BBC extends ATP World Tour Finals deal to 2015

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BBC Sport will continue covering the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena for the next two years.

The corporation’s new deal with the ATP ensures that live terrestrial TV coverage of eight singles matches will continue in 2014 and 2015, including each of the afternoon session matches throughout the week, plus the first semi-final and the final itself.

The BBC has also secured full radio commentary rights to the London event, plus non-exclusive live radio and online rights to all ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments.

The ATP World Tour Finals has been shown live on the BBC every year since the tournament’s move to London in 2009.

BBC Sport shares live coverage of the nine-day tennis extravaganza with Sky Sports, with the pay-TV broadcaster screening every match from the event live until at least 2018.

Held annually since 1970, the World Tour Finals is the climax to the men’s professional season with the top eight singles players and doubles teams competing for the last titles of the season.

Previous winners of the event include Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, plus legendary names such as Pete Sampras and John McEnroe.

BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater said: “We are delighted to extend our deal with the ATP’s season-ending event, ensuring that we can continue to bring audiences to this first class tennis tournament on the BBC through to 2015.

“The ATP’s season finale remains a highly anticipated must-watch event where the very best in the world battle it out in a unique atmosphere and in front of sell-out crowds.

“Bringing this, the pinnacle of the men’s tour, to our audience, is evidence of our commitment to providing key live sporting moments to the nation on free-to-air television.”

Chris Kermode, managing director of the ATP World Tour Finals, added: “The BBC has provided a fantastic platform for our season-ending event on terrestrial television since 2009, and we’re very happy to extend our agreement a further two years.

“This agreement is great news for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and for tennis fans in the UK as we look to continue to grow the tournament with every year.”

The new two-year deal was announced on the day that the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals comes to a thrilling conclusion.

World number one Rafael Nadal takes on world number two Novak Djokovic in the showpiece singles final, while American doubles pairing Bob and Mike Bryan play the all-Spanish duo of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco for the doubles title.

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