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28 April 2014

Roland Garros to host Davis Cup semifinal


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The World Group semifinal between France and Czech Republic will be contested at Roland Garros, the FFT has announced.

The likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych will go head-to-head on Philippe Chatrier court on 12-14 September in front of a crowd of 15,000 fans.

Roland Garros is most famous for hosting the clay court Grand Slam of the same name which takes place in the last week of May and the first week of June each year.

This September, however, the atmosphere in Paris will be truly partisan as the French look to book a place in a first Davis Cup Final since losing to Serbia in 2010.

The Czechs, meanwhile, are bidding to reach a third consecutive final and equal Sweden's record of 11 straight World Group wins.

Unsurprisingly the tie will be contested on outdoor clay - a surface that doesn't provide an obvious advantage to either nation.

With the French hosting Czech Republic at Roland Garros and the Swiss playing Italy at the Palexpo in Geneva, it means the two semifinals will see almost 100,000 fans watching in both venues.

The last Davis Cup tie to be played at Roland Garros was a semifinal in 2002 between France and USA. The venue was constructed in 1928 to host the Davis Cup Final between the same two nations.

Tickets for this year's semifinal will go on sale in two batches - the first will be for FFT members between May 14-19. 

The remainder of tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday 21 May and can be purchased on www.fft-tickets.com.

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