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Tennis Channel Announces US Open Series Schedule

July 14, 2005 01:31 PM

The Tennis Channel, the only cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, announced an action-packed summer schedule offering tennis fans more than 100 hours of live and same-day coverage at five US Open Series events, resulting in more hours of coverage than all other broadcast partners combined. The Tennis Channel joins ESPN, CBS Sports and NBC Sports as US Open Series broadcast partners in covering more than 200 hours this summer.

The Tennis Channel will televise US Open Series events on weekdays and an assortment of weekend singles and doubles matches for the following US Open Series tournaments: RCA Championships (Indianapolis), Mercedes-Benz Cup (Los Angeles), Acura Classic (San Diego), Legg Mason Tennis Classic (Washington, D.C.), JPMorgan Chase Open (Los Angeles) and Rogers Cup (Toronto).

“The extensive broadcast schedule of the US Open Series event is yet one more example of how The Tennis Channel is helping to boost the profile of the sport and increase viewership and participation,” said Arlen Kantarian, chief executive, professional tennis, USTA.

In 2004, the USTA and The Tennis Channel entered into a four-year US Open Series coverage agreement that also includes a comprehensive marketing and promotion commitment for the Series and the sport of tennis.

“Our partnership with the USTA gives tennis fans an unprecedented number of hours of the world’s best tennis events with today’s biggest stars all summer long,” said Steve Bellamy, president and founder, The Tennis Channel. “The ability for tennis fans to see more of the world’s best tennis will only help promote the sport and contribute to the long-term popularity of the game.

The 2005 US Open Series schedule on The Tennis Channel (all times ET):

July 19-21 - RCA Championships
Singles coverage, doubles final
Friday, July 19 – 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-midnight
Saturday, July 20 – 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, July 21 – 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

July 28, 29, 31 - Mercedes-Benz Cup
Singles coverage, doubles final

Thursday, July 28 – 3 p.m.-9 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Friday, July 29 – 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 31 – 1 a.m.-3 a.m.; 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

August 4-7 Acura Classic
Singles coverage, doubles final
Thursday Aug. 4 – 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 5 – 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6 – 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7 – 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

August 5-7 - Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Singles coverage, doubles final
Friday, Aug. 5 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7 – 10 p.m.-midnight

August 12-14 - JPMorgan Chase Open
Singles coverage, doubles final
Friday, Aug. 12 – 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13 – 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14 – 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

August 17-21 - Rogers Cup
Singles Coverage
Wednesday, Aug. 17 – 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 18 – 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 19 – 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20 – 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

The Tennis Channel is the cable television network devoted to tennis and other racquet sports, and provides unparalleled coverage of the game, its elite championships and its superstar athletes. The network’s comprehensive coverage includes telecasts of the US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup. The Tennis Channel 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 USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world. In addition, it owns the 96 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 675,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.




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