| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
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Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo was appointed as French Open Tournament Director on Thursday, becoming the first woman to hold that position in the event’s history.

Earlier this week, Guy Forget, whose contract was set to expire at the end of this year, resigned from the position. Forget cited communication issues with French Tennis Federation President Gilles Moretton as the reason why.

Mauresmo, a native of France, is a two-time major champion and former silver medalist.

“I am very proud to join the Roland-Garros team,” Mauresmo said in a statement. “I have accepted the position of Tournament Director with clear ambitions. I will carry them out with the same high standards, freedom and passion that have always driven me.”

Two of the four Slam events now have women serving as tournament directors, as Stacey Allaster has headed up the U.S. Open since 2020.