ESPN acquires French Open rights in Brazil
US media giant Disney has acquired broadcast rights in Brazil to tennis’ 2022 French Open, the clay-court grand slam, which runs from May 22 to June 5.
Through the deal, made with the FFT, the French Tennis Federation, Disney will broadcast more than 150 hours of the tournament via its networks ESPN 2, the pay-television channel, and Star+ streaming service in the country.
The rights return to ESPN in Brazil after being held by cable television network BandSports since 2013.
With the addition of Roland Garros, ESPN now holds the rights in Brazil to all four tennis grand slams, including the season-opening Australian Open, Wimbledon Championships, and the US Open.
It also has a portfolio that includes 50 other tennis competitions including tournaments from the men’s ATP tour and women’s WTA tour.
The latest media rights deal by the FFT follows a renewal by SuperSport, the dominant pay-television operator in sub-Saharan Africa, to continue broadcasting the tournament until 2026 last month.
ServusTV, the German-language free-to-air television channel, also acquired broadcast rights in Austria for the tournament this year through a deal agreed with pan-European rightsholder Eurosport.
Under that deal, ServusTV Austria will air a “top game” from Roland Garros each day of the tournament on both its linear channel and ServusTV On streaming platform.
Last year, US media giant Discovery agreed a new five-year rights deal for the French Open in Europe for Eurosport.