24 September 2010
The French Open may abandon plans to re-locate to the Parisian suburbs after a vital concession that could allow the French Tennis Federation (FFT) to expand the existing site. Organisers have been seeking ways to modernise and improve the historic location near the French capital’s Bois de Boulogne, but have been hampered by protests from the public and environmentalists.
This led to speculation earlier this year that the FFT may contemplate a move from the famous grounds, with Euro Disney a possibility. However, BBC Sport Online reports that 10 days ago the Federation were granted access to the Jean Bouin Stadium, just 100 metres from Roland Garros, which could allow for the construction of 17 new courts.
A final decision will be taken in February.