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SAN FRANCISCO, April 4, 2005

Network’s Comprehensive Tournament Lineup Features Wall-to-Wall Coverage at ATP Masters Series Europe Events in Monte-Carlo, Rome, Hamburg

The Tennis Channel, a cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, will begin its second-quarter tournament lineup with weeklong, full-day telecasts of the ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo, the first of three ATP Masters Series European events on the network this spring. The event begins The Tennis Channel’s comprehensive coverage of the sport’s spring claycourt season, an eight-tournament collection of top-level competitions participated in by the game’s best players as they prepare for the French Open in late May. Bruce Rider, executive vice president, programming and marketing, The Tennis Channel, made the announcement today at the 2005 NCTA National Show.

In addition to the spring claycourt season, The Tennis Channel will also televise live or same-day coverage during the sport’s grasscourt season in England, June events in which the game’s elite familiarize themselves with the all-grass surfaces that await them during Wimbledon at the end of that month. And this spring The Tennis Channel also begins its annual coverage of one of tennis’ most prestigious international events, the women’s Fed Cup competition, which begins its 2005 tournament in mid-April.

Six of the events on The Tennis Channel’s second-quarter schedule are men’s tennis competitions (ATP), with five on the women’s circuit (WTA Tour). This does not include the all-women Fed Cup competition (ITF).

“The strength and quality of our tournament schedule continues to be one of our biggest programming assets,” said Rider. “It’s important for us to be able to showcase the best players in tennis throughout the year as they play each other week after week. We’re proud to bring our audiences that top level of consistency.”

The Tennis Channel’s spring claycourt season begins with the ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo in Monte Carlo, Monaco, April 11-17, where the network will have live, daylong coverage from center court throughout the week. The highest level of competition on the ATP tour, the ATP Masters Series is the jewel of the men’s tennis season, with more prize money and Indesit Champions Race points available than at any other events. Subsequently, ATP Masters Series tournaments feature all of the world’s leading players – names like Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin – each battling for a spot in the standings’ top eight, and qualification for the season’s grand finale, the Tennis Masters Cup at the end of the year.

Following Monte Carlo, the network rounds out the month with the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Houston, April 22-24 (ATP); Open Seat Godo in Barcelona, Spain, April 23-
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24 (ATP); and J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland, April 30-May 1 (WTA Tour). May continues the claycourt competition, bringing the network to Italy and Germany for a quartet of top-level tournaments on both the men’s and women’s tours. The ATP Masters Series Rome is live on the channel May 2-8, with another week of live, wall-to-wall coverage of the top players in the men’s game. Meanwhile, the world’s best women square off at the Qatar Total German Open in Berlin May 7-8 (WTA Tour) with singles semifinal and championship coverage on the network that weekend, and the chance to see Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Anastasia Myskina and Svetlana Kuznetsova, among others. The following week the men and women switch countries, with the men continuing the ATP Masters Series in Hamburg, Germany, May 9-15, and the women heading to Rome for the Telecom Italia Masters May 14-15 (WTA Tour).

June is tennis’ grasscourt season on The Tennis Channel. The network has live quarterfinal, semifinal and championship coverage at The Stella Artois Championships in London June 9-12 (ATP), and singles quarterfinal, semifinal and championship coverage at The Hastings Direct International Championships (WTA Tour). Both events showcase players as they ready themselves for the grass surfaces at the year’s greatest stage, Wimbledon, at the end of June.

Spring also brings the start of the annual Fed Cup competition to The Tennis Channel, the world’s most prestigious international event on the women’s calendar. The network will carry one first-round “tie,” a head-to-head match-up between two nations determined by four singles matches and one doubles match (each worth one point), and that takes a full weekend to complete. The time of play and competing countries are to be announced.

The Tennis Channel’s 2005 Second Quarter Tournament Coverage (all times EST):

Spring Claycourt Season
April 11-17 ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo (ATP)
Live singles coverage, including quarterfinal, semifinal and championship
Monday, April 11 – 4 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, April 12 – 4 a.m.-noon
Wednesday, April 13 – 4 a.m.-noon
Thursday, April 14 – 4 a.m.-noon
Friday, April 15 – 4:30 a.m.-12:30
Saturday, April 16 – 5:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.; 8:50 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
Sunday, April 17 – 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

April 22-24 U.S. Clay Court Championships (ATP)
Live singles quarterfinal, semifinal, championship; doubles championship
Friday, April 22 – 8 p.m.-midnight
Saturday, April 23 – 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 – 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

April 23-24 Open Seat Godo (ATP)
Singles semifinal and championship coverage
Saturday, April 23 – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 – 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

April 30-May 1 J&S Cup (WTA Tour)
Live singles semifinal, championship coverage
Saturday, April 30 – 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 1 – 7 a.m.-9 a.m.

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May 2-8 ATP Masters Series Rome (ATP)
Live singles coverage, including quarterfinal, semifinal and championship
Monday, May 2 – 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3 – 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4 – 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, May 5 – 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, May 6 – 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 – 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 8 – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

May 7-8 Qatar Total German Open (WTA Tour)
Singles semifinal, championship coverage
Saturday, May 7 – Times to be announced
Sunday, May 8 – Times to be announced

May 9-15 ATP Masters Series Hamburg (ATP)
Live singles coverage, including quarterfinal, semifinal and championship
Monday, May 9 – 5:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10 – 5:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11 – 5:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 12 – 5:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13 – 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 – 7 a.m.-noon
Sunday, May 15 – 7 a.m.-10 a.m.

May 14-15 Telecom Italia Masters (WTA Tour)
Singles semifinal, championship coverage
Saturday, May 14 – Times to be announced

Grasscourt Season
June 9-12 Stella Artois Championships (ATP)
Live singles quarterfinal, semifinal and championship coverage
Times to be announced

June 16-18 Hasting Direct International Championships (WTA Tour)
Singles quarterfinal, semifinal and championship coverage
Thursday, June 16 – Times to be announced
Friday, June 17 – Times to be announced
Saturday, June 18 – Times to be announced

Fed Cup
April 23-24 Fed Cup (ITF)
Complete live coverage, first-round tie: Italy-Russia
Saturday, April 23 – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 – 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

The Tennis Channel ( is the 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, and provides unparalleled coverage of the game, its elite championships and its superstar athletes. The network’s comprehensive coverage includes telecasts of the US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup. The Tennis Channel 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