French Open-Infosys court fans tech tennis way


New AI powered experiences during French Open Image: Stade Roland Garros, Nawal, CC BY 2.0

Infosys, a global leader in the next-generation digital services and consulting, and the French Tennis Federation (FFT) revealed on May 30th new innovations that will continue their partnership to transform and power the game in a novel, smarter more immersive ways.

‘Infosys’ stated that the innovations, powered by cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality, and data and analytics will take fan engagement to a whole new level while continuing to empower players, coaches, media, tournament organizers, and the community.

Bengaluru (India)-based Infosys is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. Over 300,000 of the company’s people work to amplify human potential and create the next opportunity for people, businesses and communities.

The French Tennis Federation is the governing body for tennis in France. It was founded in 1920, and is tasked with the organisation, coordination and promotion of the sport. It is recognized by the International Tennis Federation and by the French Minister of Sports.

The French Open, also known as Roland-Garros, is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, beginning in late May each year. The tournament and venue are named after the French aviator Roland Garros.

In the eyes of sports fans, and indeed the general public, Roland-Garros is an unmissable event. The 2023 edition of Roland-Garros is being broadcasted in 223 countries worldwide, confirming the tournament’s status as a first-class international sporting event. Organized by the French Tennis Federation, Roland-Garros is the only Grand Slam tournament to be played on clay, one of the oldest and most noble surfaces in the history of tennis.

The 2023 French Open got off to a start on May 28th and will end on June 11th, 2023.

‘Infosys’ further stated that with over four decades of experience in managing the systems and workings of the global enterprises, Infosys expertly steer clients in more than 56 countries, as they navigate their digital transformation powered by cloud. It enables them with an AI-powered core, empower the business with agile digital at scale and drive continuous improvement with always-on learning through the transfer of digital skills, expertise and ideas from its innovation ecosystem. Infosys is deeply committed to being a well-governed, environmentally sustainable organization where diverse talent thrives in an inclusive workplace.

Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. Large clouds often have functions distributed over multiple locations, each of which is a data center.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intelligence – perceiving, synthesizing and inferring information – demonstrated by machines as opposed to intelligence displayed by humans or by other animals.

Fan Engagement

Fans can practice and measure their serving skills just like the pros at the all-new Infosys x Wilson Smash Corner at Roland-Garros. Using high-tech cameras, Infosys Technologies will record and super impose individual’s serves on Court Philippe-Chatrier (main clay court at Stade Roland Garros), just as if they were serving on the main court. The participant will also be provided tailored serve analysis and feedback on their posture and performance to enhance their technique, enabling access to pro-level analysis for every fan.

In addition, Infosys will continue to drive the enhancements to the existing Match Center features as well as powering the Roland-Garros Fantasy Game. The Infosys Tennis Virtual Reality Experience will place fans at the center of a virtual game and give them the opportunity to take part in matches against the game’s best.

Media Enablement

A new analytical feature has been added to Infosys’ AI-Assisted Journalism tool to help media track and report from the court to fans at home. An insight-driven tool that is designed to help journalists report accurately on the tournament, this AI-powered feature picks up on multiple factors such as match length and crowd noise in the stadium to rate the levels of excitement and tension surrounding the game, bringing fans across the globe closer to the action and atmosphere.

Player Performance

AI videos, an advanced match strategy tool deployed by Infosys in 2019 at Roland Garros has been further enhanced with new innovations such as player tendencies, which analyzes efficacy of their first and second serves and their returns to provide an accurate correlation between their reactive tendencies and win rate. Another new feature launched is ‘Get in the Zone’ where AI curates custom video playlists and loads all the winning trends against specific opponents to positively influence the players mindset pre-match.

Community Engagement

Building on the success of last year’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program, powered by Infosys’ Springboard, Infosys and the French Tennis Federation will be providing a unique two-day program aimed at children with a passion for Science, technology and tennis to inspire students to explore the interplay between sport and STEM.

Tournament Heritage

The Infosys Roland-Garros 3D Art Museum, a dedicated digital space to the 130-year tournament heritage, is unveiling the Yannick Noah Room that marks the 40-year anniversary of Yannick Noah’s historic Grand Slam win in 1983. Bringing culture, sport and technology together, the room will consist of 3D immersive exhibits, a video wall and an all-new AR experience that lets visitors relive Noah’s winning point in an augmented reality (AR) experience.

Stated Sumit Virmani, Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Marketing Officer, Infosys, “Now in its fifth year, this partnership continues to help transform and propel the sport forwards, for the better. Several new innovations this year have been powered by Infosys Topaz and bring an AI-first approach to reimagine the Roland-Garros tournament in fresh new ways for fans, media and crucially players, leaning on the sport’s heritage while powering and inspiring the future generations. We are truly excited with the potential of technology powered transformative progress that continues to make Roland-Garros amongst the most exciting Grand Slams for the billion fans of the sport around the world.”

Said Amélie Mauresmo, Tournament Director Roland-Garros, “Infosys has amplified the reach of the tournament over the past five years while adding real value to everyone in the game. As the Digital Innovation Partner, their focus on taking the game into new dimensions while preserving the culture heritage of Roland-Garros with digital platforms has helped us engage deeper with those on and beyond the court in a meaningful way. We will continue to find avenues to make the tournament more iconic and innovative with technology.”

Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience that combines the real world and the computer-generated content. The content can span multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory, and olfactory.

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