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ESPN seals ATP World Tour rights extension

ESPN has agreed a “long-term” rights deal with the ATP World Tour that will allow the US pay-television broadcaster to show more hours of live coverage from the top professional men’s tennis tour.

Under the new deal, ESPN3, the broadcaster’s online streaming platform, will show up to 1,200 hours of live action from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 500 tournaments, as well as the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

For the first time, ESPN3 will also show both the men’s and women’s championships at the Miami Masters event, one of the top-tier Masters 1000 tournaments on the calendar. More than 44 hours of live action from the competition will be shown.

ESPN said that there would be enhanced coverage of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event in California and the World Tour Finals, which currently take place in London.

The length of the deal was not disclosed.