No big names like yesterday (I had ground passes today), but some interesting matches and practice sessions.
I left court Philippe Chatrier with Federer leading by 2 sets to love, and decided to see what was going on around the grounds.
A few pics and videos of players practicing.
As I’ve already told you, I’ll spend most of the week at Roland Garros. I’m pretty excited to finally watch some live tennis, as my last tournament was Bercy last November.
My first day at Roland Garros started pretty well, with a smiling Vika hitting on court 9:
Finally some live tennis! My first live tournament of the year!
My first memories of Roland Garros are from the early 80’s, watching Lendl, Wilander, Navratilova, and Evert battle on one of the 3 French TV channels. And of course like every French people, I remember Noah’s historic win over Wilander in 1983, his overwhelming joy and his run to embrace his father.
Leconte booed during the trophy presentation in 1988, Edberg heartbreaking defeat against Chang in 1989, Agassi flashy outfits, Graf-Seles breathtaking final in 1992, Guga samba tennis in 1997… Time flies.
May 2004: my first trip to Roland Garros. Agassi, Safin, Ferrero, the Williams sisters, I finally got to see some of the best tennis players I had watched for years on TV.
Marat Safin, 2004:
Juan Carlos Ferrero, 2004:
From then I was hooked, and Roland Garros 2004 was the first of many tournaments I’ve attended over the years: the US Open, the Queen’s, Bercy, the Lagardère Trophy, the Optima Open, the Open GDF Suez and of course Roland Garros (in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Roger Federer, 2006:
Novak Djokovic, 2008:
Court Philippe Chatrier, 2010:
The excitement of the first tournaments slowly let place to a kind of “been there, done that” feeling, but there’s
nothing like watching a sporting event courtside. Not only can you see and hear everything as it happens, but you also really feel part of the event. Of course, you don’t get the benefit of all those fancy TV replays and close-ups but you avoid annoying commentary.
One of the best thing is court-hopping. Wandering around the grounds with a simple 24€ pass, you get to see as much or as little of the event as you want: watch Sharapova practicing on court 12, Hewitt playing on court 7 or a Goerges-Stosur doubles match on court 16.
I’ll be onsite the first week, covering the tournament for Tennis Buzz but also guest posting for Grand Slam Gal.
The shoe will officially be launched at Wimbledon in June and will be worn throughout the tournament by all other adidas by Stella McCartney tennis ambassadors including Laura Robson and Maria Kirilenko.
The adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade shoe will be available for $125 on June 1 at adidas.com and tennis specialty retailers.