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Tennis Channel to Provide 2009 WTA Coverage of The MPS Group Championships


Posted on March 3, 2009

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. -- The MPS Group Championships has selected Tennis Channel to cover the 2009 tournament scheduled for April 6-12 at the oceanfront community of Sawgrass Country Club, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Tennis Channel will provide eight (8) live hours of coverage from the event's inaugural run, all of which will be telecast in high definition.

Live coverage will include both semifinal single matches on Saturday, April 11 followed by the Sunday, April 12 live coverage of both the singles and doubles final matches. "We are pleased that our partnership with the Tennis Channel will provide more hours of coverage and for the first time coverage of our doubles final," stated tournament director, John Arrix.

Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup.  Tennis Channel is carried by eight of the top 10 MSOs and has a national footprint via DIRECTV and DISH Network.

Tickets for The MPS Group Championships may be purchased by calling 800.486.8366. For additional information, including ticket pricing and seat locations, call 800.486.8366 or visit the tournament website at www.mpsgroupchamps.net.

About The MPS Group Championships
The MPS Group Championships is a premier women's professional tennis tournament, part of the worldwide Sony Ericsson WTA Tour consisting of more than 2,000 players representing 90 nations competing for $70.8 million in prize money at the Tour's 60 events in 34 countries. The tournament is owned and operated by Octagon and hosted at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In 2009, the tournament celebrates its 30th anniversary on Florida's First Coast, April 6-12. For more information, please visit www.mpsgroupchamps.net.

About MPS Group, Inc.
MPS Group is a leading provider of staffing, consulting, and solutions in the disciplines of information technology, finance and accounting, law, engineering, marketing and creative, property and healthcare. MPS Group delivers its services to businesses and government entities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia.  A Fortune 1000 company with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, MPS Group trades on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information about MPS Group, please visit www.mpsgroup.com.

About Octagon
The MPS Group Championships is managed and owned by Octagon, the world's largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency with global expertise in consulting, athletes & personalities, event management, property representation, marketing solutions, licensing and merchandising and talent procurement. As part of The Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG), one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services, Octagon employs more than 1,000 people in 60 offices around the world. Octagon's tennis division manages the careers of leading tennis professionals and owns and manages more professional tennis events than any other agency.




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