French Open to start on Sunday from next year
PARIS, Sept 18 (Reuters) - The French Open will start on a Sunday instead of a Monday from next year as part of a general plan to stage all grand slams over 15 days instead of 14, French Tennis Federation (FFT) president Christian Bimes said on Sunday.
"The tournament will last 15 days from 2006, which is great news for the promotion of tennis," Bimes said after this weekend's Fed Cup final between France and Russia at Roland Garros which set an attendance record.
The centre court's 15,000 seats were packed on Saturday and Sunday for a tie Russia won 3-2.
The idea of an extra weekend day at grand slam events is to boost ticket sales and television audiences.