French Open renews Japan TV rights deals

Grand Slam tennis tournament will continue to be shown by Wowow and TV Tokyo.

French Open renews Japan TV rights deals

Getty Images

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has extended its 2018 French Open broadcast deals in Japan.

Pay-TV broadcaster Wowow has agreed a multi-year extension to continue showing the Grand Slam tennis tournament. The company first picked up the French Open rights in 1992.

Wowow is currently the home of Grand Slam tennis in Japan, also holding rights to Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open. It also has begun streaming the men’s ATP World Tour this season.

Akira Tanaka, president of Wowow, said: “Roland Garros and other grand slams have contributed to develop and enhance Japan’s tennis market, and we are proud to see Japanese players Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka now compete on these special stages.”

TV Tokyo, meanwhile, has agreed a new four-year deal that will run from 2018 to 2021.

The broadcaster will show the men’s and women’s semi-finals and finals, along with other coverage from Roland Garros.

TV Tokyo has covered the French Open for a total of 19 years, from 1993 to 2007, and from 2014 onwards.

On the two new renewals, Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have extended these contracts with TV Tokyo and Wowow. They allow the French Tennis Federation to keep offering maximum visibility of Roland Garros in Japan. These renewals confirm the tournament’s popularity in a nation that has a real passion for our sport.”

The 2018 French Open is due to take place from 21st May to 10th June.