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Eurosport will continue to bring the action from one of the most dramatic and entertaining sporting events on the calendar with the announcement it has reached agreement to broadcast the US Open across Europe, excluding the UK and Ireland where Eurosport had historically sub-licensed the rights, for a further five years.
The new deal, which runs until 2022 and gives Eurosport exclusive rights to the tournament, underlines the broadcaster’s commitment to showcasing the very best in premium and live sporting content. The agreement ensures fans will be able to watch superstars such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and new women’s world number one Simona Halep compete at tennis’ showpiece events – the four Grand Slams from Melbourne, Paris, Wimbledon and New York – on Eurosport TV channels and Eurosport Player throughout the year.
Eurosport continues to complement its live coverage of each Grand Slam with the best line-up of programming featuring some of the most respected minds in the sport offering their own unique insights.
Eurosport’s suite of respected analysts includes tennis legends Mats Wilander, Chris Evert, Barbara Schett, John McEnroe as well as super-coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Eurosport Germany, meanwhile, has already confirmed Boris Becker will be back in 2018 to offer his own perspective during its local coverage of the Grand Slams.
Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton said: “The US Open is always a special occasion, an invitation to the world to join a two-week party to conclude the story of the Grand Slam year. We are excited to extend our partnership with the USTA until 2022 and strengthen our position as the place for fans in Europe to follow every thrilling moment of Grand Slam action.
“The agreement maintains our focus on premium must-have content, delivering locally relevant coverage through dedicated country-specific production and talent.”
"Eurosport is a deeply-valued broadcast partner that has significantly invested in high-quality production and proven they can grow the audience for the US Open," said Lew Sherr, USTA Chief Revenue Officer.
"We are very pleased to extend our relationship with them for another five years."
In addition to the US Open, Eurosport currently holds the rights to broadcast the Australian Open and Roland Garros across over 50 European countries as well as The Championships from Wimbledon in 34 countries and territories in Europe.