Roland Garros reveals the new look of Court Philippe Chatrier after the roof installation led to a makeover
The all-new look and feel of the Philippe Chatrier court at Roland Garros was unveiled after work on installing the brand new roof was completed ahead of schedule.
Retractable roofs have been a feature of Grand Slam exhibition spaces for some time, and organizers are under increasing pressure to protect their schedules from the weather.
The French Open was the last of the four slams to deal with this issue and was hit particularly hard by heavy rains in Paris last year.
The Roland Garros washouts are a thing of the past, however, and Philippe Chatrier has a brand new look to match the fresh innovation.
The new look from Philippe Chatrier.
– José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 6, 2020
Tests are now being carried out on the roof to ensure it is fully functional for the 2020 French Open, which starts in May.
It consists of 11 trusses, each weighing 330 tons, with each truss is divided into seven sections 15 m long and 3 m high.
The trusses were made near Venice and took three years to build, followed by eight months to install.
Closing the roof, which covers the total area of one hectare, takes about 15 minutes.