BandSports retains French Open rights until 2020

Brazilian channel to show tennis Grand Slam and various ATP events for three years.

BandSports retains French Open rights until 2020

Cable television network BandSports has retained the Brazilian rights for the French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament until 2020.

As well as extending its rights deal for the major clay court competition, which is staged every year at Roland Garros in Paris, the broadcaster has reached an agreement with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to secure coverage of 30 tournaments annually over the next three years.

The package includes exclusive rights to 13 ATP World Tour 250 tournaments, 12 of the 13 events on the ATP World Tour 500 series and the Next Generation ATP Finals, which take place at the end of the season to showcase the world’s top eight men’s players under the age of 21. 

The deal was brokered by the IMG sports marketing agency, and will be activated in 2018. The ATP World Tour 500 has not been broadcast in Brazil since 2015.

The 2018 French Open will be the 117th edition of the event, and is scheduled to be played between 27th May and 10th June next year. Spain’s Rafael Nadal won this year’s tournament, beating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the final to lift the trophy for a tenth time.