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Sky Sports to launch first ever dedicated tennis channel in the UK & Ireland

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Today Sky Sports confirms a new home for tennis in the UK & Ireland, with Sky Sports Tennis set to launch on Sky and NOW from 11 February 2024, making tennis content available all day, every day for fans.

Sky Sports will broadcast more live tennis than anywhere else, bringing over 4,000 matches from more than 80 tournaments a year on the ATP & WTA Tours, as well as full coverage of the US Open, all exclusively live.

The introduction of the channel comes following the acquisition of the US Open, ATP and WTA Tour rights last year, and will add to the unrivalled line-up of dedicated sports channels offered by Sky, meaning more value for customers.

Sky Sports Tennis will be available to Sky Sports customers with Complete, Action and Arena packages from 11 February, and viewers will be able to access multiple live court streams at the same time via the mobile app, the Sky TV app or red button and on NOW Bonus Streams, giving access to more live matches.

The first week of programming will feature live coverage from the Hologic WTA Tour tournament in Doha, where viewers can watch their favourite players such as Coco Gauff, Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka, Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek. The action continues with the ATP Tour from Rotterdam, followed by an all-star line-up of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev on court in Doha from the 19 February.

Sky Sports Managing Director, Jonathan Licht, said: “It’s an exciting moment for Sky Sports as we launch a new home for tennis fans, and Sky Sports Tennis will give millions of homes easy access to watch the best players in the world all year round. We’re proud to be the undisputed home of live sport for fans in the UK and Ireland, and this new channel will add value for our customers, enabling them to enjoy even more of the sports they love.”

Sky Sports Tennis coverage of the biggest events on the calendar will be expertly analysed by former top British players Tim Henman and Laura Robson, presented by Gigi Salmon with the well-known voice of Jonathan Overend on commentary.As well as being a destination for live coverage, Sky Sports Tennis will be host to a range of additional programming including big name interviews, behind-the-scenes access, and expert insights on some of the biggest matches and moments of the year.

On Sky Sports the channel will be on 408 from the 11 February when the channel becomes live, before moving exclusively to 407 on the 13 February where it will remain.

Viewers can also quickly find the channel by using the Voice Control function on the Sky Glass, Stream, or Q remote, using the search terms “New balls please;’ “It was on the line;” “Sky Tennis;” “Sky Sports Tennis” or “Tennis channel”.

Non-Sky subscribers can stream live matches with a NOW Sports Day and Month Membership, via Sky Sports Tennis, Sky Sports Arena, and Sky Sports Mix channels. Select catch-up content will be available on demand.

The Sky Sports Tennis channel will also be available on Virgin Media and EE TV, and the multiple live court streams will be available to Virgin Media customers via the Sky Sports mobile app and red button and on EE TV as NOW Bonus Streams.

For further access, news and results, fans will also be able to follow the sport and their favourite players via Sky Sports News, the Sky Sports app, on SkySports.com and via Sky Sports social channels.

Coverage will be sponsored by Lexus, the new “Presenting Partner” of Sky Sports Tennis.

NOTES TO EDITORS

How to watch:

Sky Sports Tennis will be listed under channel number 408 from the 11 Feb, moving exclusively to 407 on the 13 February, where it will remain.

On NOW, Day and Month members can access live action matches via Sky Sports Tennis, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Mix channels and NOW’s Monthly members will get access to more of the action via NOW’s Bonus Streams, giving access to additional live court streams not available in the linear sports channel. Bonus Streams are now delivered on all NOW enabled devices for the first time in up to HD quality for Boost members

NOW Boost members can now enjoy on-demand sports content ad-free*.

*Ad-free excludes live channels and trailers promoting NOW content for passes already purchased.

Boost features available on selected content and devices only. See nowtv.com for more details.

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