ESPN,the only network to have a part of all four tennis Grand Slam tournaments, is dropping the French Open after 13years, SportsBusiness Journal reported.

According to the report, an ESPN executive said that the decision is "based on the network's position as the second or third TV outlet covering the tournament -- behind NBC and Tennis Channel."

ESPN did not always get the premier matches because of the shared rights, and its ratings reflected that.

SportsBusiness Journal noted that ESPN's rights likely will shift to the NBC Sports Network, though NBC has not begun talks with Tennis Channel, which holds the event's rights" through '23. ESPN had been paying Tennis Channel a sublicense fee to air the French.

The French Open is NBC's only remaining major tennis property. The network has been the primary home for the Paris matches since 1975.