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Roland Garros No Longer Held at Roland Garros?

Posted by gauloises1 on November 4, 2009

The French tennis federation is reportedly threatening to move the French Open from Roland Garros to a new location if Parisian authorities do not approve its extension project. Gosh. 

roland garros

As I blogged way back in May, everything looked set with the plan to put a retractable roof over Chatrier and generally extend and spruce up the grounds. Unfortunately, the Paris City Council are getting a bit wary:

“It seems that the mayor’s entourage has become more hostile to our project – which was not the case when we launched it,” [director-general of the FFT] Ysern said.

“Add to that the residents’ opposition and we are now forced to look for other options, including that of leaving the premises.”

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Bear in mind that both the Paris City Council and the French government are supposed to contribute £18 million to the project. Still … cough it up, Paris. Nobody wants the French Open to move!

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