Sky Sports has UK rights to ATP and WTA tours until 2029
Only a single feed of coverage has been made available in January
Multi-court coverage available on linear and digital platforms
Sky Sports is launching a dedicated tennis channel in the UK, more than a month after it regained the rights to the ATP men’s and WTA women’s tennis tours.
The broadcaster has acquired the exclusive rights to both tours in five-year deals lasting until 2029, complementing a separate deal for the US Open Grand Slam.
Sky Sports Tennis will launch on 11th February, serving up more than 4,000 matches from more than 80 tournaments across Sky’s linear and digital platforms, including the Now streaming service.
In addition to a linear feed showing the most high-profile matches, viewers will be able to access multiple courts at the same time via the red button, Sky Sports mobile app, Sky TV app, and on Now bonus streams.
“It’s an exciting moment for Sky Sports as we launch a new home for tennis fans, and Sky Sports Tennis will give millions of homes easy access to watch the best players in the world all year round,” said Sky Sports managing director Jonathan Licht.
“We’re proud to be the undisputed home of live sport for fans in the UK and Ireland, and this new channel will add value for our customers, enabling them to enjoy even more of the sports they love.”
Sky Sports Tennis is Sky’s first ever tennis-specific channel, elevating the sport to the same status as the Premier League, Formula One, National Football League (NFL), golf, cricket, and horse racing in the company’s portfolio.
Coverage will be fronted by Gigi Salmon, with former British players Tim Henman and Laura Robson joining as analysts, with Jonathan Overend serving as lead commentator. Car manufacturer Lexus has signed on as lead presenting partner.