The governing bodies of world tennis on Thursday called for the closure of television channel "beoutQ", saying it had illegally broadcast tennis content across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region without the right to do so.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF), Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and other bodies said in a statement that such"industrial-scale illegal piracy" risked damaging the value of broadcasting rights which help fund the sport.
"The world's tennis governing bodies have joined forces to publicly condemn and call for the immediate closure of the illegal Saudi Arabia-based piracy operation, 'beoutQ'," the joint statement said.
It said the content had been distributed by Riyadh-based satellite provider Arabsat.
Global sports network beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast in the Middle East and North Africa major tennis tournaments and other major sport events such as the World Cup.
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