beIN Sports will air the 2021 Australian Open men’s qualifying on its OTT service beIN Connect for its subscribers live from the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.
Since the pandemic started, Qatar has gradually become the COVID-safe sports hub, with an array of major international events and tournaments relocating to the country due to its relative containment of the virus and existing world class facilities. Sports federations, tournaments and leagues also see the advantage of Doha’s centre-of-the-world time zone and location as helpful in minimizing any disruption to playing conditions; with – for example – the playing surface within the Khalifa venue itself being precisely the same as at the Australian Open.
Qatar Tennis Federation Board Member, Karim Alami, said, “It’s our pleasure to have the opportunity of hosting the qualifying rounds of the 2021 Australian Open, and we are glad to welcome all the participating players to Doha. We promise them an exceptional experience which will live up to Qatar’s globally recognised reputation as a major destination for world sports. Selecting Doha to host the 2021 Australian Open qualifiers due to coronavirus pandemic reflects the global trust in Qatar’s abilities, and we are not going to leave any stoned unturned in organizing a world-class event.”
The decision to host qualifying offshore was done due to COVID-19 travel restrictions to Australia. The decision though was an innovative solution for the Australian Open with 128 players set to compete in a state-of-the-art venue for sixteen qualifying spots in the Australian Open main draw to be held in Melbourne from 8-21 February.
The Acting Director of Programs for beIN MENA, Duncan Walkinshaw, stated, “We are extremely excited to be streaming the 2021 Australian Open qualifiers on our beIN CONNECT platform. beIN is delighted to be at the heart of all the action, showcasing world-class tennis tournaments such as the WTA, ATP and Australian Open to its millions of viewers and subscribers from across the globe. beIN SPORTS will proudly broadcast these important matches from Doha this week to tennis fans across the region, demonstrating our commitment to becoming the leading global sport and entertainment network with such a diverse portfolio of premium global events.”
beIN operates in 43 countries globally, including 24 countries across the MENA region. With broadcast on satellite in 4K and Full HD, the beIN experience is also available on mobile, tablet, computer and other home devices through beIN Connect.
Source: BroadcastPro Middle East