BBC & Queen’s Club Continue Association In New Deal
By iSportconnect | April 11, 2012
A new five year deal has been agreed between The BBC and the Queen’s Club, which will see the traditional Wimbledon warm-up tournament broadcast on the station for the next five years, while world number four Andy Murray has also committed to the competition until 2016.
The new contract guarantees at least 20 hours of live terrestrial television coverage every year.
The BBC began screening the prestigious grass-court event in 1979.
Murray told the BBC: ‘Ever since I got my first ATP World Tour match win at the tournament seven years ago, I have always loved playing at The Queen’s Club.’
‘I’ve won the tournament twice, and I’m looking forward to trying to win it many more times in the years to come.’
Tournament director Chris Kermode added: ‘For Andy to commit to the Aegon Championship for the next five years on the same day as we announce the extension of our host broadcaster agreement with the BBC for the same duration is fantastic news for the tournament.’
‘Andy is hugely popular with our spectators and I know they will be as delighted as we are to welcome him back to the Queen’s Club until at least 2016.’
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who Murray beat in last year’s final, 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro and four-time champion Andy Roddick, have also signed up to play in this year’s event.