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BBC serves up ATP Finals extension

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has extended its rights deal with the Association of Tennis Professionals for the ATP Finals, the annual climax to the men’s professional season.

The new two-year deal will cover the 2019 and 2020 editions of the ATP Finals, which are held at The O2 arena in London.

The contract is for exclusive free-to-air television rights for eight singles matches, including a semi-final and the final, and includes the right to stream these matches across the BBC’s online platforms.

In May, it was announced that the ATP Finals would remain in London until at least 2020 under a two-year contract extension, with Japanese materials manufacturer Nitto replacing financial services group Barclays as the event’s title sponsor.

This year’s edition of the tournament, first staged in London in 2009, takes place from November 12-19.