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Roland Garros facelift gets green light

Press Association logoPress Association 2/02/2017

The French Tennis Federation has finally been given the go-ahead to redevelop Roland Garros.

The FFT announced plans in 2013 to expand the site of the French Open but has been mired in a long-running legal battle with opponents.

The controversy centres on a new court to be built in the neighbouring botanic gardens, where there are a number of historic greenhouses.

But the FFT announced on Thursday that final appeals by environmental groups and local opponents had been rejected.

The work, which includes a retractable roof over the main court, Philippe Chatrier, is expected to be completed by 2020, two years later than originally planned.

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