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BT could be about to ink a deal for exclusive rights to broadcast a Grand Slam tennis tournament on BT Vision, the pay-TV service’s head has hinted.

Earlier this year, BT outbid ESPN to secure rights to show live Premier League league football games. It has also won broadcast rights for top-flight rugby from the Premiership.

Today, BT Vision's Marc Watson sparked speculation that a major tennis tournament could be the latest feather in BT’s sports cap, after telling The Telegraph that it expects to be able to seal another deal “before Christmas”.

Watson did not confirm exactly what sport the agreement entails. But he did categorically rule out Formula One and cricket, while seemingly leaving the door open for persistent speculation that BT is eyeing tennis coverage for its dedicated sports channels.

Dubbed BT Sport, the service will be split into two channels, with the pick of the content earmarked for BT Sport 1. Its sister channel, the imaginatively titled BT Sport 2, is intended to be used to circumvent ‘scheduling conflicts’.

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