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Austin, Ryan, Woodforde Form Versus Team For WTA Tour Championships
Tracy Austin By Tennis Week
The final team has been named for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships. Versus, which will televise the season-ending event in Madrid, told Tennis Week Tim Ryan, Tracy Austin and Mark Woodforde will form the broadcast team for the six-day tournament.
Grand Slam broadcast veteran Tim Ryan will serve as play-by-play announcer, Hall of Famer Austin has signed on as analyst and Grand Slam doubles champion Woodforde will be the roving sideline reporter for Versus' coverage.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships have a new home this year. Actually, the Tour Championships have two new homes and one has been renamed. The WTA Tour Championships returns to European soil for the first time since 2001 when the tournament makes its debut in Madrid, November 7-12.
The tournament's new American television home is Versus (formerly known as OLN), which televised the Davis Cup semifinals between the host Russia and visiting United States in September.
The tournament concluded its four-year run at Los Angeles' Staples Center last November as Amelie Mauresmo edged French Fed Cup teammate Mary Pierce 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4 victory in three hours, six minutes to become the first French woman in history to capture the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championship.
Versus, which succeeds ESPN2 as the American television home for the 2006 WTA Tour Championships, will provide tape-delay coverage of the tournament starting on Tuesday, November 7. Madrid is six hours ahead of the United States' Eastern time. Versus plans to present six days of WTA Tour Championships coverage, concluding with the final, which will be telecast on tape delay starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, November 12.
Versus Network Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships Television Schedule
all times are Eastern
Tuesday, November 7 starting at 1 p.m.: one match
Wednesday, November 8 noon to 7 p.m.: three matches; 10 p.m. best match of the day replayed
Thursday, November 9 noon to 7 p.m.: three matches; 10 p.m. best match of the day replayed
Friday, November 10 noon to 7 p.m.: three matches
Saturday, November 11: semifinals 4-8 p.m.
Sunday, November 12: final 6-8 p.m.