Network to Carry More Than 140 Total Hours at One of the Oldest Tennis Events in the United States
LOS ANGELES, July 24, 2017 – Tennis Channel will once again offer the most coverage there has ever been at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., beginning Monday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 6. The network will maintain four television courts and show more than 60 live matches between the television network and its digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus. During the tournament, Tennis Channel will televise more than 60 hours of live coverage and nearly 80 hours of encore matches that run most nights as soon as live play has ended.
As with major events like the French Open and Wimbledon, Tennis Channel will have a set on the Citi Open tournament grounds, which will serve as the network’s central home for all on-air and digital coverage. Ticket holders will be able to watch the network’s daily pregame show, Tennis Channel Live at the Citi Open, with hosts Brett Haber (@BrettHaber), Hall of Famer Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and legendary coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone). The pair will look at each day’s play and discuss the event’s ongoing storylines. For the first five days of the tournament – Monday, July 31-Friday, Aug. 4 – the network will air daylong live match blocks from 1:30 p.m.-11 p.m. ET, offering more than nine hours of daily coverage for most of the tournament. On Saturday, Aug. 5, Tennis Channel’s telecast will begin at 12 p.m. with the first men’s doubles semifinal, followed by the men’s and women’s singles semifinals. Saturday’s lineup will feature 11 straight hours of action.
The final day of the tournament, Sunday, Aug. 6, Tennis Channel will begin with the men’s doubles final, followed by Tennis Channel Live at the Citi Open before the men’s and women’s singles final. The final Sunday will feature at least six hours of live matches (complete schedule below).
This marks Tennis Channel’s third year as the exclusive home for the Citi Open and 14th overall with coverage of the event.
“Washington, D.C., has a rich tennis history that we look forward to sharing on Tennis Channel again this year,” said analyst and Hall of Famer Jim Courier.
Both Austin and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Courier will provide Citi Open commentary this year, as will Annacone and 1999 Citi Open doubles champion Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob). Sharing announcing responsibilities with Haber are decorated broadcasters Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson) and Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman).
Tennis Channel Plus subscribers have access to more than 30 additional Citi Open matches that will not air on Tennis Channel. Also, users will be able to watch all matches on-demand following their completion on the television network. Viewers can subscribe to Tennis Channel Plus through the network’s Tennis Channel Everywhere app regardless of whether they have a cable subscription to Tennis Channel. Those with a network subscription can access the Tennis Channel’s coverage through Tennis Channel Everywhere, as most cable providers allow authenticated streaming. TennisChannel.com will feature news updates and stories from the tournament throughout the week, as will Tennis.com which, with the network, is a part of the Sinclair Broadcast Group family.
For more content during the tournament, visit Tennis Channel’s social media outlets: Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel).
Tennis Channel’s Live Citi Open Coverage Schedule
(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)
About Tennis Channel
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