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Tennis Channel to Offer Complete Coverage of Men's Doubles Tennis Master Cup Championships

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7, 2008 - Tennis Channel will cover the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup doubles championships - the prestigious season-ending competition in men’s professional tennis - featuring the world’s top eight doubles teams, including American twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, as they attempt to make history with a fourth-consecutive No. 1 year-end ranking. Nearly 30 live and same-day hours are planned from Asia’s largest tennis facility, the Qi Zhong stadium in Shanghai, Monday-Sunday, Nov. 9-16.

The current No. 1-ranked doubles team, the Bryans, are a tournament away from ending their fourth-consecutive year as ATP’s top team, a feat that has yet to be accomplished in the history of the game. Unlike the men’s singles year-end championships which cannot disrupt Rafael Nadal from finishing 2008 with the year’s top ranking, the men’s doubles ranking can be affected by the outcome of the 2008 Masters Cup Championship. With second-ranked doubles team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic only 63 points behind the Bryans, their fourth-straight No.1 is anything but certain.

Tennis Channel will carry every point of the competition from the celebrated Qi Zhong stadium in Shanghai. Boasting a center court capacity of 15,000 and retractable “lotus flower” roof for all-weather play, the largest tennis facility in Asia offers a breathtaking backdrop to the season-ending tournament.

Tennis Channel’s 2008 Tennis Masters Cup Doubles Championships Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
Sunday, Nov. 9 5 a.m.-9 a.m. Round-Robin Action Same-Day Delay
Monday, Nov. 10 1 a.m.-5 a.m. Round-Robin Action Live
Tuesday, Nov. 11 1 a.m.-5 a.m. Round-Robin Action Live
Wednesday, Nov. 12 1 a.m.-5 a.m. Round-Robin Action Live
Thursday, Nov. 13 1 a.m.-5 a.m. Round-Robin Action Live
Friday, Nov. 14 1 a.m.-5 a.m. Round-Robin Action Live
Saturday, Nov. 15 12:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Doubles Semifinals Live
2 a.m.-3:30 a.m. Doubles Semifinals Live
Sunday, Nov. 16 12:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Doubles Final Live

Tennis Channel will also offer same-day replays of round-robin doubles matches, semifinals and the final at 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

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