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Stan, Nine to serve up Wimbledon and Roland Garros for three years

Nine and Stan have confirmed they have secured the international rights to two of the four tournaments that make up the tennis Grand Slam – Wimbledon and Roland Garros.

Wimbledon, along with Roland Garros, will come to Nine and Stan in 2021

The three year deal sees content spread across free-to-air on 9Network as well as the recently announced Stan Sports subscription product with all matches including singles, doubles, mixed doubles, juniors and wheelchair being covered.

Both Wimbledon and Roland Garros are scheduled to take up their more usual slots in the calendar next year, with the French clay tournament set to take place first on 17 May to 6 June while Wimbledon will be played on the lawn of the All England Club from 28 June to 11 July, 2021.

“On Monday we talked about how Nine was taking a whole-of-television approach to the way we look at sports rights,” Nine CEO Hugh Marks said. “Today’s announcement sees us secure two of the world’s great tennis tournaments and gives us the flexibility to develop the right mix of games which will appear on free-to-air television while ensuring all games are available to Stan Sport subscribers live and ad-free on Stan.”

Stan CEO Mike Sneesby

Mike Sneesby, CEO of Stan, added, “With this announcement, Stan will become a new home of Wimbledon and Roland-Garros — two of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments. Expanding our live streaming offer, sports fans can look forward to full coverage of both tournaments live and on demand, ad-free on Stan from 2021.”

Nine and Stan’s new deal sees Wimbledon move away from 2020 broadcaster Seven while Roland Garros departs from SBS and Foxtel.

The announcement comes just days after Stan Sports was launched with a Rugby Australia deal in place. That agreement sees international matches including Wallabies Tests and the Rugby Championship, Super Rugby, Sydney-based competition the Shute Shield and Queensland comp the Hospital Cup, the Mitre 10 and Currie Cup, plus SANZAAR Union home games, all broadcast live and ad-free on Stan with Nine also broadcasting some matches.

Stan – moving quickly into sports

The deal also includes a library of classic games and greatest moments from history will also be available to relive on Stan. Current membership tiers for the service range between $10 and $19 per month.

While the deal to cover rugby was confirmed to be worth $100 million in cash and contra, no value has been disclosed for the deal with Wimbledon and Roland Garros.

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