ESPN has reached a five-year extension of their agreement with ATP Media, the broadcast arm of the ATP World Tour, for telecast rights in Australia and New Zealand of the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, thirteen ATP World Tour 500 events and the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Under the terms of the new agreement, ESPN’s rights include full exclusivity for subscription TV and digital platforms in Australia and New Zealand. Each year, ESPN will present more than 400 hours of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events coverage and more than 140 hours of ATP World Tour 500 events coverage, showcasing the world’s elite men’s professional tennis players.
The new agreement begins with the first Masters 1000 event of the 2016 season: the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Indian Wells (California) from March 7 to 20, followed by events in Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Toronto, Cincinnati, Shanghai and Paris. ESPN’s coverage culminates with the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from The O2 in London, November 14-20.
“We are very proud to be the home of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 500 events, including the finale in London, as it showcases the world’s top men’s players competing at the highest level,” said Haydn Arndt, General Manager, ESPN Australia. “Coming off the back of Nick Kyrgios’s first ATP World Tour Title at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, we are excited to showcase the new crop of Aussie tennis talent on ESPN.”
Mark Webster, CEO, ATP Media, “We’ve enjoyed a wonderful relationship with ESPN who share our commitment in bringing market leading, full service production of men’s professional tennis to global audiences. Last year saw our programming of the ATP World Tour span across six continents, 200 territories and reach a global audience of over one billion fans. The extension of our collaboration will ensure that the ATP World Tour continues to evolve in popularity and accessibility in which ESPN continue to play an integral role.”