Sportradar, the global sports content and information provider, has announced collaborations with PlaySight Interactive and the Base Tennis Academy to launch the Tennis Point exhibition series, a three-date series of events which began Friday, 1 May in Germany.
The four-day event, featuring eight top men’s players from the ATP ranks, is to be broadcast live through the new Over-the-Top (Over-the-Top) Tennis Channel. Tennis Channel International is available as a paid-for app to tennis fans in Austria, Germany and Switzerland using Sportradar’s market-leading OTT network, and was introduced this week with a one-month free trial. The service can also be found on the Tennis Channel website.
Organised and hosted by Base Tennis Academy at their Höhr-Grenzhausen sports complex, Sportradar provides a variety of live tennis content solutions directly from the game. This involves data processing, using data collection software that will be used by the umpires to score matches and forward data back to Sportradar.
Additional live material from the event provides an audio-visual presentation of the latest technologies. Working side by side with PlaySight Digital, live video content from Sportradar will feature live mixing and replays, animations, and German commentary.
Sportradar also offers integrity monitoring services for the event series, with the fixture this weekend being among the first competitions to take place between ATP ranked players since the coronavirus outbreak caused professional tennis to be suspended.
David Lampitt, Sport Partnerships managing director at Sportradar, said: “This is a significant moment as we move to bring back live tennis. The players have received compliance clearance from the ATP and TIU to participate in the events and we will be monitoring event progress, as well as providing remote production services to maximise safety on-site.
“We’re tapping into the full breadth of our technological capabilities to deliver safely and responsibly at this time for our partners.”
Playsight managing director Rodney Rapson said: “We have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Sportradar in other past endeavours, and are excited to lead the return of tennis with them – in a safe and responsible manner.”
Tennis Channel International senior vice president Andy Reif added: “Sportradar is an integral partner in the global rollout of Tennis Channel International and the platform’s ongoing performance for our customers.
“Once live tennis returns, we are especially excited to introduce MatchCast, our new play-by-play and statistics graphical interface powered by Sportradar that will allow tennis fans to follow live competition around the world in real time with dynamic graphics, advanced data and statistical information you can’t find anywhere else.”
Base Tennis Director Ruben Herrera added: “At Base Tennis, we asked ourselves a simple question: what can we do today that will help serve the tennis community’? We wanted to bring the joy of tennis back to peoples’ lives, and that is how the event came to be. It has grown well beyond our initial expectations thanks to the great partners and players that have joined in.”