The Seven Network has secured a long-term extension with The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), to broadcast The Championships, Wimbledon live on free-to-air television and online.
Under the terms of the agreement, which begins in 2016, Seven has the first selection of the ‘best two matches’ of each day’s play to broadcast exclusively live up to and including the quarter-finals.
When asked to clarify if this new agreement would limit Seven to only broadcasting two matches of the opening rounds on FTA TV per night, a Network spokesperson failed to respond by the time of publication.
A Spokesperson for Fox Sports has told this website “We will be broadcasting Wimbledon and will be announcing (details) soon”.
Importantly, all singles semi-finals and finals, and doubles finals will be exclusively live on Seven.
Similar to Seven’s current multi-platform coverage this week at the Australian Open on the 7Sport app, 7sport.com.au and Plus 7 via hybrid TV, fans will also be able to watch Seven’s Wimbledon action from multiple platforms alongside the TV coverage.
Tim Worner, Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media, said: “Watching this new breed of Australian tennis players at the Open has given the whole nation a real buzz. Knowing we’ll be watching them on Seven at Wimbledon for many years to come is an equally great feeling.
“We’re privileged to bring The Championships to Australian fans and following the success of this week’s multi-platform coverage at the Australian Open, we look forward to delivering fans the option of watching the best matches from Wimbledon each day on the 7 Sport app, 7sport.com.au and Plus 7 through hybrid TV”.
Seven’s Head of Sport, Saul Shtein, added: “Wimbledon is an iconic global sporting event and we’re delighted we can continue to deliver the best possible coverage for tennis fans throughout Australia.”
Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of The AELTC, said: “We are delighted to be extending our strong partnership with Seven. Australia continues to be an important market for us and we look forward to working with Seven to bring viewers the best and most immersive viewing experience of The Championships in what is an exciting time for Australian tennis.”
Seven has been the FTA broadcast partner for The Championships, Wimbledon, since 2011.