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Renewals in Australia, Brazil for Wimbledon

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) has awarded rights in Australia and Brazil for the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, England.

The renewals with pay-television broadcasters Globosat and ESPN in Brazil and commercial broadcaster Seven and pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports in Australia were confirmed in a short statement on Wimbledon’s official website.

The extensions will run for at least the 2015 edition of the grand slam tournament.

In other news, AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis ruled out switching domestic broadcast coverage of the championships from free-to-air to pay-television platforms “in the foreseeable future.” UK public-service the BBC has been a long-term rights-holder for the event.

He added: “There was a lot of speculation. It was pretty wild speculation. The fact is that it’s our decision. There’s absolutely no intention to go down that route whatsoever. We have a very, very strong relationship with the BBC and we feel it works very well, and we see absolutely no reason to change that. Never say never, but not in the foreseeable future.”