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RG Roof in 2020, Night Matches in 2021


Court Philippe Chatrier will come with a cap next year and Roland Garros will glow in 2021.

Tournament officials met with the media to discuss the continued remodeling of Roland Garros.

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French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said though the roof will be in place over Chatrier next year, Roland Garros won't play official night sessions under lights until 2021 so that the tournament can be fully prepared for night play.

"The night sessions in 2021 impose an organization which requires methodical and deep work, so that's why we scheduled them in 2021 and not in 2020," Giudicelli said.

Starting in 2021, Roland Garros will host one night session on Court Philippe Chatrier with lights eventually installed on all courts. There will be no night play after 11 p.m. Paris time.

"Three matches during the day on Philippe Chatrier and one match in the night session," Giudicelli said of the schedule. "So avoid 'late nighttime session.' We won't play between 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. in the morning."

A view of how an illuminated Roland Garros will look appears at about the 1:40 mark of the video.




Swirling wind gusts soared to more than 40 mph during Friday's singles semifinals prompting Novak Djokovic to blast the "hurricane kind of conditions" after his loss to Dominic Thiem.

"Obviously when you're playing in hurricane kind of conditions, you know, it's hard to perform your best," Djokovic said. "You know, it's really just kind of surviving in these kind of conditions and trying to hold your serve and play, you know, one ball more than your opponent in the court."

At this point, the tournament does not plan to close the roof over Chatrier in event of extreme wind.

"I remind that the tournament is an outdoor tournament played outdoors, and the only times when we will close the roof is when we will have major rainfalls that will be continuous," tournament director Guy Forget said. "And a match that will start indoor will finish indoor except if it restarts the day after, unlike what the British did between Nadal and Djokovic, we will finish the match in outdoors the day afterwards."


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