Renovation work at Roland Garros receives go-ahead
The planned renovation of Roland Garros, the home of the French Open, can finally begin after France’s highest administrative jurisdiction gave its goahead to the project. The Conseil d’Etat said in a statement yesterday that it had overturned a court decision that had put the whole project on hold. Environmental groups opposing the extension claimed the construction of a new 5,000-seat court in the Serres d’Auteuil botanical garden would harm the vegetation. The botanical garden’s 19th century greenhouses, a few hundred metres (yards) from centre court, host a large variety of tropical and local flowers. As part of the refurbishment work, the French tennis federation is planning to build a roof over centre court by 2020. Roland Garros is the smallest of the four Grand Slam venues. Plans call for an extension of the site from 21 acres (8.5 hectares) to about 34 acres (13.5 hectares).