This year, Roland Garros is not taking place under the same conditions as usual. Already, the tournament has been postponed by a week because of the health situation. This delay will however allow the reception of spectators, which will completely change the atmosphere that reigns on the courts compared to the tournaments of recent months around the world. The qualifications at Roland Garros begin this Monday, May 24 and last until Friday, May 28. The objective of qualifying is to bring several players into the main draw. Serious things start with the final draw which is set from Monday May 30 to Sunday June 13, the day of the men’s draw grand finale. The date of the women’s final is scheduled for Saturday June 12. The two finals will be played with 5,000 people in the stands of the Philippe Chatrier court. Big news this year: the matches were divided between France Télévisions and Amazon Prime Video in terms of their broadcasting.
This is one of the great upheavals of this 2021 edition of Roland-Garros: the redistribution of TV rights. Whereas previously, France Télévisions and Eurosport were the broadcasters of the competition, the situation is different for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 tournaments. The audiovisual rights for Roland-Garros throughout this period have been allocated to France Télévisions for lot 1 and to Amazon for lot 2. In other words, France Télévisions will offer all the matches of the tournament, with the exception of those played on the Simonne-Mathieu court as well as those in the evening sessions. This unencrypted broadcast by France Télévisions will begin at 11 am on France 5 or on France 4, and it will continue from 2 pm on France 2. Conversely, lot 2 available to Amazon includes all the matches played on the Simonne-Mathieu court as well as those in the evening on the Philippe-Chatrier court. Note that the semi-finals and finals (men and women) will be co-broadcast by France TV and Amazon. Thanks to this redistribution of audiovisual rights, the tournament gains financially and in visibility. The financial windfall over the 2021-2023 period will then increase by 25% compared to the average for the previous three years. This will allow the French Tennis Federation to finance the promotion and development of tennis in France. If the FFT has chosen to review the way Roland-Garros is broadcast, it is also to adapt to new media consumption patterns on the part of viewers, and thus reach a new audience. As a reminder, Amazon is already engaged in the distribution of tennis with the rights acquired in Great Britain (US Open, Masters 1000 / ATP 500, and WTA circuit).
Sports lovers, you don’t want to miss anything at Roland Garros, the biggest French tennis competition taking place on clay? With France Télévisions (France 2, France 4 and France 5), you have free access to all the matches mentioned above. The various channels of France Télévisions are accessible directly on your TV, but also on all your media. If you prefer to watch Roland-Garros differently, you can do so on a smartphone, computer or tablet. Thanks to the France TV application and its website, you have the opportunity to watch the matches that you choose yourself according to your favorite players. To follow the matches offered by Amazon, you can do so by subscribing to the Prime Video service, which gives you access to the competition on TV or your other media. You can take advantage of a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime Video, so be sure to take the opportunity to see the full competition!