Tennis

French Open welcomes retractable roof

The French Open is one of the most historic competitions in the world, but the clay court venue has been brought bang up to date with the addition of a retractable roof. The structure covers Roland Garros' main stage, the Philippe-Chatrier court, in a bid to rid the biggest matches of those pesky rain delays. The roof, which will take approximately 15 minutes to close, is made up of 11 individual trusses — each weighing 330 metric tons — and took eight months to assemble, according to organizers. READ: Margaret Court criticizes John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova over protest
READ: Djokovic says tough upbringing in Serbia made him 'hungrier for success'It took a total of eight months to fit the structure. The individual components were made in workshops near Venice over a period of two years and will cover a surface area of one hectare in total. The French stop of the tennis tour is the last major to fit a retractable roof to join Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open.

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The new roof will undergo multiple tests ahead of the start of this year&#Read More – Source