Late April, according to a graphic that accompanies an article in today's NY Times. The article is about proposed specialty sports channels.
No one has The Tennis Channel yet. No deals with satellite have been announced to date, though they are "reportedly" in the works. The backers are still talking as though the debut of the channel is a matter of "when" not "if", as evidenced by this excerpt from the aforementioned article:
The networks' philosophy is that more is not better, it is their essence. Sure, the tennis majors are on NBC, CBS, USA, TNT and ESPN, but what about the European parts of the Tennis Masters series?
"Say you liked Andy Roddick in a five-hour match, which happened to be at the Australian Open," said David Meister, chief executive of the Tennis Channel. "But that could have been five weeks before on one of our tournaments."
The possibilities offered by showing the early rounds of some events, or events not shown now, make these networks' executives salivate.
"If Serena Williams is in a tournament, and she keeps winning, you may see her five times on our network in a week," Meister said.