US Open Tennis Championships returning to Sky Sports from 2023
Sky Sports has agreed a new five-year partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for the US Open Championships, welcoming tennis back to Sky Sports.
The agreement will begin with the 2023 US Open at Flushing Meadows, starting on 28 August, with Sky Sports holding the exclusive broadcast rights up to and including the 2027 event.
Sky Sports will have access to all individual court feeds, broadcasting a minimum of 135 hours of competition throughout the two-week Grand Slam tournament. Across Sky Sports’ linear channels and on Sky Sports digital and social channels, extensive coverage will provide content for both existing tennis fans and new audiences. The agreement includes coverage of both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments, alongside respective Double’s, Mixed Doubles, Juniors and Wheelchair competitions.
The partnership comes at a time when British tennis has great momentum, with former US Open Champion Emma Raducanu and the Billie Jean Cup team of Harriet Dart, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter leading the way in women’s tennis, Alfie Hewett taking the 2022 US Open Wheelchair singles title, and Cameron Norrie, Andy Murray, Jack Draper and Daniel Evans all seeing success at Flushing Meadows last year. Both the USTA and Sky Sports share the joint ambition to deliver world-class live coverage, using innovative technology to show the breadth of what the US Open has to offer, and engaging new and younger audiences in the sport.
Sky Sports has previously had a long relationship with the USTA, as partners for 25 years between 1991 and 2015. As such, Sky welcomes tennis back to its channels next year with the US Open being one of the most prestigious Grand Slam tournaments in the Open era.
Jonathan Licht, MD at Sky Sports, said: “We are very excited to partner with the USTA once again to deliver the US Open, one of the greatest Grand Slam Tennis tournaments in the world. We have had a great history with the USTA and remember Andy Murray’s 2012 US Open win as one of the great moments on Sky Sports. This is another huge sporting event for our viewers, and we look forward to bringing tennis fans more of what they love and welcoming in new fans to the sport.”
Kirsten Corio, chief commercial officer, USTA, said: “The USTA and Sky Sports have a long history together and it’s an exciting time to be partnering once again. We’re looking forward to showcasing the US Open to an increasing number of fans in the UK and Ireland over the next five years as the sport continues to grow and a new generation of stars emerges.”