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Roland Garros: tennis in between rhododendrons and maples

At Roland Garros work participants over the next weeks games in a new stadium between four botanical gardens. This architectural quirk, and the upcoming completion of a overkapbaar centre court put the tournament back on the map.

In the area of infrastructure limps Roland Garros is already years behind in comparison with the other three grandslamtoernooien. So is the surface area of the tennis courts is relatively limited and there may still be no matches indoor to be finished. A thorough renovation of centre court and a completely new, with botanical gardens surrounded the stadium to give the graveltoernooi again this year to shine.

Especially the new one with greenhouses rimmed Court Simonne Mathieu is an impressive eye-catcher. From the outside, seem four glass constructions with botanical gardens, seamlessly connecting to the adjacent historic Serres d’auteuil. Nothing betrays the presence of a modern tennis stadium with a capacity of 5,000 seats which is embedded between the new greenhouses. Tennis fans can get in between the matches by more than a thousand plant species to discover.

This new stadium is also not without a fight came. In particular, environmental organisations and local residents dwarsboomden for many years the plans for the required expansion close to the Serres d’Auteil to achieve. They feared for the survival of the botanical gardens, where, incidentally, also beeldwerken of Aguste Rodin to admire.

Covered centre court

Another important infrastructural catching up to Roland Garros has been the thorough renovation of the centre court Philippe Chatrier. In ten months time worked daily for approximately a thousand construction workers to the high-speed reconstruction of the main stadium.

The capacity is here remained the same at 15,000 seats, but the re-construction now offers the ability to have a retractable roof. Over the past years to the organization by persistent rains forced tens of thousands of visitors send home. The placement of the retractable roof will once again be a difficult feat. The project will start almost immediately after the mannenfinale on Sunday 9 June and for the next edition of Roland Garros are completed.