Tennis Ending Year with a Smash9/16/2003 10:09 AM Eastern
Highlighted by complete live coverage of the semifinals and finals of the
Davis Cup and Fed Cup, The Tennis Channel is serving up an array of major events
and tournaments as the sport winds down this year.
From Sept. 19-21, the fledgling service’s fall lineup begins with live
coverage of the 2003 Davis Cup semifinals from Melbourne, Australia, and Malaga,
Spain, where Australia hosts Switzerland and Spain hosts Argentina,
respectively. The channel will also carry the Davis Cup finals live Nov.
On the women’s side, the November schedule continues with the conclusion of
the 2003 Fed Cup, with semifinal and final ties, live from Moscow Nov. 19-20 and
Nov. 22-23, respectively. The semifinal pairings match Belgium vs. the United
States and France vs. Russia.
The telecasts will mark the first time these competitions have been shown in
their entirety in the United States.
Tennis will also telecast the Billie Jean King/Elton John-hosted ADT World
TeamTennis All-Star "Smash Hits" charity event Sept. 28, featuring Andre Agassi,
John McEnroe and Anna Kournikova, among other net notables.
The network’s WTA Tour coverage begins with semifinal and final coverage of
the Sparkassen Cup International Damen Tennis Grand Prix from Leipzig, Germany,
Next are semifinal and final telecasts of the Kremlin Cup from Moscow Oct.
4-5, followed by live coverage of the championship match at the Porsche Tennis
Grand Prix from Filderstadt, Germany, Oct. 12.
Later in October, the ATP Tour takes center stage on Tennis with 140 total
hours of coverage of two European tournaments from the elite Tennis Masters
Series: Tennis Masters Madrid from Spain Oct. 13-19 and the BNP Paribas Masters
from Paris Oct. 27-Nov. 2.
"As a complement to our successful ‘Summer Title Wave’ of top American
tournaments, we now plan to bring our viewers many of the high-profile events
from around the world that are crucial to the Davis and Fed Cup championships,
as well as the individual tour championship races," Tennis Channel president and
founder Steve Bellamy said in a prepared statement.