Martina has joined Tennis Channel as primary commentator for all Grand Slam tournaments on the network in 2008. Stay tuned in May and June as she provides this year’s French Open and Wimbledon coverage
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7, 2008 – Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis, has signed tennis legend Martina Navratilova as primary commentator during all Grand Slam tournaments on the network in 2008. The Hall of Famer and winner of more singles titles than any other tennis player in history, male or female, will cover the Australian Open (held Jan. 14-27), the French Open (May 25-June 8) and Wimbledon (June 23-July 6) for the channel.
In May 2007, Navratilova made her Tennis Channel debut during the channel’s groundbreaking French Open coverage.
“We had a wonderful time breaking the mold together during Tennis Channel’s inaugural Grand Slam tennis coverage at last year’s French Open,” said Navratilova. “Our approach is what U.S. television audiences have wanted for so long: round-the-clock coverage and the best action from court to court as it happens. I’m really proud of what we accomplished and to be associated with the advances we’re bringing to televised tennis, and I look forward to continuing this relationship for many years to come.”
Navratilova’s first on-air duties will take place during the 2008 Australian Open Jan. 14-27, when she joins network anchor/producer Bill Macatee – himself a major component of Tennis Channel’s 2007 French Open activity – as one of two primary commentators. Tennis Channel’s first Australian Open telecast takes place prime time, Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. ET, the beginning of 30 hours of live or first-run match telecasts this year. The network will show a prime-time block of live matches almost every night of the two-week tournament, in addition to special replays of the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals (initially on ESPN2).
Tennis Channel will also offer more than 70 hours of programming dedicated to Australian Open Today, a daily morning show that recaps the day’s events as the action is winding down in Melbourne and American East Coast audiences are just facing the day.