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05-20-2005
Roland-Garros
with Paris 2012


To illustrate the French Federation of Tennis’ support of Paris in its bid, the 2005 Tennis French Open will launch a number of initiatives to be rolled out during the tournament. These will create an Olympic atmosphere throughout the competition and give players a preview of what the tennis competitions would feel like during a 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Paris.
 

Roland-Garros has ensured the presence of Paris 2012 is seen and felt around the stadium complex.
(© AFP)
 
- Roland-Garros and others Paris 2012 competition venues
- Roland-Garros 2005, the Website
- The French Federation Tennis' Website
Paris is alive with activity, anticipation and ‘L’Amour des Jeux’ as the city prepares to host one of the most prestigious events on the international sporting calendar, the 2005 Tennis French Open, which will be held at the Roland-Garros stadium complex from May 23 to June 5.
 
As the world’s greatest tennis stars along with scores of spectators from France and around the world gather in Paris, Roland-Garros has ensured the presence of Paris 2012 is seen and felt around the stadium complex.
 
• Displays of support from the public, stadium employees and competing athletes will mark the tournament.
 
• The Philippe-Chatrier court (central court) and other focal areas will be decorated with the Paris 2012 logo and motto ‘L’Amour des Jeux’.
 
• Two mobile studios positioned around the complex will offer all attending events an opportunity to show their support for Paris 2012. By doing so they will join the thousands of supporters of the bid who are expressing their passion through a simple gesture of placing a hand on their heart, as part of the new campaign, "My heart beats for Paris 2012".
 
Christian Bîmes, President of the French Federation of Tennis, said "Roland-Garros is a world-class venue and makes Paris a fitting home for this prestigious sporting event. Both the French Federation of Tennis and Roland-Garros are proud to offer support to Paris 2012, and demonstrate how the French sports community is behind the bid. Events such as this highlight not only France’s success in hosting sports competitions on a global scale, but also the welcoming nature of a community that would be proud to host a 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games".
 
Roland-Garros and the French Federation of Tennis have asked President of Paris 2012 and Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, to attend the award of the women’s and men’s final trophies (Cup Suzanne Lenglen and Cup of the Mousquetaires) to the winning competitors. Mr Delanoe along with other Paris 2012 officials and executives will be present at various events throughout the tournament.
 
The men’s finale will coincide with the Paris 2012 Special Day "Fêtons L’Amour des Jeux" to be held on the Champs-Elysées on June 5th.
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