Roland-Garros, also known as the French Open, the annual tennis Grand Slam event held in Paris, will deliver a digitally enhanced experience this year using technology solutions deployed by Infosys. The collaboration between the French Tennis Association, which organises Roland-Garros, and the Bengaluru headquartered software services firm is part of a three-year partnership that started in early 2019.
The French Open, slated to get underway on September 21 for two weeks, attracted more than 520,000 spectators and was broadcast in 222 countries worldwide last year.
Leveraging Infosys’ technology platform, this year’s tournament will deliver a digitally enhanced experience by facilitating virtual experiences and greater access for fans, better training and analysis among players and coaches, as well as storytelling support for journalists, Infosys said in a statement.
The partnership required an intense remote collaboration due to the ongoing pandemic, which depended heavily on cloud-based services.
“2020 has introduced new challenges for how we consume sports and entertainment, and we’re excited that our partnership with Roland-Garros once again reinvents the digital landscape for fans, players and the media alike. From the all-new player app AI features to the enhanced Match Centre, we have leveraged powerful technologies and toolsets across the board to ensure fans, players, coaches have the best experience possible, wherever they are,” Infosys chief operating officer Pravin Rao said.
Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation, said that Infosys’ expertise in data processing will offer tennis fans the opportunity to slip into the shoes of an expert for improved match analysis.
“With Infosys, we're taking the spectator into a new experience, and a new dimension,” he said.
Recently, Infosys won a contract to implement its Finacle core banking solution at Prabhu Bank of Nepal.
Separately, the Bengaluru-based IT giant has also been selected by American water resources provider Essential Utilities to digitally transform its operations through SAP implementation.