AELTC Extends Wimbledon BBC, ESPN Broadcasting Contracts

Wimbledon Centre Court (photo: @Wimbledon/Twitter)

LONDON/WASHINGTON, July 10, 2021 (by Michael Dickens)

The AELTC, best known as the venue of the Wimbledon Championships, has extended its partnerships with broadcasters BBC and ESPN, which will continue to help grow Wimbledon audiences around the world and “future-proof The Championships into the next decade,” it was announced Friday, according to the Wimbledon website.

Wimbledon’s extension of the BBC partnership runs to 2027 and will continue the oldest broadcasting partnership in sport, which celebrates its 95th anniversary next year. It ensures that Wimbledon will remain free to air to UK audiences across the BBC’s industry-leading network of platforms, including TV, iPlayer and radio.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon’s agreement with U.S.-based broadcaster ESPN extends to 2035, which covers North and South America, including Canada and Brazil, and continues its 20-plus year relationship between the AELTC and the U.S. sports broadcaster, which became exclusive in 2012.

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Nick Kyrgios: Says no to Summer Olympics

Hours after the Japanese government announced that the Tokyo Summer Olympics will ban spectators from venues, Nick Kyrgios took to his social media platforms to announce his decision to withdraw from representing Australia in the Olympics tennis tournament.

“Hey Guys – I just want to let you know that I’ve decided to withdraw from the Olympics. It’s a decision I didn’t make lightly. It’s been my dream to represent Australia at the Olympics and I know I may never get that opportunity again. But I also know myself. The thought of playing in front of empty stadiums just doesn’t sit right with me. It never has. I also wouldn’t want to take an opportunity away from a healthy Aussie athlete ready to represent the country. I will also take all the time I need to get my body right. Good luck to all the Aussies competing and I’ll see. You back on the court real soon.”

Wimbledon Friday results

Wimbledon Saturday order of play

“Quotable …”

“Yeah, it was incredible. It was just almost a moment of relief, a moment of pure excitement. It was something that I’d never, never knew if I would feel. I think being able to have an opportunity to play in a final here at Wimbledon is incredible.”

Ashleigh Barty, on her initial reaction after she beat Angelique Kerber on Thursday to reach Saturday’s Wimbledon ladies’ final.

“It’s a final. Anything can happen. … I know [Ashleigh] has a Grand Slam, but also for her is the first Wimbledon final. I think we both have good chances. It’s going to be hopefully [a] good match to watch as well because with her it’s always interesting. We [are] going to see what’s going to happen.”

Karolina Pliskova, on playing World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the Wimbledon ladies’ final.

What they’re writing

Tennis Canada shares its take on Denis Shapovalov’s semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic in “Shapovalov falls short in Wimbledon semi-final thriller to Djokovic”:

Racquet’s Giri Nathan on “Ashleigh Barty Mows The Field” about the World No. 1 and top seed Ashleigh Barty who plays for the ladies’ singles title at Wimbledon today:

What they’re sharing on social media

David Beckham / Football royalty in the Royal Box Friday

Elina Svitolina / Calling my summer body


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Karen Khachanov / Father’s play time begins