Back in 2007 – part 1

I had one of my best Roland Garros experience in 2007. I had bought tickets for the Benny Berthet Day but couldn’t attend it, and for the second Wednesday.
Usually, I avoid Wednesdays, because the stadiums are overcrowded and full of kids everywhere, but I really enjoyed that sunny day at Roland Garros.

Trophée des légendes
First match on the Suzanne Lenglen that day, an under 45 Legends Trophy match: Leconte/Pioline vs Champion/Cash.

A two time Grand Slam runner up (US Open 93, Wimbledon 97), Pioline won his biggest title in Monte Carlo in 2000. He is now co-director of the Paris Bercy Masters Series tournament.

Cedric Pioline

The talentuous but inconsistent Leconte, runner up in 1988, is manager of his own company HL event.

Henri Leconte

Thierry Champion reached the quarter finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the 90’s. A clay court specialist, he is also known for being beaten 0-6 0-6 0-6 by Sergi Bruguera at the 93 French Open.

Pat Cash and Thierry Champion

87 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash:

Pat Cash
Pat Cash

Cash threw one of his trademark headband to a kid next to me, who was pretty excited but had absolutely no idea who Cash was. And suddenly I felt old…

Pat Cash

The Legends Trophy is a great opportunity to watch some familiar old faces play in a friendly and funny atmosphere. Two competitions are scheduled: players under 45 and over 45.
Six teams take part in each competition, divided into two pools of three teams. All games are played as the best of two sets (No AD formula), with a super tiebreak as a third set.
By the way, what do you think of the No AD formula? For my part, I totally HATE it! For me, it really makes no sense, and that’s not the way tennis should be played.

Next, a really entertaining doubles semi final between two talentuous duos: Srebotnik/Sugiyama vs Raymond/Stosur.

Always interesting to study players’ footwork:

Ai Sugiyama, French Open 2007
Sam Stosur, French Open 2007

Sugiyama who made it as high as number 8 in singles and number 1 in doubles, retired after Tokyo tournament last fall.
Stosur had a breakthrough season in 2009, reaching the semis in Roland Garros, and winning her first singles title in Osaka in october.
Srebotnik/Sugiyama won in 3 disputed sets.

Next: an over 45 Pecci/McNamara vs Gomez/Nastase
1979 runner up Victor Pecci, left and aussie doubles specialist Peter McNamara, right

Victor Pecci and Peter McNamara

1990 surprise winner Andres Gomez:

Andres Gomez

Ilie Nastase, one of the most gifted tennis player ever, was known as much for his on court tantrums as for his antics and mimicry (and still is).

Ilie Nastase

Ilie Nastase

To be continued

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