The French Tennis Federation has voted to keep the French Open at its traditional Roland Garros venue and renovate the existing site, rather than move it elsewhere.

Three others projects were bidding to host the clay-court Grand Slam tournament by 2016.

The proposed new venues at Versailles, close to the hugely popular Versailles palace, and in the suburbs at Gonesse, Marne-La-Vallee were considerably more costly because they would have required building from scratch.

The FFT said in a statement on Sunday that it had chosen the option of renovating Roland Garros, located in western Paris, without immediately giving the reasons for the decision. Roland Garros is the smallest of the four Grand Slam venues.

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