Published: Fri 06 Jun 2014
French Open to stay on ITV until 2018
ITV will show exclusive free to air coverage of Roland Garros until 2018, in a new rights deal announced today.
The channel, which has held the rights to show the tennis Grand Slam tournament since 2012, will now continue its coverage from 2015 to 2018 under the agreement.
ITV will continue to broadcast comprehensive coverage each year, with a guaranteed minimum of 90 hours devoted to each tournament across its main channel and ITV4. The action will also be available on the ITV Player.
Niall Sloane, ITV’s Director of Sport said: “We’re delighted to able to continue our association with this fantastic Grand Slam tournament and to bring, free to air to viewers, full coverage of a fortnight of elite level tennis from Paris for the next four years.”
ITV’s French Open coverage of this year’s tournament is currently on air, presented by John Inverdale live from its studio base at Roland Garros. ITV’s team also includes Wimbledon Ladies Champion Marion Bartoli, four-time Grand Slam winner Jim Courier, Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchey, Fabrice Santoro, who played in a record 70 Grand Slams, and former British ladies number one Sam Smith. Nick Mullins is commentator with Celina Hinchcliffe the court-side reporter.
Andy Murray’s semi-final match against Rafa Nadal is being shown today on the main ITV channel, with both singles Finals due to be broadcast there as well over the weekend.