SANTA MONICA, July 14, 2005 —
Prime-time Matches to Feature Maria Sharapova, Anna Kournikova, John McEnroe and Martina Hingis
The Tennis Channel, the only cable television network devoted exclusively to tennis and other racquet sports, today announced its prime-time television coverage of the 2005 World TeamTennis (WTT) season. The network’s lineup during the three-week summer season features stars Maria Sharapova, Anna Kournikova, John McEnroe and Martina Hingis, and three classic matches from earlier WTT seasons, competed in by tennis legends Martina Navratilova, Bjorn Borg, Billie Jean King and Chris Evert.
Bruce Rider, executive vice president, programming and marketing, unveiled the network’s 2005 WTT programming schedule.
“World TeamTennis uses a format and style that’s really exciting for tennis fans to watch,” said Rider. “The big stars have always played – from Connors, Evert, Navratilova and Borg to the faces people associate with tennis today: Sharapova, Kournikova, Davenport, Roddick. Tennis fans love it, and we’re excited to offer it again this year.”
In the three weeks from July 19 to Aug. 2, The Tennis Channel will feature a 2005 WTT match each Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. In addition to Sharapova, Kournikova, McEnroe and Hingis, matches on The Tennis Channel from this year’s WTT season will feature Mardy Fish, one of the top young stars in American men’s tennis today.
WTT classic matches will run every Monday evening at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, from July 18 through Aug. 1. Beyond Navratilova, Borg, King and Evert, players in the classic matches include Vitas Gerulaitis, Ilie Nastase and Patrick McEnroe.
The Tennis Channel Programming Schedule for World TeamTennis:
Tuesday 2005 Season Matches – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, July 19
· Sacramento (with Anna Kournikova) @ Hartford
Tuesday, July 26
· NY SporTimes (with Martina Hingis, John McEnroe) @ Houston (Mardy Fish)
Tuesday, Aug. 2
· St. Louis @ Newport Beach (Maria Sharapova)
Monday Classic Matches – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Monday, July 18
· NY Apples vs. LA Strings
Playoff match showcases Vitas Gerulaitis, Ilie Nastase, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King
Monday, July 25
· Delaware Smash vs. Schenectady County Electrics
Martina Navratilova, Lori McNeil and Patrick McEnroe headline the evening
Monday, Aug. 1
· NJ Stars vs. Atlanta Thunder
The match features Martina Navratilova and Bjorn Borg
· NJ Stars vs. Charlotte Heat
1988 WTT Championship with Peter Fleming
The World TeamTennis Pro League presented by Advanta is made up of 10 franchises comprising two conferences, and often features sudden death matches and boisterous crowd participation. The brainchild of Billie Jean King and her former husband Larry King, the league has showcased many of tennis’ premier players since its debut in 1974. The complete 2005 season runs from July 9-August 2.
The Tennis Channel (www.thetennischannel.com) 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.
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