French Open sets attendance record despite absences of Serena, Federer

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Approximately 472,000 spectators were on hand at Roland Garros. (AP)

The French Open set an attendance record with approximately 472,000 spectators, according to the French Tennis Federation.

That is an increase of 16,000 from 2016, when weather delays affected attendance.

A record 21,000 paid customers also attended the qualifying tournament.

The tournament was seen by a total of 33.3 million people in France, but viewership of the men's final between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka was watched by 3.12 million, less than the 3.67 million that watched the 2016 final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

The all-French fourth-round match between Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia, won by Garcia, was seen by 3.4 million in France.

Ticket prices were kept unchanged from 2016, though there were some scheduling adjustments.

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