French Open to stay at renovated stadium

Feb. 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

PARIS, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The French Open won't move to the suburbs but will stay in Paris at a renovated Roland Garros stadium, the French Tennis Federation decided Sunday.

The annual Grand Slam tournament has outgrown the 85-year-old Roland Garros. But instead of opting for a new stadium outside of the city, federation officials voted to expand the existing one, Radio France International reported.

Under plans backed by the city of Paris, Roland Garros would add a new court and expand into an adjacent city park.

Also part of the improvements will be a cover for the main court so it can used at night or during rain, RFI said.

Tennis federation officials said the move will help enshrine the uniqueness of the famous French venue.

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