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Matchpoint Atlanta and Matchpoint Southeast to Debut in April

April 12, 2002 01:58 PM

By Marc Kaplan

The USTA Southern Section is pleased to announce that Matchpoint Atlanta, the only tennis specific show in the Atlanta market, is returning to FOX 5 on Sunday, April 21st, and Matchpoint Southeast, the only show dedicated to all things tennis in the south, is making its debut on the CSS cable network on Sunday, April 28th. Both shows are produced by Atlanta based Batten Communications and will be hosted by 99x Atlanta radio personality and avid tennis player Steve Barnes.

Matchpoint Atlanta premiered on FOX 5 Atlanta in 2001 and was an immediate hit, reaching nearly two million viewers during its 20 week run. Overall it had a Nielsen rating of 2.6. Its coverage included the Verizon Tennis Challenge, the NCAA Championships and the USA League Tennis Georgia State and Southern Sectional Championships. It also featured tennis tips and nutritional information. It is kicking off its 2002 season on Sunday, April 21st, at 11:00 am.

Matchpoint Southeast will air on the CSS Network - a sports channel similar to Fox Sports South - and will be available as far south as Tampa, FL, west to Little Rock, AK, north to Paducah, KY and east to Charleston, S.C. In all, the show will be carried in nine states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Its coverage will be similar to that of Matchpoint Atlanta, but with a wider reach. Matchpoint Southeast is premiering on Sunday, April 28th at 7:30 pm.

For more information about either show please visit www.tvmatchpoint.com.




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