Huge news for those of you keen to get amongst the Barty Party: SBS has confirmed they will be showing Aussie gun Ash Barty‘s semi-final clash at the French Open live on free-to-air TV later this evening.
Punters keen to catch Barty’s ultimately successful quarter final match last night were left steaming after broadcast rights prevented the game from being shown on anything other than Fox Sports and Kayo.
But SBS officials have confirmed they successfully secured the rights to show Barty’s matchup against unseeded American Amanda Anisimova live and free on SBS VICELAND from 7pm tonight. That will be followed by the heavyweight men’s singles clash between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at approximately 8:40pm on the main SBS channel. Both matches will also be streamed live and free via SBS On Demand.
Great news for French Open and Ash Barty fans, the Barty match is LIVE at 7 pm AEST on VICELAND with Livestreaming available to all via SBS OnDemand. The Federer v Nadal match will be aired at 8:40 pm AEST on SBS. #frenchopen #BartyParty pic.twitter.com/x2pzIn7yuw
— SBS Australia (@SBS) June 7, 2019
While SBS does have the free-to-air rights to air the French Open, broadcast agreements with Kayo prevent them from airing any game that takes place before 10:30pm. The event is not on the anti-siphoning list, which means Foxtel is not compelled to offer broadcast rights to free-to-air channels. However in the case of the semi-final they appear to have relented, and thus the Barty/Anisimova matchup will be broadcast live and free across Australia.
8-seeded Barty is now the highest-ranked competitor remaining in the women’s singles draw, and enters her maiden Grand Slam semi the bookmakers’ favourite to take out the tournament in what’s been an utterly wild open that saw both the first and second seeds bomb out in just the third round.
7pm. SBS VICELAND. Get right the hell around her, mates!Image: Getty Images / Alex Pantling