Playing at Roland Garros no more?
French Open organisers revealed on Saturday they are considering two options to increase the tournament's capacity: expanding Roland Garros or moving to one of three potential new sites.sports Updated: May 22, 2010 23:51 IST
French Open organisers revealed on Saturday they are considering two options to increase the tournament's capacity: expanding Roland Garros or moving to one of three potential new sites.
'We don't know if the best future lies with keeping this strong urban location with its huge assets and its limits or if the vision should involve reconstruction, starting with a blank page where we would have space,' said French Tennis Federation (FFT) chief executive and tournament director Gilbert Ysern.
Of the four Grand Slams, Roland Garros is the smallest at 8.5 hectares. The venue for the US Open is 14 hectares and both Wimbledon and the Australian Open take place on 20 hectare sites.
'Whatever improvements we make, we have to push the walls. We have to find additional space outside,' added Ysern.
Earlier this week, the Paris town council unveiled an extension project for the current site that would involve installing a retractable roof on Centre Court and the use of a hectare of the Boulogne forest to the west of Paris.
'It's definitely a very attractive project,' said Ysern.