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How to watch tennis on telly in 2020
Tennis coverage undergoes another big change for the 2020 season and here's your essential guide on how to make sure you don't miss any of it.
The biggest change to tennis coverage in the UK is the end of WTA coverage on BT Sport as Amazon Prime Video take the rights from 2020. If you only had BT Sport for its tennis coverage then phone up and cancel your subscription right now.
WTA Tour coverage joins ATP Tour and US Open on Amazon Prime Video, and all WTA matches on all courts will be available at the majority of tournaments.
Here are the basics on who is covering what this coming year.
There's no change to Grand Slam coverage in 2020. The first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, is exclusively live on Eurosport including qualifying, with some highlights in the second week on the BBC. Eurosport also have the French Open in full from qualifying week; there is single-court-coverage on ITV.
Wimbledon is shown free on the BBC with all courts streamed online. Selected qualifying matched will be available.
The US Open is on Amazon Prime Video where it has been for the past two years, with qualifying and all-court coverage available.
There's no change to coverage of the ATP tour so you will still have a choice between Amazon Prime Video and Tennis TV for men's tour tennis. Tennis TV will have coverage from every ATP event while Amazon Prime Video's deal includes all of the Masters 1000 and 500 tournaments plus thirteen 250 events.
The ATP Cup, which replaces the ATP events in Australia ahead of the Australian Open, will be included in Amazon Prime Video's coverage, while the new ATP tournament in Adelaide will come under Eurosport's deal with Tennis Australia. Eurosport also had coverage from Geneva in 2019 and are expected to continue with this ahead of the French Open in 2020.
Queen's will be on the BBC, who also have the day session singles matches at the ATP Finals in November.
The ATP only make doubles matches available to broadcasters at Masters 1000 tournaments.
WTA TV is no longer available in the UK following the end of the 2019 season, therefore the only place to watch the majority of the WTA Tour will be on Amazon Prime Video.
The WTA TV restriction is similar to that imposed on tennis fans in the United States when Tennis Channel took the WTA right there last year. With a handful of exceptions, similar to WTA TV's offering, all matches from all courts will be available to watch.
Notable exceptions to Amazon Prime Video's WTA coverage will be those that were not broadcast by BT Sport in previous years, these are expected to include Nuremberg and Linz, plus British events in Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne where rights are sold separately and these are expected to continue on Eurosport.
The Olympic Games will be broadcast for free by the BBC.
The Laver Cup will continue to be shown by Amazon Prime Video. While there's no information on Fed Cup, Eurosport secured a 2-year deal for the Davis Cup Finals in 2019. Great Britain's Fed Cup ties have been shown for free online, while the Finals were only available on the Fed Cup website at €4.99 for the tie.
ATP Challenger tournaments and many ITF-level events are streamed for free online. The Glasgow Challenger has been available on the BBC Sport website for the past two years also.
What to subscribe to
By far the cheapest way to watch most tour tennis is to take a subscription to Amazon Prime for the year at £79. If you aren't interested in all the perks of Amazon Prime and just have the Video option that's £5.99 per month and works out slightly cheaper over the year.
If you are interested in watching more ATP 250 tournaments than are offered by Amazon Prime Video, you will also need a Tennis TV subscription on top of this but for most people, Amazon Prime Video's ATP coverage will be sufficient.
For ATP Auckland, Australian Open and French Open, you'll need a subscription to Eurosport Player for full coverage. This currently costs £39.99 for a year's pass or £6.99 per month. If Eurosport retain the rights to the British grass court WTA events and Linz, you'll need this subscription for four full months. For the Davis Cup finals next year you'll need a fifth. If you keep Eurosport for six months, for example if you are interested in other sports shown on their channels, then the year's pass becomes cheaper (unless there are other offers available). Eurosport Player is available standalone or as an add-on channel in Amazon Prime Video.
Our calculations put the cost of watching tennis in 2020 at £100.84 (11 months Amazon Prime Video + 5 months Eurosport Player), down from £189.53 last year (Tennis TV + WTA TV + 1 month Amazon Prime Video + 5 months Eurosport Player).
Remember you’ll need a TV licence to watch Eurosport, the BBC and ITV in the UK, even online. Amazon Prime Video and Eurosport Player subscriptions purchased in the UK can be watched like-for-like within the EU, at least as long as the UK remains a member.