Week 19 (w/c 6 May): Madrid

I’m here a little bit early this weekend as main draw action in Madrid starts on Saturday.

Johanna Konta reached the second round in Madrid last year losing to Bernarda Pera.

Madrid

ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory, Amazon Prime Video and BT Sport

The first of two back-to-back combined Masters/Premier events on clay starts with WTA main draw matches on Saturday and ATP main draw matches on Sunday.

Johanna Konta is the only Brit in the WTA draw, fresh of a run to her first clay tour final in Rabat. The defending champion here is Petra Kvitova, seeded second behind Naomi Osaka.

Kyle Edmund is the sole British representation in the ATP main draw which gets underway on Sunday. Last year Alexander Zverev won here, and Novak Djokovic is this year’s top seed.

The ATP doubles draw isn’t out at the time of writing on Friday night but Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares are expected to be seeded.

Coverage of the Mutua Madrid Open is on BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video.

Sat 4 May 10:00 BT Sport Extra 2
Sun 5 May 11:30 Amazon Prime Video 10:00
14:00
17:15
BT Sport 1
BT Sport Extra 1
BT Sport 1
Mon 6 May 11:00 Amazon Prime Video 11:00 BT Sport 1
Tue 7 May 11:00 Amazon Prime Video 11:00 BT Sport 1
Wed 8 May 11:00 Amazon Prime Video 11:00 BT Sport 1
Thu 9 May 11:00 Amazon Prime Video 11:00
20:30
BT Sport 1
BT Sport 1
Fri 10 May 10:30 Amazon Prime Video 13:30
19:00
BT Sport 1
BT Sport ESPN
Sat 11 May 14:30 Amazon Prime Video 17:30 BT Sport 3
Sun 12 May TBC Amazon Prime Video

Challengers

Jan Choinski plays in Praga, Portugal. James Ward in Aix en Provence, France. Jay Clarke is in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Liam Broady travels to Busan, South Korea. Brydan Klein plays the Rome Challenger.

Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Katy Dunne all entered the W60 in Fukuoka, Japan, with Tara Moore in qualifying.


Doubles broadcasting

Last week, after so many of you spoke about how frustrated you were that the doubles finals in Barcelona and Budapest – featuring Jamie Murray and the Skupski brothers – weren’t televised, I ran a tweet to see how many people would want the ATP to make doubles at ATP 250 and 500 level available in the future.

I was so pleased to see so many retweets, likes and comments from you all, including Jamie and Judy Murray, and Ken Skupski. The small campaign was spotted by Stu Fraser of The Times, who asked the ATP if there were any future plans to show more doubles outside the Masters 1000 events.

A spokesperson told The Times’ The Slice columnist:

ATP and ATP Media have very high production requirements for ATP tour events to continue to deliver a globally market leading product and, at present, ATP Media produces every main draw doubles match from the ATP Masters 1000 and Nitto ATP Finals.

ATP and ATP Media are in discussions presently about the viability of producing the main draw doubles matches from ATP 500 and ATP 250 tournaments as well in the future, as we look to continue to deliver as much ATP tour content to fans as possible.

Let’s hope we see more doubles matches televised in future as a result.


Read more about how to watch tennis on telly in 2019.

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Check Tennis TV and WTA TV for details of  the matches they are covering, at https://www.tennistv.com/live/schedule and http://www.wtatv.com/schedule

ATP Challenger events have official live free streaming at http://livestream.com/ATP. You can get links to all the matches by following @ATPChallLive on twitter which will tweet them out in advance.

Some ITF events are streamed free at http://live.itftennis.com/en/ and on the ITF Pro Circuit Scores app on Apple and Android. Check out the @ITFLive twitter account which will automatically tweet details of streamed matches a few hours ahead.