“Roland Garros is one of the jewels in the French capital’s crown,” tournament director Guy Forget beamed at this year’s launch.
“As part of the New Roland-Garros project, the tournament is currently undergoing a transformation so that it fulfils the requirements of the stadium’s various spectators. At the forthcoming tournament, visitors will see some new constructions for the first time, which promise to be magnificent.”
Changes to Suzanne-Lenglen are small but impossible to miss. New RG-etched seats made from the blonde French Vosges timber give the court an authentic original look as children scamper for prime position in the sun, cheering their approval when Grigor Dimitrov hits a target during practice.
The new wooden seats are designed to resist all weather and will be fitted in the Philippe-Chatrier and Simonne-Mathieu courts next year.
Bigger changes will be under way when the trolleys of scaffolding are rolled out during qualifying week in 2019, as fans bid farewell to the Bullring and welcome one of the last and most imposing pieces of the redevelopment jigsaw.
Some 80 per cent of Court Philippe-Chatrier will be demolished and rebuilt after Roland Garros 2018, and in two years from now – in line with the other three Grand Slam events – will sport a retractable roof.
The grounds’ ongoing metamorphosis is already delivering on a promise of magnificence.