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Eurosport to be broadcast from 16 courts of the Australian Open

Eurosport opens a new tennis season and invites fans over to the first tournament of 2017 from the Grand Slam series — the Australian Open, which will be held for the 105th time. The battle will take place at Melbourne Park courts January 16 to 29. The Australian heat and the five-set format of the men's matches make Australian Open the most challenging Grand Slam tournament in terms of physical endurance. Matches will be held on 26 courts, and broadcasts from 16 will be available on the Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 channels and Eurosport Player streaming service.

Since 2016, Eurosport has held the rights to all four Grand Slam tournaments, which makes it a truly 'home' tennis channel. With the fans' support, the greatest tennisplayers will be fighting for the title of the World No. 1, with their battles commented on by the world's best experts. With few exceptions, the 2017 Australian Open will see all of the best tennis players of the world. Standing rivals Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will be the heaviest favorites of the men's matches, but they will be challenged by a number of competitors of title, such as Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, and others. In the women's tournament bracket, hopes are traditionally laid on Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep and Dominika Cibulkova.

The team of commentators will be no less stellar — Eurosport is the home of tennis, where fans are greeted by top professionals. The Australian Open matches will be commented on by Anna Chakvetadze,Vladas Tashev, Alex Metreveli, Anna Dmitrieva, Vera Zvonareva, Nikolai Saprin, Boris Borovsky, Alexander Kalivoda, Ilia Geets, Ekaterina Bychkova, Maksim Ianchevskii, VasilyUtkin and Elena Likhovtseva.

Throughout the tournament, Eurosport will be airing programs to help tennis fans delvedeeper into what is happening on the courts and feel like full participants of the events. The flagship shows Game, Set and Mats and Mats' Choice with Mats Wilander include previews, reviews and interviews by the channel's leading experts. The Trener (Coach) Project with Patrick Mouratoglou will offer expert technical and tactical analyses of the matches and tournaments by top tennis gurus.With his unique sense of humor, John McEnroe will tell viewers the full truth about the Australian Open in the program Glavny po Tennisy (The Main Thing About Tennis). Every morning Eurosport will air Wake Up Call, a five-minute newscast covering key events of the night and the agenda of the new matchday. Moreover, the website and social networks will publish high quality reviews of the matches, hot highlights from the Australian courts, Top5 best shots of the day, and all the brightest, most emotional and funny moments.

"Last year the Eurosport channel assembled its Grand Slam — we fully broadcast all four major tennis tournaments. No other channel has ever done this in our country. We have ambitious plans again for this season, and we have no intention oflagging behind. We've missed tennis badly during the off-season — both fans and tennis players — and we all look forward to seeing each other. This gives a special touch to the Australian championship. I'm so happy that just a little time is left until wemeet the viewers on air — we will be enjoying excellent tennis games and the sunny weather of Melbourne!" said Anna Chakvetadze, anticipating the tournament.