January 09 2019

McEnroe completes stellar cast of experts for Eurosport’s tennis coverage in 2019

January 09 2019

• US tennis legend signs new deal to appear on Eurosport screens at every Grand Slam this year
• McEnroe part of an Eurosport all-star cast at the Australian Open including Wilander, Corretja, Schett, Mouratoglou, Bartoli and Becker
• Eurosport to screen 300 hours of live tennis from first Grand Slam of the year on Eurosport and the Eurosport Player

Tennis icon John McEnroe will analyse the best of the action from EVERY Grand Slam on Eurosport for the first time in 2019.

McEnroe has been a regular face on Eurosport for the past four years, providing his unique insights from Melbourne, Paris and New York, and this year he will also be part of the Eurosport team at The Championships, Wimbledon, for the very first time.

McEnroe’s new agreement starts at the Australian Open where Eurosport will screen 300 hours of action with every minute live and exclusive from 16 courts at Melbourne Park. A re-vamped Game, Schett and Mats – starring seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander and Barbara Schett – f rom a brand new mixed-reality studio.

McEnroe, in his alter-ego as the Commissioner of Tennis, will return to Eurosport’s flagship show as he takes an offbeat look at the storylines making the headlines from the world of tennis.

John McEnroe said: "I am really looking forward to working for Eurosport again this year. There are so many unanswered storylines for 2019. Can the great Roger Federer continue his amazing run? Will we see Alex Zverev and the Next Gen stars step up this year? Will Novak Djokovic dominate once again? Does Rafael Nadal have a 12th French Open title in him? Will the incomparable Serena Williams claim an astonishing 24th Slam?

"2019 is shaping up to be another great year, so I am really looking forward to being a part of bringing the very best of tennis to millions of tennis fans across Europe. Eurosport is a great place to work and I am proud to continue my relationship with them."

During the Australian Open, McEnroe will be joined by fellow legends Boris Becker and Mats Wilander for a series of exclusive Tennis Legends vodcasts from Melbourne where the duo will give tennis fans in Europe their latest thoughts and reflections from the tournament.

In addition to the coverage from the main draw, Eurosport will show a record 13 courts from the Australian Open qualifying tournament on Eurosport and Eurosport Player. Eurosport will also build up to the first Grand Slam of the year by screening live action of the Brisbane International and Sydney International.

Emir Osmanbegovic, Eurosport SVP Sports Content & Production, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have John McEnroe in our tennis ‘Dream Team’ and incredibly excited to be bringing his expertise and strong opinions to Eurosport audience at every Grand Slam in 2019.

“Our coverage of Australian Open is massive with all the action on Eurosport Player and lots of exclusive content on our digital platforms. We’ll also unveil a new-look studio that allow our experts more flexibility to analyse the key moments to engage more tennis fans in Europe than ever before.”

The Australian Open has traditionally been one of the most popular events with fans on the Eurosport sporting calendar. A staggering 20.7million viewers tuned in to watch the 2017 Australian Open classic between Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal while the performances of Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki in 2018 saw average audience numbers rocket in Romania (+70%) and Denmark (+64%) compared with the year previous.

Eurosport tennis diary, January 2019
29 December 2018 – 5 January 2019, Hopman Cup
30 December 2018 – 6 January 2019, Brisbane International
6-12 January 2019, Sydney International
8-11 January 2019, 2019 Australian Open Qualifying Tournament
14-29 January 2019, 2019 Australian Open