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.
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 the world.
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:
Roland Garros visitor’s guide:
How to buy Roland Garros tickets
Roland Garros 2013 FAQ
Get behind the scenes at Roland Garros – part 1
Get behind the scenes at Roland Garros – part 2
Take a seat: court Suzanne Lenglen
Take a seat: court Philippe Chatrier
Today at Roland Garros: Court Philippe Chatrier
Longines Smash Corner
Roland Garros store
Beach tennis and mini tennis at Roland Garros
Fashion and gear:
Rafael Nadal Nike outfit preview
Rafael Nadal Nike outfit
Nadal Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3
Roger Federer Nike outfit preview
Roger Federer Nike outfit
Federer Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour
Maria Sharapova Nike outfit
Serena Williams Nike outfit
Victoria Azarenka Nike outfit
Li Na Nike outfit
Juan Martin Del Potro Nike outfit
Caroline Wozniacki adidas dress
Andrea Petkovic adidas outfit
Ana Ivanovic adidas outfit
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga adidas outfit
Novak Djokovic Uniqlo outfit
Venus Williams dress by EleVen
Maria Sharapova footwear collection
A trip down memory lane:
1956: First time at Roland Garros for Rod Laver
1969: Rod Laver defeats Ken Rosewall
1982: At the request of Monsieur Wilander
1982: first Grand Slam for Mats Wilander
1984 French Open: Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe
1985 French Open: Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova
1990 French Open: Opposites attract, Gomez defeats Agassi
1991 French Open final: Jim Courier defeats Andre Agassi
Steffi Graf – Martina Hingis Roland Garros 1999
1999 French Open: Agassi-Graf, two days, one destiny
2005: Rafael Nadal defeats Mariano Puerta
2008: Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer
A look back at Roland Garros 2011
Recap and analysis:
Heading to Roland Garros
Day 1 recap part 1: Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams and Roger Federer
Day 1 recap part 2: Laura Robson, Ernests Gulbis, Tommy Haas…
Pics of Serena Williams first round match
Pics of Roger Federer first round match
Pics of Ana Ivanovic first round match
Day 2 recap: Mikhail Youzhny, John Isner, Svetlana Kuznetsova…
Tommy Robredo practice session
Roland Garros 2013 men's winner?
- Rafael Nadal (49%, 91 Votes)
- Novak Djokovic (26%, 48 Votes)
- Roger Federer (17%, 31 Votes)
- Juan Martin Del Potro (3%, 5 Votes)
- Other (2%, 3 Votes)
- David Ferrer (1%, 2 Votes)
- Tomas Berdych (1%, 2 Votes)
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1%, 2 Votes)
- Andy Murray (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 185
Roland Garros 2013 women's winner?
- Serena Williams (41%, 66 Votes)
- Maria Sharapova (35%, 56 Votes)
- Victoria Azarenka (9%, 15 Votes)
- Other (4%, 7 Votes)
- Li Na (3%, 5 Votes)
- Sam Stosur (3%, 5 Votes)
- Agniezska Radwanska (2%, 3 Votes)
- Angelique Kerber (2%, 3 Votes)
- Petra Kvitova (1%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 162
Which French player has the best chance to win RG 2013?
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (66%, 56 Votes)
- Richard Gasquet (21%, 18 Votes)
- Benoit Paire (6%, 5 Votes)
- Other (5%, 4 Votes)
- Gilles Simon (1%, 1 Votes)
- Paul Henri Mathieu (1%, 1 Votes)
- Jérémy Chardy (0%, 0 Votes)
- Julien Benneteau (0%, 0 Votes)
- Michael Llodra (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 85
From Nadal autobiography Rafa:
The Argentines are like the Spaniards, experts on clay. And Puerta played better than me for long stretches of the match. I had not yet mastered the trick of isolating myself from my environment and from my fears. You never do fully, otherwise you wouldn’t be human. But back then building the emotional defenses necessary to win consistently remained a work in progress, and the nerves tampered with my thoughts processes more than they would later in my career. What I didn’t lack in that final was energy.
Puerta was playing well, well enough to win the fist set 7-5. But I think of that game now and what comes to mind is a sense of never having paused for a breath. I was fighting and running as if I could fight and run for two days without rest. I was so excited at the thought of winning that I never felt a moment’s tiredness, which in turn tired Puerta out. I held on, I was steadier on the big points, and I won every set after the first one 6-3, 6-1, 7-5.
In the space of barely six months I’d climbed three peaks, one higher than the next. The Davis Cup, my first ATP win at Monte Carlo, and now, the headiest of all, the French Open, my first grand Slam.
The emotions I felt were indescribable. At the moment of the victory I turned and saw my family going nuts, my paents hugging, my uncles screaming, and I understood immediately that, for all the years of hard work I had put in, this victory had not been mine alone. Without thinking, the first thing I did after shaking hands with Puerta was rush into the crowd and clamber up the steps to hug my family, Toni first among them. My godmother Marilen was there and she was crying. “I couldn’t believe it“, she told me later, recalling her eaction to the finale point. “I looked at you there, a big, grown-up champion with his arms in the air, and suddenly my mind leapt back in time and I saw an image of a deadly serious, skinny little boy of seven, training on court back home in Manacor.“
I had similar thoughts. I had battled so hard and long to get here. But into my mind there also came images of home with my family, and more than ever before, I understood that day that, however great your dedication, you never win anything on your own. The French Open was my reward, and my family’s reward too.
I also felt relief. In winning a Grand Slam I’d taken a weight off my shoulders. Anything else that life bought would be a welcome bonus. Not that I was going to ease up on my ambition. I had tasted victory at the highest level; I had liked it and wanted more. And I had a sense that after winning a tournament of this magnitude once, it would be less difficult to do it again. It was now, after winning at Roland Garros, that the idea began to take shape in my mind that I would win Wimbledon one day.
If it’s supposed to be funny it’s not, must be the worst Nike commercial ever.