2012 French Open day 2 recap part 1

NB: this is a recap of MY day at Roland Garros, so if you are looking for the complete scores and results, go to the official Roland Garros website, you won’t find it in my recap.

As usual, before going to a tournament, I have a look at the schedule to try to plan the matches I want to watch.
My intention was to watch Lleyton Hewitt on Court 7 for perhaps his last match at Roland Garros, but I didn’t manage to get there early enough, so no Hewitt for me, Court 7 was already full.
So, change of plan, direction court 9, where Philip Kohlschreiber and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo are practising.
Later in the afternoon Kohlscheiber would win over Matthew Ebden and Ramirez would lose against Milos Raonic.

Court 9: Kohlschreiber and Ramirez Hidalgo

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo



Philipp Kohlschreiber and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo

Philipp Kohlschreiber and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo

They leave the court and a Fila player enters, no idea who she is.

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Even though I spend a good amount of my free time watching tennis, reading tennis or updating Tennis Buzz, I spent a good part of the day thinking, but who the hell is this player. I should probably do a “Who the hell is this player” post.

On Court 11, Olga Govortsova defeats Romina Oprandi 6-4 6-1.

And then I stop on Court 12, where Paul-Henri Mathieu is practising.

Paul-Henri Mathieu

Paul-Henri Mathieu

Paul-Henri Mathieu

Paul-Henri Mathieu

Court 13 no more, it has been replaced this year by a beach tennis court and a mini tennis court for kids.

Beach tennis at Roland Garros

Beach tennis at Roland Garros

Mini tennis court

Mini tennis court

Mini tennis court

Court 12 again: ex world number 2 Tommy Haas, 34, at practice:

Tommy Haas

Tommy Haas

Tommy Haas

Tommy Haas

Well, back to Court 9. I must say I spend half the afternoon on Court 9, but well it was worth it, in my opinion.
At practice: Xavier Malisse. One of the most gifted player on the circuit. I’ve seen him play at Queen’s last year.

Xavier Malisse

Xavier Malisse

Xavier Malisse

Xavier Malisse

Xavier Malisse

I really enjoy watching players at practice: you can see how they prepare, interact with their coach and sparring partner, and be really really close to them. Yes, that close:

Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison

More pics and videos of Harrison practice session.

Some pics from around the grounds:

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

And I finally managed to get a glimpse at Lleyton Hewitt, who lost to Kavcic in 4 sets:

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt

And that’s it for part 1 of my Roland Garros day 2 recap. More in part 2!

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