After almost two months without professional tennis during the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, Tennis Channel will bring live matches back to viewers this weekend, May 1-4.
Based in Germany, the Tennis Point Exhibition Series will feature eight men's tour players in a 32-match, round-robin competition with prize money and playoffs on the last day of play. The event is the first to include professional players since the men's and women's tennis tours went on hiatus in March.
Tennis Channel will show the complete, live tournament on television and will make it available on-demand via the app and website, beginning Friday, May 1, at 3:00 a.m. ET.
The event marks the beginning of Tennis Channel's May programming schedule, which includes new weekly themes for Tennis Channel Live, the daily studio show the network introduced at the start of the sport's March suspension.
With the German government's relaxation of coronavirus-prevention restrictions, the Tennis Point Exhibition Series will take place behind closed doors in the nation's Rhineland-Palatinate state without any fans in attendance. The event will follow the ATP Next Gen scoring format: best-of-three short sets to four; tiebreaks at three and no-advantage scoring. German star Dustin Brown headlines the field, with each player competing in two matches a day, followed by playoffs to determine final standings on Monday, May 4. Coverage begins on Tennis Channel each day at 3 a.m. ET, and continues until approximately noon ET.
"We're as excited as tennis fans everywhere to see the game return, and thrilled to be able to present this live competition with ranked players on Tennis Channel, as the first competitive tournament since the professional tours shut down in March," said John MacDonald senior vice president, content programming. "We fully embrace safe-play guidelines and continue to work with players, event organizers and sponsors to present this breakthrough event - and hopefully additional ones in the weeks to come - for fans across the country."