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French Open boosted by Roland Garros courts concession

Roland Garros
Roland Garros has been home to the French Open for 85 years

The French Open may remain at the current Roland Garros site rather than being relocated to Paris's suburbs.

Organisers have long considered ways of extending the current stadia, but these have stalled because of opposition from the public and environmentalists.

However, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) has recently been granted use of the Jean Bouin stadium, providing space for 17 courts next to Roland Garros.

A final decision over the French Open's venue will made in February 2011.

"There's been progress for the project 'Roland Garros within Roland Garros' although nothing is final," said FFT president Jean Gachassin.

"10 days ago, we were granted a concession to the Jean Bouin stadium, which is huge because it means 17 courts some 100 metres from Roland Garros. Obviously, there is a soul at Roland Garros. We have to take this into account."

606: DEBATE

However the FFT has yet to rule out relocating the French Open to the Parisian suburbs, with sites at Marne La Vallee, Gonesse and Versailles under consideration.

An upgraded site, in the centre of Paris or the French capital's suburbs, should be ready in 2015 or 2016.

Roland Garros, which has been home to the French Open since it began 85 years ago, spans 8.5 hectares, less than half the size of the 18.5 hectares at Wimbledon's All-England Club.

There are also no covered courts at the venue, unlike Wimbledon where a roof has been successfully installed on Centre Court.



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