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End of season tennis boost for BBC

The BBC and ATP have confirmed an extension to their broadcast deal for the Nitto ATP Finals.

The deal will see the tournament broadcast live and free-to-air in 2019 and 2020.

Specifically, the deal  exclusive free-to-air TV rights for eight singles matches, including a semi-final and the final, and includes the right to stream these matches across the BBC’s online platforms, as well as non-exclusive radio rights for the whole tournament. The deal also includes non-exclusive radio rights to all ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches.

The Nitto ATP Finals is the climax to the men’s professional season, featuring the best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams battling it out for the last title of the season. 2016 saw Andy Murray defeat Novak Djokovic to win his first Nitto ATP Finals title and end the year as the world number one.

BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater, said: 
“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with ATP ensuring top class tennis continues to reach the widest possible audience on free to air TV, radio and our live streaming service.”

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, added: 
“The BBC has provided a terrific platform for our season finale since we moved the tournament to London in 2009, giving millions of fans in the UK the opportunity to watch the very best in men’s professional tennis. We’re delighted to extend our partnership a further two years through to 2020.”

The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals will take place from 12-19th November live on the BBC.