How to watch ATP tennis in the UK in 2019

Live Tennis Staff in ATP 6 Mar 2019
  • What are the options for watching ATP Tour tennis in the UK now that it's no longer on Sky Sports?
  • To watch tennis in 2019 means using a streaming service but which is the best one?
  • We take a look at the best options including Amazon Prime, TennisTV and bet365
Roger Federer in action at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

How to watch ATP Tour tennis in the UK in 2019.


What are the best options for watching men's tennis in the UK from 2019 onwards?

Sky Sports, which for a long time was the home of ATP Tour tennis in the UK, no longer has the rights to broadcast ATP Tour events, which has left some tennis fans confused about the best way to watch men's tennis in 2019. 

Let's be clear - this is about the regular ATP Tour, not the four Grand Slams. Three out of the four Grand Slams can still be viewed on UK TV. The Australian Open is broadcast on Eurosport and Eurosport 2, with multi-channel coverage, replayed matches and highlights available via the Eurosport Player. ITV hold the rights for the French Open in the UK, with Roland Garros normally broadcast on ITV4 along with the ITV Hub. And Wimbledon continues to be one of the BBC's flagship sporting events, with multi-channel coverage on BBC1 and BBC2 complimented with other courts available via the red button, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

The exception is the US Open, which used to make its home on Sky Sports, but is now broadcast via Amazon Prime Video in the UK. Amazon signed a $40 million deal to secure the rights to the US Open for five years, which is an important factor to bear in mind when comparing Amazon Prime's tennis coverage to that of other providers.

But leaving aside the US Open for a moment, that still leaves 11 months of the men's tennis season, including nine Masters 1000 Series events, iconic 500-level tournaments like Queen's Club and the Swiss Indoors and a host of 250 tournaments, unable to watch on UK TV.

The good news is that there are several options for streaming ATP Tour tennis, whether you want to stream it to your TV, computer, tablet or mobile.

First, there is TennisTV, which is the official streaming service for the ATP Tour. 

As you would expect, TennisTV stream a huge amount of ATP Tour tennis, amounting to up to 2,000 matches annually. TennisTV have the rights to broadcast all ATP Tour events - you can find their full coverage schedule for 2019 here

In addition to live tennis, TennisTV also host full replays and highlights of recent matches and much more. Their 'Rivalries' section is an excellent recent addition, with a selection of key matches from each of the sport's biggest rivalries - the current list is Federer vs Nadal/Djokovic/Murray, Nadal vs Djokovic/Murray, Djokovic vs Murray and Agassi vs Sampras - available to subscribers and their 'Classics' category offer full replays of selected matches dating back to 1990. No other service can offer anything like this archive.

In order to access TennisTV content, you need a subscription, but once you do buy one, you have access to everything. Subscriptions can be either monthly or on a 12-month basis and are auto-renewed unless cancelled. A monthly subscription is £9.99 and a 12-month subscription is £89.99.

Once you have a subscription, you can stream to your computer (PC or Mac), mobile (iPhone or Android) or tablet (iPad, Android tablet, or Amazon Fire). If you want to watch it actually on your TV, there are several devices and apps which support TennisTV streaming including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, XBox One and PS4 - you can find the whole list and more information here.

The problem is that you can subscribe to TennisTV and then find yourself having to subscribe to another service if you want to watch the US Open (and why wouldn't you?).

This is where Amazon Prime Video comes in.

Amazon Prime are showing 39 tennis events in 2019. This might not sound like a lot, but when you look at their schedule, you will notice they have most of the main events which are likely to feature more than a handful of top players. All nine Masters 1000 Series events are on Amazon Prime in the UK, as well as the ATP Finals and Next Gen Finals; they also have all 12 500-level tournaments, including the Fever-Tree Championships (Queen's Club), Rotterdam, Dubai, Barcelona, Halle and Basel. Where 250-level events are concerned, the biggest omissions are probably January's events, the Brisbane International, Apia International Sydney, Qatar ExxonMobil Open and ASB Classic; as well as not having coverage of the BMW Open in Munich in April, Stuttgart n early June and Moscow and Stockholm in October.

An Amazon Prime subscription is £7.99 per month (after a 30-day free trial) and billed on an auto-renewing basis - but it also gives you access to various Amazon Prime benefits, including unlimited one-day delivery on many items, Prime Original TV series on Prime Video and more. So it's both slightly cheaper than TennisTV, and offers you a range of benefits outside watching tennis as well as letting you watch the US Open - but doesn't have the same completeness of coverage, nor is the quality of coverage necessarily going to be as good (they are new to the tennis game, after all). Like TennisTV, once you have a subscription you can access it via computer, tablet or mobile, and on TV via smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, blu-ray players, set-top boxes like TiVo and games consoles - you can find the full list here

If you want to be able to watch ATP Tour tennis in the UK without subscribing to a service, your best option is to try one of the bookmaker sites which have the rights to broadcast tennis. 

Almost all of the major bookmakers stream some tennis matches, but there are two who offer far and away the most matches, and that's bet365 and Unibet.

Bet365 and Unibet are both licensed to stream not just ATP and WTA matches, but Grand Slams, Challengers, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Hopman Cup, Laver Cup and the ITF Tour. You are watching safe, licensed and legal streams, and opening an account with either bookmaker offers you by far the biggest range of tennis matches and tournaments to watch and bet on. 

There is no subscription required either. Both bet365 and Unibet allow any customer with a funded account to stream unlimited matches (you can also stream matches if you have placed a bet in the past 24 hours). In practice this means that you can watch and bet on hundreds of thousands of tennis matches after opening an account and depositing, say, £5. 

This method of streaming tennis matches is obviously cheaper than other services because it involves no subscription, and unlike those services, almost any tennis match will be available to you to watch - no need to have separate subscriptions for the ATP, the WTA, Grand Slams etc (although occasional matches may be geo-blocked - this rarely happens for viewers in the UK though).

The drawback is that the screen is small. Even when one increases the magnification on one's browser, it's impossible to make the stream full screen, or bigger than just under half your computer or even mobile screen. This makes it easier to flick between streams than it is on any other surface, but it's still a significant drawback.

Moreover, unlike subscription services like TennisTV or Amazon Prime, you have no access to replays of matches, highlights or other similar content. You will also sometimes find that matches are streamed without commentary, or that you don't have access to particular graphics or post-match interviews and reaction. It's a no-frills service which is inexpensive and reliable but is designed for people who want to watch and bet on tennis matches, especially live in-play, rather than simply watch. 

It's also not easy to get a bet365 or Unibet stream on to your TV - you need to access it via a browser through something like a games console, or connect your computer to your TV with an HDMI cable and stream from there. Again, though, you do not have to worry about needing multiple services to watch different tournaments, and it's a cost-effective option.

These are the main options available to you as a UK-based viewer wanting to watch ATP tennis in 2019 - now it's up tp you to decide which one works best for you.


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