Published: Wed 14 May 2014
Marion Bartoli will join ITV’s pundit team for its exclusive free to air live coverage of the forthcoming French Open tournament.
The Wimbledon Ladies Champion, who retired following her dramatic triumph last year, will lend her expertise and insight to the pundit team led by presenter John Inverdale.
Based at Roland Garros for the tournament’s fortnight beginning on 25 May, ITV’s team also includes 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.
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “Marion promises to be an outstanding addition to our French Open coverage. As current Wimbledon champion she has a fresh and sharp insight into the demands of the game at this level, which is sure to enrich our broadcasts throughout the tournament.”
John Inverdale added: "Both the men's and women's games are intriguing at the moment, with the old guard being challenged by so much exciting new talent. I know that the team, with Marion as a fantastic addition providing real insight into both the tennis and Roland Garros as a venue, are all looking forward to it enormously."
ITV’s French Open coverage begins on May 25 with live broadcasts of each day’s play throughout the tournament. The majority of the tournament will be broadcast on ITV4, with some first-week matches on ITV3, and the mens’ and ladies’ singles finals on ITV.
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