This year’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open will feature tennis superstars Andy Murray and Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
BeIN Sports will air live matches from Qatar-based tennis across the MENA region for two weeks.
On February 14, the tournament begins with the ATP 250 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, the first of two ATP Tour events to take place in the region. From February 20, BeIN’s audience can access the WTA 1000 Qatar TotalEnergies Open, an official Women’s Tennis Association.
Both tournaments will be held in Doha, Qatar and will take place at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.
Mohammed Al-Bader, Managing Director of beIN Channels, MENA, said: “We’re elated to present these unmissable few weeks of Qatar-based tennis, bringing some of the greatest names to audiences’ screens right here from the world-class courts in central Doha. These two star-studded events add to our exceptional roster of tennis sporting rights, with beIN already the exclusive home of all the Grand Slams, exclusively covering Wimbledon, Roland-Garros, US Open, and the recently completed and controversial Australian Open.”
Al-Bader added: “Qatar is increasingly becoming the home and hub of sport in the MENA region – hosting an incredible line-up of local, regional, and international must-sees. We look forward to continuing this legacy, as we actively gear up to present the historic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as the official broadcaster in MENA and France in just a few short months.”
BeIN Sports will exclusively open the first tournament with a special one-hour preview show on Sunday 13 February from 18:00 MECCA on beIN Sports 5. BeIN Network will host Tunisian tennis player Malik Al Jaziri, presented by Areej Sleem. Al Jaziri will be interviewed in beIN’s state-of-the-art studios to discuss predictions and expectations for the upcoming championships.
Both tournaments will be available with Arabic and English commentary on beIN Sports 5 and beIN Sports English 3, respectively, with programming for the ATP 250 Qatar ExxonMobil Open on-air from 14:00 MECCA on Monday and kick-off scheduled for 14:30 MECCA.
BeIN’s talent will be reporting live from the ground via a dedicated daily on-site studio, bringing all the serves, match points, and behind-the-scenes action right from the courts. Safwan Abou Shanab will be reporting live from the Centre Court, Hamad Nawaf will be bringing all the crowd excitement from the Public Village, with other experts, analysts, and guests including former Kuwaiti tennis player Adel Al-Shatti, Anass Lamrani, Moroccan and Canadian international tennis coach and former Qatar national team coach, retired Tunisian superstar Selima Sfar, and tennis expert commentator Iyad Alakari.
This live programming will provide beIN’s audience with a concise round-up of the day’s events, which will also include three mini-matches throughout the day.
Live coverage of the WTA 1000 Qatar TotalEnergies Open will begin at 15:00 MECCA on Sunday, with kickoff scheduled at 15:30 MECCA, and conclude at 21:00 MECCA on Saturday, 26 February.