With its cinemas, cafés, and luxury specialty shops, l’avenue des Champs Elysées* is one of the most famous streets in the world. Bordered by trees, the avenue runs for two kilometers from the Place de la Concorde, with the Luxor Obelisk, to the Place Charles de Gaulle, location of the Arc de Triomphe.

Les Champs Elysées, Paris

Les Champs Elysées have become the center for festivities and official parades:
– every year on Bastille Day, the largest military parade passes downed the Champs Elysées
– the traditional last stage of the Tour de France is the Champs Elysées stage

* Champs Elysées is french for “Elysian Fields”, the heroes’ paradise in the greek mythology.

Back in 2007 – part 1

Wheelchair tennis

After these entertaining doubles matches, I headed to number 7 court, for some wheelchair tennis.
There are only a few differences between tennis and wheelchair tennis:
– the player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The second bounce can be either in or out of the court boundaries
– the wheelchair is considered part of the body

Some photos and videos of Mickaël Jérémiasz, former world number one in singles and doubles.

Mickael Jeremiasz

Mickael Jeremiasz

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14.54 Francesca Schiavone wins the first set over Caroline Wozniacki 6-2. The Dane is probably really tired by her marathon win over Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round.

15.34 Schiavone totally dominates the world number 3 and she is through to semifinals after her 6-2 6-3 in only 80 minutes.
Wozniacki was -as often- too many passive and she was ousted by the 17h seed who reaches the last 4 of a major for the first time of her long career. Well done Francesca.

15.46 There’s a lot more drama on the court Suzanne Lenglen: 6-2 for Petrova in the first set, 6-2 for Dementieva second set. Petrova looks injured.

15.48 Federer and Soderling warm-up. Go Soderling!

16.19 2-6 6-2 6-0 for Dementieva over Petrova who played on one leg in the third set.

16.20 Break for Federer 5-3

16.28 First set for Federer. He serves very well but Soderling works really hard and he will perhaps finally beat the Swiss Maestro. It would be the first time in 13 encounters. Mai dire mai, never say never!

16.35 And break for Soderling! 2-0 second set.

17.00 And it’s now one set all!

17.45 Play is suspended by rain

18.45 Players are back on court

19.00 Federer, (and Nadal also) doesn’t like big-hitter like Soderling, Gulbis or Berdych, who play on clay as it was hard court. And Soderling leads two sets to one!

19.40 Two match points for Soderling!

19.45 That’s it, he’s done it! Soderling defeats Federer in 4 sets: 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-4
One year after his win over Nadal, the Swede cuts Fed’s head off. Next opponent for Robin: Tomas Berdych who dismantled Youzhny 6-3 6-1 6-2

Today’s hero:

Robin Soderling - 1er tour de Roland Garros 2010 - tennis french open

Finally some good action today at Roland Garros. I don’t know what you think but in my opinion it was a pretty boring tournament so far.

Tomorrow’s matches on court Philippe Chatrier:
Serena Williams-Sam Stosur
Rafael Nadal – Nicolas Almagro

On court Suzanne Lenglen:
Jelena Jankovic-Yaroslava Shvedova
Novak Djokovic-Jurgen Melzer

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Court Suzanne Lenglen

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

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One could translate this french expression by “Commute, work, sleep”. This expression describe the parisian way of life.

En attendant Jérémie

I must say, when it comes to talk about Paris and Parisians, I’m totally biased. I found a job and moved to Paris just after I finished college. I was supposed to stay there for at least 2 years, but I gave up after just 18 months. I simply hated this lifestyle, I really had the impression to live to work.