Roland Garros 2014

I was in Paris nearby the Roland Garros stadium yesterday, so I took a few pictures of the empty stadium.

Court Philippe Chatrier:

Court Philippe Chatrier

Court Suzanne Lenglen:

Roland Garros stadium

Roland Garros stadium

Roland Garros stadium

Roland Garros stadium

Roland Garros stadium

Roland Garros stadium

Court 12:

Court 12

Court Suzanne Lenglen:

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Roland Garros stadium

Roland Garros stadium

The tournament starts on May 25, and some tickets are still available on Viagogo, the official Roland Garros exchange ticket website, that allows you to buy and resell tickets until the event date.

Who are your favorites for the title?

Who will win Roland Garros 2014?

  • Rafael Nadal (40%, 108 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (29%, 79 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (21%, 57 Votes)
  • Stanislas Wawrinka (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (1%, 3 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (1%, 2 Votes)
  • John Isner (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Richard Gasquet (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 269

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Who will win Roland Garros 2014?

  • Serena Williams (33%, 40 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (30%, 37 Votes)
  • Li Na (11%, 13 Votes)
  • Simona Halep (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Other (9%, 11 Votes)
  • Agnieszka Radwanska (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Jelena Jankovic (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dominika Cibulkova (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 122

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Indian Wells

Article by Vincent Cognet for L’Equipe, translated by Tennis Buzz.

Moved from La Quinta to Indian Wells in 1987, the first Masters 1000 of the season settled definitely at the Tennis Garden in March 2000. The cost rose to $ 77 million. But the tournament really took a decisive course when Larry Ellison bought it in 2009.

According to Forbes magazine the fortune of the septuagenarian, who just won the America’s Cup with Oracle, weighs a whopping $ 43 billion, which would make him the fifth richest man in the world .
Ellison has at once the space, money and ambition to realize his dream of competing with the Grand Slams and clearly establish his toy as the fifth tournament on the circuit .

Two examples suffice to give an idea of the phenomenon:
– 9 courts are now equipped with the Hawk Eye at Indian Wells Tennis Garden (against four at Wimbledon for example).
– the brand new stadium 2 (built in 10 months and 10 days for an estimated cost of more than $ 70 million) proudly announces a capacity of 8000 seats.
Taken together, the three main courts and stadium can accommodate 30,300 spectators.
To do the job properly, Ellison has also built 3 more restaurants. Officially, nothing specific is planned for 2015. But it would be extremely surprising that it stays that way.

Photo by Aitor Agirregabiria

Queensland has a long history of tennis, producing world class tennis champions, including Rod Laver and Pat Rafter. Tennis in Queensland is set for resurgence with the completion of the new Queensland State Tennis Centre in Brisbane.

Set on the banks of the iconic Brisbane River at Tennyson, the $82 million state-of-the-art facility, built in 2009, includes:
Pat Rafter Arena, a 5 500 seat under cover centre court, named in honour of the Australian tennis hero Patrick Rafter
– 23 International Tennis Federation-standard courts built with all three Grand Slam surfaces (clay, grass and plexicushion)
– public amenities including pro-shop, café, change rooms
– administrative offices for Tennis Queensland

Since January 2009 the Queensland Tennis Centre has been the host centre for the Brisbane International, a combination of the former Next Generation Adelaide International event in Adelaide and the Mondial Gold Coast Women’s championships.

This year, the combined tournament has attracted big names such as Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. Follow all the matches on brisbaneinternational.com.au

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Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane

Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane

Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane

Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane

Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane

Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane

Read part one here.

Basketball Arena

The 12,000-capacity Basketball Arena is the third-largest venue in the Olympic Park. For the Paralympics, the Basketball Arena has been transformed to host the Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby events before being taken down, with parts expected to be reused or relocated elsewhere in the UK.

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

BP Pavilion

Olympic Park

The next Andy Murray?

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Enjoying the Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Paralympic Village

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Water Polo Arena

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Aquatics Centre

Designed by Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid, the Aquatics Centre was the last structure to be completed before the Games began.
After the Games, the two temporary wings will be removed while the Centre will be transformed into a leisure facility for local and elite swimmers, complete with creche, family-friendly changing facilities, a cafe and a new public plaza.

Olympic Park

Stratford Gate

The main Olympic Park entrance:

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

The Orbit and the Olympic Stadium

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Bandstand

Enjoying a bit of music to put an end to this fantastic day at the Paralympics.

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

I spent a few days in London last week and I was thrilled to have tickets for the wheelchair tennis event on Friday and to take part to the Paralympics as a spectator.

Victoria Gate

On my way to the Olympic Park:

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A swift and hassle-free passage through security and here I am.

Olympic Stadium

The 80,000 capacity Olympic Stadium played host to the Olympic and the Paralympic Athletics as well as all the opening and closing ceremonies.

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium and the Orbit

London 2012 Megastore

London 2012 Megastore

McDonalds

World’s largest McDonalds:

McDonalds

Olympic Park musicians

Olympic Park

Following Dutch fans on my way to Eton Manor for the women’s singles finale between Esther Vergeer and Aniek Van Koot

Olympic Park

RUN

RUN

Panasonic 3D Theatre

There were lots of free activities provided by Paralympic sponsors, like the Panasonic Theatre, Samsung booth, Coca Cola Beatbox… but I was there to watch some sports and I’m not a huge fan of lines, so I can’t report on them.

Panasonic 3D Theatre

Coca Cola Beatbox

Coca Cola Beatbox

Park Live

British Airways have sponsored a giant screen perched in the middle of the River Lea. Park Live is the only place to catch up on sport if you’re not inside a venue.

BT Park Live

Mascot House

Mascot House

The Olympic Park is really big, from one end to the other it’s about two kilometres. It took me more than 20 minutes from the Olympic Stadium to Eaton Manor, at the northern end of the park.
For people having trouble getting around, there were stacks of Games Mobility Vehicles parked up, with Games Makers ready to spring into action.

Olympic Park

Basketball Arena

Basketball Arena

Velodrome

Velodrome

Velodrome

Olympic Park

And finally, Eton Manor, where I spent most of the aftenoon watching the women’s singles final and the women’s doubles bronze medal match.

Eton Manor

Eton Manor

Eton Manor

Esther Vergeer vs Aniek Van Koot

Dutch fans

Esther Vergeer

Enjoy more pics and videos of the final between Esther Vergeer and Aniek Van Koot here.