Tennis Channel to cover the ATP World Finals

November 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Tennis Channel will provide live, wall-to-wall coverage of the round-robin 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from London, Nov. 22-29. The network will provide close to 60 hours of high-definition coverage of the season-ending tournament and more than 120 hours overall with same-day, prime-time replays.

Tennis Channel’s men’s championships broadcast team features play by play from Leif Shiras, analysis from Jimmy Arias and sideline reports from Justin Gimelstob. From Sunday, Nov. 22 to Saturday, Nov. 28, the network will broadcast live singles and doubles matches from 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET and 2 a.m.-6 p.m. ET, followed by encore replays of the entire day’s broadcast, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Sunday, Nov. 23, will begin with the live doubles championship at 7:30 a.m. ET and the men’s singles final at 2 p.m. ET. Both matches will be replayed twice that evening, beginning with the singles championship at 7 p.m.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the largest indoor event in tennis, features the world’s top eight singles players and eight doubles teams, in a competition that concludes the men’s tennis season. Singles qualifiers include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Fernando Verdasco, Nikolay Davydenko, Juan Martin del Potro and Robin Soderling (replacing the injured Andy Roddick). The twin-brother team of star Americans Bob and Mike Bryan headline the year-end doubles teams in London, along with top seed Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic and third seed Mahesh Bhupathi/Mark Knowles.

Tennis Channel 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 to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by eight of the top 10 MSOs and has a national footprint via DIRECTV and DISH Network.