Yesss! Albert To Make Tennis Debut
Jun. 13, 2000
ATLANTA (AP) _ Nooo, he doesn't have experience calling tennis matches, but yesss, Marv Albert will be at Wimbledon this year.
Albert will do play-by-play for TNT's coverage of men's matches at the Grand Slam tournament starting June 26, teaming with analyst Jim Courier. The cable network will carry 61 hours of coverage, up to the quarterfinals.
``Marv has met with great success broadcasting the NBA, the NHL, the NFL, major league baseball and the Olympics,'' Turner Sports executive producer Mike Pearl said Tuesday. ``What's left for him to do besides the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world _ Wimbledon.''
Albert, known for his trademark ``Yesss!'' call on baskets, has done two seasons of NBA play-by-play for TNT and TBS, and will return as NBC's lead announcer for its NBA coverage next season.
He was fired by NBC in 1997 after pleading guilty to sexual abuse charges and returned to the network for play-by-play duties this season.