Bengaluru-based information technology (IT) services company Infosys and the French Tennis Federation on Tuesday unveiled new technology driven features to help bridge the gap between remote fans and the game. The features are expected to transform the annual Roland-Garros experience for the entire tennis ecosystem.
Roland-Garros 2021 will see artificial intelligence (AI), 3D and cloud solutions being leveraged to transform match viewing, player training, tournament reporting, and broadcast editing, Infosys said in a statement. Fans, players, coaches, broadcasters, journalists, and the tournament organisers will be able to navigate the Grand Slam in innovative ways by using a new set of immersive and intelligent tools, the statement added.
Alongside, a digital art museum will also be launched. Audiences can take digital tour of the museum, where they can interact with legendary official posters and artwork from the past 41 years, and benefit from insightful commentary on each piece as if they were present in person.
“This is our second year impacted by the challenges of the pandemic and social distancing, but partnering with Infosys we have set a gold standard for other sporting organisations navigating a disrupted season, and looking to bridge the gap between players, coaches and fans across the world. The innovations we have created are leading the way in establishing a long-term immersive and digital standard for sporting tournaments,” Amélie Oudéa-Castera, CEO of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), said.
“As the official digital innovation partner for Roland-Garros, we have innovated to ensure the digital experiences we create are truly human experiences. This year, we are proud to have leveraged digital technologies in ways that truly immerse remote audiences into the full tournament experience,” Pravin Rao, COO, Infosys, said.
Organised by the French Tennis Federation, Roland-Garros is the only Grand Slam tournament to be played on clay courts. The 2020 edition of Roland-Garros was broadcasted in 222 countries worldwide.
This year the tournament runs from May 24 to June 13.
Infosys and French Open collaborated in September 2020 to enhance the digital experience for fans.