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Tennis Channel
Tennis Channel.svg
Launched May, 2003
Owned by Independent
Picture format 480i (SD)
1080i (HD)
Slogan Home of the Slams
Country United States
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Santa Monica, California
DirecTV Channel 217 (SD/HD)
Dish Network Channel 400
Available on many cable systems Check local listings
Sky Angel Channel 324

Tennis Channel is an American digital cable television channel with programming devoted to the game of tennis. Founded in 2003, the network is owned by a group of investors including sports marketing firm IMG. Well known tennis professionals Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi are two of the many investors in this channel. The network's CEO is Ken Solomon. It is based in Santa Monica, CA.


Description and programming

The network broadcasts 24 hours a day and features live tournaments, news, one-on-one interviews, game analysis and skills instruction. It also features programming from other racquet sports such as squash, badminton, racquetball, table tennis and paddle tennis. Tennis Channel has extensive coverage of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup as well as other tournaments throughout the year. Tennis Channel obtained the U.S. broadcast rights to the French Open, broadcasting them for the first time in 2007. Tennis Channel also puts on an ATP tournament in Las Vegas called the Tennis Channel Open.

As of March 1, 2007, Tennis Channel is available across the United States from most cable providers and on Dish Network. In April, 2007, Tennis Channel reached an agreement to be carried on DirecTV. The agreement included a free preview of the 2007 French Open to all DirecTV subscribers. Full carriage of Tennis Channel by DirecTV was added as channel 217 on August 27, 2007. The network launched a 1080i High Definition version in December 2007 named Tennis Channel HD. The Standard Definition network feed of the channel is broadcast domestically on cable satellite Galaxy 23 and the High Definition feed of the channel is broadcast on cable satellite Galaxy 13 and the channel originates its broadcasts out of Tennis Channel's own HD broadcast center in Culver City, CA.

In September 2009, Tennis Channel launched daily Court Report news segments, anchored by Cari Champion, Arlene Santana and Angela Sun.

Grand Slam coverage

Tennis Channel scored a significant coup in August 2006, when it was announced that it had procured the U.S. cable television rights for the French Open beginning in 2007. [1] These rights were previously held by ESPN2 and prior to that, USA Network. Tennis fans and The Tennis Channel are hoping that such a prestigious event will encourage additional viewership of the channel as it is now available on many cable systems, Dish Network, and DirecTV.

In January 2007, The Tennis Channel gained rights for coverage of The Australian Open. The Tennis Channel will now share rights to the Australian Open with ESPN2. Both the Australian Open and French Open contracts with ESPN2 run through 2011. [2]

In July 2007, Tennis Channel secured the broadcast rights for Wimbledon through a multi-year deal with the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the governing body of the most prestigious tournament in all of tennis. [3]

Tennis Channel completed its acquisition of broadcasting rights for all four Grand Slams with the signing of a multi-year deal with ESPN2 to share the rights for the US Open, starting in 2009. [4]

Original series

  • Best of 5
  • Celebrity Tennis, premiering February 2010
  • Destination Tennis
  • Fit to Hit, premiering December 2009
  • Major Flavor
  • Murphy's Guide
  • No Strings
  • Only at the Open
  • Open Access
  • Signature Series
  • Tennis Channel Academy

See also

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