channel's "Summer Title Wave" schedule is as follows:

July 8-11 Miller Lite Hall of Fame Championships (ATP), Newport, R.I.
(complete live weekday coverage)
July 12 World TeamTennis, Newport Beach, Calif.
Sacramento Capitals at Newport Beach Breakers
July 19-20 Fed Cup quarterfinals, Charleroi, Belgium
Slovak Republic vs. Belgium (live)
July 19-20 Fed Cup quarterfinals, Washington, D.C.
Italy vs. United States (live)
July 25 World TeamTennis, Sacramento, Calif.
Kansas City Explorers at Sacramento Capitals
July 29-Aug. Mercedes-Benz Cup (ATP), Los Angeles
(live weekday coverage)
Aug. 2-3 Legg Mason Tennis Classic (ATP), Washington, D.C.
(live semifinals and finals coverage)
Aug. 4-8 JPMorgan Chase Open (WTA), Carson, Calif.
(live weekday coverage)
Aug. 16 Fed Cup quarterfinals, Portoro, Slovenia
Russia vs. Slovenia (complete tape delayed coverage)
Aug. 17 Fed Cup quarterfinals, Oviedo, Spain
France vs. Spain (complete tape delayed coverage)
Aug. 18-22 TD Waterhouse Cup (ATP) from Commack, N.Y.
(live weekday coverage)
Aug. 23 World TeamTennis Finals, Flushing, N.Y.
Teams TBD (live)

"These competitions have never had the kind of comprehensive coverage we're providing this summer," adds Bruce Rider, The Tennis Channel executive vice president of programming and marketing and executive producer. "Tennis fans will delight in seeing their favorite stars from both the men and women's tours on the road to the U.S. Open."

Among The Tennis Channel's landmark summer highlights: the network makes International Tennis Federation history with groundbreaking coverage of its prestigious women's Fed Cup competition. As the exclusive U.S. broadcaster, The Tennis Channel will telecast all four Fed Cup quarterfinal ties from first serve to final point, including the Billie Jean King-captained U.S. team vs. Italy and Slovak Republic vs. Belgium match-ups live on July 19-20.

The Tennis Channel ( ) 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.

For Further information:
Eric Abner, Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445 or