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Tennis Australia Inks Record Broadcasting Deal

  • Tennis Australia announced a broadcast extension deal with commercial network Nine.
  • The deal is worth more than $283 million.
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Tennis Australia has agreed to its biggest media rights deal ever.

The governing body announced a broadcast extension with domestic commercial network Nine from 2025-2029 worth more than $283 million.

The price tag doesn’t take into account advertising rights, retained rights, and promotion, which make the agreement even more valuable — the advertising dollar value is worth around $6.7 million per year, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Nine’s extension highlights the success of its current $230 million, five-year deal with Tennis Australia.

  • The 2022 Australian Open, which generated $405.3 million in economic benefit over the last two years and $2.71 billion in the past 10, attracted a record 3.84 million viewers across the country for its women’s singles final. 
  • The men’s final drew 2.33 million viewers — its highest viewership in 4 years.
  • The all-Aussie men’s doubles final had the highest-ever rating of men’s doubles matches with 2.48 million tuned in.

Earlier this year, Tennis Australia extended its U.S. broadcasting deal with ESPN through 2031.

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In addition to the Australian Open and lead-in events like the United Cup global teams competition — which was announced in October and begins in 2023 — Nine also has rights to Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the French Open.

“Tennis attracts both a broad and very passionate following and is a perfect fit with Nine’s schedule, audiences, and advertisers,” said Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia.

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