'Court Phillippe Chatrier' at Roland Garros getting a retractable roof

05-14-2009, 04:17 AM
PARIS (AP)—Plans for a new retractable roof at Roland Garros are moving forward.

The roof is scheduled to be ready in 2011 to prevent rain delays at the French Open.

The French Tennis Federation chose an architect Wednesday, unanimously voting for Marc Mimram. Mimram is well known as the designer of the overpass that connects France and Germany across the Rhine River in Strasbourg.

The new roof at Roland Garros will cover the center court. The courts in a planned extension not far away from the main stadium are also set to get roofs.

Wimbledon is using a retractable roof on its center court for the first time this year.


05-14-2009, 05:34 AM
Good news!
(I remember that Yanic Noah was strongly against any construction developement on RG venue, saying that that money should be invested in junior tennis.)

05-14-2009, 08:01 AM
The thread title is misleading. They won't cover Chatrier, they will build a new center court.

There's a small picture of the project here (http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75/c-est-le-roland-garros-du-futur-14-05-2009-512145.php).

And btw, there's already a thread (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=133237) on this.