Wimbledon live across Australia

By David Knox on June 7, 2011 / Filed Under Programming 55

From Monday June 20, Seven will broadcast Wimbledon 2011, live throughout Australia on 7TWO.

During the first week the live broadcast kicks off at 9pm (AEST) on 7TWO (7pm WST), and from 10pm on 7TWO during the second week.

Coverage will then continue on Seven from 11pm local time each night.

It marks a significant change from the late night broadcasts that have been traditionally offered by Nine, and a point of difference from primetime Australian Open matches on Seven.

All singles and doubles finals, as well as the singles’ semi-finals, will be live on Seven, and on 7TWO in some states.

The broadcast will be hosted by Todd Woodbridge with expert commentary from John Newcombe on the 40th anniversary of his third and final singles’ victory at the All England Club. The team also includes Rennae Stubbs and Sam Smith.

In addition, Seven will be taking commentary from a clutch of the biggest names in tennis via the host broadcaster BBC, among them John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lindsay Davenport and Tim Henman.

Wimbledon 2011 marks the first time the Seven Network has broadcast this iconic British event. But as host broadcaster of The Australian Open for almost 40 years the network brings a wealth of experience and expertise in covering the game of tennis.

Viewers will enjoy the best two matches of each day’s play, exclusively live, while remaining plugged into all the action and colour around the grounds.

Seven’s Head of Sport, Saul Shtein, commented:

“This is an historic moment for Seven.

“As the home of The Australian Open, the AFL, V8 Supercars and the Melbourne Cup we have long been the premier sports broadcaster in Australian television. And now we can welcome Wimbledon to the mix, the Holy Grail of tennis.

“Having secured the first selection of the best two matches each day, viewers on Seven will enjoy the pick of the tennis crop. And best of all we can guarantee it will be live on either 7TWO or Channel 7 and it won’t cost them a cent.”

Host Todd Woodbridge said: “I can’t wait to give the viewers at home an intricate perspective of the Championships.

“Our commentary team has so much experience and success at the Championships; that inner knowledge of the pressures, traditions and expertise of playing on grass will make great viewing.”

In the lead-up to the tournament Channel 7 will also be airing:

• The Spirit of Wimbledon (11am Sunday June 5, 12, 19, 26 on 7TWO) – a four-part series that tells the compelling story of the oldest tournament in tennis. In 2011 Wimbledon celebrates its 125th anniversary and to commemorate the landmark occasion, this documentary series will look back at the history of the Championships.

• The Wimbledon Film (10am, Sunday June 19 on 7TWO) – a documentary on the definitive story of the 124th Championships in 2010.

• A 2011 Wimbledon Preview (11.30am Sunday June 19 on 7TWO) outlining the form of this year’s players.

55 Comments »

  1. muckyleduck June 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm -

    We got great live HD coverage on Foxsports until the 29th June but thats it, nothing now, its only on crappy 7 which we can not get in our rural area. Wake up… is anybody there … not everybody in this country gets channel 7. Us poor snots in the sticks have to pay for tv if we want to watch anything, yet we are at the whim of political squabbling over who gets to show what.

    What the hell is wrong with it being played on both pay and free to air at the same time (in full)

    These halfwits who run the show are about as good as school kids fighting over a bag of lollies.

  2. Greg June 20, 2011 at 4:19 am -

    It’s an improvment, however it’s really not that great. We’ll still be told by the network which match we should see. Watching the seeds around the clock is not what I want … I want to choose the match I’m going to watch. Until we get a proper service like espn360 in this country, I’ll keep subscribing to “Wimbledon Live”. It’s great! Last year, I could chose from up to 6 courts from memory – and I’d occasionaly have two matches screening at once – one on the big TV, and one on the PC.

    From the FAQ on Wimbledon.com:

    “How do I watch live video from Wimbledon online?

    Wimbledon.com will be offering live online streaming of matches from The Championships through Wimbledon Live. In addition, selected broadcast partners are offering live coverage in their respective territories.”

  3. NadalFan June 13, 2011 at 2:30 am -

    I love Wimbledon.I can not wait to start.my favorite is Nadal.

  4. Paul June 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm -

    @ Mick FOX still have their own coverage and it’s on for 24 hours a day on FS3. Seems as if Alicia Molik will be part of their team judging by the adverts they’re showing.

  5. Mick June 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm -

    I am in regional WA & get tv via satellite.

    i get GWN but no 7TWO so no Wimbledon for me until 11pm it seems.

    If only Mr Conroy would give it back to Fox Sports who had great French Open coverage

  6. pete June 10, 2011 at 3:34 am -

    Thank you Seven. I love my Tennis, and always looked forward to 9′s Wimbledon fortnight. I thought 9 did a great job with Wimbledon, until I discovered some of their “Live” matches were not so Live. On a sidenote, watching the French Open on FOX I thought the host broadcasters feed was shocking- too many sweeping camera shots and missing the players serves many times or showing a silly angle of it. Sevens actual camerwork and coverage of the Australian Open is world class, as is the BBC’s.

  7. Rob June 10, 2011 at 12:14 am -

    Nice one 7,
    would prefer in HD and can you get Lleyton Hewitt to commentate, when he has time of course, he was excellent on the mike at the aus open. now just the French and the US to go and you will have all the stations on the Monopoly board

  8. Des, Winmalee June 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm -

    How about naking it compulsory that Loud grunts , screams etc. (eg. what one gets from Sharipova) be made illegal and the player making the horrible noises is banned.

  9. Big V June 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm -

    Very happy like most of us and fingers cross that the Australian Open will be live like Wimbledon in January.

  10. Joe June 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm -

    @BJC: There is -100% it will be in 3D. Remember we are only just getting it live on FTA as of this year! We are so far behind other countries it’s just not funny

  11. Dave WA June 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm -

    Very happy….glad that Seven are finally listening to viewers and realising that sport should be Live everywhere!

  12. Kian June 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm -

    @LF: Yes, please do it for French Open and US Open too! Tennis is well loved in Australia and it will be awesome if we can have all 4 GS in FTA!

  13. BJC June 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm -

    The BBC is to show the finals in 3D. What’s the chance of getting it here?

    reghardware.com/2011/06/08/bbc_wimbledon_3d/

  14. LF June 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm -

    Channel 7, you are the Best!!!

    Now, if you could also do the same for US Open, we will be eternally grateful !!!

  15. Ben June 8, 2011 at 11:50 am -

    Not a fan of tennis and less of a fan of the aussie commercial networks but well done Seven

  16. Clint June 8, 2011 at 5:02 am -

    @ thesportsfreak: I believe GWN / Prime will be transmitting 7Two for regional WA soon. They’re putting the infrastructure in now, including employing more staff to manage it.

  17. David Knox June 8, 2011 at 3:20 am -

    Dylan: it’s been a good innings for Seven but technically that statement isn’t true.

  18. David Knox June 8, 2011 at 12:27 am -

    Seven has exclusivity on singles and doubles finals, as well as the singles’ semi-finals. No advice on switching between matches. I doubt it.

  19. Dylan Milton June 8, 2011 at 12:02 am -

    Fantastic job by Seven. i have heard a rumor they are going for rights to the U.S Open. and are reading there bid for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics. Seven are treating Viewers with respect. This year alone Seven has Not axed one program on its main channel and this is paying off as it is getting a huge market share. Nine needs to get its act together and sort out its schedule. if there 2012 Olympic coverage is anything like 2010 we i wont be watching and will get foxtel.

  20. Shane June 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm -

    @col. I’ve heard that Nine will not be doing that mainly because there will be no delays of coverage on the Nine Network.

  21. Farhan June 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm -

    Just wanted to confirm 2 things? and i need reliable sources..the previous contract for Wimbledon was 9/fox, will this new contract be shared between 7 and fox sports or will the only coverage we get be exclusively with 7…Secondly, will 7 broadcast 2 different matches across 7 and 7two or just one match similcast between the 2 channels in order to cover the black hole in the timezones , i suspect the latter as the former would be too good to be true? ultimately, i want to know how many different matches can we flick between at once?

  22. Robbie Anne June 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm -

    Thank you so much Channel 7 Network for your upcoming broadcast of Wimbledon. Here at “Alsamoor Woods”, the gang just can’t wait.

  23. Paul June 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm -

    Still no digital channels (except channel 11) in regional SA either and won’t be for some time. Oh well, still have good ol FOX Sports and a 24 hour coverage on FOX Sports 3 so long live subscription television.

  24. David Knox June 7, 2011 at 9:51 pm -

    I feel I have answered this question… both in the story and the comment below.

  25. Big V June 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm -

    Will the second week in Perth start at 8pm on 7TWO then switch over to 11pm on Seven?

  26. David Knox June 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm -

    Paul the WST time was a sample. It’s live across Oz on 7TWO.

  27. Paul June 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm -

    Second week doesnt appear to be live for Perth then going back to 7 proper at 11pm?

  28. Leon June 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm -

    If Ch7 can broadcast sport across their digital channel, why can’t Ch9? cause their tight asses thats why!

  29. Travis June 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm -

    This will be a blurry mess on 7TWO, great!

  30. catherine June 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm -

    Thankyou 7. Whats the bet with nines luck lately that 7 get higher ratings than 9 did when they showed wimbledon.

    I loved when Wimbledon comes around and staying up to watch it.

    Im just thankful 7 took it up.

  31. Pete June 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm -

    brilliant, finally those of us in Perth are going to be treated equally!

    A rare good move by Seven, hopefully they do the same for the footy soon by showing matches live on digital channels.

  32. Guy June 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm -

    @JB

    Don’t you read! Its Live accross Australia. Regarldess of the timezone you get it when it starts.

    Good thing here is that Seven have taken the initiative to put it on its multi-channels.

    Lets hope the Australian Open does the same come January. IMO this should be on 7mate but i am not complaining. Its amazing how all of a sudden people are saying Seven is a lot better than Nine when it comes to sport. I have been trying to tell people that for years. Nine treat their viewers with no respect.

  33. Bill June 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm -

    All in glorious SD, welcome to 1976

  34. James June 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm -

    Wimbledon is a perfect fit for 7two, just about nearly everything on that channel is from Britain so they’ve certainly picked the right channel as opposed to 7Mate. Personally I don’t mind if they stop shows like repeats of The Bill, Pie in the Sky, Frost, etc. to make way for the tennis.

  35. Armchair Analyst June 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm -

    This is good news. I can wait considering how the event has been treated by the Nine Network. Although i was thinking that it would be broadcast on 7Mate. I think its on 7two because of 7two trying to be BBC light. Still its great to get Live Wimbledon in SA.

  36. col June 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm -

    This sets an interesting precedent for the 2012 Olympics on channel 9.The question is will they utilise there 2 digital channels GEM and GO and show more than just the sports that Australians are in.Will it be Live.These are questions that id like to know the answer to.But cudos to 7 for at least putting the tennis on.Thats good enough for me be it HD or SD.

  37. Bella June 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm -

    A little bit sad as I like my 7two lifestyle line up shows. But its only for 2 weeks or so, will try and hang in there.

    Though it is good to see a major sport live across Australia. You get a bit fed up in Perth having to have a delayed sport that’s shown live in the Eastern States.

  38. con d June 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm -

    Finally one of the other networks uses their secondary digital channels to cover live sports. I hope they all take onehd’s lead

  39. James June 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm -

    @JB – coverage begins at 2030 in Ade. Perth gets 1900.
    Live all markets.

    your doubt is misplaced.

  40. Jason S June 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm -

    Would have loved it on 7Mate, but im happy to sacrifice HD for Live… Really shouldn’t have to anymore though…

  41. Secret Squïrrel June 7, 2011 at 11:55 am -

    A major sporting event shown live on commercial FTA? Appropriate use of a digital multichannel? It’s like I’m living in the future! Shame they didn’t do this for the French Open but it doesn’t have the caché (or the audience) of Wimbledon.

  42. Michael June 7, 2011 at 11:45 am -

    So they treat the Wimbledon coverage better than the Australian Open? It’s great the whole of Australia will get to see Wimbledon live, but would be great if they did the same for the Australian Open where night sessions are delayed for QLD / SA / WA. Hopefully this is an indication of how they’ll televise the Oz Open next year, starting live on 7TWO then moving to Seven at 7pm local time. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

  43. Craig June 7, 2011 at 11:42 am -

    Great that Wimbledon is finally shown live on the multi-channel. Well done Ch. 7 – although would have been even better on 7mate in HD.
    I just wonder if our friends in SA and WA will get to watch this live or delayed?

  44. par3182 June 7, 2011 at 11:23 am -

    Excellent work, Seven; now if you can just stop Newk talking non-stop about Lleyton Hewitt in other people’s matches….

  45. Dan June 7, 2011 at 11:22 am -

    Atleast the people who are intrested in it will get to see it at a decent time and hopefully it will take viewers away from nine because quite frankly nine dosent deserve any viewers because of the way that they treat them and i agree it should have been on 7mate

  46. deedeedragons June 7, 2011 at 11:02 am -

    No Johanna Griggs? Happy happy joy joy.

  47. Vas June 7, 2011 at 10:52 am -

    So no Tennis in HD on 7MATE!!!!!

  48. Kian June 7, 2011 at 10:27 am -

    Looking good. Hope Seven won’t disappoint.

  49. Big V June 7, 2011 at 10:14 am -

    The best news story of the year and can’t wait for 7pm live Coverage. Waiting until 11.30pm is now a thing of the past!!!!! Well done Seven.

  50. JB June 7, 2011 at 10:07 am -

    This is great from Seven. But i still doubt we’ll get it live in Adelaide…

  51. sam June 7, 2011 at 9:40 am -

    this is brilliant – well done 7..cant wait – after 9 butchered tennis for years this will be a treat ..and taking some commentary from BBC etc is a masterstoke…and hoarray..no Woodforde !!!!!! excellent…all 7 need to do now is take the finals of the french

  52. Davo from Sydney June 7, 2011 at 9:24 am -

    Good stuff from Ch 7, treating the public to watch tennis when it happens.

    Ch 9 treated us like idiots, showing delayed matches but stating that it was “live”. Just say its a delayed telecast, Fred! Fred Stolle is the modern day Allan MacGilvary in perpetuating hoodwinks.

  53. Richard W June 7, 2011 at 8:34 am -

    Well done Seven. Finally the multi-channel legislation is put to good use.

  54. Dave June 7, 2011 at 8:15 am -

    this wouldve been perfect to put on 7mate. its high def and is supposed to be the blokes channel. blokes like sport, tennis is sport. why is it going on 7two? i think we can do without seeing mrs slocombes pussy for 2 weeks.

  55. thesportsfreak June 7, 2011 at 7:07 am -

    A lot of Regional WA still yet to get 7TWO (and all the other digital commercial channels). So what do we get instead?

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