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French Tennis wins appeal; Roland Garros centre court to get retractable roof

October 18, 2013 12:32 IST

The French Tennis Federation has welcomed the decision of a French tribunal to lift the suspension of plans to expand Roland Garros, the home of the French Open tournament.

Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to David Ferrer of Spain during their French Open Men's Singles final at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013

According to Sport24, in March, the planned renovation of Roland Garros was put on hold after the tribunal sided with local residents who complained the development could harm the environment. The Administrative Court of Paris's appeals court overturned the ruling on Thursday, the report said.

The home of the French Open is undergoing an expansion that was to be completed in 2017, with plans including a retractable roof over the centre court. Roland Garros is the smallest of the four Grand Slam venues that also includes the Australian Open at Melbourne, the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York and London's traditional grass-court event at Wimbledon.

Image: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to David Ferrer of Spain during their French Open Men's Singles final at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013

Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images