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Details Released on Restart of Competitive Tennis

24 Jun, 2020


Since early May, the 2020 Re(Open) Tour has shown four live events as professionally ranked tour players gradually take to the courts again for a series of exhibitions and prize-money challenges

Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman) and Noah Eagle (@NoahEagle15) will handle play-by-play duties for Tennis Channel this weekend, paired with Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) and coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), respectively. With Monday's competition comes the partnership of announcer Ari Wolfe and former player and analyst Jan-Michael Gambill (@JanmikeGambill). Tennis Channel Plus, the network's streaming service, will offer all matches on-demand following live play. Tennis Channel International will show the Adria Tour, Tipsport Charity Cup and Eastern European Championship live and on-demand. 

Competition organizers will observe strict safety protocols at all venues in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Adria Tour June 27-28, July 3-4

Based in Belgrade, Serbia, and Zadar, Croatia, the eight-man round-robin event features three of men's tennis' top-10 stars: Djokovic (No. 1), Dominic Thiem (No. 3) and Alexander Zverev (No. 7). Live coverage on Tennis Channel begins each day at 7 a.m. ET.

Tipsport Charity Cup - June 29-July 1, July 11-13, July 25-27

All matches will take place in the Czech Republic, in Prague and Prostejov. Two teams of five women will play three singles matches and one doubles match against each other every day of the event. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (No. 12) headlines one squad, with 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova (No. 3) leading the other, alongside Marketa Vondrousova (No. 18). Tennis Channel Plus will begin each day's live competition at 6 a.m. ET before the matches shift to Tennis Channel at 8 a.m. ET. 

Ultimate Tennis Showdown - June 27-28, July 4-5, July 11-12

Near Cannes, France, at the training academy of famed coach Patrick Mouratoglou, five matches will be played every Saturday and Sunday for several weeks, featuring another roster with the biggest names in men's tennis. Among them are Stafanos Tsitsipas (No. 7), Matteo Berrettini (No. 8) and David Goffin (No. 10). Following an initial round-robin schedule, players move on to a single-elimination knockout stage. Tennis Channel's live coverage begins at 3 p.m. each day.

Eastern European Championship – Now through July 26

Six weeks of men's and women's tennis will get started next week at the Tipsarevic Academy in Belgrade, under the guidance of retired player Janko Tipsarevic. The event boasts an extensive field - 70 men and women are planning to compete - including, in the latter stages of the event, wild card Marin Cilic, who won the 2014 US Open. Live coverage on Tennis Channel begins at 6 a.m. 

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