Serena’s major wins to be aired back-to-back
May 12, 2016
LOS ANGELES — Just ahead of the French Open, Tennis Channel will air each one of Serena Williams’ 21 Grand Slam singles titles back-to-back during a marathon that begins on May 15, at 1 p.m. ET. With Roland Garros (commonly referred to as the French Open) approaching, Williams will have the opportunity to win her 22nd Grand Slam title, which would tie her with Steffi Graf for the most major singles titles in the Open Era. This marks the first time the network has aired this many Grand Slam singles title victories back-to-back for a single player.
On the eve of its extensive Roland Garros coverage, Tennis Channel will showcase Serena’s dominance across three days, wrapping up on Tuesday, May 17 (full lineup below). Tennis Channel will take viewers from her very first singles title at age 17 to her most recent major championship at Wimbledon last year at the age of 33.
All 21 finals matches will also be available on Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service Tennis Channel Plus. Williams’ US Open championships will be available for free on the network’s app, Tennis Channel Everywhere.
“Serena is one of the most popular athletes in sports, and we wanted to offer our viewers a reminder of how she got here as she closes in on history,” said Jeremy Langer, vice president, programming, Tennis Channel.
Over the course of the marathon viewers will see many classic matches from Williams’ decorated career. These include:
During Williams’ historic career she has accumulated numerous accomplishments and records:
Tennis Channel’s Serena Williams Grand Slam Championship Marathon Lineup.
Matches begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Full schedule: tennischannel.com/tv-schedule/daily-view/
Tennis Channel’s two week Roland Garros telecast will begin Sunday, May 22, and will be the most comprehensive in television history. With close to 80 percent of all French Open coverage on television, the network’s on-air talent will include Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova (@Martina), Jim Courier and Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), among others. Tennis Channel will announce its complete schedule and on-air talent roster closer to the tournament.
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