'Wheel of Fortune' serves up 'Tennis Week'
Culver City, CA — Wheel of Fortune has teamed up with Tennis Channel to present viewers with the show’s first-ever “Tennis Week,” airing May 30-June 3, 2011.
Tennis Channel worked with the WTA, ATP and USTA to provide the featured prizes on the Wheel which include luxury vacation packages surrounding upcoming major tennis tournaments around the world: the French Open in Paris, the Australian Open in Melbourne, the US Open in New York, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, and the Sony Ericsson Championships in Istanbul.
Former World No. 1 female professional tennis player and Tennis Channel commentator Tracy Austin came to visit Pat Sajak and Vanna White on set to kick off “Tennis Week” on Wheel of Fortune. Throughout the week, some of the world’s top tennis players past and present, including Billie Jean King, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova will make appearances in show opening segments, bumper segments, closing packages and prize packages.
Also, as part of “Tennis Week,” Vanna White was invited to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif., to tape some segments for the five shows, including a tennis lesson from the top-ranked men’s doubles team, the Bryan Brothers.
Tennis Channel cameras were on location and in the studio to capture behind-the-scenes footage for a special “Tennis Week” News & Notes that is currently airing on Tennis Channel and is also posted on TennisChannel.com. The cable network will also promote the themed week with a robust schedule of promotional advertising.
About Tennis Channel
Tennis Channel (tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. 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 World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 MSOs, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse, DIRECTV and DISH Network.
About “Wheel of Fortune”
Wheel of Fortune has been the #1 syndicated series since its inception and has earned 5 Emmy Awards. With more than 26 million viewers per week, syndication’s most successful series continues to attract a larger audience than many primetime television shows. Wheel of Fortune is produced in High Definition by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International, both units of CBS Corp.
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