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The French Open 2013

Published: Wed 15 May 2013

 

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The French Open 2013
 
ITV will bring viewers exclusive live coverage of the 2013 French Open tennis at Roland Garros.
 
Host John Inverdale is joined by US tennis legend Jim Courier and a wealth of on-screen talent to bring the tournament to ITV from Paris.
 
It is the second time ITV has screened this key Grand Slam tournament - with more than 150 hours of tennis from Roland Garros to be shown during the 15 days of play. Key matches including the mens’ and ladies’ singles finals will be shown on ITV with daily extended live coverage on ITV4. This year, the main ITV channel will also show daily highlights packages of up to 90 minutes each evening.
 
ITV has constructed a special studio in the heart of Roland Garros where the team will be based for the tournament.
 
Joining the commentating, reporting and punditry team this time are former tennis professionals Amelie Mauresmo, Mark Petchey, Lindsay Davenport, Fabrice Santoro and Sam Smith, along with reporter Lynsey Hipgrave and commentator Nick Mullins.
 
Alongside terrestrial television coverage, ITV.com will feature all the action from ITV and ITV4 during the tournament, which ends on 9th June .
 
Once again, the key question for tennis fans is whether the ‘king of clay’ Rafael Nadal can become the first player in history to win a record eight men’s singles titles at Roland Garros or whether he can be defeated by world number one Novak Djokovic.
 
The left-handed Spaniard has won the last three French titles and his 2009 fourth-round defeat to Robin Soderling remains his only loss at Roland Garros.
 
After dominating world tennis for the last two years, Djokovic is looking for revenge after his defeat in last year’s final. The Serb lost in four sets in his first French Open final appearance but will aim to go one better this year after denying Nadal the Monte Carlo Open title in April.
 
Andy Murray will also be hoping to do better this year after his defeat by David Ferrer in last year’s quarter-finals, but may face an uphill struggle after being knocked out of May’s Madrid Open in the quarter-finals by Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych.
 
This is an ITV Sport and Input Media production.