Rafa and Toni Nadal, Roland Garros 2017

Sponsors, past champions and current players took to twitter to congratulate Rafa for his incredible Decima. Check out a few of their reactions:

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Roland Garros 2017: ten is Rafa

Rafa Nadal dispatched Stan Wawrinka in straight sets 6-2 6-3 6-1 to win his 10th Roland Garros title, his 15th Grand Slam overall. He only lost 35 games in 7 matches en route to his Decima.

To further honor Rafa’s latest record, Nike is releasing commemorative T-shirts and a limited number of pairs of NikeCourt Tennis Classic El Decimo shoes, available June 12 exclusively at Nike Paris Champs-Élysées.

Rafa Nadal shirt la Decima

Rafa Nadal shirt la Decima

Rafa shoes la Decima

Roland Garros 2017

You managed to get French Open tickets? Here are a few tips to help you have the best of day at Roland Garros. Some advices might sound obvious, but forewarned is forearmed!

Be prepared

– verify you assigned correctly the name of the ticket holder on each ticket
– don’t forget your ID or passport with the name matching the name on your ticket
– check out the list of prohibited items: no cans, no glass bottles, no bottle over 1,5l, no stroller…
– check out weather predictions and prepare your bag accordingly
– bring some food and some water bottles you can refill at the drinking fountains
– print the order of play and write down the matches you’d like to watch
– have a look at the map of the grounds, and spot where the information stands, restrooms and drinking fountains are located
– follow @MyRG on twitter to know what’s going on inside the stadium

In the queue

– arrive early, you might have to queue a bit to enter the stadium (I had to queue 40 minutes the last days of the qualies)
– you can’t access directly your gate, you have to go through a security checkpoint before arriving at your gate and go through bag check, metal detector and body check
– be nice and polite with security guards, they’re only doing their job
– don’t jump the queue: 1. you’ll look like an asshole 2. people will make you understand (more or less nicely) where the queue starts 3. security guards will make you understand where the queue starts

In the stadium

– pick up Roland Garros daily program: it’s free, usually located near your entry gate and features the order of play, a map of the grounds, the schedule of animations…
– if you have any question, go to the information stand (near the Lenglen and the Chatrier)
– don’t lose your countermark ticket, especially in you have a seat on one of the show courts, you need to show it to the hostess to enter the court
– if you have a bit of time, have a walk around the grounds, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere and you might also see players at practice

Watching matches

– don’t take someone else’s seat. If someone took your seat, gently say: excusez-moi c’est ma place, and show him/her your seat number on your ticket
– put your mobile phone on silent
– if you’re a newbie tennis fan, I urge you to read Grandslamgal’s tennis spectator etiquette
– applaud the ball boys, linesmen and umpire when they enter the court
– you might be surprised that the crowd tends to boo and whistle a lot, sometimes you won’t understand why, and they probably don’t know why either
– the crowd likes its mexican wave too, sometimes they do la ola because they have fun and enjoy the match and sometimes because they are so bored they want to have some action
– don’t forget your bags when you leave your seat

To end up this post, a few usueful French words:
bonjour hello
s’il vous plaît please
merci thanks
droite right
gauche left
les toilettes restrooms
parlez vous anglais? do you speak English?
où est ma place s’il vous plaît? where is my seat please?

Enjoy your day at Roland Garros, and please share your story and pictures.

Pablo Carreno Busta, Roland Garros 2017

20th seed Carreno Busta defeats Dimitrov 7-5 6-3 6-4 and reaches the last 16 at a Grand Slam for the first time. He’ll next face Milos Raonic was leading 6-1 1-0 when his opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired.

Check out a few pictures from Grigor’s practice on Saturday:

Grigor Dimitrov

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Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2017

Mats Wilander who knows a thing or two about winning the French Open, said Zverev made a beginner’s mistake by accepting to stop play at one set all against Verdasco on Monday evening. It was 8.30, Zverev had just leveled the match at one set apiece, had the momentum, and had time to play and win the third set before darkness. But they stopped.
A good move for the experienced Verdasco, a dangerous floater, who enjoys those big matches on big courts. A bad move for the young Zverev who probably underestimated his opponent, and listened a bit too much to media and fans who saw him as a contender for the victory here this year. Result: 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 for Verdasco.

It is the first time since 1957 and Nicolas Pietrangelli defeat to Mal Anderson, that the Rome champion falls in the opening round at Roland Garros.

Enjoy a few pictures from Alexander’s practice on Thursday:

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

Kei Nishikori Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Now that Novak Djokovic has switched from Uniqlo to Lacoste, Kei Nishikori is the only top player sponsored by the Japanese brand. Let’s take a look at the outfit he will be wearing on the Parisian clay courts:

Kei Nishikori Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Kei Nishikori Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Kei Nishikori Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Kei Nishikori Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Kei Nishikori Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Kei Nishikori Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Kei Nishikori Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Kei Nishikori Roland Garros 2017 outfit

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