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Spectators at Philippe Chatrier court, or central court, watch an exhibition game between France's Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic for the 2013 French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday May, 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spectators at Philippe Chatrier court, or central court, watch an exhibition game between France's Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic for the 2013 French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday May, 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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(AP) French Open officials say they're moving ahead with plans to build a retractable roof over center court and add night sessions there, despite a court ruling last month that put the project on hold.


The tournament on Saturday unveiled details of the $440 million project, which also include a new 4,850-seat show court and redesigned outer courts.


The city and French Tennis Federation are appealing an April 1 decision by the Administrative Court of Paris, which blocked the plan and sided with local residents who complained it could harm a nearby botanical garden. A ruling on the appeal could be months away, but the city and federation recently reached a new agreement to proceed.


The federation plans to pay for all but $26 million of the costs.


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