BBC nets UK rights to finals of Ultimate Tennis Showdown 2
The BBC, the UK public-service broadcaster, has picked up rights to the finals of the second edition of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, the tournament launched earlier this year to fill the coronavirus-enforced hole in the tennis calendar.
UTS2 started last weekend, featuring both men’s and women’s events, and the BBC will show the 2 August men’s Final Four and new women’s finals.
Stars such as Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, France's Richard Gasquet and Germany's Alexander Zverev are among those competing.
The deal was brokered by In&OutStories, the Paris-based media rights consultancy launched by Arnaud Simon, a former long-term Eurosport executive.
In&OutStories distributes global broadcast rights to the UTS and also handles the production set-up.
Star India, the dominant pay-television sports broadcaster in the country, acquired UTS2 rights last week.
The UTS has been launched by Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of legendary champion Serena Williams, and the inaugural edition took place last month at the Mouratoglou Academy in southern France, featuring 50 matches in total (all behind closed doors).
Eurosport secured rights across Europe and Asia-Pacific for the tournament’s first edition, while international pay-television’s BeIN Media Group covered the semi-finals and final across 24 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and 11 in APAC.
The Tennis Channel showed the action in the US, while ClaroSports provided coverage in Latin America.