New Roof, Lights At Roland-Garros To Help With Fall French Open Dates – Forbes

New Roof, Lights At Roland-Garros To Help With Fall French Open Dates – Forbes


The pandemic forced the shift of the French Open at Roland-Garros from May to late September, making the completion of a new roof over Philippe-Chatrier court, the largest stadium at the Paris site, all that more important. 

With the smallest footprint of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the French Open was also the only of the four without a retractable roof over any court. But the new roof atop Philippe-Chatrier, completed in time for the original French Open dates, could prove important to keep at least one match flowing no matter the weather when the tournament’s main draw beginning Sept. 27. 

“This roof gives the tournament a whole new dimension,” says Bernard Giudicelli, French Tennis Federation president, “by ensuring that play can continue while providing consistent playing conditions, particularly from the quarterfinals onward.” 

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