Television rights in the UK are changing again, with Amazon picking up some huge tournaments next year, and more a year later.
To make sure you can find all the tennis over the next two years, here’s a viewing guide with everything you need to know.
What are Amazon going to show?
The US Open is to be streamed by Amazon Prime Video in 2018, it was announced this week, taking over from Eurosport who showed the fourth grand slam exclusively for the last two years.
While Eurosport extended its deal to show the US Open across Europe for another five years, crucially this excluded the UK and Ireland, where Amazon Prime Video will be the only way for fans to see action from Flushing Meadows.
In a seperate deal with the LTA, Amazon also picked up non-exclusive rights to ATP matches at Queen’s and Eastbourne in 2018. The pre-Wimbledon tournaments were also previously shown by Eurosport.
Earlier in the year Amazon grabbed the rights to show the ATP World Tour from 2019. Taking over from Sky Sports, they will stream all Masters 1000 events, all of the 500 series, and twelve 250 tournaments from 2019.
Amazon will continue to stream the ATP’s Next Gen Finals, which was their first foray into tennis broadcasting this year. The ATP deal means 2018 will be the last year that tour tennis is broadcast by Sky, who had sub-licenced US Open rights from Eurosport until 2015.
What about the rest?
Eurosport will continue to broadcast the Australian Open in full with highlights on the BBC, and the French Open which is also on ITV, as well as Wimbledon daily highlights and live finals.
Wimbledon continues to be free to air across the BBC, who also retain their rights to Queen’s and the WTA matches at Eastbourne, as well as one singles match per day at the ATP Finals.
In addition, the BBC has committed to increasing its coverage of wheelchair tennis as part of its pledge to broadcast 1,000 more hours of sport online in 2018. They also have Great Britain’s Davis Cup ties.
BT Sport have the rights to all WTA Premier and Mandatory WTA tournaments and the majority of Internationals. FreeSports have the bulk of ATP 250 tournaments which they picked up when they launched in September. A handful of 250s and Internationals are expected to remain on Eurosport.
The LTA said that further rights announcements for WTA Birmingham and Nottingham, as well as ATP matches at Eastbourne – which will also be on Amazon – would be made in the coming weeks.
Coverage on Tennis TV and WTA is not affected by the Amazon deal, although Queen’s and some ATP 250 and WTA International tournaments will be missing on both where they do not hold the rights.
WTA TV includes the 125k level not show on TV. ATP Challengers are streamed for free by Livestream.
How much does it all cost?
Amazon Prime Video currently costs £5.99 per month for video content only; the full Amazon Prime package which includes photo storage, music content, early deals and delivery benefits is £7.99 per month or £79 for the year. New customers can get a 30-day free trial.
Eurosport Player can be included in Amazon Prime for £4.99 extra per month or is £29.99 for a year standalone – there are regular offers of £14.99 for the year.
For the final year of Sky Sports coverage, you can subscribe to Sky Sports Action and Arena (counted as one channel for billing purposes) from £18 on top of a Sky TV subscription, or £33.99 per month through Now TV. BT Sport is free with BT Broadband or £25.99 a month standalone. Both are also available through Virgin Media cable.
Tennis TV is currently £9.99 a month or £89.99 for the year. WTA TV is priced at £7.81 monthly, or £58.60 for an annual pass. Note neither shows the four Grand Slams.
I’ve done the calculations and the cheapest way to watch all the tennis in 2018 announced so far is a year’s Tennis TV + WTA TV + Eurosport Player (on the £14.99 offer) + three months of Amazon Prime Video (video only) for Eastbourne, the US Open and Next Gen Finals, = a total of £181.55.
Remember that Sky and BT give you coverage of other sports so they may be a better deal for you overall if you’ve interests besides tennis.
Davis Cup and Fed Cup streaming will cost extra, although Davis Cup World Group ties and those involving Great Britain are expected to be shown for free on the BBC.
Lastly, I’ve deliberately not included non-tour events such as Hopman Cup, Tie Break Tens and the Laver Cup in the above.
Update: This article was edited to correct some incorrect maths.