It’s just a few hours until the start of the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup, an exhibition tournament featuring Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova at Madison Square Garden.
Here’s how you can tune in:
TENNIS TV SCHEDULE: BILLIE JEAN KING CUP 2010
All times Eastern.
7:00 p.m.: One-set semifinals featuring Williams vs. Kuznetsova, Clijsters vs. Ivanovic – MSG Plus LIVE (Does anyone actually get the MSG channel? Just curious)
9:00 p.m.: Best-of-three set final – ESPN2 LIVE
TENNIS LIVE STREAMING: BILLIE JEAN KING CUP 2010
All three matches will be streamed at ESPN360.com for free (US only, restrictions apply)
Sorry, I haven’t been able to find any bootlegged streams yet.
I know it’s “just” an exhibition, but I am still curious to see both Kim and Ana play after their disappointing Australian Open campaigns. Ana will also be making her competitive debut with new coach Heinz Gunthardt. I hate to say it, but I’m also curious to see how many spectators will show up, given Serena’s withdrawal from the tournament.
One person who likely won’t be in attendance is the tournament’s namesake. Billie Jean King is recovering from a double knee replacement surgery – via the AP:
“While my heart and mind are with you for this great event, my body is still recovering from the double-knee replacement I underwent just a few weeks ago,” King said in a statement. “I plan on being back on the tennis court in the very near future, and I hope this year’s BNP Paribas Showdown will inspire you to get active and stay fit.”