Tennis Australia has extended its exclusive broadcast partnership with Fox Sports Asia.
The deal means the pay-TV broadcaster will continue to hold the TV and digital rights across various territories to the national governing body’s events, including the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament, for a further four years.
As well as the Australian Open, the rights package includes the Brisbane International and Sydney International ATP 250 events, the Hopman Cup indoor team event, the World Tennis Challenge exhibition competition, and the Laver Cup, a new team tournament between Europe and the rest of the world which debuted last year.
The rights agreement covers Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea.
Craig Tiley, chief executive of Tennis Australia, said: “Our tournament is much more than just the first Grand Slam of the year, as it marks the start of the global annual sporting calendar through four weeks of world class events during Australia’s summer of tennis and, of course, the beginning of the Grand Slam season. We are delighted to have taken our relationship with Fox Sports to a whole new level and we are proud to be a part of the home of Grand Slam tennis in Asia.”
Italo Zanzi, executive vice president and managing director of sports in APAC and the Middle East for Fox Networks Group, added: “Fox Sports is proud to extend our relationship with Tennis Australia as the exclusive broadcast home in Asia for the Australian Open, a truly unique sporting event. We look forward to continue to give fans the most compelling viewing experience across our entire network, including Fox Sports television channels, FoxSportsAsia.com and Fox+.”
The 2018 Australian Open will be the 106th edition of the event, and gets underway on 15th January before wrapping up on the 28th.