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Roland Garros keeps French Open

The French Open will continue to be played at Roland Garros in Paris after officials rejected proposals to move the Grand Slam event to another venue, bbc.co.uk informs. Three other projects, from the suburbs of the French capital, were bidding to host the clay-court event from 2016. However, all three were more costly as they needed building from scratch. An official statement said: “We back the project to create a new Roland Garros venue, extending and modernising the historic venue at Porte d’Auteuil.” The Fe­deration Francaise de Tennis (FFT) rejected Gonesse in the first round of voting, while a proposed site near the Palace of Versailles was dismissed in round two. The Roland Garros venue, which is situated in western Paris, then polled two-thirds of the vote in the final round to beat off competition from the eastern suburb Marne-la-Vallee, which also hosts Disneyland Paris. Roland Garros, which has been home to the French Open since it began 86 years ago, spans 8.5 hectares

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