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(May 13, 2010) Imagine John Isner's 140 mph serve exploding into your living room or Rafael Nadal throwing a fierce fist pump that comes so close you can see traces of red clay beneath his finger nails.

Grand Slam tennis will come with a new view this month.


European tennis fans may be tempted to duck from perceived flying pieces of clay headed their way during the French Open. European fans can don their glasses and get ready to see Roland Garros in 3D.

In collaboration with
France Télévision, host broadcaster of the tournament, Orange TV will offer the French Open in 3D to DSL and fiber subscribers who are equipped with compatible television sets. A selection of matches will be broadcast live in 3D on a special channel
on Orange TV, tournament officials announced today.

In a Grand Slam tournament first, the men's singles final on Sunday June 6th, will be broadcast in 3D in more than two hundred theaters throughout France for the price of a movie ticket.

The French Tennis Federation also announced that almost 2,600 TV/HIFI retail outlets across Europe will allow shoppers to watch the tournament on the new 3D Panasonic televisions, via Orange in France and via Eurosport throughout the rest of Europe.

Europeans won't have to wait until the French Open to see tennis in 3D.

Madrid is taking tennis to the big screen with the two-player singles final presented as a 3D experience.

The Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open men's and women's singles finals set for Sunday, May 16th will be simulcast in 3D in select movie theaters in Spain.


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