One week into the 2011 Roland Garros Tennis Championships, TSN has announced that they have reached a deal with la Fédération Française de Tennis to carry the tournament for the next six years in Canada. The deal builds off TSN’s previous four-year deal that began in 2007. The deal comes only months after Sportsnet took away ATP and Rogers Cup rights from TSN, so it shows that the networks still has great interest in showing high level tennis. The deal includes English-language TV rights for TSN and TSN2, French-language TV rights for RDS and mobile rights for TSN Mobile TV.
Here is a quote from Stewart Johnston, President, TSN
The legendary French Open clay-courts at Roland Garros have shaped some of the tennis world’s most remarkable moments for close to eight decades. We are pleased to continue our more than 25-year relationship with the French Tennis Federation giving Canadian tennis fans complete coverage of one of the sport’s biggest events.
And a quote from Michel Grach, Media & Sponsorship Director, Fédération Française de Tennis
We are proud to celebrate our long partnership with TSN by extending the duration and scope of our relationship. TSN and TSN2 have always delivered high quality coverage, and as technologies and broadcast platforms evolve we look forward to providing even more French Open magic to tennis fans across Canada.
TSN has broadcast the Roland Garros since 1985. The network continues to be the home to all four legs of the Tennis Grand Slam, Australian Open, Roland Garros Championships, the Championships at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.