M6 won’t bid for French Open rights

French commercial broadcaster M6 has said it will not submit a bid for the domestic rights to the French Open tennis tournament.

Fédération Française de Tennis, the governing body of tennis in France, this month launched a tender that was split into three separate packages for the next cycle of media rights to the grand slam event.

The tender will cover the next five editions of the tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, from 2014 to 2018. However, M6 will not be part of the tender process, according to president Nicolas de Tavernost.

“We do not have value to bring to the tournament at Roland Garros [and] this is why we will not respond to the call to tender,” he told French newspaper Le Figaro.

De Tavernost said that M6 is “pretty focused” on the tender for the French media rights to European qualifiers for the Uefa Euro 2016 and 2018 Fifa World Cup national team football tournaments.

De Tavernost added: “We must take into account financial constraints and this is why we are selective.”