The French Open tennis championship will feature its own esports tournament for Tennis World Tour for the second year in a row, according to ESportsObserver. The tournament will have a prize money pool of €10K ($11.3K).
The Roland-Garros eSeries will see players from 10 countries competing at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. The tournament will be sponsored by French bank BNP Paribas for the second year in a row. BNP Paribas will provide venues for some national finals events, including Internazionali BNL di Roma and the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes de Lyon and they will also host local national finals competitions in Bombay, Frankfurt, London, and Shanghai.
Vincent-Baptiste Closon, international sponsorships manager at BNP Paribas, commented, "The organization of this second edition of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas, in collaboration with the French Tennis Federation, was a logical step for us.
As a long-term sponsor of tennis, the bank has always supported the innovations developed in this sport, especially ones that concern the younger generations”. The international grand finals will be held on June 9, the final day of the French Open.
Players will initially compete online in Bigben Interactive’s Tennis World Tour, while the live finals events will use the upcoming sequel, Tennis World Tour – Roland-Garros Edition. Stéphane Morel, Deputy CEO of Marketing and Business Development at the French Tennis Federation, commented, "Following on from the enthusiasm shown for the first Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas, we wanted to go one step further this year with the second edition of this international e-tennis tournament, to offer fans and gamers the best possible experience.
I’m convinced that this new worldwide competition and its new features will incite great enthusiasm in participants from the competition’s 10 host countries. We are proud to share this ambition with our partners BNP Paribas and Bigben, and are eager to get this new season started!”