Eurosport is to bring tennis fans comprehensive coverage of the 2016 US Open as it takes over from Sky Sports as the principal broadcaster of the sport’s final Grand Slam of the year.
The pan-European channel will serve up more than 200 hours of exclusively live coverage from Flushing Meadows as Britain’s Andy Murray, who claimed his second Wimbledon title and became the first tennis player to win two Olympic singles titles this summer, targets back-to-back Grand Slam triumphs.
All the action from August 29 to September 11 will be shown live across Eurosport’s two TV channels – Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 – while its online subscription service Eurosport Player will for the first time in the UK show live action from up to 12 match courts.
Eurosport’s presenting team will be lead by Rob Curling from its UK studios, where he will be joined by 1997 US Open finalist Greg Rusedski and former British number one Annabel Croft, both of whom were previously part of Sky Sports’ coverage of the event.
Over in New York, Eurosport’s international line-up of commentators and pundits include Grand Slam champions Pat Cash, Mats Wilander and Mary Pierce.
They will be alongside familiar names in Andrew Castle, Mark Petchey and Jo Durie, with Simon Reed, Frew McMillan and Chris Bradnam on commentary duties, while Catherine Whitaker will be the channel’s roving reporter.
The 2016 US Open will be the first to covered in full by Eurosport having shared coverage of the event with Sky Sports for over a decade, albeit only having access to one live match for the first week compared to Sky’s multi-court offering, which included exclusive live coverage from the quarter-finals onwards.
Sky confirmed in July that it had chosen not to strike a deal to broadcast live coverage of this year’s tournament, with speculation from insiders that the rising cost of football rights has forced the broadcaster to cut back on coverage of other sports.
The US Open adds to Eurosport’s impressive portfolio of tennis rights, which now includes live coverage from all four Grand Slams, with full coverage of the Australian Open, Roland Garros, which it shares with ITV, and now the US Open, alongside the men’s and women’s singles finals at Wimbledon, shared with the BBC.
Commenting on Eurosport’s expanded US Open coverage, Susanna Dinnage of Discovery Networks UK and Ireland said: “With unrivalled multiplatform coverage and a world-class line-up of expert analysts and commentators, Eurosport is providing the most comprehensive coverage of the US Open to date in the UK.
“As well as full coverage on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2, for the first time we’re bringing live action from 12 match courts via Eurosport Player putting tennis fans in complete control.
“Our exclusive and unparalleled coverage of the US Open takes fans even closer to all the action and the stories that matter from the last Grand Slam of the year.”
Fresh from Wimbledon and Olympic glory, Andy Murray returns to the US Open hoping to emulate his triumphant 2012 campaign where he defeated Djokovic over five epic sets.
Reunited with coach Ivan Lendl, Murray has been in fine form this year, lifting the Wimbledon trophy and winning a second Olympic gold medal after victory in Rio – as well as reaching the final of the Australian and French Open.
In the women’s draw, world number one Serena Williams is poised to eclipse Steffi Graf’s haul of 22 Grand Slam titles and set a new singles record.