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SKY Sport gets the year off to the best possible start with blanket coverage of the ASB Classic, featuring the Kia Motors Singles and Doubles, New Zealand’s premier international tennis Tournament for women.

Over six days, the Tournament will be broadcast LIVE from the ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland from the very first match of the day on centre court, until the close of play.

The earlier rounds will feature the night session where the festive atmostphere will continue long after the sun goes down.

SKY Sport will be right there, capturing every swing of the racquet until the final ball of the day. Join our dynamic tennis presenters Stephen McIvor and Lavina Good along with roving reporter Bevan Sanson as SKY Sport takes things up a level.

The new-look ASB Tennis Centre will be on show throughout SKY’s coverage, so tune it to see what the fuss is all about.

It doesn’t get much better than this with unprecidented coverage of world class women’s tennis in Auckland across the first week of January, LIVE on SKY Sport 3.


Sky’s coverage:


Sky Sport – SKY Sport is delighted to bring viewers LIVE coverage of women’s international tennis LIVE from Auckland’s ASB Tennis Centre over the first week of January 2012.

SKY Sport will show full coverage from the centre court at 1pm each day continuing until the close of play. The earlier rounds will feature the night session where the festive atmostphere will continue long after the sun goes down. SKY Sport will be right there, capturing every swing of the racquet until the final ball of the day.


Prime – SKY’s ongoing commitment to showing free-to-air sport continues in January with Prime showing highlights from every day of the ASB Classic in a bite-sized chunk. Highlights from each days play will feature in the evening with those highlights replayed the following morning.


iSKY – features coverage of every centre court match over the ASB Classic, with LIVE streaming of SKY Sport 3, to SKY Sport subscribers. Viewers will be able to access tennis from anywhere they have internet access and a computer. iSKY will also have highlights from each day’s play.


SKY Mobile TV – SKY Mobile TV will feature highlights from every day of the Tournament in January. This service, unique to SKY and Vodafone will allow tennis fans to follow all the best bits from each match at home or at the beach.


Website – SKY Sport’s very own website will have up to date news, views and highlights from each day of tennis. Get all the latest information, including the latest draws and the schedule of each match.


Sky Sport Highlights – As well as the latest sports news every half hour, SKY Sport Highlights (Channel 033) will feature 25 minute highlights of each day’s play.

Relayed every few hours for those who are short on time, a handful of New Zealand’s most experienced producers will be tasked with the job of finding the best rallies and sensational shots to squeeze into their ASB Classic Highlights of the day.

Sky TV has snapped up the broadcast rights to New Zealand’s two premiere tennis tournaments.

Both the women’s ASB Classic and the men’s Heineken Open will now be screened on Sky TV for the next five years at least.

Auckland Tennis today announced the deal, which will see all centre court matches screened live and uninterrupted from the start of play at 1pm through until the last game of the day.

Prime will carry a highlights package that will screen daily as part of the coverage.

Tennis Auckland chief executive Robyn Kiddle said: ‘We know New Zealand is a strong sports viewing nation and this is supported by the fact that Sky is now available in nearly 50 per cent of our homes. 

”For the first time in the history of these international tournaments, we are able to offer complete and uninterrupted coverage of all centre court games.” 

TVNZ has held the broadcast right for the previous two tournaments.

Source: Stuff

1:00pm Thursday, January 1 on TV One

ONE Sport’s Rod Cheeseman and Toni Street present LIVE coverage of the star-studded ASB Classic from the revamped ASB Tennis Centre. The 2011 event will be played on the new surface and feature some of the biggest names in international women’s tennis.

Rod Cheeseman’s covered all kinds of sport during his journalism career but it’s his first time at the tennis, “I’ve been a huge tennis fan since the days of wooden rackets and John McEnroe tantrums so it’s a real honour for me to be involved in the ASB Classic and Heineken Open, I just hope I don’t get too star struck”.

Former World Number One and triple Grand Slam winner, Maria Sharapova is the headline act but not the only tennis superstar. Double Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, former World Number One Dinara Safina and defending champion Yanina Wickmayer are also due in Auckland in early January.

“The ASB Classic is the first major event at the recently refurbished ASB Tennis Centre, “the decision to lay the same surface that’s used at the Aussie Open in order to attract top players here as build up to the first Grand Slam of the year was a smart move. I think the line-up for 2011 is a sign of more great draws to come,” Cheeseman adds.

“Since the announcement of the full field I seem to have a lot more mates all wanting tickets and I’m sure it will be a sell out. If you can’t make it, I can definitely recommend the courtside view you’ll get from your couch watching all the action on TV ONE,” concludes Cheeseman.

ONE Sport’s experienced commentary team – Andrew Saville, David Mustard, Belinda Cordwell and Bruce Derlin – return courtside to call the games for both the ASB Classic and Heineken Open in early January.

Current match detail:

Monday Jan 3, 10.30am: ONE Sport Tennis: ASB Classic – Day One LIVE Monday Jan 3, 11.45pm: ONE Sport Tennis: ASB Classic- Coverage from feature game of evening session

Tuesday Jan 4, 10.30am: ONE Sport Tennis: ASB Classic – Day Two LIVE

Tuesday Jan 4, 11pm: ONE Sport Tennis: ASB Classic – Coverage from feature game of evening session

Wednesday Jan 5, 10.30am: ONE Sport Tennis: ASB Classic – Day Three LIVE

Thursday Jan 6, 10.30am: ONE Sport Tennis: ASB Classic – Quarter Finals Day LIVE

Thursday Jan 6, 12am (midnight): ONE Sport Tennis: ASB Classic – Coverage from feature game of quarter finals evening session

Friday Jan 7, 11.30am: ONE Sport Tennis: ASB Classic – Semi Finals Day LIVE

Saturday Jan 8, 12pm: ONE Sport Tennis: ASB Classic – Finals Day LIVE

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12:30am Monday, June 21 on TV2

Tune in as TV2 brings you the complete and exclusive coverage of Wimbledon over the next two weeks.

Coverage of Wimbledon gets underway at midnight on Monday 21st of June and runs through until after the last ball of the day has been served.

Every match of tennis’ premier Grand Slam will screen LIVE on TV2 followed by an hour long highlights package every afternoon at 3pm.

The Wimbledon finals will be covered in full with an early morning start time of 1am on Sunday 4th of July for women’s finals day and a full replay at midday. The men’s final day begins in the early hours of Monday morning 5th of July and a full replay on Monday afternoon at 12.30pm.

See the complete Wimbledon Grand Slam schedule online at

New Zealand’s premier domestic tennis tournaments will go to air on three TVNZ platforms in January.

Tennis Auckland has signed a three year deal for TVNZ to be host broadcaster and Exclusive Broadcast partner for the ASB Classic and Heineken Open – to be played at the ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland in January next year.

The deal covers all Television rights (analogue, digital, subscription) and New Media rights (internet and mobile).

The games will screen live on TV ONE across all days of both tournaments, with feature games replayed via the Sport Extra channel on Freeview. There will also be live streamed coverage on

TVNZ Head of Sport, Murray Needham, says the national broadcaster is delighted to be able to continue a long-standing partnership with Tennis Auckland and these two top-ranking, world class tennis events.

“Tennis Auckland have set high standards for both tournaments and have significant plans for them both in the years ahead. We are determined to support their efforts and those of their sponsors to make this happen”, he says.

Graham Pearce, CEO of Tennis Auckland, says: “Tennis Auckland is very pleased to conclude this three year host broadcast contract with TVNZ. We have a long and successful relationship with the team at TVNZ and free to air coverage plus now Freeview and the live streaming on, means that tennis fans throughout the country can view the ASB Classic and Heineken Open no matter where they may be in New Zealand.”