Ottawa, Canada, May 9th 2020 – the Los Angeles-based Tennis Channel will broadcast complete, live coverage of a three-day men’s tennis event in West Palm Beach, Florida, this weekend, marking the first competition on U.S. soil between ranked players since the professional sport went on hiatus in March. The UTR Pro Match Series presented by Tennis Channel will take place May 8-10 and feature two top-10 ranked American players. Next, a similar women’s event is set for May 22-24 with three top-10 Americans, as Tennis Channel’s 2020 (Re)Open Tour returns live tennis to fans around the world.
The network is partnering with Ross Mobile Productions (RMP), Ross Video’s mobile productions division that offers full-service production packages and rental services. This weekend’s event will see RMP deploying a range of Ross solutions at the venue, including two Cambot robotic pedestals, although it is important to note that both competitions are following stringent safety precautions. They are being held at a private court without spectators or public access, and contain singles matches only. Players will provide their own drinks and towels, and each will be given his or her own set of marked balls for use during the match.
Commenting on the event, RMP’s General Manager Stephen Repass is pleased to see some green shoots of recovery, however modest. “It’s been a tough couple of months for sports fans everywhere. We have all missed the entertainment, excitement, and camaraderie of live sports, so I’m pleased we’re in a position to help kickstart the recovery and bring some live action to tennis fans around the world. I suspect it’s going to be a long time before we’re back to anything resembling ‘normal’, and we’re taking every possible precaution, but every event like this must be a cause for celebration and optimism.”
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