|French Open could stay at Roland Garros|
Friday, 24 September 2010 08:50
The French Tennis Open could remain at the current Roland Garros site, rather than being moved to Paris' s suburbs, it has been revealed.
Plans to extend the grand slam venue mean that it could now retain the tournament instead of it having to be relocated.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has recently been granted a concession to use the Jean Bouin stadium that provides space for 17 courts next to Roland Garros.
President of the FFT, Jean Gachassin, said: "There has been significant progress for the project 'Roland Garros within Roland Garros' although nothing is final.
"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."
Despite this news, a move to the Paris suburbs has still not been ruled out.
Gachassin added: "We are still considering Marne La Vallee, Gonesse and Versailles."
A final decision will be made at a FFT meeting in February 2011.