LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2023 – Tennis Channel – with more live coverage than any sports network – will celebrate its 20th anniversary on air Monday, May 15. In two decades the network has grown from an idea in Los Angeles to the U.S. media home of the sport across different-but-complementary linear television, subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), online and free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) platforms. It produces and airs more live hours of sports annually than any other network, and provides tennis matches and storylines to seven countries outside the United States. In doing so, Tennis Channel has fundamentally changed the way the sport was covered prior to its debut, with tennis fans now enjoying daily, daylong telecasts throughout the entirety of the January-December tennis season. That tennis fans could follow consistent coverage of their favorite sport the way fans of other sports have for years was unheard of at the network’s outset.
In its infancy Tennis Channel offered select professional men’s and women’s tennis as well as sister sports like racquetball, badminton and table tennis. The network steadily gathered its now 93% of all live rights to the sport during the past 20 years. This includes becoming the exclusive U.S. home of men’s (ATP) and women’s (WTA) professional tour matches across all platforms. In that time Tennis Channel has also established itself as the American home of Roland Garros (the French Open), the second of the sport’s four majors, while multiple hours of coverage at the other three: Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open.
Tennis Channel has also built one of the all-time television-sports rosters, with Hall of Famers, former players and award-winning sportscasters. This includes Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Andy Roddick, Chanda Rubin, Paul Annacone, Taylor Townsend, Ted Robinson, Brett Haber and Steve Weissman, among many others.