Spark Sport has secured the exclusive live television and digital rights in New Zealand to the US Open Tennis Championship, through to the end of 2024.
The three year deal begins with the 2022 US Open, with the broadcast being made available live and on-demand on Spark Sport beginning on 24 August this year along with the US Open Qualifying Tournament.
Lew Sherr, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), commented: “It’s the perfect time to partner with Spark Sport in New Zealand, as they continue to grow and prioritise their tennis coverage within an ever-expanding live sports portfolio.
“We’re excited for the next three years and are looking forward to Spark Sport delivering a high level of US Open coverage to the great fans in New Zealand.”
The deal looks to strengthen the platform’s positions in professional tennis in New Zealand, after also recently renewing its Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rights.
Head of Spark Sport, Jeff Latch, added: “Our goal is to bring Kiwis more of the sport they love, and we know we have a lot of tennis-mad fans in Aotearoa.
“Our subscribers will now have access to the US Open, a tournament that has evolved into one of the most popular sports and entertainment spectacles around the globe, as well as WTA tournaments already available on the platform.
“August 2022 will be our first time bringing this global showpiece to the local market and we hope subscribers will take advantage of our exclusive coverage of the tournament.”
Moreso, the platform has highlighted that its US Open content will include: ‘Extensive’ live coverage of the Women’s singles and doubles draw, Men’s singles and doubles draw, Wheelchair matches, Junior matches and a range of highlights, preview and review shows.