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Amazon serves up live ATP as 5 year deal gets underway

Amazon Prime will stream 37 ATP Tour events per year for the next five years. Coverage from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells starts next week.

The ATP rights build on Amazon's existing sports portfolio, which includes the US Open and - from next season - a number of live Premier League games. The rights were first awarded to Amazon back in 2017, but Amazon has chosen today to issue a press release promoting the arrival of ATP tennis to its UK service.

The Amazon-ATP deal covers all ATP Masters 1000 events, the Nitto ATP Finals from The O2, the Next Gen ATP Finals as well as all ATP 500s. A number of smaller tennis tournaments have already been screened on Amazon so far this year.

Prime subscribers in the UK can stream the live coverage at no extra cost.

For the ATP Masters 1000 from Indian Wells, customers will have access to full, uninterrupted, live coverage from every televised court, all match replays normally available within 15 minutes, and highlights on demand the following day. 

Amazon's coverage will include commentary from Sam Smith, Mark Petchey, Robbie Koenig and Nick Lester.

Amazon first started live streaming tennis last year, with coverage of the US Open. It was widely panned by viewers for its poor quality and insufficiant catch-up options, given the time difference which meant many games concluded well into night-time hours in the UK. The company temporarily stopped users from rating the item on the website.

Updated 19:13 01/03/2019