Amazon Prime Video reveals US Open hosting talent
August 19, 2019
Amazon Prime Video will bring customers in the UK and Ireland live and exclusive coverage of the US Open Tennis Championships 2019, from the qualifying rounds (19 August–23 August) to the tournament (26 August–8 September) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. Customers will have access to full, uninterrupted, live coverage from every televised court, all match replays and highlights, at no additional cost to their Prime membership.
Prime Video will broadcast on-site, live studio coverage throughout the whole tournament starting from 26 August to 8 September. Coverage will be led by Prime Video’s core presenting team, hosted by Catherine Whitaker, alongside former players and tennis experts Daniela Hantuchova and Greg Rusedski in the studio. For this year’s tournament, the team will be joined for the first time by former World No.1 and seven-time Grand Slam singles winner John McEnroe, former World No.1 and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova, and former World No.4 and British No.1 Tim Henman.
Former World No.1 and four-time Grand Slam winner Jim Courier returns, as does former British No.1 Annabel Croft, analyst and commentator Mark Petchey, and sports presenter Karthi Gnanasegaram. Mary Carillo and Pete Odgers will join as part of the courtside commentary team and Marcus Buckland will present a highlights show.
Prime members can look forward to live and exclusive coverage from the US Open from 26 August to 8 September from every televised court, beginning daily at 4.00pm BST in the first week, with a pre-match show from 3.30pm BST. All match replays will be available within 15 minutes of a match ending and highlights will be available on demand the following day. Coverage is available across hundreds of devices on the Prime Video app for TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes, connected devices, mobile and online. This year Prime Video will also have live coverage and full match replays from the qualifying rounds from 19 to 23 August.
The US Open (2018-2022) forms a key part of Prime Video’s tennis coverage, with over 220 days of tennis tournaments broadcast alone in 2019, including exclusive coverage of 37 ATP Tour events (2019-2023) and the Laver Cup (2019). From 2020, Prime Video will have exclusive rights to show the top Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments in a four-year deal (2020-2024), allowing customers to watch the best in women’s and men’s tennis all in one place for the first time in the UK, underlining Prime Video as the home for tennis fans in the UK and Ireland. In addition, customers in the UK can subscribe to Eurosport Player through Prime Video Channels and watch the Australian and French Open, as well as daily highlights and live coverage from the men’s and women’s finals of Wimbledon for an additional £6.99 per month (following a 7-day free trial).
Prime Video’s investment in on-screen tennis coverage is also reflected off-screen with the Prime Video Future Talent Award, supported by Andy Murray, an award which supports young British tennis talent, selecting one male and one female player to receive a total of £60,000 in funding over a two-year cycle.