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IBM Takes French Open Tennis Action to the 'Net

Official Site at www.frenchopen.org

ARMONK, NY - 18 May 1999: -- Few experiences rival visiting Paris in the spring. For those unable to make the trip this year, IBM and the Federation Francaise de Tennis offer the official Web site of the 1999 French Open tennis tournament. Now live at www.frenchopen.org, the official site captures all the action and excitement of the French Open and is the next best thing to being in the stands at the legendary clay courts of Roland Garros.

As information technology partner of the French Open, IBM has created the tournament's official Web site since 1996. This year's Web site, presented in both French and English, will deliver all the live scores and stats tennis fans expect, plus several innovative, interactive features to help bring fans around the world closer to the game than ever before. New to the official French Open site this year are a user-controlled "Slam Cam" Web camera and an enhanced Java scoreboard.

Highlights of www.frenchopen.org will include:

"Our goal for the French Open Web site is to provide not only the real-time results and statistics that fans want to see but also to offer an interactive experience which allows them to choose what they see and when they see it," said Tom Burke, senior sports marketing manager at IBM. "Our relationship with the Federation Francaise de Tennis is an excellent example of how IBM's e-business solutions are helping a client reach its customers -- in their case, tennis enthusiasts around the world."

In addition to the official tournament Web site, IBM also provides equipment and services to collect results and statistics from all the matches, distributes information to broadcasters and display boards around Roland Garros and provides the IBM Radar Gun to measure the serve speeds on the show courts. The IBM Internet Cafe at Roland Garros debuted last year and will be further improved for the 1999 tournament. Spectators at the French Open can visit this technology showcase to follow matches on the Web, surf the Internet, send electronic postcards and play interactive games.

The official French Open Web site is also accessible at: http://www.rolandgarros.org.

Products and Services involved in IBM's French Open solution: Systems integration, Web design and content hosting from IBM Global Services; IBM PCs, ThinkPads, IntelliStations, Aptivas, RS/6000 workstations, RS/6000 SPs using IBM's AIX operating system, Netfinity servers, Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino, Net.Commerce, eNetwork Dispatcher, Tivoli software, IBM SurfAid Analytics, LAN Network Manager and RAMAC Array storage units.

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Lotus, Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino are registered trademarks of Lotus Development Corporation.

Tivoli is a registered trademark of Tivoli Systems Inc.

Java is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

Contact(s) information

Joyce Lagas
IBM
914-765-4599
jlagas@us.ibm.com

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