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Family Circle Cup Announces 2007 Television Coverage

March 29, 2007 08:51 AM
Family Circle Cup will once again present world class tennis to its fans at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island and to viewers at home on ESPN2. Former Sony Ericsson WTA Tour star, Mary Joe Fernandez, along with former ATP Tour star and award-winning television commentator Cliff Drysdale, will call matches for ESPN2. Celebrating over three decades in women’s professional tennis, the Family Circle Cup is scheduled for April 7th-15th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mary Joe Fernandez currently serves as a women’s tennis analyst for ESPN2, after playing on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour for fourteen years. In her illustrious career, Fernandez won seven singles titles and nineteen doubles titles, including two Australian Open doubles championships. She was a doubles Gold medalist for the US Olympic team in 1992, and a singles Bronze medalist in 1996. In 1985, she became the youngest player (14 years, 8 days) to win a US Open match.

Former ATP tennis star, Cliff Drysdale played in 45 Davis Cup matches for his native homeland, South Africa. Drysdale captured 35 singles titles and 24 doubles titles, and had also been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world on the men’s tour. He has also held the esteemed title of founder and first President of the Association of Tennis Professionals. As an award-winning tennis announcer, Drysdale has one of the most popular and influential personalities in the international tennis community. He has been with ESPN since their very first tennis telecast on September 14, 1979, which aired just one week after the network launched. Drysdale can also be found in the pages of Tennis Magazine as a contributing writer.

In 1973, the Family Circle Cup was the world’s first all-women’s event to be broadcast on network television. The 2007 Family Circle Cup will be no different. Continuing its extensive television coverage, four days of action will be broadcast from the Family Circle Tennis Center on ESPN2. The broadcast days and times are subject to change, but currently are set as: Thursday, April 12 (1:00pm - 2:30pm), Friday, April 13 (1:00pm - 2:30pm), Saturday, April 14 (12:30pm, - 2:30pm) and Sunday, April 15 (1:00pm - 3:00pm).

The 2007 Family Circle Cup will be held April 7th – 15th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Family Circle Tennis Center is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Family Circle Magazine that hosts a variety of events including concerts, festivals, tennis events and other special activities throughout the year. With over 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in America and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, a Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts, all lighted for night play, a racquet club featuring a full service pro shop and locker room facilities and a full service event management staff capable of handling all aspects of an event including ticketing, operations, sales, advertising, marketing, public relations, and food & beverage. Family Circle Cup tickets are available via phone, on-line, or at Ticketmaster outlets. For tickets or more information on the Family Circle Cup or Tennis Center please call (843) 856-7900 or visit us online at www.familycirclecup.com.




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