ESPN Acquires Rights to the US Open in Australia and New Zealand


ESPN Acquires Rights to the US Open in Australia and New Zealand

ESPN will be the new home of the US Open in Australia and New Zealand under a five year agreement beginning in August 2017. From the first serve to the last point of the iconic tournament, ESPN will bring tennis fans the most extensive LIVE coverage direct from New York.

ESPN will be the exclusive broadcaster for all matches leading to the Quarter Finals, and from there ESPN will simulcast the Quarter Finals night sessions, Semi Finals and Finals alongside SBS. ESPN is going ‘all in’ on its coverage with 150 hours of LIVE television across ESPN and ESPN2 plus a record 1,300 hours streaming on WatchESPN with matches from up to 12 courts. All the key matches will be broadcast LIVE on both ESPN & ESPN2. Further, ESPN will bring its iconic game around the game coverage with seasoned ESPN tennis analysts including Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Tom Rinaldi, Chris Evert, Pam Shriver and Patrick and John McEnroe.

To complement the broadcast, will be running comprehensive and in-depth digital coverage from our on ground expert team of reporters in Flushing Meadows, including our own local contributor Stephanie Brantz. The ESPN app will deliver tennis fans the most up to date live scores and video highlights from each and every match.

Patrick Bour, ESPN’s Director of Television and Marketing said “The US Open is an iconic sports event and one of ESPN’s premier broadcast properties around the world, and we’re extremely excited to now be showing it on our networks in Australia and New Zealand. It is a great opportunity to deliver Australian sports fans another signature international event on ESPN and complements our already strong ATP Tour coverage. We are looking forward to showing all the drama from this great stage and we’ll be cheering all our Aussie players on”.

ESPN’s coverage of the US Open will begin August 29, concluding with the Men’s Final on September 11.


Contact: Emma Barnes, ESPN (+61 8622 8513, [email protected])