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Tennis channel to Show Sampras Story Sunday
Posted on 5/21/2003 at 2:48 PM


First Episode of Player Profile Show to Feature Pete Sampras

LOS ANGELES * The Tennis Channel announced its first original series, "No Strings," an intimate look at the glamorous lifestyles of professional tennis players off the court. The first episode, entitled "Pete Sampras: No Strings," showcases the sport's all time leading money winner, recently voted the greatest men's player of all time in an ATP poll of current and former players and journalists. Subsequent episodes include "Lindsay Davenport: No Strings," focusing on the three-time Grand Slam winner, and "Andy Roddick: No Strings," about the rising American star many expect to succeed Sampras as America¹s best male player.

Each episode in the "No Strings" series will focus on one of tennis' top players, traveling with them on the road, hanging out at home, relaxing at play, and just doing the things they like to do. The series will offer unparalleled access to the players off the court, providing insight into the demands and rewards of the sport, the diverse aspects of each player¹s life and what makes each of them a unique individual as well as a world-class athlete.

"An important part of our mission at The Tennis Channel is to connect tennis fans to the stars in the sport and to give our viewers a glimpse into the lives of these outstanding athletes in a way that they won¹t find anyplace else," said The Tennis Channel President and Founder Steve Bellamy. "This new series provides viewers an inside look at the jet set lifestyle of the world¹s greatest players. The ŒNo Strings' series will be a key component in our original programming line-up, designed to serve existing fans as well as grow the audience for tennis on television."

Bruce Rider, The Tennis Channel executive vice president, programming and marketing added, "For weeks, our cameras have been following a variety of tennis stars, and we have shot dozens and dozens of hours of incredible footage. The first episode, "Pete Sampras: No Strings" will take viewers to his practice sessions, on board his personal jet, and inside intimate conversations about his life and profession. The No Strings series will be truly insightful, giving viewers a rare look at players' private lives."

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 BNP 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 Channel¹s investment group includes media and tennis industry leaders, blue chip Wall Street investors, and tennis greats Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. The Tennis Channel's Web site is located at
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