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Tennis Channel's 2009 Olympus US Open Series Coverage to Include Seven Tournaments, Close to 60 Hours of Live and Same-Day Match Play in High Definition

LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2009 — Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, will offer close to 60 hours of live and same-day match telecasts during seven tournaments in this summer’s Olympus US Open Series. The network’s July 24-Aug. 29 coverage of the US Open’s hard-court tournament includes seven prime-time Sunday doubles finals, in addition to numerous singles semifinals, quarterfinals and round-of-16 competitions.

Tennis Channel, which will televise the US Open with ESPN and CBS for the first time this year, produces all Olympus US Open Series coverage for the three networks, except for the circuit’s two ATP Masters Series events. With encore replays Tennis Channel will devote close to 75 hours of on-air time to Olympus US Open Series play this year, all in high definition.

Men’s Olympus US Open Series tournament on Tennis Channel in 2009 are: the Indianapolis Championships (Indianapolis), LA Tennis Open (Los Angeles), and Legg Mason Tennis Classic (Washington, D.C.). At the same time, the network’s four Sony Ericsson WTA Tour women’s events will be: The Bank of the West Classic (Stanford, Calif.), LA Women’s Tennis Championships (Los Angeles), Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Rogers Cup (Toronto).

The network has been a partner with the Olympus US Open Series’ governing body, the United States Tennis Association, since the summer season’s 2004 introduction, along with fellow broadcasters ESPN and CBS Sports.

On-Air Talent Tennis Channel’s 2009 coverage of the US Open Series features a combination of long-time play-by-play professionals alongside former players who have made the transition from the court to the booth. Veteran Ian Eagle starts the coverage at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships alongside former U.S. Davis Cup team member, Justin Gimelstob. Emmy-award winning announcer Ted Robinson, who has called the past 20 US Opens, will serve as lead commentator at the Bank of the West Classic, flanked by analysts Corina Morariu and former World No.1 Lindsay Davenport. Morariu and Davenport will also work together at two other events during the series, the LA Women’s Tennis Championship and the Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open, both with network regular Leif Shiras—a Tennis Channel veteran since the network’s launch in 2003. Shiras will also serve as the lead anchor at the LA Tennis Open, next to Gimelstob. Barry Mackay will work as the lead anchor at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, along with Gimelstob and recent International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Donald Dell. Tennis Channel’s Olympus US Open Series coverage concludes with the Rogers Cup, with lead coverage by Brett Haber and Morariu.

Tennis Channel’s 2009 Olympus US Open Series live and same-day telecast schedule (all times ET): For encore replays, visit www.tennischannel.com/schedule.

July 24-26 Indianapolis Tennis Championships (ATP) Friday, July 24 - 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (singles quarterfinals) Saturday, July 25 - 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (singles semifinals) Sunday, July 26 - 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (doubles final)

July 30-Aug. 2 Bank of the West Classic (WTA) Thursday, July 30 - 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (round of 16) Friday, July 31 - 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (singles quarterfinals) Saturday, Aug. 1 - 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (singles semifinals) Sunday, Aug. 2 - 9:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (doubles finals)

July 30-Aug. 2 LA Tennis Open (ATP) Thursday, July 30 - 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.; 12:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m. (round of 16) Friday, July 31 - 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (singles quarterfinals) Saturday, Aug. 1 - 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (singles semifinals) Sunday, Aug. 2 - 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (doubles finals)

Aug. 7-9 Legg Mason (ATP) Friday, Aug. 7 - 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (singles quarterfinal) Saturday, Aug. 8 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (singles semifinal) Sunday, Aug. 9 - 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (doubles final)

Aug. 7- 9 LA Women’s Tennis Championships (WTA) Friday, Aug. 7 - 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (singles quarterfinal) Saturday, Aug. 8 - 5:00 p.m.-7:00p.m. (singles semifinal) Sunday, Aug. 9 - 9:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (doubles final)

Aug. 13-16 Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open (WTA) Thursday, Aug. 13 -5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (round of 16) Friday, Aug. 14 - 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (singles quarterfinals) Saturday, Aug. 15 - 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. (singles semifinals) Sunday, Aug. 16 - 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (doubles finals)

Aug. 21-23 Rogers Cup (WTA) Friday, Aug. 21 - 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (singles quarterfinals) Saturday, Aug. 22 - 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (singles semifinals) Sunday, Aug. 23 - 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (doubles finals)

 

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