LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2003 —
The Tennis Channel will premiere its second original series - "Center Court with Chris Myers" - on Sunday, June 22, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, with Emmy Award-winning broadcast veteran and series host Chris Myers going one on one with Hall of Famer Jack Kramer. This is the first of two episodes with the tennis legend.
A former host of ESPN's "SportsCenter" and "Up Close" programs, Myers now takes the reigns of The Tennis Channel's new 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. Guests currently scheduled include Pete Sampras, John Lloyd and legendary coach Robert Lansdorp.
In the "Center Court" premiere, Myers has Kramer assess his multifold achievements and contributions to the game since breaking out as an American tennis star in the 1940s with Wimbledon and U.S. Open triumphs. As a player, promoter, television commentator and innovator, Kramer's leadership in the sport has spanned eight decades. A 1968 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, Kramer helped pioneer men's tennis in the open era to what has become the ATP tour. He also is widely recognized as the first branded athlete in any sport thanks to a signature line of tennis racquets that ranks as the best selling of all time.
"The major personalities in and around the sport of tennis, both past and present, have incredible stories to tell, and it's a real pleasure to be in a position to help them share these stories with fans nationwide on The Tennis Channel," says Myers. "Our first guest, Jack Kramer, is power-packed with so many interesting anecdotes, including some surprising insights into today's players and equipment."
"The launch of our second original series, 'Center Court with Chris Myers,' is another terrific milestone for The Tennis Channel and a great follow-up to our first series 'No Strings,'" explains The Tennis Channel President and Founder Steve Bellamy. "Our research shows that fans want to know more about the game than the scores, so viewers should really enjoy this talk show because of Chris's unique ability to bring fans closer to the top stars, newsmakers and issues in the game."
The Tennis Channel's first series, "No Strings," is a 30-minute series featuring an intimate look at the lifestyles of professional tennis players off the court. It premiered May 25 with Pete Sampras, taking a rare and behind-the-scenes look into the life of the tennis's all-time leader in Grand Slam men's singles titles. The "Pete Sampras: No Strings" episode is being re-telecast on The Tennis Channel throughout June as well as the premiere of "Center Court with Chris Myers." Check local listings for encore telecast date and time details.
In addition to his new role hosting "Center Court" with The Tennis Channel, Myers serves as the pre- and post-race host of NASCAR coverage on Fox and FX, and hosts Fox Sports network's NFL pregame show - "The NFL Morning Show." For the past two years, Myers also has anchored the USA Network studio during its U.S. Open tennis coverage. He also hosts the "Phil Jackson Show" on Sporting News Radio, and is a radio host on KMPC 1540 in Los Angeles.
Myers, a native of Miami, and a southern California resident, garnered his first major break in broadcasting as a 16-year-old high school student when he hosted his own show on Miami's WKAT radio, interviewing such sports heavy hitters as Muhammad Ali and Don Shula. He joined Fox Sports Net as an anchor in December 1998 where he hosted the "National Sports Report" among other hosting duties. Previous to joining Fox, Myers spent nine years at ESPN reporting and anchoring "SportsCenter" and "Baseball Tonight," as well as hosting "Up Close" from 1994 to 1998, including the first live interview with O.J. Simpson after his acquittal. With more than 20 years in broadcasting, Myers has covered all of the sports world's premier events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA finals, NCAA Final Four, The Masters and U.S. Open golf, Kentucky Derby, the Olympics and the Daytona 500. In 1990, Myers received an Emmy Award in the Sports Features category as an anchor/reporter.
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.