And Sportsnet and TSN are kicking themselves now for not picking up the rights to the non-major WTA tourneys now.
TSN has the ATP - men’s tournaments - knowing they have some big draws in the Federers, Djokovics and Nadals of the world but also very good Canadian men including our star teenage men who are the youngest guys in the Top 100 of the ATP rankings.
18 year old Felix Auger-Aliassime (who won his first round match in Miami today and already has moved into the Top 57 and has many tennis experts pegging him for greatness
the extremely popular 19 year old - Denis Shapovalov who is now ranked 23rd in the world and is not only known for his great tennis but his fun personality. This video he posted in Miami yesterday on Twitter drawing well over 100,000 views - https://twitter.com/i/status/1108141683999457280
the good old Milos Raonic who made it to the semis of the men’s side of Indian Wells and is currently back up to # 14 in the world after dropping down to as low as # 40 last year due to injuries
So TSN knew there would be lots of ATP tourneys that would draw decent ratings for them.
But nobody saw Andreescu coming. Rocketing from # 157 to # 24 in just a few months. She’s already being treated as a star by the tennis world. Her gutsy big win Sunday in a fantastic 3 set final. Even ESPN commentators Patrick McEnroe and Chris Evert raving about her and her ‘I want this so bad!’ attitude. This is a great clip.
As is this - the reaction of Andreescu and the huge crowd roaring for her at match point. Great moment!
But no TV here because DAZN has the WTA rights and they came out a HUGE winner on Sunday too thanks to Andreescu.
Andreescu’s ascent has emerged as one of the top Canadian sport stories of the year. The buzz has been building for weeks and climaxed over the weekend at Indian Wells, Calif.
The 18-year-old from Mississauga took down Elina Svitolina in a thrilling semifinal last Friday night. Sensing the significant appetite across the country, DAZN Canada streamed the women’s final against Angelique Kerber live — for free — on Twitter and Facebook.
The decision gave nonsubscribers a chance to watch and also essentially served as a 2 1/2-hour advertisement for the live and on-demand platform, which costs $20 a month or $150 a year.
Twitter Canada said more than 495,000 Canadians watched DAZN Canada’s stream of the final last Sunday. Specifics on DAZN Canada subscriber numbers in the wake of Andreescu’s rise weren’t available.