Former world tennis champion Amélie Mauresmo becomes the first woman to lead Roland-Garros

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Amélie Mauresmo has been appointed director of Roland Garros, the country’s tennis federation (FFT) announced on Thursday, becoming the first woman to lead the Roland Garros tournament.

Former world number one Mauresmo, 42, will succeed Guy Forget, who stepped down on Tuesday, his contract expiring at the end of the year.

“I am very proud to join the Roland-Garros team. I accepted the post of tournament director with clear ambitions,” said Mauresmo.

“I will make them with the same high standards, freedom and passion that have always motivated me.”

Mauresmo won Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She has also coached several top players, including former number ones Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka.

(REUTERS)

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