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TV coverage of the clay-court season

LOS ANGELES — Tennis Channel has comprehensive week-after-week coverage heading into the spring clay court season, again in 2015, as the biggest stars take to one of the most challenging surfaces in tennis in the weeks before the French Open. The network will deliver more than 700 total hours to European clay court events in April and May, with more than 240 live coverage hours across 12 men’s ATP and women’s WTA competitions. Telecasts feature daylong blocks of live matches at numerous events, with live quarterfinal, semifinal and final coverage at all tournaments.

Tournaments covered on the network this spring season include the Katowice Open (Katowice, Poland - WTA); Monte Carlo Rolex Masters (Monte Carlo, Monaco - ATP); Barcelona Open (Barcelona, Spain - ATP); BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy (Bucharest, Romania - ATP); Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart, Germany - WTA); BMW Open by FWU AG (Munich - ATP); Millenium Estoril Open (Estoril, Portugal - ATP); Mutua Madrid Open (Madrid - ATP/WTA); Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome - ATP/WTA); Geneva Open (Geneva - ATP); Open de Nice Cote d’Azur (Nice, France - ATP); N├╝rnberger VersicherungsCup (Nurnberg, Germany - WTA).

In addition to comprehensive tournament coverage, Tennis Channel’s new digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus, will also have live coverage at the events in Katowice, Poland; Bucharest, Romania; Stuttgart, Germany; Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Madrid; Rome; Geneva; Nice, France; and Nurnberg, Germany.

The European clay court season on Tennis Channel is more than just an exhaustive tennis schedule. It is a period when the game’s elite routinely meet in championship matches as international tennis stars like sisters Serena and Venus Williams, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and others battle numerous times across multiple events. Grand Slam-caliber finals from tournaments last year included: Roger Federer versus Stan Wawrinka (Monte Carlo); Ana Ivanovic versus Maria Sharapova (Stuttgart); Rafael Nadal versus Kei Nishikori and Simona Halep versus Maria Sharapova (Madrid); Rafael Nadal versus Novak Djokovic and Sara Errani versus Serena Williams (Rome).

This year should be no different as players strive to get in as much clay court experience as possible before the French Open begins May 25.

Following Tennis Channel Plus’ live coverage of the Katowice Open this week, the action gets underway with the men’s Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. It takes place at one of the most beautiful and historic venues on the tennis circuit and begins Monday, April 13, live on the network’s air. Tennis Channel brings viewers nearly 50 live hours and more than 70 week-of encore hours from the week-long tournament. Eight out of the top 10-ranked singles players are scheduled to play at the event, including World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal - the biggest stars in men’s tennis.

Tennis Channel’s free Tennis Channel Everywhere app allows most network subscribers to watch the channel live whenever and wherever they want. Additionally, new to the European clay court season this year is Tennis Channel Plus, the network’s 10-month-old digital subscription service. Tennis Channel Plus offers more than 90 clay court matches to viewers this spring that are not available on television. For more information about Tennis Channel Plus, visit: tennischanneleverywhere.com/channel/tennis-channel-plus.

There have never been more opportunities for tennis fans to tune in to the network during the spring clay court season. Tennis Channel’s complete schedule of spring ATP and WTA tournaments can be found online at tennischannel.com/schedule. For more content and to connect with the network, visit Tennis Channel’s social media platforms: Facebook (facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (youtube.com/tennischannel), Instagram (instagram.com/tennischannel), and Pinterest (pinterest.com/tennischannel).

 

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