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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Hewitt signs as Nine unveils 2019 line-up


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Lleyton Hewitt is the latest massive name in tennis to sign with Nine for January's Australian Open coverage, joining a bumper line-up headlined by John McEnroe and Jim Courier.

Wide World of Sports can confirm Australia's Davis Cup captain will be part of the commentary team for what is set to be a blockbuster climax to a huge month of tennis on Nine.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," Hewitt told Wide World of Sports.

"I've done a lot with Jim (Courier) over the last five or six years, so we know each other extremely well, I think we work together really well in the commentary box as well.

"Johnny Mac, he's a bit of a different personality so you're never 100 per cent sure what you're going to get out of him but it's going to be very entertaining, that's for sure and it's nice that Nine's got the rights now to go in there and hopefully start with a massive Australian Open in 2019." 

Hewitt's signing was announced at today's Nine upfront event, with Director of Sport Tom Malone trumpeting a massive 2019 in sport for the network.

"It has been a massive year for sports broadcasting in Australia, driven by Nine’s decision to go after the tennis," Malone said.

"That change was driven by our strategic positioning of Nine in the new media landscape and we knew we had to be the home of the biggest sport and the best sport – exclusively broadcast by Wide World of Sports.

"Make no mistake, Nine was the protagonist in the biggest shake-up of sports rights in 40 years, and key to that was acquiring all rights across all platforms to service an audience that wants to watch things anytime and anywhere."

Rugby league will continue to be a huge part of Wide World of Sports' coverage through 2019 and beyond, with newly retired champions Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater and Sam Thaiday joining an all-star commentary team led by the voice of rugby league, Ray Warren.

'Rabs' returns alongside greats of the game Phil Gould, Wally Lewis, Peter Sterling, Paul Vautin, Andrew Johns, Darren Lockyer, Brad Fittler, Ruan Sims, and Allana Ferguson.

The jewel in the crown of Wide World of Sports' rugby league offering is its exclusive coverage of the State of Origin series, with almost 10 million viewers tuning in for the three games this year.

Next year the greatest rivalry in Australian sport visits the west coast for the first time when the Blues and Maroons do battle at Perth’s cutting-edge new Optus Stadium, in addition to their clashes in Sydney and Brisbane.

Nine is also home to the biggest cricket matches in 2019, bringing viewers The Ashes series from England, exclusively live during Australian prime time. All eyes will be on 25 nights of prime-time cricket, with former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner eligible for test match selection once more in one of international sport’s longest running and fiercest rivalries.

Before The Ashes, Australia will campaign in the 2019 Cricket World Cup where the top ten nations face off in One-Day Internationals to crown the winner of the biggest prize in cricket.

Golf returns to Nine next month, with the World Cup of Golf live from Melbourne. Following this, in April, The Masters at Augusta showcases the best golfers in the world, including Tiger Woods and Australian stars Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.

Suncorp Super Netball, the best netball competition in the world
, returns to Nine in 2019 following its most successful season to date. Australian netball Hall of Famer, Liz Ellis, spearheads Nine’s coverage of two live games per week, with all games available on 9Now.

The closely contested Constellation Cup between Australia and New Zealand will also return in October 2019.

Nine recently launched a partnership with the National Basketball League
, which puts two top games per week live on Nine, as well as having every game of the 2018-19 season available for streaming either live or on-demand on 9Now.

This season sees NBA superstar Andrew Bogut join the Sydney Kings as the highest profile signing in the League’s history, and record crowds are expected for the 41st season of what is one of the premier basketball competitions in the world.

Nine’s unmatched sports coverage features Australia’s leading sporting analysts and commentary teams, from the legendary Ray Warren and Bill Lawry to the opinions of Phil Gould and Mark Taylor, and the strategic minds of Liz Ellis and Andrew Johns, all delivering unprecedented access and insight into the sports we love.

Fans can enjoy all the action by joining more than three million followers across the Wide World of Sports social media channels, or on 9Now – anytime, anywhere.

 

Lleyton Hewitt is the latest massive name in tennis to sign with Nine for January's Australian Open coverage, joining a bumper line-up headlined by John McEnroe and Jim Courier.

Wide World of Sports can confirm Australia's Davis Cup captain will be part of the commentary team for what is set to be a blockbuster climax to a huge month of tennis on Nine.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," Hewitt told Wide World of Sports.

"I've done a lot with Jim (Courier) over the last five or six years, so we know each other extremely well, I think we work together really well in the commentary box as well.

"Johnny Mac, he's a bit of a different personality so you're never 100 per cent sure what you're going to get out of him but it's going to be very entertaining, that's for sure and it's nice that Nine's got the rights now to go in there and hopefully start with a massive Australian Open in 2019." 

Hewitt's signing was announced at today's Nine upfront event, with Director of Sport Tom Malone trumpeting a massive 2019 in sport for the network.

"It has been a massive year for sports broadcasting in Australia, driven by Nine’s decision to go after the tennis," Malone said.

"That change was driven by our strategic positioning of Nine in the new media landscape and we knew we had to be the home of the biggest sport and the best sport – exclusively broadcast by Wide World of Sports.

"Make no mistake, Nine was the protagonist in the biggest shake-up of sports rights in 40 years, and key to that was acquiring all rights across all platforms to service an audience that wants to watch things anytime and anywhere."

Rugby league will continue to be a huge part of Wide World of Sports' coverage through 2019 and beyond, with newly retired champions Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater and Sam Thaiday joining an all-star commentary team led by the voice of rugby league, Ray Warren.

'Rabs' returns alongside greats of the game Phil Gould, Wally Lewis, Peter Sterling, Paul Vautin, Andrew Johns, Darren Lockyer, Brad Fittler, Ruan Sims, and Allana Ferguson.

The jewel in the crown of Wide World of Sports' rugby league offering is its exclusive coverage of the State of Origin series, with almost 10 million viewers tuning in for the three games this year.

Next year the greatest rivalry in Australian sport visits the west coast for the first time when the Blues and Maroons do battle at Perth’s cutting-edge new Optus Stadium, in addition to their clashes in Sydney and Brisbane.

Nine is also home to the biggest cricket matches in 2019, bringing viewers The Ashes series from England, exclusively live during Australian prime time. All eyes will be on 25 nights of prime-time cricket, with former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner eligible for test match selection once more in one of international sport’s longest running and fiercest rivalries.

Before The Ashes, Australia will campaign in the 2019 Cricket World Cup where the top ten nations face off in One-Day Internationals to crown the winner of the biggest prize in cricket.

Golf returns to Nine next month, with the World Cup of Golf live from Melbourne. Following this, in April, The Masters at Augusta showcases the best golfers in the world, including Tiger Woods and Australian stars Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.

Suncorp Super Netball, the best netball competition in the world
, returns to Nine in 2019 following its most successful season to date. Australian netball Hall of Famer, Liz Ellis, spearheads Nine’s coverage of two live games per week, with all games available on 9Now.

The closely contested Constellation Cup between Australia and New Zealand will also return in October 2019.

Nine recently launched a partnership with the National Basketball League
, which puts two top games per week live on Nine, as well as having every game of the 2018-19 season available for streaming either live or on-demand on 9Now.

This season sees NBA superstar Andrew Bogut join the Sydney Kings as the highest profile signing in the League’s history, and record crowds are expected for the 41st season of what is one of the premier basketball competitions in the world.

Nine’s unmatched sports coverage features Australia’s leading sporting analysts and commentary teams, from the legendary Ray Warren and Bill Lawry to the opinions of Phil Gould and Mark Taylor, and the strategic minds of Liz Ellis and Andrew Johns, all delivering unprecedented access and insight into the sports we love.

Fans can enjoy all the action by joining more than three million followers across the Wide World of Sports social media channels, or on 9Now – anytime, anywhere.

 

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