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THE TENNIS CHANNEL CONTINUES EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

LOS ANGELES, June 2, 2005


Network to Cover Championship Singles, Doubles Finals Again in 2005

The Tennis Channel, a cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, has renewed its exclusive telecast rights agreement for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s and women’s tennis singles and doubles championships. Bruce Rider, executive vice president, programming and marketing, The Tennis Channel made the announcement today.

The network will again be the television home for Division I individual championship singles and doubles tennis, with complete coverage of both the men’s and women’s final matches – about eight hours of tennis. The events will air on the network during the weekend of June 4 and 5, with the women’s action on Saturday, followed by the men’s on Sunday.

“Part of the mission of The Tennis Channel is to bring the world of tennis competition to fans,” said Bruce Rider. “We carried exciting matches last year, and we’re proud to cover the NCAA championships on our network again.”

The Tennis Channel first covered NCAA Division I championship tennis in 2004. The network previously covered the 2003 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Star team in Tokyo.

“The NCAA is pleased to have The Tennis Channel airing these two championships. It is a great opportunity for student-athletes to showcase their talents on the court to a national audience,” said Chris Farrow, NCAA manager of broadcasting.

This year marks the NCAA’s 59th Division I Men’s Tennis Championships. The 2005 championship finals take place at the Texas A&M Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. Each year the men’s championships crown college tennis’ top team, singles player and doubles tandem. Last year Baylor’s Benjamin Becker won the 2004 singles championship and will return to try to repeat his performance this year. Stanford’s KC Corkery and Sam Warburg captured last year’s doubles crown.

The NCAA’s 24th Division I Women’s Tennis Championships will be held in Athens, Ga., at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex. In 2004 UCLA’s Daniela Bercek and Lauren Fisher captured the doubles title, while Stanford’s Amber Liu won the singles championship for the second consecutive year. Liu will be back to defend her title in 2005 and attempt to be the first woman to win three NCAA singles titles.

“There are few more exciting events in sports than in the world of college athletics, and tennis is no exception,” said The Tennis Channel’s Jene Elzie, vice president, programming, who brokered the network’s original deal with the NCAA in 2004 and saw to its continuation this summer. “This is a great chance for these young players to put their talents and achievements in front of a nationwide audience.”

The Tennis Channel (www.thetennischannel.com) is the 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. 

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For Further information:
Eric Abner, Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445 or eabner@tennischannel.com