USOPEN Tennis Channel Broadcast

Nov. 23, 2013, 2:45 a.m. (ET)
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September 30, 2013 - Colorado Springs, CO. - TENNIS CHANNEL announced today the prime time air dates and times for the 2013 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championship shows.  Both men’s IRT pro semi’s and the men’s IRT pro finals will be broadcast on Thanksgiving weekend as follows:

Men’s Semi #1: Thursday (THANKSGIVING DAY)  11/28 Noon  ET
At noon Eastern, the first 2013 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Men’s semi-final will be aired on the Tennis Channel. This match features two World Champions, Alvaro Beltran and Rocky Carson. What could be better than a great helping of racquetball on Thanksgiving Day?
Alvaro Beltran (MEX) is the highest ranked Mexican player ever on the IRT.  Beltran defeated Chris Crowther in the quarter-finals to reach the semi-finals of the US OPEN for the 10th time in his career.
Rocky Carson (USA) is a former US OPEN champion (2007) and is making his 8th US OPEN semi-final appearance. Carson has only played Beltran once at the US OPEN (2010) and lost in three games.

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Men’s Semi #2: Friday 11/29  Noon ET
At noon Eastern the second 2013 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Men’s semi-final will be aired on the Tennis Channel. This match features Ben Croft versus Kane Waselenchuk. After dealing with Black Friday pandemonium, enjoy some amazing racquetball action in your own living room.
Ben Croft  (USA) is making his third semi-final appearance at the US OPEN. His first came in 2009 after he defeated Rocky Carson in a thrilling five game quarter-final match. His other semi-finals appearance was in 2010.
Kane Waselenchuk (USA) is the reigning and defending US OPEN champion and has never lost a match to Ben Croft (15-0). In fact, Waselenchuk has not lost a match at the US OPEN since 2002 and that was to Cliff Swain in the semi-finals.

Men’s Finals: Saturday 11/30  Noon ET
The 2013 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Men’s Finals will be aired on the Tennis Channel at noon Eastern. This match features Rocky Carson versus Kane Waselenchuk. Leftovers and great racquetball make for a laid back Saturday. This is number one versus number two in the finals.
Rocky Carson will be looking for his second US OPEN title (2007) while making his sixth finals appearance. Carson’s only losses in the finals of the US OPEN are to Jason Mannino and Waselenchuk.
Kane Waselenchuk is looking to set a new mark for career wins on the (IRT) along with a 9th US OPEN title. A win in the finals will break the record for IRT victories that Waselenchuk currently holds with Cliff Swain at 70 and his 9th US OPEN will be the most by any player.

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the highest aggregate TV ratings periods of the year, only behind the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four in terms of total period viewership.  “This announcement is a huge breakthrough for the sport of racquetball” stated US OPEN Director Doug Ganim.  “In the history of our sport on television this is by far the best prime time slots we have ever received!  We would be thrilled with these times on any weekend of the year but the fact that it is Thanksgiving weekend means that more people will see pro racquetball than ever have before.” Ganim went on to explain.

All three matches will be produced by Royster Productions.  Each show will be 90 minutes in length and will feature Shawn Royster, Hall of Famer Charlie Brumfield and 4-time US OPEN Champion Sudsy Monchik as commentators.

Special thanks to UNITEDHEALTHCARE, ACE, LIFETIME FITNESS, COORS LIGHT, DICKS SPORTING GOODS, MEET MINNEAPOLIS, LEWIS DRUG and our other US OPEN sponsors for providing the funding to make these broadcasts possible. 

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