Former world number one takes over as Roland Garros tournament director
After Guy Forget resigned from the position at Roland Garros, another French star and two-time Slam champion has been appointed in his place.
Forget took charge of the Paris Slam in 2016, but has now stepped down after not renewing his contract, which expires on 31st December 2021.
Now, his replacement has been appointed as 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo.
“I am very proud to join the Roland Garros team,” Mauresmo said of the news.
“I have accepted the position of tournament director with clear ambitions.
“I will carry them out with the same high standards, freedom and passion that have always driven me.”
The 42-year-old had an impressive career spanning from 1993 until 2009, during which time she won two singles Slam titles, both in 2006, and a Fed Cup title for France in 2003.
She also claimed a tour finals title in 2005 and Olympic singles silver at Athens 2004, losing to then world number one Justine Henin.
Mauresmo herself peaked at WTA number one, first taking the position from Henin in September 2004 and accumulating a total of 39 weeks in the top spot over two spells.
Following retirement, Mauresmo coached Victoria Azarenka in 2012 and Marion Bartoli in 2013, the latter winning her Wimbledon title under Mauresmo’s guidance that year.
She also coached Andy Murray from 2014 until 2016, becoming just the second woman ever to coach an ATP top 10 player.
Under Forget, Roland Garros inaugurated Court Simonne-Mathieu in 2019 and fitted Court Philippe-Chatrier with a roof in 2020.
“The FFT would like to warmly thank Guy Forget for his investment and his exemplary nature,” the French Tennis Federation said in announcing his departure.
“[These attributes] contributed to the influence of these two major tournaments on the international scene.”
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