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SPN acquires TV and digital rights of Aircel Chennai Open 2017

29-December-2016
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SPN acquires TV and digital rights of Aircel Chennai Open 2017

Aircel Chennai Open, one of India’s oldest and most prestigious international sporting tournaments, has signed up with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) as the official broadcast partner for its upcoming edition, starting on January 2, 2017 at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Nungambakkam. The tournament, which is into its 22nd year, will be broadcast live on SPN’s premier sports channels, Sony SIX Sony, SIX HD as well as the SonyLIV app and website. 

Aircel Chennai Open will add to the existing strong line-up of tennis programming on the sports cluster of SPN, which already includes the Australian Open, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, ATP World Tour 500 events and the prestigious season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. SPN’s broadcast of premium tennis events firmly reinforces its focus on tennis, one of the most followed sports in the world and tennis fans in India can now look forward to the world’s top ranked players in men’s professional tennis on tour. 

The tournament this year promises to be a bigger and better affair with top of the line players, including World No. 6 Marin Cilic (Croatia), Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain), Borna Coric (Croatia), Tommy Robredo (Spain) and Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) going head to head. Indian players on the roster include Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna, Saketh Myreni and Ramkumar Ramanathan.

Tom Annear, Director, Aircel Chennai Open Tournament, said, “We believe in getting better with each edition of the tournament. All of the Centre Court matches will be broadcast for our viewers to enjoy the action of the new season’s opening tournament. We want to provide a special experience for Aircel Chennai Open fans worldwide and our association with Sony Pictures Networks India is another step in that direction." 

Rajesh Kaul, President, Distribution and Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks, said, “The Aircel Chennai Open is yet another significant addition to the SPN’s line-up of live tennis properties that validates our network as the premier destination for tennis fans. We are pleased to showcase India’s only international live tennis tournament which is part of the prestigious ATP World Tour 250 series of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour. Our viewers will get to watch some of the finest Indian and International players in men's professional tennis during primetime on our on-air and digital platforms.” 

Aircel Chennai Open will be telecast 5pm onwards from January 2 to 8, 2017 on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD and can also be streamed live on SonyLIV app and website.

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