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SBD Global/March 5, 2013/Facilities

Roland Garros Planned Renovations On Hold After Paris Tribunal Ruling

The planned renovation of Roland Garros is on hold after a Paris tribunal "sided with local residents who complained the development could harm the environment," according to the AP. The home of the French Open is "undergoing an expansion" that was scheduled to be completed in '17, with plans including a retractable roof over the center court. However, the Administrative Court of Paris "ordered the plans to be stopped, ruling in favor of three local associations who had expressed concern about the impact on the environment, especially a nearby botanical garden." In a statement on its website, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said it remained determined to carry out the modernization of Roland Garros, calling it "vital for the sustainability" of the French Open (AP, 3/1).
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