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More fans across Europe will be able to watch world-class tennis than ever with the news an additional eight countries will broadcast The Championships from Wimbledon on Eurosport, meaning viewers in at least 33 territories will be able to watch every Grand Slam in 2017.
Eurosport, the Home of Grand Slam tennis, will now broadcast Wimbledon in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan for the next three years (2017-2019) giving fans the opportunity to watch local heroes such as the resurgent star Denis Istomin in action during the world’s premier grass court event.
The number one destination for sports fans will present live coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon, exclusively in Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Romania, Sweden, while Eurosport’s non-exclusive coverage in the UK will include the Finals and daily highlights.
Peter Hutton, Eurosport CEO said: “Being able to deliver every Grand Slam to at least 33 territories across the continent underlines our commitment to delivering premium content to millions of sports fans. Broadcasting The Championships to an additional eight territories further cements our position as the Home of Grand Slam tennis in Europe.
“We’ve been thrilled with the response we have had to our unrivalled tennis coverage in 2017, whether it be through the live tennis itself or our daily magazine shows hosted by Mats Wilander and Barbara Schett. We've had insights from one of the finest tennis minds in the game – Patrick Mouratoglu and the always entertaining Commissioner of Tennis series featuring the irrepressible John McEnroe. It is a 360 degree offering from start to finish. We've added in local language shows with the likes of Boris Becker and Henri Leconte and the audience figures have responded to that investment.
“We are fans first and I am very happy to be able to give more people the opportunity to watch top-class tennis featuring some of the icons of the game in what is a compelling era for the sport – the likes of Roger Federer, Venus Williams and Rafa Nadal making astonishing returns to Grand Slam finals, with the stars of today - and tomorrow - such as Grigor Dimitrov, CoCo Vandeweghe and Milos Raonic snapping at their heels.”
Last week, Eurosport announced that the Australian Open Final epic between tennis royalty Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reached 20.7m fans through Eurosport and Discovery-owned Free-to-Air channels, making it Eurosport’s highest rating tennis match of all-time and second most watched sport event in the broadcaster’s history.
Eurosport present The Championships, Wimbledon, exclusively in Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Tajikistan and Ukraine, and non-exclusively in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia and United Kingdom (Finals and daily highlights).