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Roland Garros to stay on ITV until 2021

Published: Thu 07 Jun 2018

Roland Garros to stay on ITV until 2021
 
ITV will continue to show exclusive free to air coverage of Roland Garros until 2021, in a new rights deal announced today.
 
The broadcaster, which has held the rights to show the tennis Grand Slam tournament 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 on the ITV Hub.
 
Niall Sloane, ITV 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."
 
The channel’s coverage of the French Open: Roland-Garros 2018 tournament is currently on air, presented by John Inverdale. Once again, 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova will lend her expertise and insight to ITV’s team for the women’s final and the team also includes 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 Samantha Smith. Nick Mullins is commentator with Celina Hinchcliffe the court-side reporter.
 
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About ITV
ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport, landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are broadcast free-to- air. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV Hub, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms. ITV Studios is a global production business, creating and selling programmes and formats from offices in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Nordics and the Netherlands. It is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent non-scripted indie in the US and ITV Studios Global Entertainment is a leading international distribution businesses.
 
About Roland-Garros
Both committed sports fans and the general public alike have come to love Roland-Garros. Over 470,000 spectators flocked to the highly prestigious French Open in 2017, and the tournament was also broadcast in 223 territories across the world, making it an event of truly global significance. Roland-Garros is run by the French Tennis Federation and is the only Grand Slam to be played on clay, one of the oldest and most noble surfaces in the history of tennis.