Tennis Channel, which will take its first shot at live Grand Slam tournament coverage later this month, is taking Bill Macatee to Paris.
The dedicated racquet-sport service signed the sportscaster to a multiyear deal involving a variety of network functions.
Macatee’s first serve will come as a producer and solo anchor of Tennis’ nightly, primetime centerpiece show, French Open Tonight. As host, Macatee will lead the network’s extensive coverage from the French Open, recapping the biggest matches of the day at the Grand Slam tournament, as well as interacting with players, analysts and other guests.
The nightly, three-and-a-half-hour primetime program will offer the best of the day’s tennis, previously unseen matches, original features and coverage from in and around the streets of Paris.
For Macatee, the deal marks a return to the French Open, where he spent seven years doing play-by-play and anchoring from Roland Garros for USA Network.
Following the French, Macatee will continue to work with Tennis throughout the year to develop original series and specials in both the live sports and passionate lifestyle categories.
“Bill is one of the best in the business and among the most recognized and accomplished names in both sports and tennis broadcasting,” Tennis chairman and CEO Ken Solomon said in a prepared statement. “He is the consummate broadcasting professional, knows the game forward and backward and embodies the highest standards of televised sports that we feel tennis deserves.”
Solomon added, “We couldn’t think of a better person to have anchor what is going to be our signature French Open broadcast. Moreover, he has been a passionate advocate of tennis for years and is joining us in essence as a partner who will help Tennis Channel in our mission to grow this sport.”