Tennis-Mauresmo named French Open tournament director

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 31, 2019. Amelie Mauresmo watches a second round match. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

(Reuters) - Amelie Mauresmo has been appointed as the director of the French Open, the country's tennis federation (FFT) said 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 from the role on Tuesday with his contract expiring at the end of the year.

"I am very proud to join the Roland-Garros team. I have accepted the position of Tournament Director with clear ambitions," Mauresmo said.

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

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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