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Postponed until the end of September, the Roland-Garros tournament will benefit from “new look” facilities, including a removable roof on the center court which will allow matches to continue in the event of rain.
It is an extraordinary project: 380 million euros over ten years and 350 workers currently at work. The French Tennis Federation has not skimped on the means to renovate Roland-Garros.
Usually held in the spring in Paris, the famous clay tennis tournament was postponed this year to September 27 due to the Covid-19 pandemic – the qualifications starting on the 21st. While work will continue during the competition, the main novelty is already ready: a removable roof 110 meters long and 105 meters wide to cover the Philippe-Chatrier court in the event of rain.
Composed of 11 wings of 350 tons each to remind that Roland Garros was a pioneer in aviation, this roof will be able to fold and unfold in 15 minutes. However, the central court will not become an “indoor” room because the roof will never be completely closed, thus allowing drafts to pass through.