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Refurbished Roland Garros ready for players and fans

Sunday, 2019-05-26 06:04:01
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A general view shows the renovated Philippe Chatrier central court at Roland Garros in Paris, France, May 10, 2019. (Reuters)
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There are still a few workers on site, but the new Roland Garros will be ready to host fans and players when the main tournament opens on Sunday in a classy environment featuring an 80per cent rebuilt Philippe Chatrier and a brand new semi-sunken court.

* Frenchman Benoit Paire claimed his second claycourt title of the season with a convincing 6-4 6-3 defeat of Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final of the Lyon Open on Saturday.

* Germany's Alexander Zverev did his French Open preparations a world of good by beating Chile's Nicolas Jarry 6-3 3-6 7-6(8) in a gruelling, rain-hit final at the Geneva Open on Sunday.

* Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska beat France's Caroline Garcia 6-4 5-7 7-6(3) in an thrilling match to win her third WTA singles title at the Strasbourg International on Saturday (May 25).

* An aerial masterclass from Federico Santander saw Bologna snatch a 3-2 win at the death and ensure that Napoli finished their underwhelming season with a whimper.

* Manchester City academy chief Simon Davies has followed Vincent Kompany to Anderlecht to become the Belgian club's head coach.

* Paris St Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has signed a contract extension which will keep him with the Ligue 1 champions until the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Saturday.

* Lewis Hamilton celebrated an emotional pole position for Mercedes at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday with team mate Valtteri Bottas joining the Formula One leader on the front row, while Ferrari got their sums wrong.

* England beat Denmark 2-0 in their penultimate warm-up match before the women's World Cup, with goals from Nikita Parris and Jill Scott in either half giving the Lionesses the win in Walsall on Saturday (May 25).

* A late rally from France in the second half helped the women's World Cup hosts to overcome a stiff challenge from Thailand to win 3-0 in a warm-up match in Orleans on Saturday.

* Richard Carapaz vowed to fight all the way to win the Giro d'Italia on Saturday (May 25) after shooting to the top of overall standings with an impressive solo summit finish victory to take stage 14 and the pink jersey.

Reuters, CNA