Tennis Channel Asks Viewers to PIck Best Matches of 2008

LOS ANGELES, December 15 2008 - Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis, is asking fans to rank the ten best professional tennis matches that the network televised in 2008. Results from the year-end You Make The Call online vote will be unveiled during a 10-night countdown from Dec. 22-31 at 8 p.m. ET, with one match airing in its entirety each night.

Polls are now open to visitors to the network’s Web site,, and will remain open until Dec. 19. In addition to selecting their favorites of the 10 finalists, fans can watch video highlight from each match, and are allowed to vote as many times as desired. At the conclusion of the poll, the 10 finalists will appear, one per night, in the reverse order of votes received, beginning Dec. 22.

The 10 finalists for best matches that aired on Tennis Channel in 2008:
Jan. 13 - WTA Medibank International semifinals - Justine Henin def. Ana Ivanovic (6-2, 2-6, 6-4)
May 9 - Berlin quarterfinals - Dinara Safina def. Serena Williams (2-6, 6-1, 7-6)
May 11 - Qatar Telecom German Open final - Dinara Safina def. Elena Dementieva (3-6, 6-2, 6-2)
May 18 - Masters Hamburg final - Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer (7-5, 6-7, 6-3)
June 15 - Artois Championships final - Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (7-6, 7-5)
July 5 - Wimbledon final - Venus Williams def. Serena Williams (7-5, 6-4)
July 6 - Wimbledon final - Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer (6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7)
Oct 4 - Stuttgart semifinals - Jelena Jankovic def. Venus Williams (7-6, 5-7, 6-2)
Oct 18 - Madrid Masters semifinal - Gilles Simon def. Rafael Nadal (3-6, 5-7, 7-6)
Oct 18 - Zurich semifinals - Venus Williams def. Ana Ivanovic (4-6, 6-3, 6-4)

Following the New Year’s Eve telecast of the match that receives the most votes, Tennis Channel will recap each of the top-five matches during a New Year’s Day replay.

Tennis Channel ( is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by eight of the top 10 MSOs and has a national footprint via DIRECTV and DISH Network.


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