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victory1
Apr 22nd, 2003, 03:24 PM
A special “sneak preview” beginning Saturday, April 26, featuring exclusive live U.S. coverage of the International Tennis Federation’s prestigious Fed Cup and the ATP Tour’s elite Tennis Master Series. The network will formally launch on May 15th following this 19-day showcase. Cable and satellite distributors may offer this programming to their subscribers during this period without obligation.

The network’s first telecast features the United States versus Czech Republic, a two-day Fed Cup event, scheduled for Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, each beginning at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. The first two matches will feature American sisters Serena and Venus Williams, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, respectively. The U.S. team, captained Billie Jean King and also featuring No. 19 ranked Meghann Shaughnessy and No. 27 rated Alexandra Stevenson, will be playing for its record 18th Fed Cup crown and first since 2000.

The two-and-a-half-week “sneak preview” showcase then continues with exclusive live coverage of the ATP Tour’s elite Tennis Masters Series events from Rome, Italy (Telecom Italia Masters, May 5-11) and Hamburg, Germany (Tennis Masters Hamburg, May 12-14), featuring the world’s top men. A variety of classic matches and documentary coverage from the extensive Fed Cup archives and Masters Series library will round out The Tennis Channel’s 19-day “preview” schedule.


The Tennis Channel’s official full-scale launch showcases live coverage of the ATP Tour’s prestigious Tennis Masters Series Hamburg championship from Germany May 15-18. Fourth-round action begins Thursday, May 15 at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT. The championship final will be seen live Sunday, May 18, at 8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT.

No Strings: Spend the day with the pros off the court and behind the scenes. Tag along with The Tennis Channel as we fly on their private jets, tour their homes and party with them after hours.
Center Court with Chris Myers: Get the inside story from the game’s greatest players, coaches and legends, as they go head to head with one of the most prominent sports journalists in the field, Chris Myers.
Instructional Programs: Enhance your game with instruction from the world’s top tennis coaches. The series will include shows from Nick Bollettieri, Vic Braden and Brad Gilbert.
Tennis Channel Classics: Prepare to re-live the greatest matches of all time when The Tennis Channel airs its newly restored library of classic matches. These matches feature sports legends like Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, just to name a few …
Destination Tennis: Tour the most exotic tennis destinations with this exciting travel show.
Gearheads: A regular special featuring the latest trends in tennis gear and equipment.

The Tennis Channel is grateful to the tens of thousands of people that have contacted us with their support, and we look forward to serving you in the years to come…

Chance
Apr 22nd, 2003, 03:29 PM
I'm turning green :(

But I'm beginning to think you might get more ATP coverage than WTA

Jordan.
Apr 22nd, 2003, 03:31 PM
I swear, I am gonna annoy my cable company until they get the damn channel.

Cariaoke
Apr 22nd, 2003, 03:32 PM
*cough* what sunset said...

me=pissed...

'No Strings', 'Gearheads' and 'Destination Tennis' sound like kick ass shows. If I was running the tennis channel, those would be the shows I'd run.

For once I wish ESPN had exclusive rights because I'd know I'd see the matches. Hopefully by next year's Hopman Cup, my provider will have the tennis channel. All I can do is :sad: in the meantime.

Warrior
Apr 22nd, 2003, 07:04 PM
Finally they're doing something. Hopefully my cable provider will eventually pick up the tennis channel.

Dawn Marie
Apr 22nd, 2003, 07:11 PM
How can one know if they are going to be able to see the FED CUP on the new tennis channel?