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Roland Garros Deals with Growing Pains

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Jean Gachassin, the pocket-sized president of the French Tennis Federation, sat behind his vast desk inside Philippe Chatrier stadium and gestured toward the window, with its envy-inducing view of the most famous clay-court in tennis.

“It’s a nice office, no?” Gachassin said. “It’s a beautiful stadium. So now we’re going to change everything and leave. It’s sad. Perhaps we’ll just keep the office.” The French Open is not leaving Roland Garros just yet. For now, it seems much more likely that the tournament will remain right where it has been since 1928: on the upscale, western edge of Paris.

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