Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has acquired exclusive media rights to broadcast Roland Garros from 2022 to 2024.
The broadcasting network will show Roland Garros on its sports channels in India and the subcontinent which includes Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Moreover, the prestigious tournament will also be available for fans to watch live on Sony’s OTT platform, SonyLIV.
The renowned Roland Garros tournament is set to take place from May 22 to June 5, 2022. The Australian Open has been a massive success for Sony Sports Network, which is renowned for having the highest reach of any Grand Slam in India. The 2022 edition of the tournament had a viewership of 22 million, which is the highest recorded viewership in recent years. SPNI will consider providing similar coverage to Roland Garros based on its tennis repertoire.
Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head, Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India, said, “Following the successful broadcast of the Australian Open over the past years on our network, we are delighted to acquire the media rights of the prestigious Roland Garros. The pedigree of the French Open will help us cater to the steadily growing tennis fanbase in India. With this acquisition, we reiterate our goal to position Sony Sports Network as the home to marquee global sports events.”
Gilles Moretton, President of the French Tennis Federation, commented, “We are delighted with the signing of this Sony Pictures Networks India contract. This new agreement ensures maximum exposure in India and its subcontinent. It means our tournament will be celebrated in this part of the world where tennis fans and Roland-Garros fans are increasingly numerous”
Beginning on May 22, 2022, at 2:30 PM, SPNI will telecast the 2022 French Open throughout the day, with a special emphasis on prime-time contests for Indian fans.