Net Talk: Turn on, tune in

  • By: Andy Schooler (Twitter: @NetTalkTennis)
  • Last Updated: December 16 2013, 16:08 GMT

In his latest Net Talk column, our Andy Schooler looks at how you can go about watching tennis on TV in 2014.

The US Open will continue to be shown on Sky Sports in 2014
The US Open will continue to be shown on Sky Sports in 2014

The new tennis season is now less than two weeks away.

But where will you be able to watch the action unfold?

Things have changed somewhat is terms of TV broadcasting in the UK with a significant difference being that British Eurosport will be screening fewer WTA tournaments following BT Sport's entry into the market.

I've taken a look at what you can watch and where in 2014.

Channel guide

SKY SPORTS

The US Open is the big event in the Sky portfolio and that will continue to be the case in 2014. Sky Sports is also the main home of the ATP World Tour - they have the rights to the nine Masters 1000 tournaments and all matches at the season-ending World Tour Finals in London.

Sky will also broadcast five of the '500' events. Exactly which five they will be has yet to be determined, although in 2013 the events were Rotterdam, Dubai, Barcelona, Beijing and Basel.

BBC

Wimbledon is the jewel in the crown of the BBC's tennis coverage to which they have exclusive rights.

The warm-up tournaments at Queen's Club and Eastbourne are also part of their portfolio which is mainly focused on the grasscourt season.

They also have eight of the 15 matches at the ATP World Tour Finals, including the final, plus one semi-final and the final from the men's singles at the Australian Open.

BRITISH EUROSPORT

The place to watch the Australian Open, while Eurosport also have live coverage of the French Open - indeed the channel has just extended its deal to screen the latter event until 2021.

The channel also has live coverage of the US Open up until the quarter-finals - they only hold secondary rights to the tournament so Eurosport only has next-day highlights of the latter rounds.

Despite losing some of its WTA rights to BT Sport, Eurosport plan to show some action from the women's tour in 2014, although no details are as yet available.

They are also due to show some ATP tournaments, starting in Doha. However, again, specifics have yet to be finalised.

ITV

ITV also has the rights to broadcast the French Open, as they have done for the past two years.

The channel will also continue to show the Statoil Masters event, which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall in December and features legends of the game.

BT SPORT

The new home of the WTA circuit with no fewer than 20 tournaments being covered, starting in Brisbane and ending at the WTA Championships in Singapore. All the leading events, such as Indian Wells, Miami and Beijing, will be shown.

However, the channel does not have any rights to the Grand Slam tournaments.

Tournament guide (confirmed events only)

GRAND SLAMS

Australian Open - British Eurosport (BBC has men's final & 1 SF)

French Open - ITV & British Eurosport

Wimbledon - BBC

US Open - Sky Sports (British Eurosport has R1-QF)

ATP

Doha - British Eurosport

Indian Wells - Sky Sports

Miami - Sky Sports

Monte Carlo - Sky Sports

Madrid - Sky Sports

Rome - Sky Sports

Queen's Club - BBC

Eastbourne - BBC

Toronto - Sky Sports

Cincinnati - Sky Sports

Shanghai - Sky Sports

Paris - Sky Sports

World Tour Finals - Sky Sports (BBC has 8 matches, inc final)

WTA

Brisbane - BT Sport

Sydney - BT Sport

Paris - BT Sport

Doha - BT Sport

Dubai - BT Sport

Indian Wells - BT Sport

Miami - BT Sport

Charleston - BT Sport

Stuttgart - BT Sport

Madrid - BT Sport

Rome - BT Sport

Eastbourne - BBC

Stanford - BT Sport

Carlsbad - BT Sport

Montreal - BT Sport

Cincinnati - BT Sport

New Haven - BT Sport

Wuhan - BT Sport

Beijing - BT Sport

Moscow - BT Sport

Singapore - BT Sport

TEAM COMPETITIONS

Davis Cup/Fed Cup - The ITF have confirmed that British and other World Group ties will be broadcast in the UK in 2014. However, details of who will broadcast them has yet to be announced. With GB facing the USA in the Davis Cup at the end of January, an announcement can be expected soon.


Latest odds

I've started my look at the 2014 ATP and WTA season-long markets and hope to publish my betting previews later this week.

Our betting partner Sky Bet certainly have plenty of markets available already.

A popular market will likely be who will finish in the top eight on the ATP and WTA tours, thus qualifying for the elite season-ending tournaments.

In the men's game, the field for the ATP World Tour Finals is likely to be Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, according to the prices. They are all odds-on to finish in the top eight.

Stanislas Wawrinka, who made the top eight this year, is 11/10 to do so again, while rising stars Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov can be backed at 3/1 and 4/1 respectively.

On the women's side, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, SImona Halep and Angelique Kerber is the predicted field for the season-ender in Singapore.

Sara Errani, a top-eight player in 2013, is 11/8 for a repeat.

There's plenty of focus on British star Andy Murray. Sky Bet offer prices on how many ATP tournaments he will win in 2014 and draw their line at 3.5. It's 4/6 that he wins more than 3.5 titles and 11/10 that he does not.

Murray is also priced up at 5/1 to beat Rafael Nadal on clay - one of the holy grails of the sport these days - and is 9/2 to win any title on his least-favourite surface.

You can even bet on Murray's season stats - such as how many aces he will serve and his first-serve percentage across the year.

The big three of Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are 8/11 to grab all four Grand Slam title between them - just as they did in 2013.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of nationality markets available with Laura Robson a 4/11 favourite to finish the year ranked as the leading British woman.

You can take a look at the plethora of markets on offer by visiting Sky Bet's website where a £30 free matched bet is currently on offer.


Book reviews

I said last week how I would be publishing a series of book reviews for those looking for Christmas presents.

If you missed them, you can find them below:

Court Confidential, by Neil Harman

The Outsider, by Jimmy Connors

Seventy-seven, by Andy Murray


What you may have missed

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2013.

The fields for the Australian Open were announced, while Aussies Casey Dellacqua and Jordan Thompson both earned wildcards into the main draw.

Nottingham is to stage a WTA tournament in 2015, it was announced this week.

Cathie Sabin was elected as the LTA's first-ever female president.

Former French Open champion Michael Chang is to work with Kei Nishikori in a coaching role in 2014.


This week in tennis

Friday to Sunday: The USTA stages its Australian Open wild-card play-offs. The winners of the eight-man and eight-woman fields will earn a place in the main draw of the opening Grand Slam tournament of 2014.

TBA: The ITF will likely announce its world champions at some point this week. Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams seem highly likely to receive the singles prizes.

All week: The Junior Orange Bowl (for under-12 and under-14s) takes place stateside. Briton Maia Lumsden won the girls' under-14 event last year.


Twitter

Another mention for Colette Lewis (@zootennis), who follows the junior tour in great detail and is likely to be all over the Junior Orange Bowl (@JrOBTennis).

And I simply can't believe it if you haven't already followed@SportingLife and @NetTalkTennis!

You can get in touch with us via those channels or on email - the address is tennisfeedback@sportinglife.com.


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