‘World of Tennis’ returns for second season

June 30, 2011

New York, NY — MSG Sports and StarGames announced today that the popular “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” will return for a second season. This year, Tennis Channel will first air each episode on Wednesday nights throughout the summer at 10:00 p.m. followed by repeats on MSG Plus every Saturday at noon. The magazine-style show will debut July 6th on Tennis Channel (re-airs on Thurs. at 11:00 a.m. and Sun. at 7:30 p.m.) and July 9th on MSG Plus.

The annual eight-week series takes an inside look at the sport, from the professional tours to the history of the game. The magazine-style show covers the sport in a way that no one else does, providing something unique for tennis fans. Each 30-minute episode of “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” is hosted by former professional tennis player and current television personality, Justin Gimelstob.

“I’m very excited to be part of the 2011 edition of the World of Tennis presented by BNP Paribas,” said Justin Gimelstob. “I am especially looking forward to my new segment “Holding Court with Justin.” The stretch of tennis between Wimbledon and the US OPEN is one of the most intense and interesting of the year. I am going to be catching up with some of my friends on and off court as the action heats up. It should be a lot of fun.”

Each week the show will highlight a special guest including Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova and Lyndsay Davenport as well as feature segments where you can hone your game with tennis and fitness tips from former world # 1 Ivan Lendl. Additionally, challenge your tennis acumen with new and riveting round table discussion topics brought to you by featuring the editors of Tennis Magazine. Gimelstob will also host a segment called “Holding Court with Justin,” an insider’s look at a variety of factors on the professional tour which leads off with an unusually frank sit down with American star, Roddick. Furthermore, USTA President Jon Vegosen will take us behind the scenes at the USTA providing an in depth look at each facet of the sport’s governing body.

“World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” will be produced by StarGames and MSG Sports with accomplished producer Jennie Silverstein. Presenting sponsor BNP Paribas will be joined by partners Tennis Magazine, Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy, the United States Tennis Association, Wilson, Getty Images, Tennis Night in America and the BNP Paribas Showdown.

The annual BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden, dating back to the inaugural event in 2008, has been produced by MSG Sports and StarGames. Featured players have included Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Last year four legendary players and two classic rivalries took to the court when John McEnroe took on Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras squared off against Andre Agassi before over 17,000 fans and a worldwide television audience.