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France Télévisions could drop French Open, report says

Public-service broadcaster France Télévisions may decide against renewing a domestic rights deal for the French Open tennis grand slam as part of a review into its sports-rights portfolio, according to French newspaper Le Monde.

The report said that the broadcaster, which is in the final year of a rights deal for the Roland Garros tournament in Paris, may not extend the agreement beyond the 2013 event due to cost-cutting measures.

France Télévisions currently spends about €15.5 million ($20.2 million) per year on the rights for the competition. However, the broadcaster is aiming to make savings of between €150 million and €200 million.