• Roland Garros Court 1

    Do you really know what clay is made of?

    Red clay-courts are made of 5 layers: 1- red brick dust: 1-2 mm 2- crushed white limestone: 6-7 cm 3- clinker (coal residue): 7-8 cm 4- crushed gravel: at least 30 cm 5- drain The red brick dust gives the ball extra grip when it hits the deck, making the surface characteristically slow. But clay […]

  • Roland Garros stadium

    Roland Garros opens its doors

    Every year in September, 50 European countries take part in the European Heritage Days, a programme that offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. For the first time, yesterday, the French Federation of tennis opened up the Roland-Garros stadium and museum free to the […]

  • Serena Williams

    We Don’t Know What the Story Is (and That Is Why We Watch)

    This is a guest post by Margaret The Open already felt … uncertain, since one of my favorites couldn’t defend his championship. An American attending an American tournament, when much had been made of the steadily vanishing number of Americans in the Men’s Singles Draw, I wondered if the tournament’s “big story” would be a […]

  • Sles, McEnroe, Clijsters and Bahrami

    Optima Open 2014: Seles, Clijsters, McEnroe and Bahrami

    My reports on the Optima Open are finally online! This match took place on Saturday, August 16th (read my complete Optima Open report here). Last match of the day: a mixed doubles exhibition with Kim Clijsters, Monica Seles, John McEnroe and Mansour Bahrami! It’s always a pleasure to see these great champions play and have […]

  • Henri Leconte

    Optima Open 2014: Henri Leconte vs Greg Rusedski

    My reports on the Optima Open are finally online! This match took place on Saturday, August 16th (read my complete Optima Open report here). Second match of the day: crowd favorite Henri Leconte against Greg Rusedski. Rusedski won the match 7-5 6-3 but as expected Henri stole the show on court (let’s say Rusedski is […]

  • Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Cash

    Optima Open 2014: Pat Cash vs Goran Ivanisevic

    My reports on the Optima Open are finally online! This match took place on Saturday, August 16th (read my complete Optima Open report here). First match of the day between two Wimbledon champions: Pat Cash (1987) and Goran Ivanisevic (2001). An entertaining match with lots of interactions between the players and the public. Cash and […]

  • Optima Open

    Optima Open 2014 report

    I spent a day in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, last month to attend the third day of the Optima Open, the Belgian stop of the ATP Champions Tour. It was the second seniors event I attended this year after the World Tennis Day showdown in London last March (find all the recap here). Situated in the heart […]

  • Marin Cilic

    2014 US Open: Cilic defeats Nishikori, wins first Grand Slam title

    One week before the start of the US Open, I did attend the Optima Open, the Belgian stop of the ATP Champions Tour. Goran Ivanisevic was taking part to the tournament, and after his match against Pat Cash, he talked a bit about his protege Marin Cilic, said Cilic was playing really well and that […]

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Roland Garros store

Roland Garros store

The main Roland Garros store is located between Court 2 and 3, Gate B, in front of the Tenniseum. You can buy the full range of Roland Garros merchandise: from keyrings to shirts to umbrellas… The complete range is also on sale online.

Longines Smash corner

Roland Garros 2013: Longines Smash Corner

Located just off the famed Place des Mousquetaires, Longines Smash Corner is the interactive game that lets spectators test the speed of their serves against the game’s best. For just 2 €, players have three serves and will receive a certificate documenting their performance. All proceeds from the Longines Smash Corner will be donated to […]

Roland Garros 2013: day 2 recap

No big names like yesterday (I had ground passes today), but some interesting matches and practice sessions. I arrived quite late today and headed to court 9 to watch Mikhail Youhzny and John Isner at practice:

Roland Garros 2013: day 1 recap part 2

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. Laura Robson: Gael Monfils:

Le Coq Sportif: Arthur Ashe by Yannick Noah

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the brand’s Arthur Ashe collection, Le Coq Sportif has unveiled a tribute video to the former 3-time Grand Slam champion. Narrated by former Roland Garros champion Yannick Noah, the clip tells the story of Ashe’s triumph over early struggles to emerge as the number 1 tennis player in […]

Roland Garros 2013: day 1 recap part 1

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: