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DStv welcomes you to a fresh line-up of shows, sports, documentaries and kiddies’ content on DStv. We handpicked a few top new shows and episodes to keep you entertained this week.

A new season of House Wives of Johannesburg is here! Get an insider view into the lifestyles of the perceived rich and pampered Johannesburg women who come from very different backgrounds. The show is developed as an international instalment of the American The Real Housewives franchise and the first instalment of the franchise set in Africa. Shows Fridays at 5:00pm on 1Magic (103)

NYPD Blues meets 24 and Line of Duty. With the crime rate at a dangerous high in the city and fingers pointing at the dreaded Aja Isale Eko gang, the Special Crimes Unit (SCU) and its leading team of BARA, BASSEY and JO are determined to bring down the gang; a relentless and dangerous pursuit where their lives and that of those they hold dear is put on the line and will intertwine with those they are sworn to death to bring to justice.  Brethren, shows on Mondays at 7:30 on Africa Magic (CH151)

In the early 1960s, infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson returns from 10 years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles; with the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. GODAFATHER OF HARLEM, shows Wednesdays on 1Magic (103) at 8:30 pm.

Simon Cowell has revamped his hit singing contest The X Factor, which will now provide a platform for people in the public eye, instead of regular contestants. This means well-known faces will be taking to the stage in the following categories – Groups, Unders and Overs. These famous contestants include a movie star and a former strictly come dancing professional. Make a date on Fri& Sat Oct at 5:00 pm on M-Net (102)

One of Tyler Perry’s anticipated shows that premiered on 23rd October on BET, The Oval tells the story of a family placed in the White House by people of power while also highlighting the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation’s most iconic residence. Shows Thursdays 8:00 pm on BET (CH 129)

Available on DStv Catch up is Temptation Island, a reality TV show where four supposedly happy couples are brought to a beautiful location – this season will take place in Maui, Hawaii – where they have to live in a separate location than their partner, surrounded by singles who are trying to tempt them to leave their current relationship for a new one. The goal of the experiment is to see if both you and your partner are as strong in your relationship as you think you are.

Inspired by creator and executive producer Matt Braly’s heritage, family and childhood trips to Bangkok, Thailand, Disney’s animated series chronicles the adventures of independent and fearless teen Anne Boonchuy after she is magically transported to a rural marshland full of frog people. Voice of Brenda Song, Justin Felbinger, Amanda Leighton, Bill Farmer, Stephen Root and James Patrick Stuart. New Season ofAmphebia shows Mondays at 2:10pm on Disney (CH 309)

Zee world lovers should keep up with The Heir, a series that explores the age long rivalry and enmity between two powerful families, Bajwas and Pawaniyas; and tells the story of Amba Pawaniya, a Punjabi mother who is forced to raise her girl child, Mannu, as a boy, in efforts to keep peace in the village and prevent her violent brother-in-law Jaggan Pawaniya from taking leadership. Showing daily on Zee World (166) at 6:00pm.

For those who enjoy Action series featuring various stories of organized crime, diamond smuggling, Black Rhinos, the CIA and terrorism in Cape Town, South Africa then Trackers is for you. Trackers is a 5-part series that you will love. Premiering on MNET (102) Sunday 27th October at 6:00pm.

UFC’s year-round schedule never truly slows down as the organization hosts more than 30 events every year. And 2019 is no different for the leader in mixed martial arts. Fresh off UFC 243 in Melbourne which saw Israel Adesanya stake his claim to the middleweight title with a TKO over Robert Whittaker, the UFC schedule marches forward with nine events left before the end of 2019.

The next stop takes us to Singapore for a grappler’s delight as Ben Askren takes on Demian Maia in a welterweight main event. Askren is coming off that violent TKO loss against Jorge Masvidal in July while Maia has won two straight following a three-fight losing skid. Don’t miss it this Saturday at 6:00 pm on SuperSport 6 (206)

Can Lewis Hamilton seal his sixth World Championship in the buzz of Mexico City? The Briton is within touching distance of becoming the second most decorated driver in Formula 1 history – and one more title away from equaling Michael Schumacher’s coveted record of seven. Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas is the only man who can now – mathematically speaking – stand in his way. But with a 64-point lead despite Bottas taking victory at the Japanese Grand Prix, the odds are good for another championship fiesta this weekend on Sunday 27th October at 5:35 pm on SuperSport 1(201)

Premier League fixtures, 25-27 October

Fri 25 Oct: Southampton vs Leicester City: 18:50: SS3 (203)

 

Sat 26 Oct: Manchester City vs Aston Villa: 11:20: SS3 (203)

Sat 26 Oct: West Ham United vs Sheffield United: 13:50: SS10/ SS3 (210/203)

Sat 26 Oct: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Everton: 13:50: SS4 (204)

Sat 26 Oct: Watford vs AFC Bournmouth: 13:55: SS5 (205)

Sat 26 Oct: Burnley vs Chelsea: 16:20: SS3 (203)

Sun 27 Oct: Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: 13:50: SS3 (203)

Sun 27 Oct: Norwich vs Manchester United: 16:20: SS10/ SS4 (210/204)

Sun27 Oct: Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: 16:20: SS5 (205)

Sun 27 Oct: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur: 16:20: SS3 (203)

Serie A fixtures, 25-27 October

Friday 25 October

19:45: Hellas Verona v Sassuolo – LIVE on SuperSport 8, (208)

 

Saturday 26 October

13:00: Lecce v Juventus – LIVE on SuperSport 8 (208)

16:00: Internazionale v Parma – LIVE on SuperSport 8 (208)

18:45: Genoa v Brescia – LIVE on SuperSport 8 & Select 5 (205)

Sunday 27 October

11:30: Bologna v Sampdoria – LIVE on SuperSport 8 (208)

14:00: Atalanta v Udinese – Delayed on SuperSport 8 (208)

17:00: Roma v Milan – LIVE on SuperSport 8 (208)

19:45: Fiorentina v Lazio – LIVE on SuperSport 8 (208)

 

 

La Liga fixtures, 25-27 October

Friday 25 October

19:00: Villarreal v Deportivo Alaves – LIVE SuperSport 7/SuperSport 10 (207/210)

 

Saturday 26 October

13:00: Barcelona v Real Madrid – POSTPONED

14:00: Leganes v Mallorca – LIVE SuperSport 7 (207)

16:30: Real Valladolid v Eibar – LIVE SuperSport 7 (207)

19:00: Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao – LIVE SuperSport 7 (207)

 

Sunday 27 October

11:00: Celta de Vigo v Real Sociedad – LIVE SuperSport 7/SuperSport 10 (207/210)

13:00: Granada v Real Betis – LIVE SuperSport 7 (207)

15:00: Levante v Espanyol – LIVE SuperSport 7 (207)

17:30: Sevilla v Getafe – LIVE SuperSport 7 (207)

20:00: Osasuna v Valencia – LIVE SuperSport 7 (207)

For more scheduled programming for October, visit www.dstvafrica.com You can also follow DStv @dstvgh on Twitter and Instagram, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DStvGH .

Tyler Perry’s The Oval, Made For Each Other + more this week on GOtv!

  

We welcome you to a fresh line-up of shows, sports, movies and kiddies’ content on GOtv. We handpicked a few top new shows and episodes to keep you entertained this weekend.

The Nollywood All Stars Channel is still thrilling fans with exciting movies 24/7 with no repeats. Showing this weekend include movies like Pregnant for Two Brothers, Make Me Rich, Washer Man, Pregnant Virgin among many other interesting titles. Be sure to make a date on Channel (129)

One of Tyler Perry’s anticipated shows that premiered on 23rd on BET, The Oval tells the story of a family placed in the White House by people of power while also highlighting the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation’s most iconic residence. Shows Thursdays 8:00 pm on BET (CH 121)

 

An exclusive look inside the private lives of the one-of-a-kind family of Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall, Kylie, and their mum Kris. A new ongoing season off Keeping Up with the Kardashian, shows every Sunday on E! (126) at 6:00 pm.

Made for Each Other tells the story Anurag Basu and Prerna Sharma two individuals meant to fall in love but compelled to undergo a number of trials of life to be together. Anurag and Prerna study in the same university. With time, they begin conversing and slowly form a bond of belief and friendship. Slowly, Prerna realizes that she has fallen in love with Anurag. Shows daily at 7:00pm on Star Life (323)

Comic spooky movie lovers get to unwind this weekend with a Tyler Perry Movie. Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens. Tyler Perry’s Boo: A Halloween Story, shows Saturday 26th October at 5:00pm on MMovies Zone (103), with lots of Haunted places or abandoned places to see.

S3 of Alvin and the Chipmunks have the kids excited this weekend.  Alvin passes off a rock he found on the ground as a meteor for a science project and gets some unwanted attention. Shows Sunday at 5:51pm on Nicklodeon (153)

On episode 2 of Season 1, of Kingdom of the White Wolf, a brand-new Series, photographer Ronan Donovan after six weeks of searching meets a new pack of wolves and discovers the Wolf queen. Shows onNational Geographic Wild (151) at 4:00pm.

Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Starring ,Viola DavisMichelle RodriguezElizabeth Debicki in Widows, Sunday 27th October on M-Net (102) at 6:00 pm.

 

PRIEMIER LEAGUE fixtures, 25-26

Sat 26 Oct: West Ham United vs Sheffield United: 15:50:  SL2G (132)

Sun 27 Oct: Norwich vs Manchester United: 16:20:  SL2G (132)

La Liga fixtures, 25-27 October

Friday 25 October

19:00: Villarreal v Deportivo Alaves – LIVE Select 4 (134) 

Saturday 26 October

13:00: Barcelona v Real Madrid – POSTPONED

14:00: Leganes v Mallorca – LIVE Select 4 (134)

16:30: Real Valladolid v Eibar – LIVE Select 4 (134)

19:00: Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao – LIVE Select 4 (134)

 

Sunday 27 October

11:00: Celta de Vigo v Real Sociedad – LIVE Select 2/Select 4 (132/134)

13:00: Granada v Real Betis – LIVE Select 4 (134)

15:00: Levante v Espanyol – LIVE Select 4 (134)

17:30: Sevilla v Getafe – LIVE Select 4 (134)

20:00: Osasuna v Valencia – LIVE Select 4 (134)

Serie A fixtures, 25-27 October

Friday 25 October

19:45: Hellas Verona v Sassuolo – LIVE on Select 5 (136)

Saturday 26 October

13:00: Lecce v Juventus – LIVE on Select 5 (136)

16:00: Internazionale v Parma – LIVE on Select 5 (136)

18:45: Genoa v Brescia – LIVE on  Select 5 (136)

Sunday 27 October

11:30: Bologna v Sampdoria – LIVE on Select 5 (136)

14:00: Atalanta v Udinese – Delayed on Select 5 (136)

14:00: SPAL v Napoli – LIVE on Select 5 (136)

17:00: Roma v Milan – LIVE on Select 5 (136)

19:45: Fiorentina v Lazio – LIVE on Select 5 (136)

 

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Ruger, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, July 1st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian Afropop star Ruger joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Girlfriend.” He also discusses his new album, ‘The Second Wave (Deluxe),’ recording music in unusual places, and reaffirming his talent.

The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Ibraah feat. Maud Elka, Timaya, Mlindo The Vocalist feat. Madumane, Yemi Alade, and Sampa the Great feat. Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanje.

Africa Rising 
Ghanaian Afro-fusion singer-songwriter Gyakie is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features her singles, “FOR MY BABY,” and “SOMETHING.” Listen HERE.

Read Also: Headie One Releases “Bigger Than Life” Featuring Dutch Rapper Frenna

Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights South African singer-songwriter Samthing Soweto and his single, “Amagents,” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Hits playlist, showcasing South Africa’s biggest hits. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday July 1st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

RUGER ON RELEASING A DELUXE EDITION OF ‘THE SECOND WAVE’

 

It was only right for us to do that, because these songs were supposed to be on that from the beginning. We were supposed to release like 7 songs, but we cut it down to 4. Then, the idea came from releasing ‘The Second Wave’ EP. We said that we’d release 4 songs, then release 3 additional songs as a deluxe. Then, as life goes on new vibes came from the studio, so we said we’re not even putting those additional 3 songs, we’re going to put new additional 3 songs. That’s how it happened, and I’m happy with how it’s going. Thank God for everything.

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RUGER ON HIS GRATITUDE AND DETERMINATION

 

I feel good, I feel blessed going to every country that I go to. Netherlands, Australia… People singing my songs word for word. It’s an amazing feeling because not every artist comes out within a year and that song travels that far, but I am a testimony. I thank God and I thank everyone that enjoys my music as it comes out every time. It’s just encouragement for me to work harder and keep doing my best. Never going to the studio to do any mediocre sounds, never going to the studio to say “Whatever I drop they’re going to listen,” I go into the studio giving my 100% best and God will do the rest for me.

RUGER ON FAST-CONSUMING FANS

 

People tend to forget how good Ruger is. People are fast consumers so they consume what they have now and then… Do they forget about you? I don’t know but I feel like if they don’t hear anything from you in a while they feel like “Where’s Ruger?” They should always know that whenever Ruger comes through, it’s always a 100% vibe so these songs are very personal songs to me – “Girlfriend” is a personal song, “WeWe” is a personal song, “Warning” is a personal song – it’s just me stating about my personal experiences, and people who can relate to what I’m talking about, can relate. I feel like these songs are going to go very far, I’m proud of what I’ve done in the studio and I’m thankful to everyone supporting me in every little way they can. I’ll keep giving my best.

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Efia Odo, Sista Afia and more open up their lives in GH Queens, now streaming on Showmax

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Binge-watch all 10 episodes of the reality series, plus an explosive 3-part reunion. Reality fans buckle up: the Ghanaian queens have arrived in full swing on Showmax. Expect drama and chaos in the first reality show of its kind in Ghana.

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2022 Tour de France to take Showmax Pro subscribers on 109th edition journey

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The 2022 Tour de France is on track for its 109th edition. It will kick off on 1 July in Copenhagen (starting abroad for the 24th time) with the final stage finishing at the Champs Élysées in Paris on 24 July. Riders will cover a total of 3 328 km across flat, hilly and mountain stages.

Showmax Pro subscribers across the African continent (excluding those in South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho) will be able to join the ride live to see who will finish the race in the coveted yellow jersey.

Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar, winner of both the 2020 and 2021 editions, is the clear favourite to bring home his third title in a row. The 23-year-old is riding for UAE Team Emirates. His compatriot Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo Visma has three Tour de France stages to his name and is also among the contenders. Others include Welshman Geraint Thomas, riding for Ineos Grenadiers, and last year’s runner-up, Jonas Vingegaard.

Two South African riders, Lotto-Soudal’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux’s Louis Mentjies, will be looking to make their country proud in the French tour.

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Other riders to keep an eye out for include Kenyan-born and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who will want to pick up a recent win with his last victory coming in 2017. He will be racing for Isreal-Premier Tech.

The 109th men’s edition of the Tour de France will be followed by the first ever edition of the Tour de France Femmes, one of women’s cycling’s two grand tours. This comes after years of campaigning to get an equivalent to the men’s tour, with the action getting underway from the 24 to 31 July. What many are calling a race for the history books will begin on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and finish at La Super Planche des Belles-Filles. The historic race will see riders compete in eight stages and cover 1 029km.

It has been announced that 24 teams are set to go head to head in the eight-day race. Frenchwoman Aude Biannic is looking to impress at her debut Tour Femmes in her home country with home support. Boasting Annemiek van Vleuten on their roster, Movistar are setting out to achieve overall victory at the Tour de France Femmes – a race that holds extra significance for teammate Breton Biannic, who will be challenging at home.

Elisa Longo Borghini is fresh off a 34-kilometre win at Paris-Roubaix and the Italian will now be 100% focused on paddling to victory at Tour Femmes.

Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa excluding South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho can follow all the racing action at this year’s Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes.

Why Showmax Pro?

Showmax Pro is a streaming service available for Showmax subscribers in Africa that bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport. You can tune in from any of your favourite gadgets, anywhere you are in the globe.

Subscribers can live stream the latest seasons of the English Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, UEFA Europa and UEFA Conference leagues, the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and more.

The platform also offers a wide range of other live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons.

Stream on two devices at the same time when you subscribe to Showmax Pro.
To learn more and join the Pros, visit showmax.com to subscribe to Showmax Pro.

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Falz talks about ‘BAHD’ collaborators and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Falz, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, June 24th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer, rapper and actor Falz joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Knee Down (feat. Chike).” He also discusses his new album, ‘B A H D,’ what keeps him inspired, and how he spends his time in between projects.

Read Also: Samsney Recruits Black Sherif, Kelyvnboy And Darkovibes On His New Single, ‘Kuacha’

The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Samthing Soweto, Ruger, Krizbeatz, Bella Shmurda & Ravyanny, Scorpion Kings, and KO-C feat. Innoss’B.

Africa Rising 
South African amapiano DJ-producer duo TxC is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features their single, “Too Deep (feat. Dinky Kunene & TNK MusiQ).” Listen HERE.

Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Tanzanian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Mimi Mars and her single, “La La (feat. Marioo),” from Apple Music’s EA Wave playlist, showcasing East Africa’s biggest hits. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday June 24th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Falz on what to expect from ‘B A H D’

Expect something sexy, expect naughty Falz, expect emotional Falz, vulnerable Falz… it’s like a blend of all these different emotions.

A lot of people look at me like “Ok this guy is a responsible soul, he’s always fighting for our lives but he’s now coming on a sexy thing.” There are so many different sides to me already so I feel like people are already used to me being this guy with such multiplicity in his person.

Falz on staying inspired

I just consume other forms of art, I listen to other artists, try to pay attention to stuff I’m generally into, stuff that I like, trying to draw inspiration from that. If I listen to a completely different genre, I’m like “I need to challenge myself. I can do this. Why can’t I do this?” That’s how I stay inspired.

Falz on BAHD collaborators

I always wanted to work with all these guys that I have on the project, so this project just presented the perfect opportunity to make that happen. It was pretty simple thankfully and shout out to them, it was seamless. It was just like “Yo, I’m working on this project, let’s make one happen” and everyone came through. Every single collaboration has its own story but everything was pretty straight forward and beautiful to create.

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Journey of The Beats, Showmax Original music docu-series premieres, includes companion Spotify playlist with each episode

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“Music is the fuel that fires up our souls. It’s the oldest form of communication, predating language itself. African music is synonymous with the word Afrobeats.” So begins the first episode of Journey of the Beats, a new docu-series that follows the journey of Nigerian and black music through the years, and is now streaming exclusively on Showmax.

Told through the lens of music historians and some of Nigeria’s biggest artists, like 2Baba, P-Square, Onyeka Onwenu, Daddy Showkey, Flavour, and D’Banj, the 10-part documentary series traces the origins of Afrobeats that has taken the world by storm.

Journey of the Beats is produced by creative entrepreneur and the creator of Storm Records, Obi Asika.

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Each episode of the series is complemented by a Spotify playlist. Episode One: Origins and the Switch Up is curated by Ed Keazor, co-director and producer on Journey of the Beats and a historian, lawyer and musician.

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This Spotify playlist of 103 songs straddles the grooves that made Nigeria dance from the dawn of time, with traditional drum and melodic tunes, through to the birth of modern popular music in the 1920s.

Find the Spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6zYlHpavDbsI8RpQJ5zbyC

The playlist covers the birth of highlife music, through to the influence of Latin and Caribbean genres like rhumba and calypso, US jazz, soul, RnB and funk, as well as the birth of a uniquely Nigerian sound, with juju, highlife, Fuji, and Afrobeat.

New episodes of the music documentary drop every Friday exclusively on Showmax. Afrobeats fans, documentary lovers and anyone who appreciates music can subscribe to watch the docuseries on www.showmax.com.

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African spectators to witness Wimbledon on Showmax Pro, courtesy of SuperSport

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It is a momentous occasion for tennis as the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, the Wimbledon Champions, returns for its 135th edition from 27 June to 10 July 2022. Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa, excluding those in South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho, will be able to live stream all the action from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, courtesy of SuperSport.
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic looks to defend his title following his return to competitive tennis at Roland Garros in May, where he was knocked out of the tournament by a defeat against Rafael Nadal, who won the men’s singles title for a record 14th time and secured his second Grand Slam of the calendar year, having also won the Australian Open at the start of 2022.
These wins put Nadal at 22 Grand Slam titles in total – two ahead of both of his long-standing rivals, Djokovic and Roger Federer, who is currently injured. Djokovic leads their head-to-head by 30 wins to Nadal’s 28 – the Serbian has won the most finals, with 15 to Nadal’s 13, but Nadal will be boosted going into this year’s Wimbledon with the most Grand Slam wins in history.
This year is set to wow spectators as the 19-year-old newcomer Carlos Alcaraz, who is also the youngest player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic, is one of the top contenders alongside 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, Matteo Berrettini, and Roland Garros runner-up, Casper Ruud. Stan Wawrinka returns following a 2021 surgery and will compete at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019 after receiving a wildcard.
In the women’s field, reigning champion Ashleigh Barty announced her retirement from professional tennis in March 2022. The ladies’ field is currently led by world number one, Iga Swiatek, who looks to extend her record-equalling 35-match winning run and secure a third Grand Slam title following her recent win and second French Open title at Roland Garros against Coco Gauff.
Top female contenders include four-time Grand Slam winner and local favourite, Emma Raducanu. This year will also see Serena Williams returning to Grand Slam tennis after being granted a main draw wild-card slot in this year’s field. Williams has won the most Grand Slam titles, including Wimbledon seven times, most recently winning on back-to-back occasions in 2015 and 2016. Naomi Osaka will miss out on this year’s action due to a last-minute injury.
Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa, excluding South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho, have a front-row seat to catch all the action from one of the four Grand Slams at Wimbledon 2022, streaming live courtesy of SuperSport.
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