TENNIS: BBC to screen ATP World Tour Finals until 2013

BBC Sport will continue to provide free-to-air coverage of the end-of-season Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after signing a two-year extension to their current broadcast agreement.

The new deal will see the BBC broadcast the next two editions of the event at the O2 Arena in London in November 2012 and 2013.

One live singles match will be broadcast during each day of the tournament on BBC TV, including the opening match, as well as one semi-final and the final.

All of the BBC’s live coverage will be simulcast via the BBC Sport website and available to view on the BBC iPlayer catch-up service for up to seven days after transmission.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is the year-end culmination to the men’s professional tennis season, featuring only the world’s best eight singles players and doubles pairings.

Featuring a unique round robin format, and with only the world’s elite players competing, the season-ending tournament guarantees more top eight match-ups than any other event throughout the season.

In 2011, Roger Federer captured the season-ending title for a record sixth time, beating popular Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

The BBC first broadcast the World Tour Finals, formerly known as the Masters Cup, in 2009 when the event moved from Shanghai to London.

More than 250,000 fans have attended the tournament in each of the past three years.

Brad Drewett, ATP Executive President & Chairman, said: “We’re very happy to continue our partnership with the BBC for a further two years.

“This agreement provides a fantastic platform for showcasing our jewel event to millions of people on terrestrial television in the UK.

“We look forward to the best players in the world putting on another fantastic show for fans worldwide.”

Barbara Slater, BBC Director Sport, said: “The tournament is a prestigious and fitting finale to the season and we’re delighted that BBC viewers will continue to be able to see top quality tennis as the world’s best players compete in London.”

While the BBC continue to air selected live matches, Sky Sports will continue to broadcast full coverage of the event, including every singles and doubles match.

The 2012 edition of the World Tour Finals takes place a week earlier than usual, running from November 5-12, live on BBC and Sky Sports.



One Response to TENNIS: BBC to screen ATP World Tour Finals until 2013

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi great tennis at the 02, really enjoying it with my wife, we are both fans,
    just one quibble that is spoiling the whole thing, Tim the Henman, talk talk talk does he ever stop, play yourself back, Tim you will get the message, its ok to set the scene for us and some useful info too.

    Please dont overdo it, let us enjoy the game.

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