MSG Sports and StarGames have announced that the popular “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” will return for a second season. This year, Tennis Channel will first air each episode on Wednesday nights throughout the summer at 10:00 p.m., followed by repeats on MSG Plus every Saturday at noon. The magazine-style show will debut July 6 on Tennis Channel (re-airs on Thurs. at 11:00 a.m. and Sun. at 7:30 p.m.) and July 9 on MSG Plus.
The annual eight-week series takes an inside look at the sport, from the professional tours to the history of the game. The magazine-style show covers the sport in a way that no one else does, providing something unique for tennis fans. Each 30-min. episode of “World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” is hosted by former professional tennis player and current television personality, Justin Gimelstob.
"I'm very excited to be part of the 2011 edition of the World of Tennis presented by BNP Paribas,” said Gimelstob. "I am especially looking forward to my new segment 'Holding Court With Justin.' The stretch of tennis between Wimbledon and the US OPEN is one of the most intense and interesting of the year. I am going to be catching up with some of my friends on and off court as the action heats up. It should be a lot of fun."
Each week, the show will highlight a special guest, including Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport, as well as feature segments where you can hone your game with tennis and fitness tips from former wold number one-ranked Ivan Lendl. Additionally, challenge your tennis acumen with new and riveting roundtable discussion topics brought to you by Tennis.com. Host Gimelstob will also host a segment called "Holding Court with Justin," an insider’s look at a variety of factors on the professional tour which leads off with an unusually frank sit down with American star, Roddick. Furthermore, USTA President Jon Vegosen will take viewers behind the scenes at the USTA, providing an in-depth look at each facet of the sport's governing body.
“World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas” will be produced by StarGames and MSG Sports with accomplished producer Jennie Silverstein. Presenting sponsor BNP Paribas will be joined by partners Tennis Magazine, the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy, the United States Tennis Association, Wilson, Getty Images, Tennis Night in America and the BNP Paribas Showdown.