The road to Rafa, part 2: Roland Garros

Thanks to JC for sharing his pics and anecdotes about his 2009 European tour.
Next stop of JC’s European tour: Roland Garros

How do you get into the French Open, sit in the reserved box seats just behind the Tennis Magazine team, and then watch Nadal play live just a few feet away on center court (Court Philipe Chatrier) – all for just 19 Euros?
Answer: Benny Berthet Day. This exhibition day is held each year on the eve of the tournament; the profits are donated to various charities. This is similar to the Arthur Ashe day event held at the US Open annually. The public can attend 1-set matches with most of the top players spread out across the top 3 courts. Many of the French tennis starts come out for kids to get autographs and pictures.

Roland Garros Ticket

French Open Map

Matches on Benny-Berthet Day

JC at French Open


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga:

Tsonga (3)

Tsonga

Tsonga overhead

Rafael Nadal:

Nadal at French Open (6)

Nadal at French Open (4)

Nadal at French Open (12)

Nadal at French Open (13)

Nadal at French Open (14)

Nadal at French Open (15)

Nadal at French Open (16)

Nadal at French Open (17)

Nadal at French Open

Mardy Fish:

Mardy Fish on Clay

Dinara Safina:

Safina practice

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