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CBC SIGNS FIVE-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH TENNIS CANADA, DELIVERING COVERAGE OF THE WORLD'S BEST PLAYERS ON CANADIAN SOIL

Exclusive semifinals and final coverage of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank tennis championships in Toronto and Montreal

When the world's best tennis players come to Canada, CBC will be there to provide coverage through a new five-year agreement with Tennis Canada, the network and the national sports organization announced today.

The new multi-platform deal includes coverage on CBC Television, digital channel bold and online at CBCSports.ca. CBC will be the exclusive English language home to the semifinals and final for both the men's and women's events, taking place during the same one-week period each summer in Montreal and Toronto.

"This is a very exciting time for Canadian tennis fans, and this landmark broadcast deal means CBC will continue showcasing the world's best when they visit Canada each year," says Jeffrey Orridge, CBC's executive director of sports properties. "The Rogers Cup brings the top tennis talent in the world to Canada year in and year out, and we are thrilled to be the home of this tournament for the next five years."

"Thanks to long serving broadcast partners like CBC, Canadians from coast to coast can be a part of the excitement that is Rogers Cup," said Michael S. Downey, president and CEO of Tennis Canada. "It is so vital to the development of tennis in Canada to have a forum to showcase our world class event. With the continued support of CBC and its various media platforms, fans will have the opportunity to catch every minute of semi-final and final action from our tournament in Montreal and Toronto on the same weekend."

Things kick off this August with exclusive semifinal and final coverage of the 2011 Rogers Cup tournaments August 13 (semis) and 14 (finals), with defending champions Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Britain's Andy Murray vying once again for victory in one of the world's great tennis events. 

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman hosts both tournaments with Bruce Rainnie calling the men's matches in Montreal alongside analysts Jimmy Arias and Justin Gimelstob, while veteran announcer Jim Van Horne calls the women's matches in Toronto joined by analyst Tracey Austin.

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