Broadcast rights to the WTA Tour are to transfer from BT Sport to Amazon Prime video next year, it has been reported.
According to the Daily Mail, staff working on tennis coverage at BT have been informed that their Sports channels will no longer air WTA tennis after the 2019 season ends.
BT Sport has been broadcasting women’s tennis since it’s incarnation in 2013, and expanded to cover a larger number of International tournaments from the 2017 season. It has also shown Great Britain’s Fed Cup ties for the last three years.
Amazon Prime Video will pick up rights to the WTA Tour in 2020 alongside their existing coverage of the ATP Tour and US Open.
While the full details of the new deal are not yet known, it’s expected that the rights are the same that BT currently has, that is the majority of WTA tour events with just a handful of exceptions.
Tennis fans should see an increase in the amount of WTA coverage available to them as Prime Video will be able to offer multi-court coverage at most events, which BT does currently not usually do.
The cost of watching tennis in the UK becomes significantly cheaper next year. You’ll only need one subscription to Prime Video in order to be able to watch most of both the ATP and WTA tours as well as the US Open
If you’re currently watching only tennis on BT Sport you’ll probably be wanting to cancel your subscription. BT requires a minimum 30 day notice to cancel it’s Sport channels, so in order to ensure you’re not paying any more than you need to, make a note to cancel on 29 September, 30 days before the WTA season ends in Shenzhen.
The Mail also reported that Amazon bid for the rights to show Wimbledon in Germany. The newspaper further speculates that Amazon may be interested in the rights for the French Open and Australian Open, although Eurosport currently has deals to show both of these until at least 2021.
We wish all of the affected staff working on tennis at BT Sport all the best, and thank them for the last 6 years of showcasing women’s tennis.