Tennis museum at Roland Garros

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

Roland Garros museum


Lacoste made a bet with his team captain about whether he would win his Davis Cup match against austalian James Anderson. What he bet – and lost – was a crocodile skin leather suitcase. Later, René Lacoste’s friend Robert George embroidered a crocodile onto a blazer that Lacoste wore for his matches.

Jacket with embroidered crocodile worn by René Lacoste:

Roland Garros museum


Ball machine invented by René Lacoste in 1927:

Roland Garros museum


Fançoise Durr’s dress, created by fashion designer Ted Tinling, 1970:

Roland Garros museum


Chris Evert by Andy Warhol:

Roland Garros museum


Bjorn Borg‘s legendary Fila outfit and Donnay racquet:

Roland Garros museum


Le Coq Sportif racquet used by Yannick Noah when he won the French Open in 1983:

Roland Garros museum


adidas shirt worn by Steffi Graf, 1999:

Roland Garros museum


Left: Andre Agassi Head radical, 1999. Right: Rafael Nadal Babolat racquet, 2011:

Roland Garros museum


Roger Federer Nike outfit, 2007:

Roland Garros museum


The evolution of tennis shoes, racquets and balls through the years:

Roland Garros museum

Roland Garros museum

Roland Garros museum

Some pieces of art (???)

Roland Garros museum

Roland Garros museum


Roland Garros museum


The temporary exhibit showcases three paintings of David Nash, who designed this year’s poster, and a film in which he explains what inspired him. The infamous poster is not even on display at the museum!

Roland Garros museum

Roland Garros museum

Roland Garros museum


For whatever reason I couldn’t access the most interesting part of the museum, the new exhibition “Moi… Roland Garros”.
As you probably know, Roland Garros was not a tennis player, but an aviator. In 1913, he was the first to fly across the Mediterranean Sea from Fréjus in the south of France to Bizerte in Tunisia. To mark the 100th anniversary of that exploit, the FFT presents this exhibit that features an authentic reproduction of Roland Garros aircraft.

Tennis museum at Roland Garros

Compared to the Wimbledon museum, the Roland Garos museum is pretty disappointing. It’s OK for a little break but I wouldn’t pay to see such a little collection of tennis related artifacts.

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