Amazon has announced that Jack Draper and Emma Raducanu are the winners of the inaugural Prime Video Future Talent Award, supported by Andy Murray. The biennial award, which opened for applications in June 2019, is a partnership between Amazon Prime Video and multiple Grand Slam champion Murray. £140,000 of funding will support the best up and coming British tennis players as they transition from the junior to the professional tour. Alongside the funding, Andy will also offer advice as a mentor.
The selection committee for the award was made up of three judges, Murray, Annabel Croft and Tim Henman, with additional insight from the LTA through Anne Keothavong, the GB Fed Cup Captain. Through their applications and recent performances, Emma and Jack showed the selection panel strong potential to succeed as professional tennis players, including their attitude, competitive spirit and work ethic. They will receive a total of £60,000 each in funding over a two-year cycle, to be used for developing skills and progressing their career as they move into the professional ranks. In addition to £30,000 each per year, they will receive one-on-one progress updates with Andy, as well as support from Amazon mentors.
Additionally, as the selection committee were so impressed by the quality of applicants, Francesca Jones, Jodie Burrage, Jack Pennington Jones and Paul Jubb have been awarded runners up of the award, which will include a bursary of £5,000 each and support from Andy.
“It’s important to help develop young talent in this country – the transition from juniors to seniors is tough,” said Murray. “I’ve been working with Amazon to develop this award and hopefully it can help develop future British players.”
“As the home of tennis broadcasting in the UK we’re very happy to be investing in the future of British tennis and working with Andy on the Prime Video Future Talent Award,” commented Alex Green, MD of Sports, Prime Video Europe. “The quality of candidates for the award was so impressive, and Emma and Jack stood out as having the strongest potential and a great mind-set to achieve at the highest level of tennis, so we’re pleased to be able to support them in their development as two young British tennis players.”
The Prime Video Future Talent Award, supported by Murray, underlines Prime Video’s commitment to supporting tennis off-screen, in addition to its growing slate of tennis coverage on-screen.
In 2019, Prime Video will show live and exclusive coverage of over 220 days of tennis tournaments, all at no extra cost to a UK Prime membership. This includes the US Open, 37 ATP Tour events, including the Nitto ATP Finals from the O2, and the Laver Cup. From 2020, Prime Video will also have the top Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments in a four-year deal, 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 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).