Mauresmo and the challenge of evening sessions - Roland Garros

Mauresmo and the challenge of evening sessions – Roland Garros

The new director of Roland-Garros, Amélie Mauresmo, wants to succeed in a specific challenge this year for her first at the head of the tournament.

If French tennis is likely to suffer greatly once again during the fortnight of Roland-Garros which will open on Sunday, given the sad state of the top level with few results and players at the top of the hierarchy (there is no will have no seeded tricolor for the first time, for example), things have moved at his head. For several months, a new president of the FFT has officiated (Gilles Moretton) and a new face has imposed itself on the management of the most famous tournament in France and in the world. Guy Forget having resigned, tired of not having contact with the new boss of the Federation, Amélie Mauresmo was appointed at the end of last year as director of Roland-Garros.

Three months, to “really get a vision of what the event is on the other side of the barrier”

At 42, the former world number 1 discovers her new role, which she took a long time to grasp. “I arrived with a few ideas and certainties but also with a very open mind, wanting to discuss, share and understand the workings of such an event. I think everyone felt that I didn’t arrive as a dictator… It took me some time, I would say three months, to get a really good idea of ​​what the event is on the other side. of the player barrier. Today, it is more concrete, “said Mauresmo in the columns of Figaro, Thursday. At the helm of the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Frenchwoman wants to bring her touch and succeed in particular in the night sessions set up since last year.

Mauresmo: “It’s not nothing 150,000 more tickets to sell but it’s going really well”

“We have equipped the Philippe-Chatrier court with an LED screen, this will allow us to script things better, I am thinking in particular of the evening sessions which are our challenge this year. I really want to do them. It’s not nothing 150,000 more tickets to sell but it’s going really well, ”rejoices the boss of the French Open who also wants to go further. “My medium-term objective is to broaden the range of people who can go to Roland-Garros. As of this year, 2,400 tickets have been donated to associations for the qualifications which are accessible for 10 euros for those under 25. And in the second week, we offer tickets for the adjoining courts at 20 euros. I know that tickets for the big courts and the finals will remain at a higher price, but I want everyone to be able to experience a Roland-Garros balanced between tradition and modernity. I like this word balance”, details Amélie Mauresmo who specifies that “it is going well” with Moretton and Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the general manager of the FFT.

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