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Mauresmo becomes first woman director of Roland-Garros

"I will carry them out with the same high standards, freedom and passion that have always driven me."

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Paris: Former French tennis player Amelie Mauresmo has been appointed as the director of the Roland-Garros (French Open), the major tennis tournament announced on Thursday.

The Roland-Garros in a tweet said, “She (Mauresmo) is the first woman to lead the Roland-Garros tournament.”

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The two-time Grand Slam winner Mauresmo will succeed Guy Forget, who stepped down from the role on Tuesday with his contract expiring on December 31.

Mauresmo, who is a former world no.1, won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006.

“I am very proud to join the Roland-Garros team. I have accepted the position of Tournament Director with clear ambitions,” Mauresmo said in a post shared by Roland-Garros.

“I will carry them out with the same high standards, freedom and passion that have always driven me.”

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