The Seven Network is continuing with its successful multichannel sports broadcasting strategy with coverage of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
The network will be treating viewers to “live and free” coverage of the tournament across Seven and 7TWO.
During the first week the live broadcast kicks off at 8.30pm (AEST) on 7TWO before switching to Channel 7 from around 11.30pm. From Day 9 to Day 11 the coverage begins at 10pm on 7TWO.?All singles and doubles finals, as well as the singles’ semi-finals, will also be exclusively live on Seven, while starting on 7TWO in some states.
Seven’s Head of Sport, Saul Shtein, said:
“Once again tennis fans will see the best two matches live each day on 7TWO or Channel 7 completely free, along with plenty of other top matches. And we’ll also keep viewers up to date with all the results and happenings around the courts.”
Seven’s coverage begins on Monday June 24 and will be hosted by Todd Woodbridge with expert commentary from three-time Wimbledon champion John Newcombe, along with Rennae Stubbs, Sam Smith and Geoff Masters. Seven will also take commentary for the host broadcaster, the BBC, who has signed former players such as John McEnroe, Pat Cash, Boris Becker, Tracey Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova as commentators.
Seven will be hoping its coverage reaches the highs of the 2011 tournament where Day 9 coverage on 7TWO averaged 718,000 viewers, which at the time was the highest audience ever on any digital channel (thanks to the performance of Bernard Tomic). The ratings for Seven’s coverage will no doubt be dependent on the success of the Australian players at the tournament.
Fox Sports will also have live coverage of Wimbledon.