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Roland Garros to host French Open eSports tournament. India will have qualifiers

Qualifiers will be held across eight countries, including India

Santanu Basu 30 March 2018, 7:27 PM
This will be the first tennis gaming tournament of this magnitude

This will be the first tennis gaming tournament of this magnitude Image: Twitter

French Open organisers Roland Garros has announced a gaming tournament to go hand-in-hand with this year's French Open. The eSports tournament will be called Roland-Garros e-series by BNP Paribas and will be sponsored by French Open's main partner, multinational banking group BNP Paribas.

The tournament will start in April and will take place across eight countries, which include the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, China, India and Brazil. A qualifying phase will be organised in the run-up to the French Open, where participants will compete in a demo-version of the unreleased Tennis World Tour game by Bigben Interactive.

All the regional events will be contested by 32 participants in total. The winners from each country will then play against each other in the grand final, which will take place at Roland-Garros stadium on May 25, this year.

The tournament will be the first of its kind in the field of tennis. There are football gaming tournaments organised around the world by many leagues such as MLS in the United States, Virtual Bundesliga in Germany and also French championship which includes football teams of France. There are gaming tournaments associated with NBA, La Liga, UEFA and also NHL.

This will be the first time where a global competition is taking place on a demo for an unreleased game. But it sure will give the game a lot of hype and this tie-up will be another boost for eSports. The demo is available in UK and other European countries but it is not yet available on PlayStation Network in India. Tennis World Tour will be released on May 22 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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