Tennis Action Available This Month...at Home
17 Apr, 2020
Tennis Channel will introduce a daily, three-hour edition of Tennis Channel Live while the professional tennis tours are on hiatus due to the worldwide coronavirus containment effort. Beginning at 12 p.m. ET, the show will serve as a central tennis news and conversation platform with updates from the sport's leaders, social media interaction with players and fans, and other topical information during this unprecedented shutdown. With a general talk-show format and set in the network's Los Angeles studio, Tennis Channel Live will also explore a different theme in a celebration of the very best the sport has to offer. The channel will run encore editions each evening at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.
Tennis Channel Live will typically feature a pair of announcers or analysts in studio, with phone or video interviews from others on the network's roster of on-air talent.
"Though the competition may be paused right now there's important news and daily information from players, events and governing bodies around the globe rolling out literally all the time, and Tennis Channel remains the central place for fans to stay on top of it all - as well as for the sport's innumerable stakeholders to reach them instantly as it unfolds," said Ken Solomon, president, Tennis Channel. "This moment requires both live daily analysis and wisdom from our on-air team of Hall of Famers and experts at the highest levels of the sport, who deeply understand its inner workings and organizational leadership. Home-bound audiences will also need to be entertained more than ever, and as always Tennis Channel will be here as a much-needed respite. Every week Tennis Channel Live is going to dive into a different element of this sport's rich history, with top-quality features supported by all platforms - Tennis.com, our Tennis Channel app, subscription-service Tennis Channel Plus and the Tennis Channel Podcast Network."
April 13-19 - Wimbledon - Wimbledon is the sport's oldest major and, many would say, its most career-defining championship. Tennis Channel Live will review the storied tradition of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, including its greatest title winners, names like Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras and Serena Williams. The team will also relive the epic Wimbledon clashes between rivals Roger Federer and Nadal via Tennis Channel's 2018 Emmy Award-nominated Strokes of Geniusand note this year's 40th anniversary of the jaw-dropping final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe - another candidate for greatest match of all time status.
April 20-26 - Red, White and Blue - Each of tennis' four majors has a distinct personality reflective of the people and culture of its host city. But perhaps the greatest example of this comes with the US Open, which seems to stuff all five of New York City's boroughs into the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center every Labor Day weekend. The tournament is hot, shoulder to shoulder, fast, energetic, larger than life, up all night, vocal and loud - by any sport's standard. It takes grit and tremendous willpower to walk away from Arthur Ashe stadium trophy in hand. Tennis Channel Live will discuss the American stars who have carried the cheers of a nation at the US Open over the years, among them Jimmy Connors, Austin, Evert, Andre Agassi, Williams, Sampras and Davenport.
Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com), which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, 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 at the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, ATP World Tour events, WTA competitions, Fed Cup, Laver Cup and the ATP Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by all of the top 10 video providers.
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