TSN Signs New 4-Year French Open Agreement Through 2010

TSN
remains the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of the French Open for the next 4
years, as the network today announced a new deal with the Federation Fran aise
De Tennis to provide live coverage of the entire tennis tournament annually,
beginning this season through 2010.

TSN will
continue to provide complete live coverage of both the men’s and women’s early
round matches, round of 16, quarter-final, semifinals and finals.

TSN has
been televising comprehensive coverage of the French Open, the second grand
slam event on the tennis calendar, since 1985. The French Open complements
TSN’s extensive tennis broadcast schedule, which consists of 600 hours of
coverage each year from the biggest events, including all four grand slam
tournaments and the Rogers Cup events in
Toronto
and

Montreal.

TSN will
provide 15 consecutive days of coverage from the 2007 French Open, beginning
this Sunday (May 27) through June 10 from the clay-courts at Roland
Garros. TSN’s 75 hours of coverage gets underway with the early round
matches and culminates with the women’s final on June 9 at 9 a.m. ET and men’s
final on June 10 at 9 a.m. ET.

Roger
Federer, the top ranked player in the world since 2004, continues his quest for
a French Open title that has eluded him thus far in his career. The Swiss
superstar has momentum on his side, having defeated nemesis Rafael Nadal of
Spain in the final of the Hamburg Masters in

Germany last
week, ending Nadal’s winning streak on clay at 81 matches. Nadal is
looking to become just the second male player in French Open history to
three-peat as champion. The Spaniard has eliminated Federer from each of
the past two French Opens, defeating him in the final last year and the semis
in 2005.

On the
women’s side, Justine Henin is also seeking her third straight title at Roland
Garros and her fourth in the past 5 years. The Belgian will be in tough
this year, as reigning Australian Open champion, Serena Williams, makes her
return to the French Open after a 2-year absence.

TSN’s French
Open broadcast schedule is as follows:

*Sunday,
May 27 – Early Round Coverage: Day 1 at 8 a.m. ET

Monday,
May 28 – Early Round Coverage: Day 2 at 9 a.m. ET

Tuesday,
May 29 – Early Round Coverage: Day 3 at 9 a.m. ET

Wednesday,
May 30 – Early Round Coverage: Day 4 at 9 a.m. ET

Thursday,
May 31 – Early Round Coverage: Day 5 at 9 a.m. ET

Friday,
June 1 – Early Round Coverage: Day 6 at 9 a.m. ET

Saturday,
June 2 – Early Round Coverage Day 7 at 8 a.m. ET

*Sunday,
June 3 – Round of 16 at 9 a.m. ET

Monday,
June 4 – Round of 16 at 6 a.m. ET

Tuesday,
June 5 – Men’s & Women’s Quarter-finals at 6 a.m. ET

Wednesday,
June 6 – Men’s Quarter-final at 6 a.m. ET

Thursday,
June 7 – Women’s Semifinals at 8 a.m. ET

Friday,
June 8 – Men’s Semifinals at 7 a.m. ET

Saturday,
June 9 – Women’s Final at 9 a.m. ET

Sunday,
June 10 – Men’s Final at 9 a.m. ET

*Available
on the TSN alternate feed

Due to
prior programming commitments, 2 days of coverage will air live on the TSN
alternate feed. For participating satellite and digital television
providers and channel listings, viewers can check their electronic program
guides or visit www.TSN.ca.