French Open to stay on ITV until 2021

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ITV Sport will continue to show exclusive free-to-air coverage of the French Open until 2021 after securing a new three-year deal to cover the tournament.

The broadcaster, which has held the rights to show the second Grand Slam event of the tennis season since 2012, will now take its coverage into the next decade under the agreement, which encompasses the showpiece event from 2019 until 2021.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast comprehensive coverage each year with a guaranteed minimum of 90 hours devoted to each tournament. The action will also be available to watch online via the ITV Hub.

Both the men’s and women’s singles final will continue to be shown on ITV over the concluding weekend, with the bulk of the live action remaining on ITV4, including the best matches from the main show courts and those featuring British players.

The new three-year deal was announced on air during ITV Sport’s coverage of the 2018 tournament.

Commenting on the new deal, Niall Sloane, ITV’s director of sport, said:

“Bringing viewers free to air coverage of one of the real delights of the sporting calendar at Roland Garros in recent years has been a privilege, so we’re hugely pleased to announce this new deal to keep the tournament with ITV.

“France Federation Tennis have been absolutely brilliant as partners and we look forward to continuing working with them over the coming years.”

ITV’s French Open coverage is fronted by veteran sports presenter John Inverdale, with 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, four-time Grand Slam winner Jim Courier, Andy Murray’s former coach Mark Petchey, Fabrice Santoro, who played in 70 Grand Slams, and former British ladies number one Sam Smith all part of the commentary and analysis team.

Nick Mullins is also part of the commentary team with Celina Hinchcliffe the court-side reporter, while 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova lends her insight to ITV’s coverage of the women’s final.

For more information about ITV’s French Open coverage, visit the official website – itv.com/frenchopen.

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