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Amazon acquires broadcast rights to French Open night sessions

All ten of the French Open's new night sessions are set to be exclusively broadcast in France on Amazon Prime Video, beginning in 2021.

Roland Garros has only recently become the third of the four Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments to announce the introduction of night sessions. There will be a match starting at 9pm on Court Phillipe-Chatrier for the first ten nights of the competition. Wimbledon is now the only Grand Slam Tournament to not have any nighttime play scheduled.

In a statement, the organisers of the event said: ‘From Monday of the first week until the quarter-finals (Wednesday of the second week), ten evening sessions will be scheduled on the Philippe-Chatrier Court and broadcast exclusively in France by Amazon Prime Video.’

Amazon’s broadcasting deal with the French Open is set to run from 2021 through to 2023, and will show all the ten night matches, as well as all the matches being played on the Simonne-Matthieu Court. The semi-finals and final will also be streamed on Amazon, but will also be available on France’s free-to-air television broadcaster, France TV.

Amazon already has an elusive list of rights within the European Tennis market, having deals with ATP World Tour, Women’s Tennis Association, and U.S. Open in the U.K and Ireland.

The announcement has come after this year's men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal attracted its biggest French Television audience since 2013.

Author: Fred Dobberson