3 days at Roland Garros – part three

Saturday, May 27. Kids' day

Today is Roland Garros Kids' day, the traditional charity event on the eve of the tournament. All of the profits going to the "FĂȘte Le Mur" and "Tennis en LibertĂ©" associations as well as to tennis clubs which carry out educational, social and integration projects. To the program: the Battles of champions on Court Chatrier, where different teams of champions take part in various sporting challenges; exhibition matches with top players, practice sessions, entertainment for kids: face-painters, jugglers... It's really really hot today, and I'm looking for a bit of shadow to eat a bit. I'm heading to court Lenglen, and watch a few games of the exhibition match between Herbert and Kukushkin.

Court number one is packed. Rafa's at work. He has an intense 2 hour training session, first with Lucas Pouille then with Carlos Moya. He seems grumpy at times and not completely happy with his game. After his practice session, he stayed about 10 minutes to sign autographs to kids.

La Decima for Rafa?

Winner in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Rafa Nadal is chasing an incredible 10th Roland Garros title. This year he won 3 clay court tournaments: Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, and only lost once, to Thiem in Rome.

Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal
Rafa and Toni Nadal
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal

Carlos Moya

Carlos Moya, Rafa and Toni Nadal

Rafa Nadal and Carlos Moya

Rafa Nadal signing autographs

Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios enter the court and start practicing, while Nadal signs autographs after autographs, take selfies after selfies. By the way, a few players should watch Rafa and learn how you behave with fans and journalists. Davis Cup captain Leyton Hewitt is also on court, watching Kyrgios. Stands empty, Sock and Kyrgios for sure don't have the same charisma as Nadal.

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios

Direction court number 3, where Dimitrov and Ferrer are practicing together.

Roland Garros Court 3
Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov
David Ferrer
David Ferrer

Next court, Gilles Simon has just finished his training session while Tommy Robredo starts hitting. It's so hot today, I can't stay in the stands. I wander around the grounds.

I'm back on court number one. Bedene and Granollers are hitting, but everyone is waiting for the next player, Kei Nishikori. He finally enters the court with his coach Michael Chang, who signs autographs before training starts. I must say I had never seen that before! I was also surprised by Kei's lack of interactions with his numerous Japanese fans at the end of his practice: 2 autographs and that's it, he leaves the court. It's also time for me to leave Roland Garros stadium.

Kei Nishikori

Michael Chang

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

That's it, my stay in Paris is over. I'll now watch the tournament on TV. Please like and share if you liked the posts.

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