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Roland Garros venue renovations

I've noticed during the live streaming that many of the courts look a lot different from the past. Does anyone have a summary of all the improvements and renovations that have been made for this year? I would assume the best articles are in French.
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They have three new courts: Court 7 and 9 (replacing the old courts 7, 9 and 11) and court 18, a big showcourt at the far western end of the area. It's quite obvious that they are trying to copy Pietrangeli there.
Court 2 is not in use anymore.
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They have three new courts: Court 7 and 9 (replacing the old courts 7, 9 and 11) and court 18, a big showcourt at the far western end of the area. It's quite obvious that they are trying to copy Pietrangeli there.
Court 2 is not in use anymore.
Thanks for your reply I think the new Court 7 is what really caught my attention. The huge metallic wall in the background is kinda strange looking and reminds me of Madrid.

Has the Bull Ring been demolished yet? I know it will be eventually in order for a new public garden area similar to Henman Hill.
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Here is a summary I found on the website:

https://www.rolandgarros.com/en-us/a...18-french-open

About time they invested a little in the venue, it hadn't changed at all since I first went in 2005.
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Thanks for your reply I think the new Court 7 is what really caught my attention. The huge metallic wall in the background is kinda strange looking and reminds me of Madrid.

Has the Bull Ring been demolished yet? I know it will be eventually in order for a new public garden area similar to Henman Hill.
Not yet, I think they will demolish it when the new court one is in use, most probably in 2019.
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I just found an article that gives really good details

https://www.eurosport.com/tennis/rol...12/story.shtml

Interesting bits:

Chatrier will be almost completely demolished and rebuilt with a new roof (which won't be on until 2020)

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After this year's tournament, which runs from May 27-June 10, 80 percent of Philippe Chatrier will be destroyed.

"It is one of our biggest challenges," Gilles Jourdan, director of the expansion project, told Reuters. "The stands of the Centre Court will be destroyed so they can be rebuilt next spring and be ready for 2019."
The new Court One (which will have greenhouses on it ) will be named after Simmone Mathieu

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A little further on, work on Court Simonne Mathieu is almost complete.

Named after France's second-most decorated female player, the arena will replace Court One, the stadium's third-largest court, affectionately known as the "Bullring" because of its shape and atmosphere.

The Bullring's 5,000-seater replacement will be nestled among the area's graceful 19-century greenhouses, and will be ready in time for the 2020 tournament.
The Bullring will be in use through 2019

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Court One will be demolished only after the 2019 French Open, and Giudicelli plans to allow supporters with a general access pass into the Bullring next year to give them an opportunity to bid adieu to the arena.
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Destroying Court 1 is idiotic
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Are they gonna tear the venue down with the crowd in it?

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Destrying Court 1 is idiotic
It is sad to be losing such an iconic venue, but I have a feeling that the new court 18 will eventually become iconic.
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Courts 6 and 8 are the same
Looks like 10 has been replaced with a Marquee

7 and 9 are new this year

18 is big and new to replace 2 will be called 14 soon

12 14 16 at the back of Lenglen look similar with small stands on one side only

13 and 15 have seats on only one half of one side

17 looks to be a practice court only with no stands
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Are there any facilities like food and toilets by the New 18 ???
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so what happened to 2/3 ? destroyed? or Court 3 still in use?


I'd be curious to go see all the changes. Court 18 sounds cool . Maybe I'll have to go back there , after all

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so what happened to 2/3 ? destroyed? or Court 3 still in use?


I'd be curious to go see all the changes. Court 18 sounds cool . Maybe I'll have to go back there , after all
Court 3 is still in use, Court 2 not.
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Re: Roland Garros venue renovations

Strange to see such a small stadium with two tiers It also doesn't look like there will be a lot of room at the back for players to return from deep in the court.

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