Australian Open and ESPN International extend partnership

Press release Australian Open, January 25, 2022

Tennis Australia and ESPN International announced an important milestone, whereby their broadcast partnership of the Australian Open in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean for another 10 years.

The deal will see the partnership, which began in 1998, cross the 30-year border and run until 2031 in 47 territories in three languages

“ESPN is known for its high-quality tennis coverage on and off the court and we are delighted to announce an extension of our partnership for another ten years,” Director Australian Open Tournament Craig Tiley said.

“It was clear from the beginning of our relationship that ESPN shared our vision of innovation and delivering highly engaging content for our fans. We look forward to continuing our work together to bring the most comprehensive and engaging AO coverage to fans across the region.”

As part of the new agreement, viewers will be able to follow all AO events, including the AO Qualifiers, AO Junior Championships, AO Wheelchair Championships, AO Legends, AO Australian and Asia-Pacific Wildcard Playoffs and the lead in Adelaide International ATP 250 tournament.

The agreement includes linear and digital rights to the AO and lead-in tournaments with over 200 hours of coverage on the ESPN linear sports channels; live stream and on-demand matches from all 16 match fields in Melbourne Park; AO Qualifiers, the AO Junior Championships and AO Wheelchair Championships coverage on ESPN’s Star+ platform; and extensive additional online reporting on ESPN digital platforms.

In addition, for the first time, ESPN will partner with Tennis Australia to present the new AO Originals programs – exclusive lifestyle and entertainment programs on their Disney platforms, starting with the show ‘The perfect serve’‘ which will be available exclusively on Star+.

“We are proud to be the home of the Australian Open in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Senior Vice President of Production, Programming and Acquisitions, Marketing and Advertising Sales for ESPN, Tim Bunnell said.

“For over 20 years, ESPN has been committed to bringing the best of the tournament to fans by providing the most comprehensive live coverage across multiple platform networks. We are delighted and excited to extend our agreement with Tennis Australia. The Australian Open remains a vital part of our Grand Slam coverage and other major tennis events scheduled on ESPN’s platforms throughout the year.”

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