Amazon Prime Video has netted the exclusive live telecast rights to the US Open Tennis Championships in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
The five-year agreement begins with the 2018 US Open, with live match play from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and match highlights plus other content available to Prime Video viewers in both territories.
“This new partnership allows the USTA to showcase our live and on-demand content to Amazon Prime Video members throughout the U.K. and Ireland,” says Lew Sherr, USTA Chief Revenue Officer. “We are excited to market the telecasts via Prime Video and provide fans more ways to watch tennis matches.”
“Prime Video is focused on bringing customers a great selection of high-quality entertainment across drama, comedy, documentaries, live sports and more,” adds Jay Marine, Vice President, Prime Video Europe. “We are delighted to now offer Prime Video members US Open tennis at no extra cost to their membership, right alongside their favourite shows and movies.”
“We are proud to partner with the USTA to add the US Open to the growing portfolio of sports available on Prime Video,” comments Alex Green, Managing Director, Channels & Sports, Prime Video Europe. “This prestigious event, along with the other exciting tennis coming this year and next, makes Prime Video a destination for tennis fans.”
The 2018 US Open takes place from 27th August to 9th September in Flushing Meadows, NY. The 2018 US Open marks the 50th Anniversary of the US Open, and also will be the first US Open played upon the completion of the $600 million transformation of the National Tennis Center. 2018 will see the inaugural season of the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, a 14,000 seat state-of-the-art facility, which is the final piece of an expanded facility that has been more than 90% transformed.
The deal follows an agreement between Amazon and the ATP, which has given it the rights to streaming almost all major men’s tennis matches, except for the four grand slams (Wimbledon, the US, Australian and French Open), including the Masters 1000 and Masters 500 events, such as Monte Carlo, Madrid, Miami and Shanghai, not to mention the end-of-year ATP World Tour finals at The O2 in London.