The French tennis federation wereon Monday given the green light to continue work on a new stadium adjoining Roland Garros in western Paris by the country's highest administrative jurisdiction.
The Conseil d'Etat overturned a March ruling by an administrative court judge that blocked development of a new 5,000-seat stadium in the Serres d'Auteuil due to protests over the impact the work might have on the botanical garden's historic greenhouses which date back to the 19th century.
The historic Roland Garros site is the smallest of the four Grand Slams and when it rains, it becomes terribly congested with thousands of fans jostling for the few areas of cover. But the planned 350-million-euro expansion of the grounds set in the leafy and plush western district of Paris was opposed by several local associations.
Work can now continue on the site until a further administrative court ruling expected in the coming weeks.