L’Equipe, the French free-to-air digital sports broadcaster, has secured domestic rights to four top-tier annual men’s ATP 250 tennis tournaments held in the country.
The broadcaster will cover: the Open Sud de France, the Open 13 Provence, the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, and the Moselle Open.
The first two of these will take place over the next month, with the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes scheduled for May and the Moselle event set for September.
All four events will be covered by the free L’Equipe Live platform.
BeIN Sports, the international pay-TV broadcaster, also holds rights to these events on a subscription-only basis, meanwhile.
The first broadcast starts today, with the debut of the Open Sud de France. From that tournament, two matches will be covered daily, as well as one semi-final and then the final.
Emmanuel Alix, director of L’Equipe’s digital division, said: “The L’Equipe platform confirms with this new acquisition its position as a benchmark platform, particularly in the streaming of sporting events … L’Equipe Live continues to enrich its tennis offer.”
In late December, the digital broadcaster struck a four-season extension to an existing partnership with the International Biathlon Union (IBU).
The deal, which was brokered by Eurovision Sport, the sports arm of the European Broadcasting Union, kicks off at the start of the 2022-23 season and runs until the end of the 2025-26 season.
The new agreement will see L’Equipe provide live free-to-air broadcast coverage to nine IBU World Cup events per season. They are scheduled to take place in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland in 2023, 2024, and 2025, respectively.