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Infosys adds French Open to Grand Slam tennis portfolio

Indian technology company Infosys has agreed a three-year deal with the French Tennis Federation to become the Digital Innovation Partner of Roland-Garros.

Under the deal, running from 2019 to 2021, Infosys will showcase its 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 new data and analytics presentations, which will allow 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 data science and artificial intelligence-led video analytics.

Finally, the Roland-Garros fan experience will be boosted through the use of virtual and augmented reality.

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.”

Technology giant IBM had been a technology partner to all four Grand Slams concurrently from 1993, when it first signed as a partner of the Australian Open.

IBM’s deals with the French Open and the Australian Open ended after the 2017 tournaments because of changing business needs.

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