Over the past seven months, I have moaned and moaned and moaned about how disillusioned I was at the lack of streaming for the WTA tour. The past two months haven’t been so bad with wall-to-wall coverage for the French Open and Wimbledon, and having discovered SportZone on Chrome (thanks to my readers!). Finally though the WTA has sorted the issue with the release of WTA TV.
I still feel that the last seven months and lack of communication by the WTA has been unacceptable, but I am encouraged with a first glance at the product, which you can check out for yourself HERE. The cost is £7.80 for a monthly pass and £58.60 for a yearly pass. The price is pretty fair in my opinion and I was expecting it to be much higher than that. For reference, it is cheaper than TennisTV (covering ATP only) at £74.99.
The feature I was most keen for was full match replays and i’m delighted that this is covered with the “On Demand” section with replays up for a week. This is invaluable for me with the nature of the tennis calendar and since a lot of tennis will take place when I am at work. The quality of streams is excellent (from watching a few points!) and the coverage of tournaments looks to be wide. The only tournament I couldn’t find was Linz, which is normally covered by Eurosport.
I can’t yet find an app for WTA TV although, unlike TennisTV when they still had WTA, the platform is working fine on browsers on smart devices and you can watch the full match replays. I’m hoping that apps will follow in time. I have purchased the yearly pass and am looking forward to finally being able to watch WTA tennis with no restrictions. If you’re still on the fence, i’ll keep you up-to-date with how I am getting on with the product over the next few weeks. Please note that I will be back to regular blogging at the weekend in preparation for the start of the US summer hard court season with Stanford and Washington next week! ☺️