As reported by Chinanews.com, the Municipal Government of Changsha, Hunan Province has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) at a signing ceremony held on March 6 in Changsha.
Under this partnership, Changsha will be endorsed with the rights to build 法网-罗兰·加洛斯红土网球公园 (literally translated as Roland Garros Tennis Park) in the city which will cover an area of over 33,000 square meter and consist of 22 clay courts. As the constructors of the Tennis Park told Chinanews.com, this tennis project will cost around RMB150m in total.
After the construction of the Tennis Park is accomplished, Changsha plans to roll out a series of tennis events such as ATP and WTA events. The FFT will send French tennis coaches to Changsha to deliver training courses to Chinese tennis coaches and players. Domestic Chinese tennis players will also have opportunities to go to France for further training.
Chinanews.com has also reported that the Roland Garros Tennis Park will become part of 长沙月亮岛体育文化园 (literally translated as Changsha Lunar Island Sports & Cultural Park). In the past, the Sports & Cultural Park has held sports events or featured facilities covering football, martial arts, karting and dry-ski slopes.
Proofread by Raymond Fitzpatrick