Australian Open and WOWOW set to expand coverage in Japan
WOWOW Inc President and CEO Akira Tanaka added: “It is a great pleasure for me to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the partnership with Tennis Australia and our broadcast of the Australian Open tennis tournament. , one of four Grand Slam tournaments, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Tennis Australia for this wonderful long term relationship.
“In the past, we have broadcast many historic OA moments that have created tremendous excitement among Japanese tennis fans.
“In 1994 Kimiko Date, who currently works with us as a WOWOW Tennis Ambassador, reached the women’s singles semi-finals, and in 2012 Kei Nishikori advanced to the quarter-finals as the first singles player. Japanese male in 80. Naomi Osaka’s incredible result is still a fresh memory, becoming the AO Grand Slam champion in 2019 and 2021.
“This year we launched a new service called WOWOW Tennis World starting from OG 2021 to provide more fun for fans, and we are delighted that the content and services have been well received, including live streaming. practice courts and press conferences.
“In 2022, the Australian Open will be the first Grand Slam of which we will be broadcasting all matches live via WOWOW On Demand and WOWOW Tennis World. We will continue to provide services to convey the fascination, excitement and emotion that players create, through our new initiatives and with the support of Tennis Australia, which should help raise the level of tennis culture in Japan. .