The TENNIS CHANNEL announced the prime time airdates and times for the 2012 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.
The schedule is as follows:
Men’s Semi #1: Rocky Carson vs Chris Crowther Saturday 11/24 1pm ET
Men’s Semi #2: Kane Waselenchuk vs Alvaro Beltran Saturday 11/24 2:30pm ET
Men’s Finals: Kane Waslenchuk vs Rocky Carson Sunday 11/25 2pm ET
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 that fact that it is Thanksgiving weekendmeans that more people will see pro racquetball than ever have before.” Ganim went on to explain.
All three matches were produced by Royster Productions and will be shown in their entirety. Each show will be 90 minutes in length and will feature Shawn Royster and 4-time US OPEN Champion, ￼￼￼Sudsy Monchik, as commentators.
Special thanks to UNITEDHEALTHCARE, ACE, 3M, LIFE TIME FITNESS, SANFORD HEALTH, MEET MINNEOPOLIS, LEWIS DRUG and our other US OPEN sponsors for providing the funding to make these broadcasts possible. In addition thanks to HEAD, PENN, EKTELON, and FRAN DAVISRACQUETBALL for purchasing the remaining non-sponsor commercial spots in the shows.