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Domestic ratings flat year-on-year for Australian Open; focus switches to international rights

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26: Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts in her Women's Singles Final match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

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