Tennis Channel, Tennis Channel Plus to Carry Entire 2018 Hopman Cup from Australia

Complete Live Coverage on Tennis Channel Plus

Stars Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber Set to Play, as Olympic Gold Medalist Jack Sock and US Open Semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe Lead United States Chase of Record-Breaking Seventh Title

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 27, 2017 – Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus will provide complete coverage of 2018 Hopman Cup competition this week and next, the world’s most prestigious mixed-doubles team competition. Coverage begins with the United States’ first-round battle with Russia on Friday, Dec. 29, at 9 p.m. ET, live on Tennis Channel Plus. Among the stars set to play this weekend are Switzerland’s Roger Federer, Germany’s Angelique Kerber and America’s Jack Sock and CoCo Vandeweghe. Sock, an Olympic gold medalist, will partner with US Open semifinalist and Fed Cup champion Vandeweghe, as the Americans pursue a record-breaking seventh title in the annual mixed-doubles tournament. Hopman Cup matches feature teams of one man and one woman and take place at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, December 30-January 6.

The network’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus, will carry all 2018 Hopman Cup matches live in their entirety. Tennis Channel Plus is available to everyone in the United States, regardless of whether they currently subscribe to the television network. Encore matches will appear on Tennis Channel.

The United States leads all nations in Hopman Cup titles, claiming its sixth crown in 2011. Sock, a Hopman Cup finalist in 2017 with Vandeweghe, will make his third-consecutive appearance in the tournament. He holds an Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and a bronze medal in men’s doubles with Steve Johnson. Last month, Sock won the Rolex Paris Masters and reached the semifinals at the Nitto ATP Finals in London. His partner Vandeweghe will return to Hopman Cup play for her second-consecutive time. This year she advanced to the semifinals at both the Australian Open and the US Open and finished runner-up at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China last month. In November, she also contributed to the United States’ first Fed Cup championship since 2000.

The Americans’ first challenge is Russia’s team of Pavlyuchenkova and Karen Khachanov. Pavlyuchenkova had an impressive run at this year’s Australian Open in January before falling to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals. In October, she clinched her 11th WTA title at China’s Hong Kong Open. In October at the WTA Elite Trophy, Pavlyuchenkova defeated former World No. 1 Kerber for the third time this year. Khachanov received his best Grand Slam result in May at the French Open, reaching the fourth round before losing to former World No. 1 Andy Murray. Last year, Khachanov won his first ATP title at the Chengdu Open in China.

Tennis Channel’s Hopman Cup coverage from Perth, Australia (all matches on Tennis Channel Plus are live; all times ET):

Friday, Dec. 29:
9 p.m. – Russia v. USA (Tennis Channel Plus)

Saturday, Dec. 30:
4:30 a.m. – Japan v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)
3:30 p.m. – Russia v. USA
9 p.m. – Australia v. Canada (Tennis Channel Plus)

Sunday, Dec. 31:
4:30 a.m. – Belgium v. Germany (Tennis Channel Plus)

Monday, Jan. 1:
9 p.m. – Japan v. USA (Tennis Channel Plus)

Tuesday, Jan. 2:
1:30 a.m. – Japan v. USA
4:30 a.m. – Russia v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)
9 p.m. – Canada v. Germany (Tennis Channel Plus)

Wednesday, Jan. 3:
4:30 a.m. – Australia v. Belgium (Tennis Channel Plus)
9 p.m. – Japan v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

Thursday, Jan. 4:
4:30 a.m. – Switzerland v. USA (Tennis Channel Plus)
3:30 p.m. – Switzerland v. USA
9 p.m. – Belgium v. Canada (Tennis Channel Plus)

Friday, Jan. 5:
4:30 a.m. – Australia v. Germany (Tennis Channel Plus)

Saturday, Jan. 6:
3 a.m. – Hopman Cup Championship (Tennis Channel Plus)
3:30 p.m. – Hopman Cup Championship

About Tennis Channel

Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com), which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, 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 at the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, ATP World Tour events, WTA competitions, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 video providers.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI)

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For further information:
Eric Abner, Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445, eabner@tennischannel.com, @TennisChannelPR

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