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 public as part of Heritage Days, and of course, I was there.

Waiting to enter the museum, you could still see the Davis Cup semifinals poster and the French and Czech flags atop Court Philippe Chatrier.

Roland Garros

Tennis museum

The permanent exhibition showcases trophies, players memorabilia, a few videos as well as some infos about tennis history and the future Roland Garros stadium expansion.
You might be disappointed if you’ve visited the Wimbledon museum, Roland Garros museum is quite small, with less content and interactivity.

Below, the trophies presented each year to the winner of the men’s singles (Coupe des Mousquetaires) and women’s singles (Coupe Suzanne Lenglen):

Roland Garros trophies

Replica of the 1991 Davis Cup captured by Henri Leconte and Guy Forget over the dream team of Sampras, Agassi and Flach-Seguso:

1991 Davis Cup replica
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Need a break between two tennis matches at Roland Garros? Pay a visit to Roland Garros tennis museum (also called Tenniseum), situated near Gate B. It is open to the public free of charge from 10am to 7pm during the tournament.

Tennis museum at Roland Garros

The museum was created in 2003, I first visited it in 2005 or 2006 but haven’t since.
The permanent exhibition area, that has been totally revamped last year, features some player memorabilia, a few videos as well as some infos about tennis history and the future Roland Garros expansion.

Roland Garros museum

Roland Garros museum

Roland Garros museum
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Remember all those great Nike ads featuring John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras?

So now watch this new Nike commercial featuring Federer and … a fly:

If it’s supposed to be funny it’s not, must be the worst Nike commercial ever.

Even worst, Nike Federer vs Fly commercial looks a lot like this Babolat/Roddick video that dates back to 2010:

Now entering into its fifth generation, the Babolat AeroPro Drive has been the racquet of choice for top players like Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The latest Aeropro Drive uses the new Cortex Active Technology, which brings players more feel to perfectly control spin with each shot.

With an increased focus on technology, the Aeropro Drive includes:
Aero Modular Technology — an aerodynamic shape and modular frame that optimizes the penetration of the racquet through the air for more power and spin.
Woofer — a system allowing the frame and strings to interact for more feel and accuracy when hitting the ball.
GT Technology — a graphite and tungsten composition allowing for reduced torque on impact and optimized precision.

The AeroPro range includes:

AeroPro Drive/AeroPro Drive +
Player profile: For baseline players looking for power and spin
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $199.00
Head size: 645 cm2
Weight (unstrung): 300 g

AeroPro Team
Player profile: For baseline players who appreciate power, while looking for more maneuverability.
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $195.00
Head size: 645 cm2
Weight (unstrung): 280 g

AeroPro Lite
Player profile: For ladies and high-level juniors looking for a lightweight racquet with spin.
Suggested retail price (unstrung): $189.00
Head size: 645 cm2
Weight (unstrung): 260 g

The Babolat Propulse 4 was developed in close collaboration with Andy Roddick, from the standpoint of design and game characteristics.

The new and improved Propulse 4 is an all-court tennis shoe that features a Michelin OCS2 high-abrasion outsole for optimal grip on any surface and the Side 2 Side technology, which gives the shoe better balance and lateral movement.

In stores in February 2013, the men’s version will be available in two colorways: yellow/black and white/blue. The women’s model will come in pink.