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Roland Garros Expansion Faces Court Battle, But French Open Execs Vow To Press On
Published May 30, 2013
FORGET PARIS? In N.Y., Christopher Clarey noted the expansion project was “part of the 2011 decision to keep the tournament in Paris instead of moving it to the suburbs.” Gachassin said that the project was "critical.” Gachassin: “To save the tournament, we have to be able to make this project a reality. By save it, I mean that without this project, we’re going to be in competition with other countries who want to do the same thing. I know we are being threatened by certain regions of the world like Asia, or a Qatar, who has lots of money and want to build big stadiums.” Clarey wrote it “seems far-fetched to imagine the French Open losing its Grand Slam status in the near future.” But it is “certainly possible to imagine it slipping to last place in the Grand Slam pecking order with the Australian Open rising, and the United States Open recently mending fences with the players" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/29).