by: CLARE BRENNAN | Just Women’s Sports
Former world No. 1 tennis player Amélie Mauresmo was appointed as Roland Garros’ tournament director on Thursday.
Mauresmo is the first woman to serve as the French Open’s director, replacing Guy Forget, who held the role since 2016.
“I have accepted the position of Tournament Director with clear ambitions,” Mauresmo said in a statement from Roland Garros. “I will carry them out with the same high standards, freedom and passion that have always driven me.”
The 42-year-old’s career highlights include a 2006 Australian Open title and Wimbledon championship before retiring in 2009. The French star followed up her playing career with a high-profile coaching job for British tennis icon Andy Murray.
Mauresmo was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2016.