The French Open tennis tournament kicked off yesterday at Roland-Garros, and of course there’s an official iPad (and iOS) app for it – and it’s called Roland-Garros 2011 – French Open.
I love to follow each of tennis’ major tournaments, so I was watching a few of the opening matches yesterday and I’ve taken a quick look at this app this morning.
It’s not the greatest looking of apps, but it’s got the basics covered if you want to follow the French Open.
Here are its main features:
– Real-time scores, point by point
– Live matches and video best-of
– Real-time breaking news + photos
– Draws and results
– Video highlights, behind the scenes coverage
– player bios
– available in 2 languages
– visitor’s guide + map of stadium
– the official Roland Garros radio
The app lets you choose between French and English at first launch or via its settings in the More section.
The main ‘Live’ view shows boxes with the scores of matches currently going on, and lets you flick back in each to view earlier results.
You can toggle live audio on and off via a little button at the top right of all screens.
The Videos section of the app is disappointing – as it offers only video interviews with players and a single video for highlights of each day’s play, no individual match highlights and no live video.
There’s a Players section with player profiles. This page also could be better done. Players are listed in two long alphabetical lists for men and women. It would be much nicer to see them listed by their seed as well.
This is definitely not an app to write home about. It’s the only official app in town and does the basics, but not much beyond that.
Here’s an App Store link for Roland-Garros 2011 – French Open. It’s a free app and a universal app designed for both the iPad and the iPhone.