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Apr 20th, 2003, 11:56 PM
THE TENNIS CHANNEL SERVES UP GAME’S TOP SUPERSTARS IN NEW SERVICE OFFERED BY COX COMMUNICATIONS
SAN DIEGO (April 15, 2003) -- The Tennis Channel, the 24-hour cable network that provides comprehensive coverage of tennis and other racquet sports, will be available this Spring to Cox Communications cable subscribers in San Diego. Distribution of The Tennis Channel officially begins May 15, 2003, and is available on Cox Digital Cable from Cox Communications on Channel 367. The network is part of Cox’s Lifestyles digital tier of programming. Additionally, Cox Communications of Orange County plans to add The Tennis Channel in May and will soon announce a launch date.

The network’s programming combines the game’s brightest stars and many of the biggest tournaments -- Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Serena and Venus Williams, Lleyton Hewitt, Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Kournikova and many others -- with the most extensive live tennis coverage.

Highlights include:


More than 1000 hours of exclusive tournament coverage featuring the European Tennis Masters Series; the Fed Cup, non-US matches of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, the Hyundai Hopman Cup; ATP Tour, WTA Tour and World Team Tennis competitions; plus scores of events from the top international, junior and intercollegiate circuits;


Behind-the-scenes access to the games hottest stars including in-depth interviews with the its most compelling personalities;


Instruction from world-renown players and teaching professionals, such as Nick Bollettieri, Vic Braden, and Brad Gilbert and previews of the latest gear, active-wear fashions and tennis innovations;


Rebroadcast of legendary classic matches;


Tours of the world’s most exotic tennis destinations and much more.


“The Tennis Channel helps us expand the variety of programming available to our customers,” says Cox Communications Executive Director of Programming Andy Albert. “The new cable network takes an innovative approach to tennis coverage, bringing even more value to Cox Digital Cable.”

The Tennis Channel’s exclusive line-up of live tournament action features coverage of major international events never before telecast in the U.S. in their entirety, including the European elements of the ATP Tour’s prestigious Tennis Master Series from Monte Carlo, Rome, Hamburg, Madrid and Paris, as well as the Fed Cup, Davis Cup and Hopman Cup events.

The star-studded domestic schedule also includes the WTA’s Family Circle Cup (Charleston, S.C.), Sarasota Clay Court Classic (Sarasota, Fla.), JP Morgan Chase Open (Carson, Calif.), Bank of the West Classic (Stanford, Calif.), State Farm Women’s Tennis Classic (Scottsdale, Ariz.) plus the ATP’s U.S. Clay Court Championships (Houston), Kroger St. Jude Classic (Memphis), Franklin Templeton Classic (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Hall of Fame Championships (Newport, R.I.), Siebel Open (San Jose) and International Championships (Delray Beach, Fla.).

“San Diego is an ideal market for tennis,” says The Tennis Channel Chairman and CEO David Meister. “The competition among the greatest players in the game will attract a large number of viewers; while others will be drawn by the opportunity to enhance their own on-court experience and more still will be excited to see these charismatic personalities.”

“Cox Communications has a well-documented history of offering the highest quality programming available and The Tennis Channel is proud to be a part of their lineup from our opening serve,” says The Tennis Channel Senior Vice President of Distribution Randy Brown. “Their San Diego and Orange County customers are sure to enjoy all the thrilling tennis action we are so excited to present.”

In addition to telecasting live tournament coverage, The Tennis Channel will air “Center Court with Chris Myers,” a 30-minute exclusive interview show with the most compelling stars, legends, coaches and professionals of the game; “No Strings,” a profile show featuring exclusive, off-the-court and behind-the-scenes access to stars; along with other original programs to be announced.

The programming inventory also spotlights “Tennis Channel Classics,” allowing fans to re-live the sport’s greatest moments from a newly restored library of classic matches, as well as instructional programs covering everything from tennis fitness, mental preparation and nutrition to lessons from the greatest coaches of the sport.

Aside from tennis, The Tennis Channel will showcase unique coverage of additional racquet sports, including 15 major international table tennis tournaments sanctioned by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and three major international events featuring the men’s Professional Squash Association (PSA) and Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA).

The Tennis Channel is a 24-hour cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports that provides unparalleled coverage of the game, its elite championships and superstar athletes. The network features around-the-clock coverage of major tournaments including ATP Tour, WTA Tour, Fed Cup, Davis Cup by DNP Paribas and Hyundai Hopman Cup competition and the European element of the Tennis Masters Series. The network 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. The Tennis Channel’s investment group includes media industry leaders, blue chip Wall Street investors, and tennis greats Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.


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