Courier, Wilander join Tennis Channel US Open Team
NEW YORK — Tennis Channel announced today that it is adding two tennis legends - both of whom are more than familiar with the US Open - in the booth for the opening week of the Grand Slam. After debuting yesterday, former US Open Champion Mats Wilander will once again comment on matches Wednesday, August 31. Hall-of-Famer Jim Courier will take his turn in offering analysis today, Thursday and Friday. This week marks the first time each has appeared as part of the network’s broadcast team.
Courier and Wilander are joined by US Open Tonight host Bill Macatee, lead analyst Martina Navratilova and the rest of the critically acclaimed Tennis Channel on-air team.
“With Mats and Jim coming aboard, we continue to provide our fans with insight from some of the greatest players of this sport,” said Larry Meyers, senior vice president, production, and executive producer, Tennis Channel. “We’re very excited to add such legendary names to our roster this week.”
Jim Courier is a former world No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. During his career, he won four Grand Slam singles titles - two at the French Open and two at the Australian Open and five Masters 1000 series titles. He holds the record for being the youngest person to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments at the age of 22. Courier was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.
Mats Wilander is an eight-time Grand Slam titleholder and former No. 1 Hall-of-Famer from Sweden. A champion of all four majors, Wilander holds one US Open, one Wimbledon (doubles), three Australian Open and three French Open titles throughout his successful 15-year professional tennis career. Wilander was also an integral member of Sweden’s highly successful Davis Cup team throughout the 1980s. In 2002 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Tennis Channel (www.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.
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