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FIC aces French Open rights deal in Asia

The Fox International Channels broadcast subsidiary of US media company 21st Century Fox has signed a five-year contract for the exclusive rights to the French Open tennis grand slam across 20 territories in Asia.

The agreement commences from the 2014 French Open and also takes in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of the tournament at Roland Garros in Paris.

Territories included under the deal are: Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, China, Cambodia, South Korea, DPR Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Fiji, Mongolia and the Pacific Islands. FIC will provide coverage of the French Open in Singapore from May 2016 onwards.

The agreement has been signed with the Federation Française de Tennis, the governing body of French tennis, and was brokered by the Sportfive agency. It includes rights across television, broadband, mobile and IPTV platforms.

Fox Sports will also broadcast the French Open in multiple languages across the territories including Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia, in addition to English.