23 Mar 2010

French tennis Open could move from Paris

6:40 am on 23 March 2010

The French tennis Open could move out of Paris in the next few years because of infrastructure problems.

Organisers of the Grand Slam tournament have been considering for years how to extend the current Roland Garros stadium, located on the leafy western edge of the French capital.

The projects, including the construction of a roof-covered court to avoid rain delays to the springtime claycourt tournament, have stalled, however, because of opposition, notably from the public and environmentalists.

While the various extension plans are not shelved yet, organisers are now considering four possible new locations in the Paris suburbs, all over 15 kms away from the capital.

A final decision on whether the tournament will remain in Paris is expected during a general assembly of the French Tennis Federation scheduled for February next year.

This year's French Open runs from May 24th to June 6th.