Tennis fans disrupt BT Sport broadcast ‘shambles’ as sound and picture disappear

Tennis fans were furious about the “sloppy” BT Sport coverage of the United Cup when both the sound and picture disappeared.

Viewers experienced many technical problems during the broadcast, where the sound seems to be broken from the beginning before the picture then cuts out completely. BT Sport has only secured the rights to show Great Britain’s clash with Australia at the inaugural United Cup on the eve of the tournament getting underway.

Regardless, tennis fans quickly took to social media to share their anger at the poor quality of the broadcast as they were forced to sit through repeats.

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One viewer tweeted: “Picture gone too. What a bummer from BT. God I wish Amazon would broadcast tennis forever.” Another added: “Wow BT Sport is bad for tennis.”

Others also complained about the tournament not being available to watch on free-to-air TV, with one commenting: “Not watching (the) United Cup because I don’t have BT Sport and I refuse to resubscribe to Tennis TV for the 105th time.”

In addition to BT Sport’s coverage of the competition, fans were also able to watch a live stream of the first day on YouTube.

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The United Cup is a new mixed-gender team tournament, played across three venues in the Australian cities of Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Starting on Thursday, the outdoor hard court event will run until the final on January 8 and features 18 nations.

Among those competing is a Great Britain team captained by Tim Henman and including Cameron Norrie, Harriet Dart and Dan Evans.

The likes of Raphael Nadal and Alexander Zverev are also taking part, but Australia’s own Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the event before play began.

BT’s coverage began on Thursday morning when Norrie faced Australia’s Alex de Minaur in Team GB’s opening match. Spain is also in the same three-team group.

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