Eurosport, the pan-European sports broadcaster, has announced it will cover the delayed French Open grand slam tennis tournament in ultra-high definition, which will be broadcast on its dedicated 4K channel in Germany and Austria.
The broadcaster will place UHD cameras on Centre Court Philippe-Chatrier at Roland Garros to capture the top matches in the clay court competition, which will run between 27 September and 11 October.
Eurosport will show the events on its dedicated 4K channel, which will be available for the duration of the grand slam tournament, on HD+, the German satellite platform, and smipliTV, the Austrian platform.
Thomas Bichlmeir, director distribution and commercial strategy at Discovery Germany, said: “Thanks to our strong partners HD+ and simlpliTV, we can once again present Roland Garros in Germany and Austria in UHD.
“Sport thrives on emotions and razor-sharp images. The Eurosport 4K channel is a must for all tennis fasn who want to experience the Centre Court feeling in the best picture quality in their own living room.”
Domestic French Open rights are currently held by France Télévisions, the public-service broadcaster and Eurosport France, the French arm of the pan-European sports broadcaster, in a two-year deal worth $24 million per year, which ends this year.
Meanwhile, the FFT, the French tennis federation, has reduced the number of fans allowed to attend the French Open to 5,000 per day amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
The FFT had initially planned for 11,500 spectators per day, with 5,000 at both the Philippe-Chatrier and Suzanne-Lenglen courts, while 1,500 fans were slated to watch matches at the smaller Simonne-Mathieu court.