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ESPN Acquires ATP 500 Pay TV Rights For Latin America

ESPN is no longer the Grand Slam network, but it is a major ATP player.

ESPN, ATP and ATP Media have reached a multi-year agreement for broadcast rights throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean to all 13 ATP World Tour 500 events representing "hundreds of hours" of coverage, the network announced.

Watch: Federer To Play Rotterdam

Under the terms of the new agreement, ESPN’s rights include full exclusivity for pay TV and co-exclusive digital rights alongside the ATP’s online streaming service in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The new deal begins with a bang with the first ATP World Tour 500 event of the 2018 season: next week's ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Roger Federer accepted a wild card into Rotterdam and if he he reaches the semifinals he will surpass Rafael Nadal and regain the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in more than five years and become the oldest world No. 1 in ATP history.  

ESPN Play, ESPN’s live streaming and VOD platform in Latin America and the Caribbean, will serve as the main destination for all the ATP World Tour 500 events with the final of each event being aired across ESPN’s linear networks and on ESPN Play.

Photo credit: ESPN