The 2024 season and Australian Open 2024 is just days away, and TV rights have undergone partial changes for the WTA Tour. Additionally, the four Grand Slam events will be broadcast on three different channels, potentially posing a challenge for fans to follow the tournaments throughout the year.
The new year will feature exciting protagonists. Rafael Nadal will make a comeback to the Australian Open 2024 after a year away, showcasing what could be his final performance as a professional. Rivalries between Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, and Jannik Sinner are expected to be among the most captivating of the year. It will also be interesting to see if young talents like Holger Rune and Ben Shelton are ready to take a step forward on the Tour.
On the women's side, Aryna Sabalenka has already proven she can challenge Iga Swiatek for the world No. 1 spot. Players like Coco Gauff, Elena Rybakina, and Jessica Pegula will aim to enter the fray for Grand Slam titles and threaten Swiatek's reign.
2024 Tennis Season: Exciting Player Comebacks
The WTA will also witness several comebacks, with perhaps the most anticipated being the return of four-times Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, who is back after 14 months due to pregnancy, aiming to regain her top form and compete in all Grand Slam events. She is not the only former world No. 1 making a comeback; Angelique Kerber, absent for over a year due to pregnancy and the birth of her first child, is also set to return. Emma Raducanu will make a comeback after recovering from a lengthy injury.
On the ATP side, Nadal has stolen the spotlight, but other notable comebacks include the American Reilly Opelka and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, both seeking to return to the upper echelons of the rankings.
ATP and WTA Tour Stream
ATP Tour broadcasts will be straightforward, with two main options. The SkySport Tennis television package will cover ATP 250, ATP 500, and Masters 1000 events on TV, along with a streaming service for viewers to choose their desired matches. Tennis TV also provides a streaming service. ATP Challenger events can be followed for free on the ATP Tour website.
Similar to Tennis TV, the WTA has its own app ("WTA TV") where all tour matches can be viewed. Additionally, the Sky Sports package includes women's matches, allowing viewers to watch both tours.
TV Australian Open (14-28 January, 2024): As in previous years, Eurosport will broadcast matches for free on Eurosport 1 in Free TV, although match selection is only available on Discovery+.
TV French Open (20 May - 9 June, 2024) : Matches can also be watched on Eurosport and Discovery+.
TV Wimbledon (1 July - 14 July 2024): After 16 years, the tournament will no longer be broadcast on Sky, and rights have moved to Amazon Prime Video until 2027. In the UK, it remains on BBC.
TV US Open (26 August - 8 September, 2024) : Sportdeutschland.TV is the new rights holder, replacing Eurosport in Germany. If you have a SmartTV, you can download the Sportdeutschland.TV app, stream it to your television, and choose which match to watch. In the UK it is Sky Sports. In the US, it is Tennis Channel and ESPN.