Infosys adds French Open to grand slam portfolio

Indian technology company Infosys has agreed a strategic partnership with Roland-Garros, site of the French Open, adding to its portfolio of grand slam tennis tournaments.

The three-year deal, running from 2019 to 2021, will aim to provide fans, players and coaches with a completely new experience, leveraging Infosys’ expertise in digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data and analytics, mobility, virtual and augmented reality.

As part of the partnership, Infosys and Roland-Garros will work on several new digitally-enabled experiences. These include a re-imagined fan experience powered by data and analytics, which will enable fans to follow live scores, “feel the pulse” of live matches, delve deeper into match analytics and understand what ultimately influenced the outcome of the match. The tool will be available on the official Roland-Garros website during the tournament.

The two parties said they will also develop an advanced digital platform for players and coaches to study and analyse their game throughout the tournament. This platform will be powered by rich data science and AI-led video analytics to help them understand what’s working well and what’s not, aid their strategy for upcoming matches and enable decision-making.

Finally, the Roland-Garros fan experience will be boosted through the use of VR and AR. Virtual and augmented reality experiences at the Infosys fan zone will offer fans a chance to experience what it is like stepping onto the Philippe-Chatrier court.

Pravin Rao, chief operating officer of Infosys, said: “We are committed to helping Roland-Garros further expand its global following in the physical and the virtual world powered by digital innovation where fans and players alike can experience game-changing innovations.”

IBM had been a technology partner of all four grand slams concurrently from 1993, when it first signed as a partner of the Australian Open. However, IBM’s deals with the French Open and the Australian Open ended as of 2017 because of changing business needs.

The Australian Open subsequently agreed a three-year deal with Infosys in September 2018.